The Tavern as Tabernacle: Rosie Schaap on Drinking with Men

The memoirist talks about the bar as solace, sanctuary -- and second home.

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School of the World: Jared Diamond on The World Until Yesterday

The author and evolutionary biologist talks about what pre-industrial societies can teach our own.

 

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Yoram Kaniuk: "I Write Upside Down"

The iconic Israeli writer talks about his memoir of the War of Independence and his late-in-life literary celebrity.

 

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Chain Reactions: An Interview with Jo Nesbø

The author of Phantom on Harry Hole's struggle and the crime novel's moral mission.

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Interview with the Wolfman: Hal Johnson

A fantasist explores the animal nature within in a new work of paranormal fiction for teens.

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Susan Straight: A World of Daughters

The author of Between Heaven and Here talks about the thin line between motherhood and authorship.

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You Have to Take It Home: Daniel Handler on Lemony Snicket

The mysterious author's alter ego talks about pen names, Agatha Christie, and his new series, All the Wrong Questions.

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Robert A. Caro: "What can a president be? What can a president do?"

The author of The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson on his writing process, the challanges historians face, and how his subject acheived the full potential of the presidency.

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After the Escape: Sharon Olds on Stag's Leap

Sharon Olds talks about her new collection of verse and what consolation art can offer in the face of loss.

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Addicted to the Everything of America: D. T. Max on David Foster Wallace

The author of Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story discusses the immersive style and titanic ambition of the novelist.

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Back into the Abyss: Junot Díaz and Francisco Goldman

The authors -- and old friends -- discuss their writing processes, the countries that are close to their hearts, and the mysteries of love and death.

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Alternate Histories: David Abrams on Fobbit

The novelist talks war writing, military culture, and the origins of his new novel in Iraq's cubicle combat zone.

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Ghost Estates: Tana French on Ireland after the Bubble

The author on her bestselling mysteries, and their roots in a changing culture.

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Madness and Marginalia: Maureen McLane on "My Poets"

The poet and critic on her new book and the strange journeys of a reader's life.

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Breaking the Surface: Leanne Shapton's Life Aquatic

The author and artist's life chronicled in suits and sharks.

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'Sunny Jim' or 'Herr Satan': Gordon Bowker on James Joyce

How the great writer's life in exile emerged in a career of artistic revolution.

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Andrew Keen: "The Cult of the Social"

The author of Digital Vertigo sees the future in status updates, and it isn't a rosy one.

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Anna Quindlen: An Interview with Mom

The author talks with her son about her new memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, and the stories behind it.

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Alison Bechdel: The Balancing Act

The cartoonist and author of the memoir Are You My Mother? on writing, therapy, and a daughter's quest for love.

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Kevin Smith: Tough Talk

The Clerks director talks about his new book, his popular podcasts, and his impending retirement from film.

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Kelle Hampton: "The Good, the Bad, the Beautiful"

The author of a new memoir about parenting a child born with Down syndrome talks about learning to change her worldview, one day at a time.

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Etgar Keret: What Happens Next

The short story author speaks on curiosity, self-promotion, and life in a very small country.

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"The residue of time wasted": Jonah Lehrer Talks Creativity

The author of Imagine talks about the nature of creativity, and how we can boost our own capacity to invent.

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"The Past is a Negotiation": Jeanette Winterson

The author of Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? talks about the consequences of "spiritual damage."

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Lisa Kleypas: Emotional Magic

Eloisa James talks with the author about her new novel Rainshadow Road.

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Tim Weiner: Getting Inside the Bureau

The author of Enemies: A History of the FBI talks J. Edgar Hoover, 9/11, and the Bureau's balancing act between liberty and security.

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"The Shock of his Bad Behavior": Claire Tomalin on Charles Dickens

The author of Charles Dickens: A Life on what happens "when you live with Dickens for years."

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Michael Ondaatje

Talking Mailer, Kipling, and Tranströmer with the author of The Cat's Table.

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Tony Bennett: The Art of Excellence

The singer on the tracks that have built a legendary career.

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Ruth Rendell

The creator of Inspector Wexford discusses her fictional alter ego.

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July 27: The American novelist and critic Elizabeth Hardwick was born on this day in 1916.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).