One of the oldest, longest and most influential works in the history of Old English will soon be experienced through the eyes of one of the world’s most beloved fantasy authors. Continue reading
Author Chang-rae Lee had set out to write a contemporary novel about the lives of Chinese workers. Instead, for his new book “On Such a Full Sea,” he created a dystopian America of the future, divided into labor settlements, where a teenage girl named Fan searches for love. Jeffrey Brown talks to Lee about how he came to write his main character and his experience working on Wall Street for a year. Continue reading
Kate DiCamillo spoke to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about her new role as National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature. Kate DiCamillo wasn’t always a writer. Self-described as a “late-bloomer,” she didn’t actually start writing until she was 30 years … Continue reading
Author Kate DiCamillo gained acclaim for her children’s novels "Because of Winn-Dixie" and award-winning "The Tale of Despereaux." Jeffrey Brown talks to DiCamillo about her latest role as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and her goal to "remind people of the great and profound joy that can be found in stories." Continue reading
- The private thoughts of a public man: the ambitions and insecurities of literary giant Norman Mailer
J. Michael Lennon, author of “Norman Mailer: A Double Life,” spoke to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about the ambitions and insecurities of the literary giant. Norman Mailer had quite a public persona. He was a Pulitzer Prize winning American … Continue reading
The 45th Man Booker Prize for Fiction was awarded Tuesday to Eleanor Catton for “The Luminaries.” Set in 1860s New Zealand during the Gold Rush, Catton’s second novel is a murder mystery that constructs its own astrological calendar to determine … Continue reading
Liao Yiwu was in his early 30s when he was arrested for writing and performing a poem about the brutality of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. A new memoir about his time in prison called “For a Song and A Hundred Songs” has just been published.
O July 4, 2001, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky read aloud for NewsHour viewers the concluding section of Walt Whitman’s “By Blue Ontario’s Shore,” Pinsky said, “Whitman’s list of what he ‘will not shirk’ remains an attractive agenda and can inspire a credible patriotism.” Here, for the 4th of July, are Walt Whitman’s lines:
Author Walter Mosley has written more than 40 books. His new mystery novel, “Little Green,” revives one of the best-known, longest-running characters in American literature. Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, Mosley’s fictional private eye, was last seen driving off a cliff.