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

Kazuo Ishiguro Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

"I just hope that my receiving this huge honor will, even in a small way, encourage the forces for good,” Ishiguro said.

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Which of the Four Tendencies are you? Take Gretchen Rubin's Quiz

The fundamental question is “How do you respond to expectations?"

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Katherine Rundell: Three Books that Made Me a Writer

"I drank in that madcap, bold world... and wanted more. It taught me what it is to be hungry for books."

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Prizes: What's the Point?

Though the press pays a lot of attention to big books when they're first published, those books fall out of the conversation pretty fast unless they're nominated for prizes -- or better yet, win them.

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Let's Get Lost: Nicole Krauss talks about her new novel, "Forest Dark"

"At its heart, "Forest Dark" is about the idea of transformation, or metamorphosis in some sense, of leaving behind what is old and breaking old forms and somehow arriving at something new and unexpected."

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Gabriel Tallent talks about his hit debut, "My Absolute Darling"

"Growing up, books that had high stakes meant the world to me."

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Talking to Katherine Rundell about "The Explorer," her thrilling new novel for young readers

Rundell, a scholar and adventurer, believes that "meeting fear head-on is what galvanizes the human heart into great things."

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Claire Messud on Her New Novel, "The Burning Girl"

What could be more ordinary than suburban American girlhood? In her new novel, The Burning Girl, Claire Messud sees something beautiful, agonized and intense in a period we all thought we knew. This might be the best novel of contemporary female adolescence you’ve ever read.

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Behind a Great Cover: Gabriel Tallent's "My Absolute Darling"

Riverhead Books' art director, Helen Yentus, talks about the challenges of designing a cover for Gabriel Tallent's debut novel.

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Matt Klam and Julie Klam Interview Each Other

What if your sibling had a hit book out at the same time you did?

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A “Vanity Fair” Writer Turns His Attention to Books for the Younger Set

You can learn a lot from Wild Things, but like Mary Poppins’s spoonful of sugar, it goes down very easily indeed.

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Judith Newman: What Siri Taught My Son

“For people with communication impairments like my son, technology can open up the world.”

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Kamila Shamsie talks to the Amazon Book Review about her new novel, "Home Fire."

“I think the mistake people sometimes make is in thinking that humor is synonymous with lightness or flippancy or frivolity. It isn't. Humor can be very, very angry. “

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An Excerpt from Jonathan Dee’s New Novel, "The Locals"

Dee follows the lives of the residents of Howland, a small blue-collar town in the Berkshires, in the period immediately following the attacks of 9/11, and gives his readers America in a microcosm.

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Evermore! New Life for Gothic Tales.

Gareth Hinds’s richly illustrated versions of canonical stories and poems by Edgar Allen Poe restore wonder and excitement to works young readers usually only encounter in school.

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