The Latest from the Front Lines of Literature

Presented by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

  • Purity by Jonathan Franzen
  • Black Cards
  • Flannery O'Connor
  • FSG's Favorites of 2014
  • John Berryman Centenary

Writers and editors on craft, publishing, reception, and more...

Writers in Conversation, Editors and Authors in Conversation, and more...

Considerations of Willa Cather, George Plimpton, Seamus Heaney, and more...

“If we do not root ourselves in others’ hearts, / our lives are spent on the periphery.” - Averill Curdy

"Reading translations can give you a broader vision of the world and of people and emotions" - Rosalind Harvey

Jonathan Franzen, Marilynne Robinson, Etgar Keret, and more from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

  • Throughout the twentieth century, Isamu Noguchi was a vital figure in modern art. In this essay about the elusive artist, Hayden Herrera observes the driving force behind Noguchi’s creativity and career.

  • In commemoration of Flannery O’Connor’s 90th birthday, we are honored to share Robert Giroux’s introduction to The Collected Stories of Flannery O’Connor about their working relationship and O’Connor’s singular literary gifts.

  • Purity is a dark-hued comedy of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections and Freedom, has created yet another cast of vividly original characters: Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers, and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes.

Quotes
  • “We narrate our lives as we live them, making sense of the chaos by organizing our experiences.”

    Nelly Reifler

  • “I want to be honest with readers, that is my pact with them.”

    Jonathan Franzen

  • “Don’t go to events; go to the receptions after the events. If possible, skip the receptions and go to the afterparties, where you can have a real conversation with someone.”

    Sarah Manguso

  • “Sip your coffee in the warm glow of first light. This is not writing. This is the idea of writing. Go back to bed.”

    Aaron Hirsh

  • “I really do believe literary fiction as a genre is more backward- than forward-looking. I suspect it believes in inevitability more than contingency. I fear it prefers memories to plans.”

    Robin Sloan

  • “My joy is the joy of the Trickster. It’s the joy of Loki. It’s the joy of the Coyote, because I know it’s an unstable system, and it will be overthrown, no matter how majestic it is.”

    Sjón

  • “Americans continue to visit Paris not just for Paris, but for ‘Paris.’ As if out of some collective nostalgia for what Paris should be, more than what it is. For someone else’s memories.”

    Rosecrans Baldwin