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.

Alphabet


 

A

Alec Ash

Tash Aw

 

B

Susan Barker

Jasper Becker

Joe Bennett

John Birmingham

Anna Rosner Blay

Susan Blumberg-Kason

Lisa Brackmann

Kay Bratt

Kerry Brown

James Button

 

C

Jonathan Campbell

Tom Carter

Gordon G. Chang

Jung Chang

Leslie Chang

Eveline Chao

Yuan-Tsung Chen

Tim Clissold

Matthew Condon

Susan Conley

Pamela Crossley

Charles Cumming

 

D

Rachel DeWoskin

Junot Díaz

Frank Dikötter

JM Donellan

Stella Dong

Fuchsia Dunlop

 

E

Nick Earls

Graham Earnshaw

 

F

Deborah Fallows

James Fallows

Jonathan Fenby

Andrew Field

Shamini Flint

Simon Fowler

Paul French

Astrid Freyeisen

 

G

Rob Gifford

Susie Gordon

Zee Gorman

Neil Grant

Charlotte Grimshaw

 

H

Alexandra Harney

David Harris

He Jiahong

Ray Hecht

Peter Hessler

Peter Hibbard

Isabel Hilton

Bamboo Hirst

Hong Ying

Bruce Humes

 

I

 

J

Martin Jacques

Linda Jaivin

Linda Jakobson

Ian Johnson

Tess Johnston

Christina Juzwar

 

K

Guy Gavriel Kay

Phillip Y. Kim

Krissy Kneen

Robert Lawrence Kuhn

Rachel Kushner

Jean Kwok

 

L

Janice Lee

Paul Letters

Michael Levy

Jen Lin-Liu

Marjorie M. Liu

Lloyd Lofthouse

Christine Loh

Hanchao Lu

 

M

Karen Ma

Nick Macfie

Yvette Ho Madany

Henning Mankell

Meredith Maran

Francesca Marciano

Tania McCartney

Richard McGregor

Paul Merrill

Arthur Meursault

Michael Meyer

Anchee Min

Adam Minter

Mo Zhi Hong

Nicole Mones

Thomas S. Mullaney

 

N

Peter Navarro

Nerida Newton

Chris Nyst

 

O

 

P

Hanna Pakula

Lynn Pan

Alan Paul

Emily Perkins

Matthew Polly

Alice Pung

 

Q

Qiu Xiaolong

 

R

 

S

Catherine Sampson

Mishi Saran

Stefan Schomann

Tom Scocca

Edmund M. Schirmer

Lisa See

Scott D. Seligman

Edwina Shaw

Sheng Keyi

Wade Shepard

Kaitlin Solimine

Hilary Spurling

C.K. Stead

Su Tong

 

T

Chris Taylor

Jonathan Tel

Ross Terrill

 

U

 

V

Nury Vittachi

 

W

Bernard Wasserstein

Jeff Wasserstrom

Jonathan Watts

Liliane Willens

Adam Williams

Jan Wong

Frances Wood

 

X

Xinran

Ruiyan Xu

Murong Xuecun 

 

Y

Yang Jisheng

 

Z

Zhang Lijia