Marvin Kalb spent 30 years as an award-winning reporter for CBS News and NBC News. In 1956, Kalb was selected by the State Department to do translation work in Moscow. He tells the story of that year in his new book: The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956 - Khrushchev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia.
Tyehimba Jess' poetry serves as a bridge between "slam poetry" and other American verse traditions. His second collection Olio , which celebrates the unrecorded and largely unknown Black musicians and orators of the 19th and early 20th centuries, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize.
Nancy Pearl has worked as a librarian and a bookseller for more than three decades, she is regularly featured on NPR's Morning Edition talking about her favorite books. The author of several works on non-fiction, she has now written her first novel, George & Lizzie , an emotional novel about an unlikely marriage as a crossroads.
In his new book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History , NYT bestselling author and co-creator of the Peabody-Award winning public radio show Studio 360 , Kurt Andersen, provides a new and comprehensive understanding of our post-truth world and the American instinct in make- believe. This interview was recorded at UAlbany as part of the New York State Writers Institute symposium: Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World.
Sebastian Barry is one of the most prominent Irish writers of his generation. In his latest novel, Days without End , he explores America through the eyes of a young Irish immigrant fighting in the great wars of the mid-19 th century. It's about war, immigration, and the violent making of America, but also a moving love story between two gay men.
Once known as the largest ghetto in the U.S., the Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn of today is more notable for its headlines in the real-estate section. But as systematic racism converges with gentrification, the neighborhood again finds itself as the center of a cultural quandary in Brian Platzer's debut novel, Bed-Stuy is Burning .
Adam Gopnik's new memoir, At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New York , is a memoir that captures the romance of New York City in the 1980's. The book is essentially a prequel to Adam's bestseller, Paris to the Moon , and documents his early adventures in the 1980's in NYC with his wife.
Set over the course of one week in June of 1939, the new novel The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews is a story about siblings, the joys of music, love (mutual and unrequited), and the meaning of home. It is a New York novel, but also one of the world, of big dreams and big love and what it means to be willing to pay any price for your family.
Salman Rushdie's is best known for his novels Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses , among others. While those take place in India and the United Kingdom, his latest, The Golden House, is set in New York City against the backdrop of modern politics from Obama to Trump.
Dr. Atul Gawande helped transform the conversation about aging and death in his book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End . He is a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a professor at Harvard Medical School, and a staff writer at The New Yorker .