Thousands of Czechs braved the freezing cold Monday in Prague to pay their respects to former President Vaclav Havel, who died Sunday at age 75. Judy Woodruff discusses the extraordinary life of the writer, dissident and president with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Continue reading
In a year of floods, fires and storms making headlines around the world, poet and editor Jeffrey Yang chronicles how writers have grappled with the power of nature over the centuries in his new book. Jeffrey Brown and Yang discuss the poetic perspective of the beauty and power of nature. Continue reading
“The Last Brother” is Nathacha Appanah’s fourth novel and her second translated into English. The book centers on the unlikely friendship of two young boys, Raj and David, as they both struggle with intense loneliness and the impact of their violent pasts.
Jeffrey Brown reports on the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious postgraduate writing program for elite writers and poets. The workshop celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown speaks with author Joyce Carol Oates about her new memoir, “A Widow’s Story,” detailing her life after the death of her husband. Continue reading
Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat speaks with Jeffrey Brown about her earthquake-ravaged homeland, feeling guilty for having the time and security to create art and her new collection of essays, “Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work.” Continue reading
The scorching 93 degree heat on Saturday was not enough to deter throngs of book lovers from coming out for the 10th Annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Library of Congress. Art Beat took to the National Mall for some “reader-on-the-street” -style interviews.
Born in Beijing, MacArthur Fellow Yiyun Li came to the United States in 1996 to complete a doctoral program in immunology, but decided then to change her career path and instead do something that was more important to her: writing.
A jazz pianist, an installation artist and a third-generation stone carver are among the recipients of the 2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship grants, announced early Tuesday morning.
Austin Kleon is a Texas-based poet, writer, cartoonist and designer. He’s found a playful way of making poetry from discarded newspapers, as demonstrated in his new book “Newspaper Blackout.” Jeffrey Brown reports as part of the NewsHour’s poetry series. Continue reading