Fiction

Jim Lehrer: "Top Down: A Novel Of The Kennedy Assassination"

October 7, 2013

Jim Lehrer was a young reporter in Dallas when President Kennedy was shot. The former PBS newsman's new novel imagines how the assassination changes the life of a Secret Service agent and his family.

Juan Gabriel Vasquez: "The Sound Of Things Falling"

September 23, 2013

A new novel set in Colombia explores what happens when an entire nation is gripped by fear. How Colombia's brutal drug wars alter a generation - and how a nation reclaims its soul.

Margaret Atwood: "MaddAddam"

September 19, 2013

In the third book in a dystopian trilogy, Margaret Atwood writes about what happens to a small group of survivors after a pandemic wipes out most of humanity.

Alice McDermott: "Someone"

Alice McDermott: "Someone"

September 9, 2013

National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott talks about her latest novel, her first in seven years. It's the story of an ordinary woman's life, its heartbreaks and its joys.

Jason Matthews: "Red Sparrow"

Jason Matthews: "Red Sparrow"

August 22, 2013

A debut spy novel by a 33-year veteran of the CIA. The book pits a beautiful Russian intelligence officer, a trained seductress, against a rookie American agent.

Readers' Review:  "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" By Muriel Spark

Readers' Review: "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" By Muriel Spark

August 21, 2013

For our August Readers' Review: the story of a charismatic, unconventional teacher and the influence she has on her pupils.

A Conversation With Author Tana French

A Conversation With Author Tana French

August 12, 2013

Irish author Tana French recently won the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize for thrillers. But her plots are often about more than solving grisly murders. Her fourth book, “Broken Harbor,” is a psychological thriller that also explores a downtrodden Ireland after the fall of the Celtic Tiger. Tana French joins Diane to talk about her best-selling novels and how her career as an actress influences her writing.

Mario Alberto Zambrano: "Loteria: A Novel"

Mario Alberto Zambrano: "Loteria: A Novel"

August 5, 2013

A former international ballet star talks about his second career as a writer. He describes how a card game he played as a child inspired his first novel about a troubled Mexican-American family.

Readers' Review: "Woman At Point Zero" By Nawal El Saadawi

July 31, 2013

"Woman at Point Zero" is based on a true story about a woman whose struggles to survive poverty end with her facing execution at the same prison where the author herself was held for political activism.

Susan Choi: "My Education"

Susan Choi: "My Education"

July 22, 2013

A professor's dark world, a graduate student's obsession and a torrid affair that turns lives upside down: Susan Choi on her new novel.

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