Mystery Man

The Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett, 1921–1960 edited by Richard Layman with Julie M. Rivett, and with a foreword by Josephine Hammett Marshall

Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers by Jo Hammett, edited by Richard Layman with Julie M. Rivett

Dashiell Hammett: Crime Stories & Other Writings selected and edited by Steven Marcus

The Fastest Killer

Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775–82 by Elizabeth A. Fenn

Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox by Jonathan B. Tucker

King of High & Low

Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub

Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

Stephen King’s Rose Red by Stephen King

The Essential Stephen King by Stephen J. Spignesi


Gabriele Annan is a book and film critic living in London. (March 2006)

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays, including the 2000 Booker Prize–winning The Blind Assassin; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize and the Premio Mondello; The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Penelopiad. Her latest work is a book of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014). Her newest novel, Madd­Addam (2013) is the third in a trilogy comprising The Year of the Flood (2009) and the Giller and Booker Prize–nominated Oryx and Crake (2003). Atwood lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1945. He is the author of many novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Untouchable, Eclipse, The Sea (winner of the Man Booker Prize), and Ancient Light. His latest novel ­The Blue Guitar was published in September 2015. As Benjamin Black he has written six crime novels, including Vengeance.

Amos Elon (1926–2009) was an Israeli journalist. His final book was The Pity of It All: A Portrait of Jews In Germany 1743 – 1933.

Tim Flannery’s new book, Atmosphere of Hope: ­Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis, will be published in October. (October 2015)

Allan Keiler is Professor of Music at Brandeis. His latest book, Marian Anderson: A Singer’s Journey, was published last year. He is writing a biography of Franz Liszt. (February 2002)

John Leonard writes on books every month for Harper’s and on television every week for New York magazine. (June 2007)

Jeff Madrick is the director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Re­discovering Government Initiative at the Century Foundation and editor of Challenge Magazine. His new book is Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Damaged America and the World.

Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. His most recent book is The Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America. (June 2011)

Aryeh Neier is President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. He was for twelve years the Executive Director of ­Human Rights Watch.

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (1917–2007) was an American historian and social critic. He served as adviser to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. His Journals: 1952– 2000 were published in 2007.

James Traub is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. He is currently writing a book about Times Square. (February 2002)

John Updike (1932–2009) was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. In 1954 he began to publish in The New Yorker, where he continued to contribute short stories, poems, and criticism until his death. His major work was the set of four novels chronicling the life of Harry “Rabbit: Angstrom, he two of which, Rabbit is Richand Rabbit at Rest, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last books were the novel The Widows of Eastwick and Due Considerations, a collection of his essays and criticism.

Steven Weinberg teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and the National Medal of Science. His latest book for general readers is Lake Views: This World and the Universe.