Read an excerpt from Meredith Tax’s A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State in the Utne Reader.

Read a preview from Magdaléna Platzová’s novel Aaron’s Leap in A Public Space magazine.

Discover more about the women of Rojava and the guerilla fighters of Kurdistan on cover photographer Joey L.’s website.

Watch John McWhorter’s TED Talk “Txtng is killing language. JK!!!”

Tune in at NPR.org for interviews with John McWhorter.

Read John McWhorter’s moving, personal essay about the “black sound” in Guernica and find his fascinating exploration of the historical reasons behind the “weirdness” of the English language in Aeon.

Find stories from Good People in Autre Magazine and on the Storyville app.

Read John McWhorter’s latest dispatches on linguistics at The Atlantic.

Robert Lopez discusses his approach to story writing at TSP: The official blog of The Story Prize.

Michael Coffey talks about The Business of Naming Things on NCPR News and Library Journal’s Barbara Hoffert tells Kojo Nnamdi Show listeners why the short story collection should be on everyone’s reading list.

Read “Woodpecker Pie for Christmas,” a new short story by Robert Lopez, in the Inlander.

Read more from Colin Ellard’s Places of the Heart in Slate and Aeon magazine, and embark on a virtual walking tour of New York with Colin in a 5-parts series from Pulse of the Planet: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5.

Find out what it’s like to participate in Colin Ellard’s walking tours/research projects, “exploring the relationship between psychology and urban design using the tools of neuroscience,” in the Toronto Star.

From Mumbai to Lake Victoria: Colin Ellard talks about the places that have left an “indelible emotional mark” on CBC Arts; discusses the psychological cost of boring places with New York magazine; investigates the psychology of scary places with CHCH-TV; and writes about the Pokémon Go craze and brain health at Quartz.

Jonathan D. Moreno discusses Impromptu Man and the life and contributions of J.L. Moreno on WHYY’s Radio Times and on Medscape Close-Up.

Listen to Colin Ellard discuss “how your city’s streets affect your mental health” on HuffPost Live; the science behind psychogeography on ABC Radio National’s Sunday Extra; the “psychology behind urban politeness” on Monocle magazine’s The Urbanist; our environment’s effect on physical and mental health on HumanLab; and the importance of library design with the Ontario Library Association’s Open Shelf.

Congratulations to Mary Cappello, author of Awkward: A Detour, who is a recipient of the American Academy Berlin Prize!

Melissa Pritchard discusses A Solemn Pleasure on PBS’s Arizona Horizon, reads from the collection on the Weekly Readerand shares stories behind the essays on TrojanVision News.

Gregory Spatz discusses the discovery of the HMS Erebus and his Franklin expedition-inspired novel Inukshuk with Doug Dorst at the Brooklyn Rail.

Read excerpts from Eduardo Halfon’s Monastery in Shelf Unbound (p. 34); White Review; Words Without Borders; and on the PEN American Center website.

At Slate, Jonathan D. Moreno explains how J.L. Moreno’s 1930s experiments at Sing Sing and the New York State Training School for Girls ultimately led to today’s group therapy and social networking practices.

Read an excerpt from Impromptu Man and an interview with Jonathan D. Moreno in the Pennsylvania Gazette.

Tune in to the PBS American Experience documentary Ripley: Believe It or Not to hear Melissa Pritchard discuss Robert LeRoy Ripley, whose strange and wonderful world she researched for the title story of The Odditorium.

Jonathan D. Moreno shares the story behind Impromptu Man, his biography of his father, the influential psychiatrist and psychodrama founder J.L. Moreno, with Psychology Today and the journal Zeitschrift für Psychodrama und Soziometrie.

Cormac James talks about The Surfacing with the Irish Examiner, shares his favorite books and authors with the Irish Times, and tells the Scotland Sunday Herald why he uses the pen name “Cormac James.”

Cormac James writes about the story behind The Surfacing at the Irish Times.

Cormac James discusses The Surfacing on ABC Radio National’s The Book Show.

