For NPR’s new “You Must Read This” series, Chris Lehmann talks with George Saunders about the work of Isaac Babel.
Sean Wilsey argues that John Updike is wrong to fear digitized books. And he reveals the truth behind the “standing ovation” at BookExpo. “I can report that it was a reluctant standing ovation. A single woman stood immediately, while most others sat for as long as possible, until her solitude grew unbearable, and they joined in to relieve her embarrassment.”