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  • In My Own Words: Mexican Drug Wars: Don Winslow

    DEA agent Art Keller, introduced in 2005's The Power of the Dog, resumes his personal campaign against illegal drugs in The Cartel.

  • Stairway to Heaven: Roland Merullo

    “The problem for me,” says Roland Merullo, “is that I’m interested in everything and everybody.”

  • Show and Tell: Sally Mann

    If you know who Sally Mann is, it’s most likely because you know her stunning, sensual photography.

  • Women Rule: Kate Walbert

    The first thing I asked Kate Walbert was how she titled her fourth novel, "The Sunken Cathedral".

  • East Side, West Side: Vivian Gornick

    In "The Odd Woman and the City," to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in May, Vivian Gornick writes of the “shock of pleasure” she gets each evening as she gazes from her 16th-floor apartment in Greenwich Village at “the banks of lighted windows rising to the sky, crowding round me... [I] feel myself embraced.”

  • Extraordinary Light: Tracy K. Smith

    Tracy K. Smith has had a successful career as a poet: her first two collections, "The Body’s Question" and "Duende" (Graywolf, 2003 and 2007), won major awards, and she began teaching at Princeton following her first book.

  • A Life Examined: Kate Mulgrew

    After four successful decades as an actress, including a costarring role in the current hit TV series "Orange Is the New Black," Kate Mulgrew is about to release her first book,"Born with Teeth: A Memoir" (Little, Brown, April), with uncharacteristic fear.

  • In My Own Words: Up in the Rose Hotel: Rahimeh Andalibian

    Andalibian is a psychologist/therapist who helps trauma victims and families. Her memoir, "The Rose Hotel," recounts her childhood in a wealthy Iranian family, and the suffering that they endured as a result of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

  • The Serious Stuff: Thomas McGuane

    Thomas McGuane is the greatest writer of American loneliness we have.

  • An American in Venice: Donna Leon

    Donna Leon’s novels featuring the thoughtful and erudite Det. Guido Brunetti, of the Venetian police, have topped international bestseller lists and won international awards (including the CWA Silver Dagger).

  • A Northern Light in the Literary World: Per Petterson

    Interviewing the Norwegian author Per Petterson is like stepping inside one of his books: the conversation swings between the present and the past, his own experiences and those of loved ones.

  • Non Stop Adventure: Clive Cussler

    At 83, novelist Clive Cussler still scuba dives, in the spirit of his younger and best-known fictional character, marine adventurer Dirk Pitt. So asking Cussler about retiring from writing makes him laugh.

  • Intrigue in Postwar Berlin: Joseph Kanon

    After seven postwar European thrillers, Edgar Award–winning author Joseph Kanon, whose latest novel is "Leaving Berlin" (Atria, Mar. 3), has firmly established himself as an heir to Graham Greene.

  • Writing for Risk Takers: Andrew Smith

    For most of his first five decades, Andrew Smith resisted being a published author.

  • A New Way to Know God: Doug Pagitt

    What if instead of God existing inside us—the traditional teaching—we exist in God? What difference does it make to reconceptualize our relationship to God this way? A new book offers answers.

  • Literary Mysteries: Ian Caldwell

    In 2004, Ian Caldwell was the bestselling first-time author of "The Rule of Four" (Dial Press, 2004), written with his best friend and coauthor Dustin Thomason.

  • In My Own Words: Once More to the Book: Mary Norris

    Norris’s "Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen" is a witty guide to problems with usage, punctuation, and grammar frequently encountered by writers, as well as a memoir of the author’s years as a copy editor at the New Yorker.

  • Who Doesn’t Want to Hear a Ghost Story? Kelly Link

    Kelly Link's forthcoming collection, 'Get in Trouble,' has already made it onto many of 2015’s most-anticipated lists.

  • Unusual Suspect: Matt Burgess

    Crime writer Matt Burgess looks set to break out with his second novel, 'Uncle Janis.'

  • From Comics Theory to Comics Practice: Scott McCloud

    Scott McCloud didn’t intend to become the premier comics theorist, but his acclaimed trilogy that began with 'Understanding Comics,' forced a reexamination of the medium. In February, McCloud is publishing 'The Sculptor" (First Second), his first work of fiction in over 15 years.

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