Irish writer Colm Toibin's novella recounts familiar stories of the New Testament, as seen through the eyes of Jesus' mother. But this isn't the iconic blushing virgin you're used to seeing. Toibin's Mary is modeled after the fierce heroines of Greek tragedies — and she is filled with anger.
The feud began in 1997 in the letters pages of the Guardian, withRushdie calling the author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy "a pompous ass" and Le Carre accusing the author of TheSatanic Verses of "self-canonization." Both writers now say they regret the literary war of words, and speak of their mutual admiration.
First-time novelist Ayana Mathis got a big boost for her book "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" when it was selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. We talk with Mathis about her inspiration and the whirlwind of sudden fame.
Jon Ronson, the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats, has spent his life exploring mysterious events and meeting extraordinary people. His newest book, Lost at Sea, is a collection of true mini-adventures he has written along the way.
Host Rachel Martin talks with Gregory Johnsen about his new book detailing the U.S. campaign against al-Qaida in Yemen. The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia covers the drone strikes and the moral dilemma posed by the U.S. war against al-Qaida.
Serena Frome is more bookworm than spy, but her bosses at MI5 have the perfect mission for her: to cultivate and fund British writers whose politics align with those of the government. Literature and Cold War espionage collide in Ian McEwan's new novel.
For 10 years, journalist Yang Jinsheng secretly collected official evidence about the terrible famine in China a half-century ago. In his chilling book Tombstone — which is banned in his homeland — Yang estimates that 36 million people died of starvation and other causes during the famine, even as grain exports continued.
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