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  • Fighting Racism at Home and Abroad: PW Talks with Max Brooks

    Brooks’s graphic novel "The Harlem Hellfighters" documents the suffering and courage of African-American troops in the Army’s legendary 369th Infantry Regiment of Harlem, N.Y.

  • Art and Reality: PW Talks with Peter Heller

    In Peter Heller’s second novel, "The Painter," well-known expressionist painter Jim Stegner confronts his inner demons and tries to outrun his past.

  • Jerry from the Block: PW Talks with Jerome Kass

    "Out of the Bronx," screenwriter Kass’s fiction debut, follows the charming Sachs family in a set of 10 related short stories spanning from the 1940s to present.

  • In Love and War: PW Talks with Ann Scott Tyson

    In "American Spartan," Tyson, a former Washington Post reporter, provides a personal account of the rise and fall of Special Forces Major Jim Gant, alongside the story of their developing romance. In this brave and honest narrative, Tyson details Gant’s passion and honor during war-time, his military career, his team of superb Special Forces operatives, and his love of the Afghanistan and its people.

  • Behind Hospital Doors: PW Talks With Kelly Parsons

    Parsons is an anomaly. A practicing urologist and faculty member at the University of California San Diego’s Medical School, he’s also written "Doing Harm," a chilling medical thriller.

  • Contents of Consciousness: PW Talks with Kimberly Elkins

    In "What Is Visible," Elkins resurrects the fascinating figure of Laura Bridgman, a renowned 19th-century woman unable to see, hear, smell, or taste.

  • A Juggler in a Dreadful Circus: PW Talks with Josh Malerman

    In "Bird Box," Malerman, a musician, offers a subtle, if chilling, look at a postapocalyptic America.

  • Constructing Culture: PW Talks with Mark Miodownik

    Miodownik, director of the Institute of Making at the University College London, examines 10 everyday substances in "Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape Our Man-Made World," his introduction to the discipline of materials science.

  • Never Trust the Artist: PW Talks with Christopher J. Yates

    A psychological competition between friends at Oxford University turns tragic in Yates’s twisty debut, "Black Chalk."

  • A Forgotten Rose: PW Talks With Andrea di Robilant

    In "Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside," di Robilant is determined to pursue the mystery of a rose grown by his great-great-great-great grandmother (a contemporary of Josephine Bonaparte) that he discovered growing wild on the family estate.

  • Family Politics: PW Talks With Mona Simpson

    In "Casebook," Simpson’s latest novel, adolescent Miles Adler-Hart watches his newly divorced mathematician mother, Irene, fall in love with a man named Eli Lee.

  • An Emotional Echo: PW Talks with Stacey D’Erasmo

    Stacey D’Erasmo’s fourth novel, "Wonderland," chronicles a 40-something musician’s attempt to restart her career while touring Europe.

  • Man in the Middle: PW Talks with Kai Bird

    Bird reached back to his childhood in Saudi Arabia to examine the life of his then-neighbor, a man later known as a renowned CIA spook, in "The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames."

  • Pilgrimage to the Heart of Darkness: PW Talks with Terry Hayes

    In screenwriter Hayes’s debut, "I Am Pilgrim," covert agent Scott Murdoch, aka “Pilgrim,” pursues both a lone-wolf bioterrorist and wrestles with personal demons threatening his own soul.

  • Speaking for the Dead: PW Talks With John Bennett

    In "Jack the Ripper: The Forgotten Victims," Paul Begg and John Bennett recover the stories of murdered women not considered official victims of the Ripper. We spoke with John Bennett about the case and the writing process.

  • Civil Rights and the South: PW Talks with Greg Iles

    Iles explores the unrest in the South during the 1960s in his fourth Penn Cage novel, "Natchez Burning."

  • Uproariously Vile: PW Talks with Douglas Coupland

    In "Worst. Person. Ever." rotten-to-the-core Raymond Gunt, an unemployed cameraman, travels from West London to the set of a reality TV show in the Pacific, offending nearly every single person whose path he crosses.

  • The Krauses’ Kids: PW Talks with Steven Pressman

    In "50 Children: One Ordinary Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany," journalist Pressman recounts how Gil and Eleanor Kraus, a Jewish-American couple, rescued 50 Jewish children from the heart of Austria during the early days of WWII.

  • Crime in a Closed Community: PW Talks with Julia Dahl

    Tabloid reporter Rebekah Roberts investigates a Hasidic woman’s murder in Brooklyn in Dahl’s debut, Invisible City.

  • Made in the USA: PW Talks with Anand Giridharadas

    In "The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas," New York Times columnist Giridharadas recounts a saga of murder, redemption, and the meaning of American identity.

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