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.
Real-Life Political Violence Fuels Fiction in ‘The Abstainer’
Ian McGuire talks about his new novel, and Elisabeth Egan discusses Romy Hausmann’s “Dear Child.”
The Ottoman Empire’s Influence on the Present Day
Alan Mikhail talks about “God’s Shadow,” and Benjamin Lorr discusses “The Secret Life of Groceries.”
The Fate of Refugees After World War II
David Nasaw talks about “The Last Million,” and Carlos Lozada discusses “What Were We Thinking.”
Hari Kunzru on Writing ‘Red Pill’
Kunzru talks about his new novel, and Ben Macintyre discusses “Agent Sonya,” his latest real-life tale of espionage.
C.I.A. Operatives in the Early Years of the Cold War
Scott Anderson discusses “The Quiet Americans,” and Peter Baker and Susan Glasser talk about “The Man Who Ran Washington.”
Ayad Akhtar on Truth and Fiction
Akhtar discusses "Homeland Elegies," and Marc Lacey talks about "Cry Havoc," by Michael Signer, and "The Violence Inside Us," by Chris Murphy.