Frederick Douglass traveling through Ireland in 1845 to stir up support for his abolitionist cause. The first non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1919. Sen. George Mitchell in 1998 trying to forge a peace treaty in Northern Ireland. Those actual people and events are at the heart of a fictional story in the new novel “TransAtlantic” by author Colum McCann.
Egyptian novelist and dentist Alaa al Aswany speaks with Margret Warner about the surprising changes in political behavior of his countrymen amid the revolution earlier this year, and how the new Egypt is taking shape. Continue reading
Ursula Le Guin, best for her works of science fiction and fantasy, has been writing and publishing novels, children’s books, poetry and drama for over four decades. In December, she withdrew her membership from the Author’s Guild because she disagreed with the organization’s stance on the author settlement offered by Google in its plan to digitize millions of books.
Author Gunter Grass, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999, shocked the Germany when he revealed his membership in the infamous Nazi Waffen SS during World War II. German writer Peter Schneider discusses the confession’s impact on Germany. Continue reading