Lawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New Yorker staff writer who was one of the first to warn of global pandemics, and now in his latest work of nonfiction, “The Plague Year: America in the Time of COVID, Wright shares what he’s learned from investigating the origins, handling, and ongoing threats of the pandemic and what that means for Americans and the world. Wright joined Washington Post columnist David Ignatius at Washington Post Live on Tuesday, June 8 at 1:00pm ET.

Highlights

Lawrence Wright, author of “The Plague Year: America in the Time of COVID,” says he think theories that covid-19 originated in nature or from a lab leak are both plausible, but he believes it’s unlikely we’ll ever know. “I don’t think we’re ever going to find the answer unless we do find it in nature. If we find a coronavirus really close to covid 19…then we can say, ‘Yes, that’s it. That’s where it came from.’ But I doubt — if we fail to find that — we’ll ever really know the answer to that question.” (Washington Post Live)
Lawrence Wright, author of “The Plague Year: America in the Time of COVID,” says it will be a long time before the Centers for Disease Control can rebound from the stumbles it made during the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Much could’ve been different had the CDC been listened to, but unfortunately, the institution was downgraded and disregarded, and I think a lot of the suspicions we see toward public health has to do with the stumbles that the CDC made.” (Washington Post Live)
Lawrence Wright, author of “The Plague Year: America in the Time of COVID,” says the Biden administration has outshined the Trump administration “considerably” in exercising federal authority in its covid-19 response. (Washington Post Live)

Lawrence Wright

LAWRENCE WRIGHT is a staff writer for The New Yorker, a playwright, a screenwriter, and the author of ten books of nonfiction, including The Looming Tower, Going Clear, and God Save Texas. His recent novel, The End of October, was a New York Times best seller. Wright’s books have received many honors, including a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower. He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.