A Modernist Return to Reality

Derain, Balthus, Giacometti: Une amitié artistique [Derain, Balthus, Giacometti: An Artistic Friendship] an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, June 2–October 29, 2017

The True American

Henry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls

Walden by Henry David Thoreau, with an introduction and annotations by Bill McKibben

Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau by Kevin Dann

Thoreau’s Animals by Henry David Thoreau, edited by Geoff Wisner and illustrated by Debby Cotter Kaspari

Thoreau and the Language of Trees by Richard Higgins, with a foreword by Robert D. Richardson and photographs by Richard Higgins

The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years by Robert M. Thorson

This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal an exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York City, June 2–September 10, 2017; and the Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusetts, September 29, 2017–January 21, 2018

When I Came to Die: Process and Prophecy in Thoreau’s Vision of Dying by Audrey Raden

Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau by Branka Arsić

Thoreau’s Wildflowers by Henry David Thoreau, edited by Geoff Wisner and illustrated by Barry Moser

Artifice and Actuality

Blindness by Henry Green, with an introduction by Daniel Mendelsohn

Living with an introduction by Adam Thirlwell

Party Going with an introduction by Amit Chaudhuri

Caught with an introduction by James Wood

Loving with an introduction by Roxana Robinson

Back with an introduction by Deborah Eisenberg

Fools, Cowards, or Criminals?

The Memory of Justice a documentary film directed by Marcel Ophuls, restored by the Academy Film Archive in association with Paramount Pictures and the Film Foundation

The Trickster’s Art

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song for a Cipher an exhibition at the New Museum, New York City, May 3–September 3, 2017

Regarding the Figure an exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, April 20–August 6, 2017

Kehinde Wiley: Trickster an exhibition at the Sean Kelly Gallery, New York City, May 6–June 17, 2017

Twelve Ways of Looking at Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, June 12–October 1, 2017

The Formation of the Japanese Print Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, April 22–July 23, 2017

Wright on Exhibit: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architectural Exhibitions by Kathryn Smith

The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconoclastic Masterpiece by Francesco Dal Co

Wright Sites: A Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright Public Places by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, edited by Joel Hoglund

The Life of Olgivanna Lloyd Wright: From Crna Gora to Taliesin, Black Mountain to Shining Brow compiled and edited by Maxine Fawcett-Yeske and Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer

When the Law Meets the Party

Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work by Sida Liu and Terence C. Halliday

China’s Human Rights Lawyers: Advocacy and Resistance by Eva Pils

To Build a Free China: A Citizen’s Journey by Xu Zhiyong, translated from the Chinese by Joshua Rosenzweig and Yaxue Cao, with an introduction by Andrew Nathan

Unwavering Convictions: Gao Zhisheng’s Ten-Year Torture and Faith in China’s Future translated from the Chinese by Stacy Mosher

Activist Lawyers in Post-Tiananmen China by Rachel E. Stern


John Banville’s Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir is published in February. (February 2018)

Ian Buruma has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1985 and the magazine’s editor since September 2017. From 2003 to 2017 he was professor of human rights, democracy and journalism at Bard College. Buruma was born in 1951 in The Hague, Holland. He was educated at Leyden University, where he studied Chinese literature and history, and at Nihon University College of Arts, in Tokyo, where he studied cinema. Living in Japan from 1975 to 1981, Buruma worked as a film reviewer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker. In the 1980s, Buruma was based in Hong Kong, where he edited the cultural section of the Far Eastern Economic Review, and from where he later travelled all over Asia as a freelance writer. Buruma was a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 1991, and a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 1999. He is a fellow of the European Council of Foreign Relations and a board member of Human Rights in China. In 2008, Buruma won the Erasmus Prize for “exceptional contributions to culture society, or social sciences in Europe.” Buruma has written seventeen books, including The Wages of Guilt (1995), Murder in Amsterdam (2006), Year Zero (2013), and Theater of Cruelty (2014). He has won several prizes for his books, including the LA Times Book Prize for Murder in Amsterdam, and PEN-Diamonstein Spielvogel award for the art of the essay for Theater of Cruelty.

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, he was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2015 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. He is the author of School of Genius: A History of the Royal Academy of Arts and, most recently, Yellow Tulips: Poems, 1968–2011.
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Martin Filler’s Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume III: From Antoni Gaudí to Maya Lin, a collection of his writing on architecture in these pages, will be published in September.
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Mark Ford’s latest book is Thomas Hardy: Half a Londoner. He teaches in the English Department at University College London. (October 2017)

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. She is the author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for History, and Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, with Peter S. Onuf. (February 2018)

Michael Greenberg is the author of Hurry Down Sunshine and Beg, Borrow, and Steal: A Writer’s Life. 
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Robert Pogue Harrison teaches literature at Stanford. His books include Forests: The Shadow of Civilization and Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition. (August 2017)

Zoë Heller is the author of Everything You Know, Notes on a Scandal, and The Believers. (August 2017)

Alan Hollinghurst’s s new novel, The Sparsholt Affair, will be published in the US next spring. (August 2017)

Ian Johnson reports from Beijing and Berlin. His new book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, was published in April. He received the 2016 Shorenstein Journalism Award. (October 2017)

Jessica T. Mathews was President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1997 until 2015 and is now a Distinguished Fellow there. She has served in the State Department and on the National Security Council staff in the White House.
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Lorrie Moore is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt and the author of four story collections and three novels. Her most recent novel is A Gate at the Stairs and her most recent collection of stories is Bark. (August 2017)

Benjamin Nathans is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is completing To the Success of Our Hopeless Cause, a history of the Soviet dissident movement.
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Jed Perl’s Calder: The Conquest of Time, the first volume of his biography of the American sculptor, has just been published.
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Charles Petersen is a Senior Editor at n+1 and a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Harvard. (August 2017)

Darryl Pinckney’s most recent book is a novel, Black Deutschland. (November 2017)

Israel Rosenfield is the author, with Edward B. Ziff, of DNA: A Graphic Guide to the Molecule That Shook the World. He is preparing an English translation of Plaisir de jouer, plaisir de penser by Charles Rosen and Catherine Temerson. (August 2017)

Ingrid D. Rowland is a Professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway. Her latest book is The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art, cowritten with Noah Charney. (December 2017)

Cathleen Schine’s latest novel is They May Not Mean to but They Do. (February 2018)

Sam Tanenhaus’s books include The Death of Conservatism and Whittaker Chambers. He is writing a biography of William F. Buckley Jr. and is the US Writer at Large for Prospect. (November 2017)

Edward Ziff is the author, with Israel Rosenfield, of DNA: A Graphic Guide to the Molecule That Shook the World. (August 2017)