Colm Toibin Sees the ‘Origin of All Civil Wars’ in this Greek Tragedy

In the new novel House of Names, one of today's leading contemporary writers looks back to the Trojan War and Greek mythology for inspiration. Colm Toibin joins Jeffrey Brown to...

David Sedaris' Diaries Paint a Life Spent in Observation

Who was humorist David Sedaris before he had sold millions of books and made countless live appearances before adoring audiences? In a new book, Theft By Finding, Sedaris offers a...

Understanding the Rise of the Islamic State

As a young man, Lawrence Wright first visited the Middle East when he taught English in Cairo. He has spent much of his life since reporting on the region -- documenting culture...

The Secret Life of Plants — and ‘Lab Girl’ Author Hope Jahren

When geobiologist Hope Jahren sat down to describe the results of her research, she found that she couldn’t relate her findings without discussing the people who made them...

George Saunders Writes a Ghost Story About Abe Lincoln’s Grief

In George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo the ghostly inhabitants of a cemetery don't yet know they're dead. Instead, they're stuck in whatever neurotic condition they were in...

For Alan Alda, the Heart of Good Communication is Connection

As an actor, educational TV host and founder of a scholarly center for communication science, Alan Alda has used his trademark humor and wit to help others express complicated...

A Prominent Israeli Author Reflects on the Country’s Founding — and Future

Amos Oz grew up in Israel in the early years of its statehood. Now, in his first book in over a decade, the writer looks back at that time through the eyes of three characters --...

Michael Chabon Blends Fact and Fiction to Create ‘a Truth’

In his new book, Moonglow: A Novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon blurs the line between truth and fiction, placing historical figures and true stories in a world...

In ‘Purity,’ Jonathan Franzen Dismantles the Deception of Idealism

Jonathan Franzen's latest novel unfolds between multiple characters across time and geography, connected by a theme named in its title: Purity. Jeffrey Brown visits the author on...

A War-Crime Mystery Drives Scott Turow's Newest Thriller

Testimony, a new legal thriller by bestselling author and attorney Scott Turow, centers around a mass killing in Bosnia and subsequent war crimes trial at the International...

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