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The world's top authors and critics join Sunday Book Review Editor Pamela Paul in lively conversations about books, arts and ideas.


The History of Race and Racism in America  

Ibram X. Kendi discusses the history of books about race and racism in America; Bill Schutt talks about "Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History."

Neil Gaiman's Myths  

Neil Gaiman discusses "Norse Mythology"; Sarah Lyall talks about Ali Smith's "Autumn"; and Nick Bilton on two new books about Silicon Valley.

George Saunders on Lincoln and Lost Souls  

George Saunders talks about “Lincoln in the Bardo”; Alan Burdick on “Why Times Flies”; and Maria Russo discusses Laura Ingalls Wilder and the “Little House” books.

A Brave Look at Depression  

Daphne Merkin talks about “This Close to Happy,” and Min Jin Lee discusses her new novel, “Pachinko.”

From Brooklyn to the Gulag  

Sana Krasikov talks about her debut novel, "The Patriots"; and Michael Sims discusses "Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes."

Barack Obama's Legacy  

Jonathan Chait talks about "Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail," and Randall Fuller discusses "The Book That Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation."

Edward Snowden: Hero, Traitor or Spy?  

Nicholas Lemann talks about Edward Jay Epstein's "How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft," and James Ryerson discusses new books about how to be civil in an uncivil world.

Should You Stop Eating Sugar?  

Gary Taubes discusses "The Case Against Sugar," and Anthony Gottlieb talks about a new biography of Casanova.

How Octopuses Are Like Aliens  

Peter Godfrey-Smith discusses “Other Minds,” and Jeff Howe talks about “Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future.”

The Year in Reading  

Editors at the Book Review discuss what many notable people were reading in 2016, and Will Schwalbe talks about "Books for Living."

Michael Lewis and Arianna Huffington  

Michael Lewis discusses his new book, "The Undoing Project," and Arianna Huffington talks about "Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less," by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.

The 10 Best Books of 2016  

Stefan Hertmans talks about "War and Turpentine"; editors at the Book Review talk about the year's best books; and Ian McGuire discusses "The North Water."

100 Notable Books of 2016  

Editors at the Book Review discuss the year's notable books; Ronald H. Fritze talks about "Egyptomania," and Matthew Schneier on "Vanity Fair's Writers on Writers."

Thomas Friedman on 'Thank You for Being Late'  

Thomas Friedman discusses "Thank You for Being Late," and David France talks about "How to Survive a Plague."

Michael Chabon Talks About 'Moonglow'  

Michael Chabon discusses his new novel, and Blanche Wiesen Cook talks about the third volume in her biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.

War Stories  

Thomas Ricks discusses new books about military history, and Maria Russo talks about the season's best new children's books.

John Grisham on 'The Whistler'  

John Grisham talks about his latest novel, and Ben Macintyre discusses "Rogue Heroes."

Thrillers and True Crime  

Charles Finch talks about the season’s thrillers; and Marilyn Stasio discusses new true-crime books.

Beth Macy’s ‘Truevine’  

Beth Macy talks about “Truevine”; Calvin Trillin and Roz Chast discuss “No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood”; and Molly Young on “Bridget Jones's Baby.”

The Rise of Hitler  

Adam Kirsch discusses Volker Ullrich's new biography of Hitler; Billy Collins talks about his latest collection of poems; and iO Tillett Wright on his new memoir, "Darling Days."

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