Already a legend in his native Egypt, Sonallah Ibrahim has quietly emerged as one of our most riveting authors in translation. His latest - from the perspective of an 11-year old boy living with his widowed dad - finds poignancy in tragedy and vivid details of 1950s Cairo on the verge of revolution.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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