Slate correspondent Justin Peters profiles the life and shocking suicide of Aaron Swartz in The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet. As a founding developer of Reddit and Creative Commons, Swartz was a pioneer of free and open internet and information sharing. Peters covers Swartz’s life in the context of information control and discusses the federal indictment that lead to his suicide.
Woodstock’s Alison Gaylin’s What Remains of Me is a suspenseful thriller set in Hollywood. Thirty years after a teenaged Kelly Michelle Lund kills an Oscar-nominated director, her movie-legend father-in-law is found in dead and everyone points to Kelly, just 5 years out of jail. It’s a story so rich in twists and turns, people are reading it in one sitting.
Following up on her successful Why We Write, where authors talk about why and how they tell stories, Meredith Maran discusses her new book, Why We Write About Ourselves, where memoirists dig deep and tell the truth about telling the truth. Some big names come to the table and it’s a highly informative read for those who love memoir and those who want to tell their own story.