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  • A Book Could Be a Living Thing: Walter Isaacson

    Walter Isaacson talks about innovation and 'The Innovators,' his National Book Award-nominated history of the digital age.

  • Cooking with the Masters: Dana Cowin

    Cowin is credited as the editor of several Food & Wine cookbooks, but her new project, she says, “feels like the first one.”

  • Addicted to Afghanistan: Ted Rall

    In 2010, Ted Rall and fellow cartoonists Matt Bors and Steven Cloud spent four nights at the Pamir, an unfinished four-story hotel—which, at the time, was occupied by members of the Taliban—in the Ghor province of Afghanistan.

  • Fighting the Good Fight: Jane Haddam

    A corrupt scheme involving private prisons. Mortgage fraud. These are the latest current public controversies to serve as significant plot elements for the twisty whodunit featuring Jane Haddam’s Armenian-American detective, Gregor Demarkian.

  • Lessons from the King: Tavis Smiley

    When Tavis Smiley established himself in the broadcast business in 2002, the legendary talk show host made a point of frequently featuring guests closely associated with Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Ominous Miniatures: Matthea Harvey

    The poet Matthea Harvey has a Frozen Charlotte doll—a china doll popular in the late 19th century—encased in ice in her freezer.

  • Taking Back the Power: Katha Pollitt

    Around the corner from her home on the Upper West Side, Katha Pollitt is ensconced in a booth at one of those no-frills diners that have mostly been squeezed out of Manhattan by fast food restaurants and upscale coffee dispensaries.

  • Back to the Future: Jules Feiffer

    Cartoonist Jules Feiffer didn’t feel confident enough to publish his first original graphic novel until he was in his 80s (he’s now 85). Over the decades, he’s worked in a staggering number of formats but until 'Kill My Mother' (Liveright) he hadn’t fully embraced the graphic novel format.

  • Clash of the Titans... of Crime: Lorenzo Carcaterra

    Ever since his 1993 memoir, "A Safe Place: The True Story of a Father, a Son, a Murder," Lorenzo Carcaterra has dealt with the dark side of life.

  • All Men are Created Equal: Danielle Allen

    “For me one of the Declaration’s great lessons and spiritual qualities is this amazing conviction it has in the intellectual capacity of ordinary human beings,” says Danielle Allen, professor of social science at Princeton University.

  • Elephants in the Mist: Jodi Picoult

    Bestselling author Jodi Picoult has written 21 novels and been translated into 34 languages in 35 countries. Her latest, she says, brings things full circle.

  • Reagan Rising: Rick Perlstein

    Perlstein’s 'The Invisible Bridge' is a sharp reminder of how deeply unsettling the Watergate era was for many Americans

  • Review: Robert Galbraith's 'The Silkworm'

    PW's review of the new novel by Galbraith, better known as J.K. Rowling. We call the book "a classic fair-play whodunit."

  • First Fiction Summer 2014: Lauren Owen: Vampires, in the Victorian Tradition

    How many 28-year-old aspiring novelists dream of getting their first book giddily blurbed by Hilary Mantel, Kate Atkinson, and Tana French?

  • First Fiction Summer 2014: Courtney Maum: Steep for 10 Years, Then Rewrite

    Courtney Maum was in her early 20s and living in Paris when she wrote the first draft of her debut novel, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, which will be released by Touchstone (Simon & Schuster) on June 10.

  • First Fiction Summer 2014: Boris Fishman: An Enterprising Mind

    “My novel has its origins the 1990s, when my family had just emigrated from the former Soviet Union.

  • First Fiction Summer 2014: Josh Malerman: Rock Star, Horror Writer

    If Josh Malerman’s name sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve probably already heard it. The frontman for Detroit-based indie-rock band the High Strung has appeared on stages across the country and been featured on This American Life.

  • First Fiction Summer 2014: Laura McBride: A Story You’ve Never Heard Before

    When Stephanie Cabot (Gernert Company) sent Laura McBride’s first novel, We Are Called to Rise, to Trish Todd, v-p and executive editor at Simon & Schuster, Todd immediately knew she was in the presence of a first-rate writer.

  • First Fiction Summer 2014: Edan Lepucki: A Quiet Apocalypse

    Edan Lepucki started California, which sold to Little, Brown at auction and has a July 8 pub date, in 2009, during a 12-day residency at Ucross in rural Wyoming.

  • First Fiction Summer 2014: Anticipated Debuts

    This week, we’re casting a spotlight on seven fiction debuts by authors who are also professors, mothers, corporate namers, freelancers, and rock stars.

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