Eleanor Catton reads an excerpt from “The Luminaries” at the PBS NewsHour studios. Eleanor Catton started writing “The Luminaries” when she was 25. At 28, she is now the youngest author to ever win the Man Booker Prize and her … Continue reading
George Pelecanos talks to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about his new book “The Double.” An award-winning crime fiction writer, George Pelecanos recently published the second installment in his new series featuring private eye Spero Lucas. “The Double” follows Lucas … Continue reading
Richard Rodriguez talks to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about his new collection of essays, “Darling.” Richard Rodriguez used to contribute video essays to PBS NewsHour and now he has just published a new collection of written essays titled “Darling: … Continue reading
Humor wasn’t always integral to Billy Collins’ poetry. The former U.S. poet laureate thought he had to be serious, or at least “pretend to be serious.” Collins stopped by the NewsHour recently to speak with chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about his new collection and capturing everyday life in a poem.
Elizabeth Becker, an award-winning former foreign and war correspondent for the New York Times, explores the best and worst of the tourism industry in her new book, “Overbooked: The Global Business of Travel and Tourism.” The United Nations estimates that … Continue reading
Jonathan Lethem’s new novel, “Dissident Gardens,” is a look back at American communism across decades and generations through the eyes of Rose Zimmer and her daughter, Miriam. Lethem sat down with chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown to talk about radicalism … Continue reading
Listen to Chief Arts Correspondent Jeffrey Brown’s interview with Stanley Crouch above “The Jazz story … it’s the American story” or so says Stanley Crouch, jazz scholar and author of the new book, “Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times … Continue reading
Alice McDermott tells the story of an ordinary woman named Marie from childhood to death in her new novel, “Someone.” The narrative centers on a woman who is shy, plain, unremarkable on the surface, but has a very active internal life. Jeffrey Brown talks to McDermott about her inspirations for the character from her own life and about the creative process in writing the novel.
Writer Jesmyn Ward discusses the role and strength of women in her community, and the time it took to write and understand the loss of her loved ones for her memoir “Men We Reaped.”
“Claire of the Sea Light” is a story of death and loss, but also the enduring power of love. The intertwined lives in a small fishing village are upended when a seven-year-old girl disappears. Haitian-born novelist Edwidge Danticat has returned with her first novel in a decade and her first work of fiction about her native country since the 2010 earthquake there.