Wednesday, June 29, 2022


Zelensky: A Biography; Putin: His Life and Times reviews

Striking biographies by Serhii Rudenko and Philip Short pit Ukraine’s comic actor turned wartime hero against Russia’s pragmatic, inscrutable insider (from ‘The Guardian’):

Monday, June 27, 2022


The 25 Most Significant New York City Novels From the Last 100 Years

Four writers and one bookseller gathered over Zoom to make a list devoted to fiction in which the city is more than mere setting. (from

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Michael Rosen marks Anne Frank anniversary with new poem

Seventy-five years after Diary of a Young Girl’s publication, Sonnet for Anne Frank reflects on the ‘awful paradox’ of the journal’s bright spirit and her fate (in ‘The Guardian’):

Saturday, June 25, 2022

One Elite High School’s Struggle Over Admissions. A Podcast.

A fierce debate about the criteria for enrolling students at Lowell, in California, has echoes of the soul-searching happening across the U.S. education system. (from

Friday, June 24, 2022

Boston Globe—Horn Book Award Winners Revealed

Jason Reynolds and Sabaa Tahir are among the winners of the prizes for children’s and young adult literature.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022