This series opens up a world of ideas through host Terry Tazioli's discussions of the latest books and his conversations with noted authors. Following each interview, Seattle Timesbook editor Mary Ann Gwinn (former VP of the National Book Critics Circle) joins Tazioli to explore the literary themes of that week's book and to recommend related authors and other reading material.
Colm Toibin, Norah Webster (#410) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Irish author Colm Toibin is a prolific prize-winning author. His novel "The Master" won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (with a 100,000- pound purse), plus many American awards. He's a professor at Columbia University.
Jane Smiley, Some Luck (#411) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
A prize-winning American novelist, essayist and nonfiction writer, Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "A Thousand Acres," a retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear story on an Iowa farm.
Louise Penny, The Long Way Home (#412) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Louise Penny is the Canadian author of a series of books featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Wildly popular, Penny's books are regulars on the New York Times Best Sellers list. She has won a number of awards for her writing, including the Agatha Award for mystery writing - four years in a row.
Bryan A. Stevenson, Just Mercy (#413) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Bryan A. Stevenson founded and directs the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit in Montgomery, Alabama. His stinging critique of the U.S. justice system in his novel, "Just Mercy," is drawing praise and acclaim from many quarters. Stevenson is a professor at New York University School of Law and has won countless awards and recognition for his work in behalf of the poor and people of color, including the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.
Niel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat (#310) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
A ragtag group of young Americans rowed to gold at the 1936 Olympics, right in the face of Adolph Hitler.
Tavis Smiley, Death of a King (#401) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Tavis Smiley is most noted as a talk-show host and author. He has hosted "Bet Talk" (then "BET Tonight") on BET, "The Tavis Smiley Show" on NPR, and is currently hosting two shows: "Tavis Talks" on BlogTalkRadio's Tavis Smiley Network and "The Tavis Smiley Show" on PBS.
Nicholas Kristof, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity (#403) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof has developed a specialty in international reporting on human rights abuses and social justice. He and his wife Sheryl Wu Dunn shared one of the Pulitzers and they are co-authors of the bestseller "Half the Sky: From Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide." Their new book is "A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity."
Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time (#408) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: none)
Jodi Picoult is one of America's most popular novelists. Her novels about families and relationships have sold an estimated 14 million copies worldwide, and two of her novels, "Nineteen Minutes" and "Change of Heart," debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times hardcover fiction list.