Crossing the Bay of Bengal

A fascinating look into the history of a little-known area that played an enormous role in the global trading industry and the journeys of its migrant workers.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…