Percival Everett

An early Thomas Bernhard story, "Two Tutors," gets its first English translation.

Pico Iyer has always had a problem with William T. Vollmann. So what's he doing reviewing Vollmann's Kissing the Mask in the Times?

In the new issue of The Believer, Percival Everett’s seventeenth novel, I Am Not Sidney Poitierwins the Book Award, and Rick Moody raves about Charlie Smith's forthcoming fiction Three Delays: "Want to read about how harrowing and essential love can really be? Dip in here. Be made alive."

Emily Gould offers a free audiobook excerpt from her memoirAnd the Heart Says Whatever, and cooks the books.

Mark McGurl writes of the Zombie Renaissance: "Perhaps the zombie attack on Jane Austen’s novel is telling us that the novel is neither alive nor dead but undead. We are living... in the heyday of zombie computers and zombie banks, zombie this and zombie that. Why wouldn’t we also be living in a time of zombie literary forms?"

An excerpt from Hampton Sides's new book, Hellhound on His Trail, detailing MLK's last hours.

Salman Rushdie

In the battle of fatwa versus fiction, Salman Rushdie has the last word: "One of us is dead, do not mess with novels." Rushdie, in conversation with Christopher Hitchens, gave the keynote of the PEN World Voices Festival last night. Catch up on a world of authors with blogs from the fest, excerpts from participating writers' work, photosvideo and audio clips. Highlights include Patti Smith's chat with Jonathan Lethem, a Utopia and Dystopia panel, and A. M. Homes's talk with Philippe Djian.

Toronto’s Comic Arts Festival is in full swing.

Tonight at McNally Jackson books, Marisa Silver, author of the recent story collection Alone With You, talks with blogger and novelist Mark Sarvas.

The comma, a punctuation mark worth praising.