American writer, spy novelist, and former CIA officer Valerie Plame joins Robert Kerbeck, award-winning author of Ruse: Lying the American Dream from Hollywood to Wall Street, to talk leaks, sneaks, and other assorted spy stories. With an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and intelligence expert Thomas Powers.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Edith Wharton Citation of Merit for Fiction, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Ayad Akhtar is the author of Homeland Elegies, called “a tour de force” by The Washington Post.
Fasten your seatbelts as journalist and much-lauded travel writer Julia Cooke shares the glamour, danger, and liberation of commercial flight in the Mad-Men era.
Sean Prentiss (winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and finalist for the Vermont Book Award for Finding Abbey) and Deep Cuts author Steve Coughlin (“hoping perhaps to rectify—to rewrite—all those long-ago moments that went awry”) share their new memoirs-in-poems while talking about the joys and pitfalls of writing truthfully about our own worlds through poetry.
Award-winning journalist Theo Padnos shares the extraordinary account of being kidnapped and tortured in Syria by al Qaeda for two years (“the best of the genre, profound, poetic, and sorrowful,” The Atlantic
New York Times bestselling author of The Family (also a Netflix documentary) and C Street, Jeff Sharlet talks about his latest book This Brilliant Darkness, a visionary work of radical empathy.
Instant New York Times bestselling author Flynn Berry shows a le Carré-like flair in her latest thriller, Northern Spy, soon to be a major Netflix production. (“Berry won an Edgar for Under the Harrow in 2017. Here comes another contender,” The Washington Post.) Join for a discussion of the Troubles, the new IRA, and writing early motherhood.
New York Times bestselling author Katie Crouch (Girls in Trucks, Abroad, and Men and Dogs) talks about her latest rave-reviewed novel.
Spoken word poet and teaching artist Rajnii Eddins (author of Their Names are Mine) shares his love for poetry, and the power of words and language to inspire, empower, and affirm.
Author James Gustave Speth discusses his new book about the role of the US federal government in causing the climate crisis. ("A rousing condemnation of a system bent on short-term gain against long-term health,” Kirkus Reviews)