Making Shakespeare Sing

Verdi: Creating “Otello” and “Falstaff”—Highlights from the Ricordi Archive an exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum, New York City, September 6, 2019–January 5, 2020

The Master’s Master

Verrocchio, Il Maestro di Leonardo [Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo] an exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, March 9–July 14, 2019

Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., September 15, 2019–January 12, 2020

Bertoldo di Giovanni: The Renaissance of Sculpture in Medici Florence an exhibition at the Frick Collection, New York City, September 18, 2019–January 12, 2020

What Were Dinosaurs For?

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte

Dinosaurs Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution in Paleontology by Michael J. Benton

The World of Dinosaurs: An Illustrated Tour by Mark A. Norell

The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams

Assembling the Dinosaur: Fossil Hunters, Tycoons, and the Making of a Spectacle by Lukas Rieppel

The Contagious Revolution

The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution by Julius S. Scott, with a foreword by Marcus Rediker

Maroon Nation: A History of Revolutionary Haiti by Johnhenry Gonzalez

The Art of Losing

The Dolphin Letters, 1970–1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle edited by Saskia Hamilton

The Dolphin: Two Versions, 1972–1973 by Robert Lowell, edited by Saskia Hamilton

What the Weather Is

Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole by Sarah Dry

In Plain Sight

Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today an exhibition at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York City, October 24, 2018–February 10, 2019

Le Modèle noir de Géricault à Matisse an exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, March 26–July 21, 2019; and the Mémorial ACTe, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, September 13–December 29, 2019

Another Great Yesterday

Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff—A Western Tale of America in Crisis by Anthony McCann

No Man’s Land a PBS Independent Lens documentary film directed by David Byars

Scheherazade in a Syrian Cell

In Praise of Hatred by Khaled Khalifa, translated from the Arabic by Leri Price

No Knives in the Kitchens of This City by Khaled Khalifa, translated from the Arabic by Leri Price

Death Is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa, translated from the Arabic by Leri Price

No More Nice Dems

All Politics Is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States by Meaghan Winter

American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave by Dana R. Fisher


Joan Acocella is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Her most recent book is Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints. She is writing a biography of Mikhail Baryshnikov. (May 2020)

Rae Armantrout’s newest book of poems, Conjure, will be published in September. (August 2020)

Neal Ascherson is the author of Black Sea, Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland and the novel Death of the Fronsac. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
 (December 2019)

Matthew Aucoin is a composer and conductor. He is Artist-in-
Residence at Los Angeles Opera and a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. His new opera, Eurydice, had its world premiere in Los Angeles in February. (May 2020)

Ken Babstock’s sixth collection of poems will be published next year. (December 2019)

Colin B. Bailey is Director of the Morgan Library and Museum. His books include Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary 
Paris, which was awarded the 2004 Mitchell Prize, and Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting. (December 2019)

David A. Bell is the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the History Department at Princeton. His book Men on Horseback: The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolutions has just been published.
 (September 2020)

Robert Darnton’s latest book is A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution. He is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard.
 (December 2019)

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)

Charles Glass is a former ABC News Chief Middle East Correspondent. He is the author of Syria Burning and, most recently, They Fought Alone: The True Story of the Starr Brothers, British Secret Agents in Nazi-Occupied France. (December 2019)

John Gray is Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. His book Seven Types of Atheism was published last year. (December 2019)

Sue Halpern is a regular contributor to The New York Review and a Scholar-in-Residence at Middlebury. Her latest book is a novel, ­Summer Hours at the Robbers Library.
 (December 2019)

Langdon Hammer is the Niel Gray Jr. Professor of English at Yale and the author of James Merrill: Life and Art. He is writing a critical biography of Elizabeth Bishop. (December 2019)

Adam Hochschild’s books include King Leopold’s Ghost, To End All Wars, and Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays, which was published last fall. He teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. (December 2019)

Verlyn Klinkenborg’s books include Making Hay and The Rural Life. 
(October 2020)

Joseph O’Neill teaches at Bard and is the author of six books, including the novels The Dog and Netherland. (August 2020)

Jed S. Rakoff is a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. (May 2020)

Ingrid D. Rowland is a Professor of History and Classics at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway. Her latest books are The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art, cowritten with Noah Charney, and The Divine Spark of Syracuse. (August 2020)

Roberto Saviano is the author of ZeroZeroZero, about the global cocaine trade, and Gomorrah, a book and TV series about the Neapolitan mafia, because of which he lives under police protection. His novel The Piranhas: The Boy Bosses of Naples was published in English last fall. (December 2019)

Anna Deavere Smith is an actress and a playwright. Her play 
Fires in the Mirror is at the Signature Theatre in New York City until December 15. (December 2019)

Jenny Uglow is the author of The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose ­Curiosity Changed the World. (December 2019)