Imaginary Conspiracies

The Diaries of Emilio Renzi: Formative Years by Ricardo Piglia, translated from the Spanish by Robert Croll, with an introduction by Ilan Stavans

Dancing in Chains

Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny by Witold Szabłowski, translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Ritzy Business

Ritz and Escoffier: The Hotelier, the Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class by Luke Barr

Korean Souls

Human Acts by Han Kang, translated from the Korean and with an introduction by Deborah Smith

Oh, Canada!

Common Ground by Justin Trudeau

Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests by Peter H. Russell

Could It Happen Here?: Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit by Michael Adams

Maximum Canada: Why 35 Million Canadians Are Not Enough by Doug Saunders

Lovers of Wisdom

Lives of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius, translated from the Greek by Pamela Mensch, edited by James Miller

Reveling in Discomfort

The Yangtze Valley and Beyond: An Account of Journeys in China, Chiefly in the Province of Sze Chuan and among the Man-tze of the Somo Territory by Mrs. J.F. Bishop (Isabella L. Bird), with an introduction by Dervla Murphy

A Spitting Image

Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now) an exhibition at the Met Breuer, New York City, March 21–July 22, 2018

Imagining the Real

The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet, translated from the French by Sam Taylor

La vie professionelle de Laurent B. by Laurent Binet

HHhH by Laurent Binet, translated from the French by Sam Taylor


Lisa Appignanesi is Chair of the Royal Society of Literature. She is the author of Mad, Bad, and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind ­Doctors and Losing the Dead. Her most recent book is Everyday Madness.
 (May 2019)

Catherine Barnett is the author of Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced and The Game of Boxes, which won the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. She teaches at NYU and Hunter College. Human Hours, her third collection of poems, will be published in September. (July 2018)

Michael Casper is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of California, Los Angeles. (June 2018)

David Cole is the National Legal Director of the ACLU and the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. His latest book is Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed.
 (August 2020)

Jon Day is a lecturer in English literature at King’s College ­London and the author of Cyclogeography: Journeys of a London Bicycle Courier. (July 2018)

Barbara Ehrenreich’s most recent book, Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer, was published in April. With Alissa Quart, she founded and runs the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a journalism nonprofit that covers income inequality.
 (July 2018)

Noah Feldman is the Felix Frankfurter Professor at Harvard Law School, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, and host of the podcast Deep Background. His most recent book is The Arab Winter: A Tragedy.
 (July 2020)

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. (May 2020)

Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. His latest book is Revolutionary Russia, 1891–1991: A History.

 (July 2018)

Roy Foster is Professor of Irish History and Literature at Queen Mary University of London and Emeritus Professor of Irish History at Oxford. His most recent book is Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890–1923.
 (July 2018)

Michael Gorra’s books include Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece and The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War, which will be published in ­August. He teaches at Smith.
 (July 2020)

Max Hastings is the author of many books on military history, including Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War and 
Inferno: The World at War, 1939–45. His latest book is Operation Chastise: The RAF’s Most Brilliant Attack of World War II.
 (May 2020)

Jim Holt’s latest book is When Einstein Walked with Gödel. (July 2018)

Jane Kramer writes for The New Yorker. Her books include Europeans, The Politics of Memory, and most recently, The Reporter’s Kitchen. (July 2018)

Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction.
 (July 2018)

Hermione Lee was President of Wolfson College, Oxford, from 2008 until 2017. Her most recent book is a biography of 
Penelope Fitzgerald. Her biography of Tom Stoppard will be 
published this fall. (May 2020)

Paul Levy is the editor of The Letters of Lytton Strachey. He wrote about Ritz and Escoffier in Out to Lunch.

 (July 2018)

Janet Malcolm’s latest book is Nobody’s Looking at You, a collection of essays. (September 2020)

Ruth Margalit’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Tel Aviv. (February 2020)

Wyatt Mason is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a Writer in Residence at Bard, where he is a Senior Fellow of the Hannah Arendt Center. 

(July 2018)

Ian McEwan’s most recent novel is Nutshell.
 (July 2018)

Silvana Paternostro’s latest book, Solitude & Company, an oral history of Gabriel García Márquez, will be published next year in an English translation by Edith Grossman. She lives in New York City. (July 2018)

Alissa Quart is a New York-based writer and editor. With Barbara Ehrenreich, she founded and runs the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a journalism nonprofit that covers income inequality. Her most recent nonfiction book is Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America (2018); she also has a collection of poetry forthcoming from OR Books, Thoughts and Prayers. (September 2019)

Barry Schwabsky is art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. His recent books are Heretics of Language (2017), The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present, and a collection of poems, Trembling Hand Equilibrium. (February 2018)

Andrew Stark is a Professor of Strategic Management and of ­Political Science at the University of Toronto. His most recent book is The Consolations of Mortality: Making Sense of Death.
 (July 2018)

Adam Thirlwell’s latest novel is Lurid and Cute. (August 2020)

Colin Thubron is a President Emeritus of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of The Lost Heart of Asia, Shadow of the Silk Road, and, most recently, Night of Fire, a novel. (July 2019)