Paul Auster: “The very act of writing a novel or a poem strikes a blow for democracy.” Photograph: Jean-Christian Bourcart/Getty Images

Paul Auster has some ideas about how to resist what he says is going to be a real assault on American society. We meet in the novelist’s Brooklyn brow(...)

Emmanuelle Pagano: the tenderness of love comes through in stories

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Ernest Hemingway’s fabled micro-story, allegedly the result of a $10 bet over lunch that he could write a novel in(...)

Found in translation: a self-portrait by Tove Jansson, author of The Summer Book. Photograph: tove100.com

I spent last month following the lead of Louisa Cameron, patron of my local bookshop, Raven Books, who was making a concerted effort to read and promo(...)

Writer Paul Auster  in his home garden  in New York. Photograph: Jean-Christian Bourcart/Getty Images

Mention Paul Auster and many readers will instinctively think of the novels that have made his name. Fiction came later to the Brooklyn-based w(...)