Books and Literature

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: The Art of Writing Biographies

James Atlas, who has written about the lives of Saul Bellow and Delmore Schwartz, talks about his new book, “The Shadow in the Garden.”

Profile: A Debut Novelist’s Descent Into Darkness

Gabriel Tallent’s “My Absolute Darling” is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated debut novels of the year.

Brian Aldiss, Author of Science Fiction and Much More, Dies at 92

Mr. Aldiss wrote scores of novels, memoirs and short stories, including the inspirations for the films “A.I.” and “Frankenstein Unbound.”

Books of The Times: ‘The Bettencourt Affair,’ a Buffet for Scandal Aficionados

Tom Sancton’s book recounts the implications and intrigue that surrounded the L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt’s relationship with a younger man.

Books of The Times: ‘The Burning Girl,’ About Intense Pre-Teenage Friendship, Never Catches Fire

In her new novel, Claire Messud writes about “secret sisters,” “umbilically linked and inseparable,” and about how their bond dissolves.

Q. and A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Patricia Williams Goes From Crime to Comedy

In her new memoir, “Rabbit,” the standup comedian tells how she overcame a young life of poverty and drug dealing to become a performer.

Paul Oliver, Pre-eminent Authority on the Blues, Dies at 90

The author of “The Story of the Blues” and other books, he was a respected British architectural historian better known for his sideline as a student of black music.

Books of The Times: An Artist’s Childhood, Etched in Trauma and Abandonment

In her epistolary memoir, “The Book of Emma Reyes,” the Colombian painter recounts her childhood in Bogotá, made vivid by the horrors of the workhouse.

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Eat Only When You’re Hungry’

Lindsay Hunter discusses her new novel about a man’s road trip as he searches for his drug-addicted son.

Books of The Times: In ‘Home Fire,’ Lives Touched by Immigration, Jihad and Family Love

Three British siblings of Pakistani descent are at the center of Kamila Shamsie’s ingenious new novel, which builds to a stunning conclusion.

Books of The Times: ‘Emma in the Night,’ a Thriller That Keeps Readers Guessing

Wendy Walker’s latest novel revolves around the mysterious disappearance of two teenage sisters.

Children’s Authors Take On the Refugee Crisis

More than a dozen new books feature young displaced Muslims as protagonists as writers use the current tumult to personalize the conflicts for readers.