Believe It Or Not, The Latest Literary-Vs-Genre Book Debate Is Progress

At first blush, it sounds like the same old story — a literary author writes a novel set in the post-apocalyptic future, and then complains when people describe it as science fiction. But actually, Emily St. John Mandel's debate with the Washington Post's Ron Charles represents a bit of progress. » 10/16/14 1:30pm 10/16/14 1:30pm

Is it really possible for books to "transcend genre?"

The debate over "literary fiction" versus "commercial fiction" (with the latter category including speculative fiction) has gone on forever — but there's a new wrinkle. New York Times Book Review contributor Christopher Beha has a proposal for how the NYTBR can recognize really groundbreaking works of speculative… » 9/17/13 4:40pm 9/17/13 4:40pm

Read an exclusive short story from one of the year's most acclaimed…

Manuel Gonzales' bizarre, fantastical story collection The Miniature Wife is getting rave reviews from the likes of Charles Yu and Hannah Tinti. It was named one of last week's best books by Publisher's Weekly, which also gave it a starred review. And people are comparing Gonzales, executive director of the Austin Bat… » 1/15/13 2:20pm 1/15/13 2:20pm

Online Porn Stars and Literary Construction Workers, in a Strange New…

Joshua Cohen's previous book Witz, an epic about the last Jew on Earth, received a healthy amount of review coverage for such a large and difficult novel. (See my io9 review here.) One of the more penetrating observations about the book's encyclopedic nature was this one, from Dan Visel's review: » 9/06/12 4:40pm 9/06/12 4:40pm

Meet the Obliterary Journal, dedicated to wiping literary fiction off…

Pulp fiction is getting a shot in the arm — and some totally gorgeous art — from Chennai-based publishers Blaft. The brainchild of mathematician Rakesh Khanna, Blaft has already published The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction Vol. 1 & 2. And now they're putting out a new comics anthology series, The Obliterary… » 2/20/12 11:33am 2/20/12 11:33am