Sarah Harrison Smith
Sarah Harrison Smith
Editorial Director, Books and Kindle: Sarah Harrison Smith spent her childhood with her nose in a book and not much has changed. Happy to read almost anything, she’s especially drawn to literary fiction and biographies of artists, writers and politicians, with a particular soft spot for 19th century oddballs. Other interests: the visual arts, architecture, and children’s books.

Recent posts by Sarah

Could the Children's Books in Your Attic Fetch a Price at New York's Antiquarian Book Fair?

This year's fair, which runs from March 8 to March 11, contains some gorgeous and unusual examples of children's books, from handmade one-offs to pristine first editions.

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Those Generous Wyndham-Campbell Prizes

The  Wyndham-Campbell prizes are among the biggest awards that a writer can receive, and they're generous both in monetary amount and in spirit.

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Astrid Lindgren, Rebel and Writer

A new biography of the creator of the irrepressible Pippi Longstocking traces the writer's journey from a tiny Swedish village through single motherhood, marriage, and eventually, international fame.

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Tayari Jones on "A Great Gift, A Timeless American Treasure"

Jones, whose novel "An American Marriage" is Oprah's latest book club pick, recalls the first time she read Delores Phillips's 2004 debut, "The Darkest Child."    

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The 2018 PEN America Awards

At last night's ceremony, Edna O'Brien, Edmund White, and Dave Kindred were honored with lifetime-achievement awards. Among other major prize winners: books by poet Layli Long Soldier and Jenny Zhang, whose short-story collection, "Sour Heart" won the debut fiction prize.

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Chloe Benjamin: Five Authors Who Made Me a Writer

The author of "The Immortalists" is not yet 30 years old, but her writing and wisdom suggest that she has many more years of experience as a reader and a novelist than her age indicates. We asked her which authors had taught her the most about her craft, that this is what she told us.

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Talking to National-Book-Award Winner Cynthia Kadohata About "Checked," Her New Novel for Young Readers

Thematically,  Checked is a departure for Kadohata, who won the Newbery Medal for  Kira-Kira and a National Book Award for The Thing About Luck. Whereas her earlier books took on subjects like the Japanese-American immigrant experience and international adoption,  Checked is about one boy's passionate love of sports. 

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Behind a Great Cover: Talking to Designer Michaela Sullivan about “Call Me Zebra”

For readers gripped by cover love, the question is: Why? What is it about that particular combination of color, image, and texture that makes us think that this – this one book among thousands -- is the book we want to read?

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Caitlin Macy Talks About Writing Her New Novel, "Mrs."

"At certain point, I put this novel down, and I just felt that I couldn’t finish it. I was scrapping it, basically. Then all of a sudden, I don’t know if it was just getting older, I’m not sure what it was, but all of a sudden, I said 'No, this is who I am and I’m just going to keep showing up. I’m a writer and I’m going to keep going.' "

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Talking with Deborah Heiligman, author of the ALA-Prize Winner, "Vincent and Theo"

‘When I was first reading Vincent’s letters to Theo I just kept thinking, “Why did Theo put up with him?” And I asked one of my sons and he said, “Why? Because they were brothers.” ’

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My grandmother, Madeleine L'Engle

"What mattered most to her was writing; was using writing to make sense out of life.... It was something she had to do, whether she was going to be published or not, whether she was going to find the success that she wanted or not. It was something she had to do."

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An Interview with Tayari Jones, Author of Oprah's Latest Book Club Pick

The novelist discusses the challenges of writing about race in America, how she got up the courage to become a writer, and how a love triangle is "almost like a three-legged stool."

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An Excerpt from Xhenet Aliu's Debut Novel, "Brass."

Every so often, you read a first-time novelist’s work and think, how did she keep that voice bottled up until now?

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Finding Self-Help in Fiction: A Stranger Truth

Can listening to fiction be a form of self-help? Audible editor Rachel Smalter Hall found guidance in six great novels.

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Looking Again at a National Book Critics Circle Finalist: Caroline Fraser's Biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder

In an interview with the Amazon Book Review, author Caroline Fraser discusses her discoveries about Wilder's father, Charles Ingalls; the sources of Laura's ecstatic relationship to landscape; and the much-debated question of how much Wilder's daughter, Rose, contributed to the writing of the books that made Wilder so beloved to generations of children.

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