The 2015 Tournament of Books.

Over at The Morning News, the fantastic Tournament of Books is once again in full swing. Yours truly was the reader judge last year. I’m spending the tournament as an excited spectator this time around. I’ve only read about half of this year’s tournament entries, so I can’t really pick a winner, but of those titles I’ve […]

A Button in the Dark: Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation.

Jenny Offill’s newest novel, Dept. of Speculation, is the antidote to the giant novels that have been grabbing much of this year’s collective literary attention. Not that The Goldfinch was a bad book—it has found a giant place in my heart—but that the big ones provide an entirely different reading experience. (It would be surprising to […]