May 20, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Jenny Rosenstrach examines dinnertime, Kate Summerscale recounts a scandalous Victorian trial, and John Dramani Mahama looks back on his childhood in Ghana. In fiction, Victor Davis Hanson reimagines an ancient battle, and Marie NDiaye follows three women from Senegal to Europe.
Aug 30, 2012 — Novelist Bernard Cornwell returns to Saxon England while Libyan writer Hisham Matar delivers a tale of loss and Madeline Miller's debut reimagines The Iliad. In nonfiction, Sally Jacobs examines Obama's father, and Jim Steinmeyer recalls a magician who rivaled Houdini.
Oct 17, 2011 — While films have popularized some of the most important battles of ancient Greece, one of the most stunning military victories of all time, the Battle of Leuktra, has remained shrouded in mystery. In his first work of historical fiction, historian Victor Davis Hanson re-imagines the epic defeat.
Oct 10, 2011 — Homage to the Iliad lingers in literature even today, but most retellings do not live up to the grandeur of their ancient ancestor. Author Dawn Tripp recommends a rare find that does measure up — the haunting Homeric novel Ransom, by David Malouf.
Sep 1, 2011 — To crime writer Petros Markaris, the Athens of today is both a peaceful Balkan haven and a symbol of the ugliness of modern, corrupt societies. In his detective novels, Markaris takes on the financial and social crises sweeping Greece.
Aug 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Che Committed Suicide by Petros Markaris. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Histories by Herodotus. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 16, 2011 — Jane Smiley, Carl Hiaasen, James Lee Burke and Alan Furst all return with novels in which the characters gradually awaken to the toxicity of their choices, while in nonfiction, Sonia Shah looks at how malaria has ruled humankind for 500,000 years.
Apr 25, 2011 — Military historian Jim Lacey says the battle of Marathon, where the vastly outnumbered Greeks defeated the Persian army, had a profound impact on Western civilization, and opened an East-West political and cultural divide that shaped the ancient and modern worlds.