When author Vaddey Ratner was just a child, the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and destroyed her aristocratic family. Her new novel, In the Shadow of the Banyan, draws on her terrible experiences — and the poetry and stories from her father that helped her survive.
In Peter Heller's debut novel, The Dog Stars, a man named Hig survives a superflu that kills most of humanity. Heller, a travel and adventure writer, says that when his novel took a post-apocalyptic turn, he found himself relying on his real-life scrapes and survival skills.
In Victoria Kneubuhl's mysteries, dashing detectives Ned and Mina explore the darker side of a sunny tourist paradise — Honolulu. In their debut, Murder Casts a Shadow, Ned and Mina set out to discover who killed a crooked museum curator, and get drawn into a deeper mystery about the death of Hawaii's last king.
In the latest book in her Mrs. Murphy mystery series, Sneaky Pie For President, author Rita Mae Brown's feline protagonist puts the mysteries aside to make a run for the White House and unify all Americans under an animal-friendly agenda.
Bob Kane gets all the credit for creating the superhero. But author Marc Tyler Nobleman argues that a long-forgotten writer, Bill Finger, created almost everything we now associate with the Dark Knight, from his cape and cowl costume to the name Gotham City.
Jennie Fields' new novel, The Age of Desire, reimagines Edith Wharton's fling with a young journalist and the obsession that accompanied its fallout. Without that experience, Fields says, Wharton's The Age of Innocence would not have been the same.
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