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The world's top authors and critics join host Gilbert Cruz and editors at The New York Times Book Review to talk about the week's top books, what we're reading and what's going on in the literary world.

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    • 4.0 • 36 Ratings

The world's top authors and critics join host Gilbert Cruz and editors at The New York Times Book Review to talk about the week's top books, what we're reading and what's going on in the literary world.

Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

    The 100 Best Books of the 21st Century

    The 100 Best Books of the 21st Century

    This week The New York Times Book Review rolled out the results of an ambitious survey it conducted to determine the best books of the 21st century so far. On this week’s episode, Gilbert Cruz chats with some fellow editors about the results of that survey and about the project itself.

    • 37 min
    Book Club: 'Headshot,' by Rita Bullwinkel

    Book Club: 'Headshot,' by Rita Bullwinkel

    Rita Bullwinkel’s impressive debut novel, “Headshot,” follows eight teenagers fighting in a youth women’s boxing tournament. Each chapter details a match between fighters, bout after bout, until finally a champion is declared.

    In this week’s spoiler-filled episode, the Book Review’s MJ Franklin discusses the book with his colleagues Joumana Khatib and Lauren Christensen.

    • 34 min
    Griffin Dunne on His Joyful and Tragic Family Memoir

    Griffin Dunne on His Joyful and Tragic Family Memoir

    The actor and director Griffin Dunne joins host Gilbert Cruz to talk about his family memoir, "The Friday Afternoon Club."

    • 37 min
    10 Books to Check Out This Summer

    10 Books to Check Out This Summer

    Summer is upon us and you're going to need a few books to read. Book Review editors Elisabeth Egan and Joumana Khatib join host Gilbert Cruz to talk through a few titles they're looking forward to over the next several months.

    • 28 min
    Elin Hilderbrand on Her Final Nantucket Summer Book

    Elin Hilderbrand on Her Final Nantucket Summer Book

    For many years now, Elin Hilderbrand has published a novel every summer set on the island of Nantucket. With her 30th book, 'Swan Song,' the bestselling author says she will step off that hamster wheel and try something new. On this week's episode, she and host Gilbert Cruz talk about her career, what she's reading, and what's next.

    • 37 min
    Let's Talk About Percival Everett's 'James'

    Let's Talk About Percival Everett's 'James'

    In this spoiler-filled conversation, a panel of Book Review editors discuss Percival Everett's reworking of Mark Twain's “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Yungfan69 ,

Informative and Fun

such great chemistry between every guest and interviewer! love the publishing corner

Sidneyboxer ,

Varied and fascinating

This is my favourite podcast. The themes are broad and it moves at a great pace. I look forward to the weekly installments.

padraigf23 ,

Best books podcast I know of

Very engaging. The format is usually two interviews with either an author or a reviewer of a just-published book. It is presented with both humour and insightful interviewing skills by NY Times Books Review Editor, Pamela Paul. As both author and reviewer, Paul brings knowledge and empathy for both the writing and the reviewing process. Even when I'm not planning to buy the book in question, I usually find the interviews interesting. The podcast ends with a light discussion on the current best-seller list and what the contributors are reading.

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