Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Pearl by Mary Gordon. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Nov 19, 2008 — In the last days of the presidential campaign, William Ayers became the focus of attacks against Barack Obama. Ayers, a former member of the radical antiwar group the Weather Underground, talks about the extent of his association with the president-elect and why he remained silent during the campaign.
Mar 31, 2006 — Mary Gordon's book Pearl is about a mother struggling to understand her daughter's public act of martyrdom. It's now out in paperback. Gordon is the author of seven novels, including Final Payments and The Company of Women and four nonfiction works (including The Shadow Man. (This interview was originally broadcast Jan. 31, 2005.)
Apr 11, 2005 — Ian McEwan is the author of the best-selling novel Atonement. His latest novel, Saturday, takes place during one single day of a neurosurgeon's life. It is set in a post-9/11 world.
Mar 19, 2005 — Ian McEwan talks about Saturday, which tracks a neurosurgeon over a single day. McEwan says the parallels to Virginia Woolf and James Joyce may seem obvious in limiting a narrative to 24 hours, but he was more influenced by Saul Bellow and John Updike.
Feb 13, 2005 — In 1932, World War I veterans gathered in Washington, D.C., to demand payment of a bonus. The violence that ensued helped Franklin Roosevelt become president. Paul Dickson is co-author of a book revisiting an overlooked event in U.S. history: the Bonus Army.