• Simon Says


    Simon Van Booy sits down with us and discusses his experiences writing and his impeccable style.

  • The Book was Better...


    The Book Thief just arrived on DVD. We look at the reviews from the book when it came out.

  • Ask Jeeves


    Sebastian Faulks recreates PG Woodhouse's Jeeves in his latest, Jeeves and The Wedding Bells. See if the critics think he did a good representation.

  • The Lowland


    One of the most anticipated books of the year, Jhumpa Lahiri's latest novel arrives onto the scene as a Booker finalist. See what the critics think about the Pulitzer Prize winner's latest.

  • The Diesel


    An urban California aesthetic, Oakland's Diesel Books is our bookstore of the month.

Indie Bookstore View all

At Critics and Writers we want to help independent bookstores thrive. Each month we highlight one of our favorite.

Diesel Books
433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Known throughout Oakland for providing excellent book events and service from booksellers who actually know a lot about books, Diesel books has become an icon in the Oakland community.


Game View all

Name the First Line...
That afternoon we held a birthday party for my son, the 1971 Volkswagen Beetle.

Feature Library

Chester Library
250 W. Main Street, Chester, NJ

Initially opened on Labor Day, 1911 over a metal shoe-support factory, the Chester Library has had several homes over the years, and is still going strong. Check out their community events this month.