Tana French is the author of four highly acclaimed novels of suspense. French grew up in Ireland, the US and Malawi and trained as an actress at Trinity College Dublin; she has worked in theatre, film and voiceover. And then came fiction. Her books include In the Woods, The Likeness, and Faithful Place and have won Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards.
Gore Vidal came from a generation of novelists whose fiction gave them a political platform. Norman Mailer ran for mayor of New York City; Kurt Vonnegut became an anti-war spokesman. And Vidal was an all-around critic. His novels sometimes infuriated readers with unflattering portraits of American history.
He also wrote essays and screenplays, and his play The Best Man currently has a revival on Broadway.
William Bryant Logan -part of this weekend’s Rensselaerville Festival of Writers- has written about oak and dirt and now he has a new book, out next month, about the air. It is entitled: Air: The Restless Shaper of the World.
We welcome Alice Feiring, author of Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally, has been published in many magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times. She is a recipient of the James Beard award and the 2011 Louis Roederer International Wine Writer’s Award for blog/on-line wine writing.
Kurt Andersen is the author of the bestselling novels Heyday and Turn of the Century. He has also written for film, television, and the stage. He is host of the Peabody Award–winning public radio show Studio 360. His latest novel is the coming-of-age story and thrilling political mystery, True Believers: A Novel.