Thomas Mallon is a novelist and critic who has written 9 novels and 7 works of non-fiction. His 2012 novel Watergate was a finalist for the PEN / Faulkner Award. He frequently contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic. His newest novel, Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years, was published in September.
Julian Bond, an activist, academic, author and true icon of the civil rights movement, died Saturday, August 15, at the age of 75. He helped found the SNCC and led both the Southern Poverty Law Center and the NACCP. Mr. Bond appeared on Overheard in 2011.