The Man Booker Prizeis given annually to a novel by an author in Britain, Ireland or one of the Commonwealth nations. It is highly prestigious, as well as often highly contentious and controversial. This year was no exception. This year’s prize went to one of Britain’s leading writers, winning for his first time, Julian Barnes.
Diplomat and author Stephane Hessel, who is also a concentration camp survivor and former French resistance fighter, wants people to get mad and fight against what’s wrong in the world, as he writes in his booklet, “Indignez-Vous!” or “Time for Outrage.” Continue reading
Tom Piazza’s works of fiction include the novel, “City of Refuge” and those of non-fiction include “Why New Orleans Matters.” His new book is a collection of essays on a wide array of topics, titled “Devil Sent the Rain.”
From 2002 to 2009, director Jim Whitaker and a film crew chronicled the lives of five people who were directly impacted by the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11 for a new documentary, “Rebirth.”
What if a jury selected a design for the new 9/11 memorial and then discovered that its architect was a Muslim? Ten years after the terrorist attack, the actual memorial is just about to open. But an alternative history is imagined in the new novel, “The Submission.”
As protesters in North Africa and the Middle East vent their anger with their governments, the world is again transfixed and transformed. Continue reading
When author Kati Marton started digging into the files that the Hungarian secret police kept on her parents, who worked as journalists in Cold War Budapest, she discovered the extent to which the people around them in the 1940s and ’50s kept tabs on her family’s everyday life. Continue reading