Charles Shafaieh is a freelance arts journalist and critic. A regular contributor to The Daily Beast, his work has also appeared in SlateThe Los Angeles Review of BooksMusic & LiteraturePublic Books, and other publications. He lives in New York City, where he is on the editorial staff of The New York Review of Books.


In life, José Saramago refused to see his once-rejected book Skylight published. Now, after his death, the once “lost” book is available for all to read the writer’s younger work.

New & Notable

A whirlwind of a book from the master of Haitian letters, an account from the Trans-Siberian Railroad, and the favorites of an editor at France’s most impressive publishing house.


From a portrait of an upscale New York City kitchen and its motley crew to a spy thriller set during the Chinese Communist Revolution.