Toni Morrison

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MacKenzie Scott. Photograph: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott once recounted, in a television interview, a Chinese folk tale sometimes known as “The Lost Horse”. The sto(...)

The American Library Association tracked 1,597 individual books that were either challenged or removed in 2021. Arrangement: The New York Times

Attempts to ban books in the United States surged in 2021 to the highest level since the American Library Association began tracking book challenges 2(...)

Writers and organisers take to the stage at the annual Lagos Book and Art Festival. Photograph: Sally Hayden

In January the New York Times declared that “2021 was the year for African literature”. “African authors took the literary world by storm in 2021,” re(...)

Brandon Brown won the Sparks 300 Nascar XFINITY Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images

On October 2nd, Brandon Brown won the Sparks 300 Nascar XFINITY Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. His first victory in 113 attempts, (...)

A scene from the new Fear Street films set to premiere on Netflix.

RL Stine may be one of the most successful authors of our era, but, being a modest and amusing fellow, he’d much rather talk about other writers. “I’(...)

From left, sisters Philomena Connors, Helen O’Donoghue, Anne O’Reilly, Bridget O’Reilly, Mary Moran, Margaret Hutchinson and Kathleen O’Driscoll leaving court after their father was jailed for 20 years for their abuse. Photograph: Collins Courts

“The function of freedom is to free somebody else” This quote from African-American feminist Toni Morrison has particular resonance for the O’Reilly(...)

Ruth Negga. Photograph: Tom Jamieson/New York Times

The actor, known for Preacher, Loving, Hamlet and Breakfast on Pluto, on growing up in Ireland, the movie industry, and Black Lives Matter I fan(...)

Illustration: Andrew Rybalko/iStock/Getty

From established talent to rising stars, and whether you prefer fact or fiction, all of these books deserve a place on your reading list in the mon(...)

Rosamund Pike in Radioactive

The filmmaker Paulette McDonagh, working with her actor sister Isabel McDonagh and art director third sibling, Phyllis McDonagh, made a series of self(...)

 Lou Reed in New York in 2011: I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Collected Lyrics shows him to be a true rock ’n’ roll poet. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Faber & Faber’s forthcoming reissue of Lou Reed’s I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Collected Lyrics revives a question that’s been kicking around since B(...)

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