In 1992, Salman Rushdie wasn’t sure he’d ever be safe

In 1992, Salman Rushdie took a secret trip to Washington to plead for help.

By Al KamenAugust 15, 2022

Salman Rushdie is expected to recover. Freedom of expression may not.

Salman Rushdie's appearance at Chautauqua was a thrilling affirmation of the importance of unfettered arenas of intellectual exchange.

By Ron CharlesAugust 15, 2022

Zofia Posmysz, whose Holocaust story reached opera stage, dies at 98

Her semi-autobiographical novel, “The Passenger,” centered on the reunion of an Auschwitz survivor and her former Nazi guard and inspired a noted opera.

By Emily LangerAugust 14, 2022

Beach bag refill: 12 books to get you to the end of summer

A list of beach reads and other books to get you through summer.

By Nora Krug and Stephanie MerryAugust 13, 2022

Who is Salman Rushdie?

Salman Rushdie, the author of "The Satanic Verses," was brutally attacked just as he was about to speak to an audience at the Chautauqua Institution.

By Ron CharlesAugust 12, 2022

An inclusive look at women’s history, beyond White activists

Historian Elisabeth Griffith includes divisions alongside victories in this rich, intersectional account of the struggle for equality.

By Connie SchultzAugust 12, 2022

The incredible feats and lonely life of sports legend Jim Thorpe

David Maraniss shows how the legendary athlete was celebrated, belittled and exploited.

By Aram GoudsouzianAugust 12, 2022

‘The Boys’ author Katie Hafner on her path from journalist to novelist

Going from nonfiction to fiction can be both liberating and paralyzing, Hafner explains.

By Katie HafnerAugust 12, 2022

A veteran asks: What did the Afghan war mean for those who served?

Marine veteran Elliot Ackerman, who helped evacuate Afghans, reflects on the war's flawed decisions, moments of kindness and "disastrous" end.

By Carter MalkasianAugust 12, 2022

Mary Rodgers’s memoir weighs in on her famous dad and Stephen Sondheim

Rodgers died in 2014, but worked on her memoir with Jesse Green.

By Wendy SmithAugust 11, 2022