• Liu Xia (drawing)
    “In the beginning was the Word”

    Independent Chinese PEN Center president, Tienchi Martin-Liao, reflects on the five-year anniversary of imprisonment of dissident writer and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, his wife’s prolonged, Kafkaesque house arrest, the calls for solidarity from Chinese human rights activists, and the power of words.

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  • Doris Lessing
    Video: Remembering Doris Lessing

    The Nobel Laureate and British writer Doris Lessing, who died last week at age 94, authored 54 works, including the seminal piece The Golden Notebook. We look back at Lessing’s life with two clips: a fascinating Bill Moyers interview and a video of Lessing discussing her experiences as a writer.

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  • Alice Munro, Selected Stories
    A Beginner’s Guide to Alice Munro

    Considering which of Alice Munro’s stories to read can feel something like considering what to eat from an enormous box of chocolates. Here’s a partial guide to the work of the recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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