Books

Philippe Petit: "Creativity: The Perfect Crime"

Philippe Petit: "Creativity: The Perfect Crime"

May 14, 2014

In 1974, high wire artist Philippe Petit dazzled the world when he walked on a tightrope between New York's Twin Towers. In his new book, "Creativity: The Perfect Crime" he makes the case that breaking the rules is the key to creativity.

Lawrence Goldstone: "Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, And The Battle To Control The Skies"

Lawrence Goldstone: "Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, And The Battle To Control The Skies"

May 12, 2014

Lawrence Goldstone, the author of a new book on the Wright Brothers, says the mens' fixation on prestige and protecting their patent not only hurt them, it threatened to derail the development of aviation across the country. Goldstone joins guest host Susan Page to discuss “Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies."

Michael Cunningham: "The Snow Queen"

Michael Cunningham: "The Snow Queen"

May 7, 2014

"The Snow Queen" is the latest novel by award-winning author Michael Cunningham. The book traces the journeys of two brothers in New York as they search for transcendence, one through drugs, one through religion.

Ed Catmull: "Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming The Unseen Forces That Stand In The Way Of True Inspiration"

Ed Catmull: "Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming The Unseen Forces That Stand In The Way Of True Inspiration"

May 5, 2014

The co-founder and president of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney Animation talks with Diane about what it takes to build and sustain a creative culture.

Linn Ullmann: "The Cold Song"

Linn Ullmann: "The Cold Song"

April 30, 2014

"Cold Song" is a novel by Linn Ullmann, an award-winning Norwegian author, journalist and literary critic. Centered around the murder of a young woman, the book is a genre-bending tale of a family forced to confront their guilt, longings and losses.

George Saunders: "Congratulations, By The Way"

April 29, 2014

"Congratulations, By The Way," a new book featuring author George Saunders' 2013 graduation speech at Syracuse University, challenges us to lead a life of kindness.

A Special Readers' Review: A Celebration Of Poetry

A Special Readers' Review: A Celebration Of Poetry

April 23, 2014

A special Readers' Review: three poets join Diane to help mark national poetry month. They'll read their own work, discuss their inspirations and talk about the role poetry plays in society.

Akhil Sharma: "Family Life"

Akhil Sharma: "Family Life"

April 15, 2014

The author of the best-seller "An Obedient Father" speaks with Diane about his latest novel , which tells the story of the Mishra family as it moves from Delhi to Queens in the late 1970s.

William Cohan: "The Price Of Silence"

William Cohan: "The Price Of Silence"

April 14, 2014

Author and investigative reporter William Cohan joins Diane to talk about his new book, "The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities."

Martin Goldsmith: "Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance"

Martin Goldsmith: "Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance"

April 9, 2014

In 1939, 900 Jews attempted to flee Nazi Germany on the ship the "St. Louis." Turned back at every port, the boat eventually returned to Europe. Many passengers ended up dying in the Holocaust, including Martin Goldsmith's grandfather and uncle. "Alex's Wake" traces Goldsmith's efforts to recreate his family's journey in order to bear witness to their suffering and honor their memory.

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