Alexandra Alter

Alexandra Alter

New York Times publishing reporter alexandra[dot]alter[@] My DMs are open for story tips

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I volunteer as tribute! French encouraged to eat more cheese as act of patriotism via @nypost 

Part of the pleasure of visiting a bookstore is browsing, lingering, flipping through an impulse buy, hearing an author speak, chatting with booksellers about what to read next. What does the future for bookstores look like when those acts are dangerous?

This is so lovely, @sarahlyall  Let Books Create Your Summer

There's a surge of books about the coronavirus epidemic coming out, including the inevitable science books, but also pandemic-themed poetry, a collection of street photography, quarantine memoirs and works of philosophy

Chaos on 7-year-old's Zoom meeting as the teacher is frozen and the students have take over.

Am late to this, which somehow feels fitting, as time feels both shapeless and endless but also in short supply. But @parul_sehgal  is as illuminating as ever

I've been following a strange copyright case that began when a writer in a kinky genre called Omegaverse accused another writer of plagiarism. I learned more than I wanted to about Mpreg, humans engaging in wolf mating habits and something called knotting

One wonders if the covers will be entered as evidence in court.

The list of names and details is crushing. "Kyra Swartz, volunteered at pet rescue organizations, 33. Hazel Crest, ultimate entertainer, 74. April Dunn, advocate for disability rights, 33."


Wow, Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, set 15 years later narrated by three female characters, for publication in 2019.

Surprising side effect of the shutdown: elephant seals, which can which can weigh up to 4,500 pounds, colonized a popular California beach while it was unattended, and they are not inclined to leave.

I spoke to J.D. Salinger's son Matt Salinger about the ways he's keeping his father's legacy alive, with the first ever e-books, an exhibit from Salinger's private archives, and eventually, by releasing decades worth of Salinger's unpublished work.

Why is Thomas Harris, the creator of the cannibal Hannibal Lecter, hugging a possum in this photo? Find out the reason and other surprising things about "The Silence of the Lambs" author in my interview with him, his first in decades

Note from Dean Baquet about Michiko Kakutani. "No one has played a larger role in guiding readers through the country's literary life"

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For @NYTmag , I profiled the brilliant sci-fi writer and translator Ken Liu, who has done perhaps more than anyone to bring Chinese science-fiction to Western audiences, bridging the cultural and imagination gap between the two superpowers. 

Popular on Amazon: Wildly misleading self-published books about Ebola, by random people without medical degrees