The world's top authors and critics join host Pamela Paul and editors at The New York Times Book Review to talk about the week's top books, what we're reading and what's going on in the literary world.
A More Perfect Union
Sasha Issenberg talks about “The Engagement,” and J. Hoberman discusses the story of Hollywood as told through 10 books.
Reimagining the Aftermath of a Wartime Attack
Francis Spufford talks about “Light Perpetual,” and Egill Bjarnason discusses “How Iceland Changed the World.”
A Desperate Writer Steals 'The Plot'
Jean Hanff Korelitz discusses her new novel, and Elizabeth Hinton talks about "America on Fire."
Maggie O’Farrell on ‘Hamnet’
O’Farrell discusses her novel about Shakespeare and his family, and Judith Shulevitz talks about Rachel Cusk’s “Second Place.”
Louis Menand on 'The Free World'
Menand talks about his work of political and cultural history, and Phillip Lopate discusses his three anthologies of American essays.
Michael Lewis on 'The Premonition'
Lewis discusses his new book about the pandemic, and Annette Gordon-Reed talks about “On Juneteenth.”
Good Book Talk
Good information on the latest books with author interviews and reviews. That said it is a bit lightweight. Nothing hard hitting, reviews are never really that critical and the authors aren't asked any difficult questions. Feels a bit like a collection of back covers.