On this program from the National Writers Series, Nancy Horan talks about her latest book, "Under the Wide and Starry Sky." It tells the improbable love story between Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife. Nancy Horan is the author of the 2007 bestseller "Loving Frank," which chronicles an obscure chapter in the life of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and his client, Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Her latest novel likewise tells the little-known story of Robert Louis Stevenson's life with his wife, Fanny Osbourne Stevenson.
On this program from the National Writers Series, two authors whose latest books focus on the Detroit auto industry. Bryce Hoffman has spent two decades covering the auto industry for the Detroit News. His book is called "American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company." A. J. Baime is a journalist whose latest book is "Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War." It focuses on Ford’s B-24 bomber plant outside Detroit in Willow Run.
Karin Slaughter's latest thriller, Cop Town, is set in Atlanta in the mid-1970s. In it, Slaughter focuses on the struggles of female police officers at a time when nobody thought they should be on the force. She is well-known for her debut novel Blindsighted, which was published in almost 30 languages. Karin Slaughter is the author of the Will Trent series that takes place in Atlanta, as well as the Grant County series set in rural Georgia.
Daniel James Brown writes books that bring dramatic historical events to life. His latest, "The Boys in the Boat," tells the story of the American rowing team that won gold at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics. "The Boys in the Boat" has been on the New York Times and LA Times bestseller lists for many weeks, with a film adaptation currently in development. Daniel James Brown spoke with Lucas Wittman, an editor at the publishing house Regan Arts.
National Writers Series guest host and executive director of the Great Lakes Independent Book Sellers Association Deb Leonard talked with Diana Gabaldon for this special extended (and uncensored!) online-only edition of the National Writers Series.