In 1946, George Orwell articulated the reasons why he put pen to paper in an essay entitled Why I Write.
In this Web series, authors talk about their literary habits and reading preferences,
and examine Orwell's question that lies at the heart of being an author—why they write.

featured authors

XinranPeter NavarroHilary SpurlingQiu Xiaolong
Yang JishengJames ButtonHenning MankellFrancesca Marciano
Su TongJonathan FenbyJames FallowsAnchee Min
Charles CummingTim ClissoldJung ChangHong Ying
Peter HesslerJunot DíazLisa SeeIan Johnson
Frank DikötterMurong XuecunRichard McGregorIsabel Hilton