Set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, The Story of Land and Sea a debut novel by Katy Simpson Smith, follows three generations of family—fathers and daughters, mother and son, master and slave, characters who yearn for redemption amidst a heady brew of war, kidnapping, slavery, and love.


  Ben Mezrich is the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House in addition to ten other books. The major motion picture 21, starring Kevin Spacey, was based on Bringing Down the House. The Oscar-winning film The Social Network was adapted from The Accidental Billionaires.

When the reclusive mathematician Jeremy Grady is murdered, it’s up to his estranged brother Jack to find out why. Jack's search leads him on a far-flung journey—from Brazil, India, Peru, and beyond—as he unravels the mystery that links the Seven Wonders of the World.

    Author, editor and publisher Victor S. Navasky will draw on his most recent book when he delivers the 26th annual Fox-Adler Lecture at Skidmore College. “The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power” is the title of Navasky’s talk, to be presented at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Gannett Auditorium of Palamountain Hall. A reception and book signing will immediately follow in the Class of 1967 lobby adjacent to the auditorium.

Navasky’s talk has the same title as his newest book, which describes how transformative and incendiary cartoons can be. He said, “Cartoons and cartoonists are usually thought of as irrelevant, trivial, ‘not serious.’ However, that is not true.

  Editor Julia Scott produces radio documentaries and news features for the BBC World Service and nationally syndicated programs, and writes for newspapers and magazines including The New York Times. Her work has been featured in Best American Science Writing.

She has now edited the collection Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors. It is a collection of wordy, overwrought, insipid writing by America’s most beloved authors and artists, including the likes of Gillian Flynn, Mary Roach, Dave Eggers, Rick Moody and Chuck Palahniuk.

  The Washington Post calls our next guest “one of the most talented crime writers alive.” Tana French is the author of four bestselling, critically acclaimed, and award-winning novels in which she has mastered the psychology of the criminal mind.


  In the spring of 2001, three women enlisted in the Indiana National Guard. Each had her own idea of what a stint in the Guard might mean — free education, a sense of purpose, extra money. But just months after they signed up, the 9/11 attacks occurred and what they thought would be a couple days of drills each month turned into long overseas deployments.

In her new book, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, Helen Thorpe follows the lives of Desma Brooks, Michelle Fischer and Debbie Helton for 12 years.

  Delia and Nora Ephron were writing partners; they co-wrote the movies You've Got Mail and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as well as the off-Broadway hit Love, Loss and What I Wore. Delia was an assistant producer on Nora's film Sleepless in Seattle.

In her latest book, Sister Mother Husband Dog, novelist Delia Ephron writes that losing her older sister, Nora Ephron, was like "losing an arm, it's that deranging." Nora, who wrote When Harry Met Sally, died of acute myeloid leukemia in June 2012.

But for all their collaboration and closeness, Delia acknowledges that sister relationships are complicated. Sister Mother Husband Dog is a collection of autobiographical essays.

"Updike" By Adam Begley

Aug 20, 2014


  In this magisterial biography, Adam Begley offers an illuminating portrait of John Updike, the acclaimed novelist, poet, short-story writer, and critic who saw himself as a literary spy in small-town and suburban America, who dedicated himself to the task of transcribing “middleness with all its grits, bumps and anonymities.”

  Lydia Davis is renowned in literary circles for perfecting the craft of the “extremely short short story.” She is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, one of world literature’s most prestigious prizes.

Her latest collection is can’t and won’t - stories.

    In its Touchstones author series, The Mount in Lenox, MA welcomes journalist/author Kate Bolick for a series of interviews with leading writers.

The August 15 program will feature Joanna Smith Rakoff whose new memoir, My Salinger Year, was recently released in June and is an Amazon Best Book pick for summer reading!