Drawing from her own family's experiences, author Tayi Selasi's first novel follows a family's journey of leaving its former home and life behind for a new land. Though her novel is a story of immigration, the stories are primarily focused on the emotional lives of these characters.
Before Oscar Hijuelos, it was rare for Latino writers to get wide recognition in the US. But Hijuelos broke barriers with his novel, “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,” which won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize.
In the 1960s, Israel and Iran weren't sworn enemies. In fact, there were political and cultural exchanges between the two countries. Among them was a visit by a famed Iranian author to Israel — an experience that he wrote about in a book with startling contradictions.
The nature of war is that it’s impossible to predict its outcome, and the current military campaign against ISIS is no exception. But some conflicts can have peaceful conclusions — like the Camp David Accords that ended the Israel-Egypt conflict. Author Lawrence Wright argues that we can turn to the diplomacy of Jimmy Carter to learn how to deal with ISIS.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Peter Nazareth of the University of Iowa about Sudanese author Tayeb Salih. One of Tayeb Salih's books has been hailed as "the most important Arabic novel of the 20th century." He died this week at the age of 80.