Listen to a dramatic reading from The Surfacing, author interview, and audio interpretation by Bernard Clarke on Lyric fm’s Nova.

In O, The Oprah Magazine, read Melissa Pritchard’s tribute to Ashton Goodman, the young, female US soldier she was embedded with in Afghanistan (from the essay “Finding Ashton”) and her homage to Simon, her beloved Dachshund (from the essay “Doxology”).

Watch Melissa Pritchard discuss her essay about former Sudanese child slave William Mawwin and the extraordinary way their lives came together on the Wilson Center’s Dialogue TV. Our French readers can also access the essay in Ulyces magazine.

 

Music to Read By: Melissa Pritchard’s Playlist for Palmerino

“Eighteenth and early nineteenth century music ornaments many of the scenes in Palmerino. . . . Music was as indispensable to Vernon Lee’s intellectual and emotional life as were the books she read and wrote. As she grew older, near total deafness isolated her. Deprived of music and conversation, a remaining consolation was her ability to ‘hear’ music perfectly through il chant interieur, the memory of music.”

Read Melissa’s entire playlist for Palmerino at Largehearted Boy—one of our favorite places on the Internet. It is, in the words of its curator David Gutowski, “a music blog featuring daily free and legal music downloads as well as news from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture.” In the “Book Notes” series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.


Find excerpts from Norman Lock’s American Meteor in Green Mountains Review.

Tune in to Liam Durcan’s Walrus Talk “Is resilience all in our head?” and read more from him about neurology and the creative process in the Center for Fiction’s SYNTAX/SYNAPSE series.

Read excerpts from A Loaded Gun at Longreads and the Literary Hub.

Jerome Charyn explores Emily Dickinson’s tradecraft, imagining the poet as a 21st-century CIA analyst, in an exclusive outtake chapter from A Loaded Gun in Stay Thirsty Magazine.

Watch Jerome Charyn discuss Emily Dickinson at the Harvard Book Store and read a long-ranging interview with him about Emily Dickinson and his own writing life, via the Université de Provence.

Read an interview with Liam Durcan on “Straddling the Worlds of Art and Science.”

Find Jerome Charyn’s latest dispatches about Emily Dickinson on Facebook (SecretLifeOfEmilyDickinson) and Twitter (@EmilySecretLife).

Watch Melissa Pritchard, author of A Solemn Pleasure, Palmerino, and The Odditorium, discuss fiction writing, journalism, humanitarian work, and the ways she brings it all into her creative writing classroom (via the ASU Faculty Achievement Teaching Award interview).

Listen to Norman Lock read from The Boy in His Winter at The Author’s Corner on Public Radio.

Listen to Norman Lock discuss The American Novels series on the Weekly Reader, read a wide-ranging Rumpus interview with him about his work and the ways in which the series is connected to his earlier, fabulist fiction, and find out why his motto is “one must write as if a book really could change the world” at the Native Society.

Read more from Michael Coffey about the search for his biological parents and the way that journey informed the stories within The Business of Naming Things on his website.

Read an excerpt from The Business of Naming Things in BOMB magazine.

Michael Coffey, author of The Business of Naming Things, shares advice for writers at TSP: The official blog of The Story Prize.

Lynne Jones discusses war and PTSD in Aeon magazine and talks to Kirkus Reviews about Then They Started Shooting.

During her US tour, Michèle Forbes discussed Ghost Moth and the writing life with authors Roxana Robinson, Caroline Leavitt, John Searles, Bernice L. McFadden, and Elizabeth Nunez at a special Strand bookstore event, sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association. Watch the video here.

Listen to a four-part BBC Outlook field report from Lynne Jones, conducted during her 2012 return trip to the Balkans, where she was researching the new edition of Then They Started Shooting. Episode 1. Episode 2. Episode 3. Episode 4.

Read excerpts from Lynne Jones’ field diaries about the Indonesian tsunami in O, The Oprah Magazine.