The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century) an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, March 14–July 8, 2012
The Candidate: What It Takes to Win—and Hold—the White House by Samuel L. Popkin
“My painting is tomorrow’s painting. Watch and see.”—Forrest Bess an exhibition at Christie’s, New York City, March 1–April 11, 2012
The Man That Got Away an installation at the Whitney Biennial, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, March 1–May 27, 2012
Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010 by Charles Murray
The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It by Timothy Noah
The Kid with a Bike a film directed by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai
Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam by Lewis Sorley
OMA/Progress an exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, October 6, 2011–February 19, 2012
Project Japan: Metabolism Talks… by Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist, edited by Kayoko Ota and James Westcott
Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty by John M. Barry
The Caucasus: An Introduction by Thomas de Waal
The Devil’s Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs by Ambrose Bierce, edited by S.T. Joshi
The Meagre Tarmac by Clark Blaise
The Complete Plays of Sophocles: A New Translation by Robert Bagg and James Scully
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, translated from the Greek with an introduction and notes by David Mulroy
An Introduction to Greek Tragedy by Ruth Scodel
Theater of the People: Spectators and Society in Ancient Athens by David Kawalko Roselli
Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life by Alastair Brotchie
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.
Michael Dirda, a weekly book columnist for The Washington Post, received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He is the author of the memoir An Open Book and of four collections of essays: Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book, and Classics for Pleasure. His most recent book, On Conan Doyle, received a 2012 Edgar Award for best critical/biographical work of the year. Dirda graduated with Highest Honors in English from Oberlin College and earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature (medieval studies and European romanticism) from Cornell University. He is a contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, the online Barnes & Noble Review, and several other periodicals, as well as a frequent lecturer and an occasional college teacher. His new book, Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books, will be out next summer.
Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013) was Professor of Philosophy and Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at NYU. His books include Is Democracy Possible Here?, Justice in Robes, Freedom’s Law, and Justice for Hedgehogs. He was the 2007 winner of the Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize for “his pioneering scholarly work” of “worldwide impact” and he was recently awarded the Balzan Prize for his “fundamental contributions to Jurisprudence.”
Martin Filler’s latest book, Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II, has been long-listed for the 2014 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Filler was born in 1948 and received degrees in art history from Columbia University. He has been a contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1985 and his writing on modern architecture has been published in more than thirty journals, magazines, and newspapers in the US, Europe, and Japan. His first collection of New York Review essays, Makers of Modern Architecture, was published in 2007. Filler is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He and his wife, the architectural historian Rosemarie Haag Bletter, live in New York and Southampton.
Peter Green is Dougherty Centennial Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin and Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa. His most recent book is The Hellenistic Age: A Short History. His translation of the Iliad is forthcoming. (March 2015)
Perry Link is Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California at Riverside. He translated China’s Charter 08 manifesto into English and recently co-edited No Enemies, No Hatred, a collection of essays and poems by Liu Xiaobo. His latest book is An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics and his translation of the autobiography of the Chinese dissident astrophysicist Fang Lizhi, The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Science to Exile, will be published in 2016.
Claire Messud is the author of four novels and a book of novellas. Her novel The Emperor’s Children was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and was selected as one of the ten best books of 2006 by The New York Times. Her most recent novel is The Woman Upstairs. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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 is To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science.
Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown. In honor of the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act, his two edited volumes of The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate, 1764–1776 will be published this summer, 2015.