Friday, January 06, 2012
We are accustomed to hearing about violence and instability in Pakistan, yet it remains a faraway place to most Americans. Yet what if Pakistan was home and its violence and uncertainty were part of the fabric of your life? And what if that violence one day claimed someone close to you? As a writer and as a Pakistani, Aatish Taseer has struggled all his life to understand his relationship with his country, with his ethnic homeland Punjab, and with his politically prominent father Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistan's Punjab province. A year ago this week his father was assassinated just as he was finishing his first novel "Noon."
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Friday, December 09, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Ignat Solzhenitsyn discusses his father Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Apricot Jam and Other Stories, available for the first time in English. After years of living in exile, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia in 1994 and published this series of stories, all focusing on Soviet and post-Soviet life, illuminating the Russian experience under the Soviet regime.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Ann Beattie discusses Mrs. Nixon, an imagining of the life of one of our most mysterious and intriguing public figures, the only modern First Lady who never wrote a memoir. Beattie reconstructs dozens of scenes in an attempt to see the world from Mrs. Nixon’s point of view, to explore what it must have been like to be married to such a spectacularly ambitious and catastrophically self-destructive man.
Friday, November 11, 2011
By Sarah Montague : Senior Producer
Happy Ending Music & Reading series host and curator Amanda Stern decided on “Frustration” as the theme of her series opener, inviting authors Seth Fried, Jesse Ball, and Paul La Farge to vent. Listen to the audio here.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Colson Whitehead talks about his new novel, Zone One, a wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel about zombies. A pandemic has devastated the planet, leaving behind the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are rebuilding civilization, focusing on resettling Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—Zone One—but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Umberto Eco discusses his highly anticipated, controversial novel, The Prague Cemetery. It looks at 19th-century Europe, rife with conspiracies and scapegoats. But what if, behind all of the conspiracies that ran rampant in Europe, both real and imagined, lay one man, who created its most infamous document? Eco takes readers on a journey through the underbelly of Europe’s world-shattering events.
Monday, November 07, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Writer and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg discusses creating the beloved childrens books The Polar Express, Jumanji, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, the Sweetest Fig, and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, among others. His latest books are Queen of the Falls and The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales, an inspired collection of short stories by a cast of best-selling storytellers, based on the illustrations in his The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
This year's winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced today. The British prize goes to "the very best book of the year" written in English by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. Past winners have been propelled to international celebrity overnight, with the winning books selling hundreds of thousands of copies around the world. But this year's shortlist has generated a new complaint. Critics of the prize say Booker Prize judges have begun valuing "readability" above artistic excellence.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Nathaniel Philbrick tells us why Moby-Dick is one of the greatest American novels. In his National Book Award-winning book, In the Heart of the Sea, Philbrick tells the story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex, the real-life incident that inspired Melville to write Moby-Dick. In Why Read Moby-Dick? He looks at the fiction itself, highlighting its humor and characters.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011