In Ian McEwan's new novel Solar, the best-selling author of Atonement explores the quest of one overweight and philandering Nobel prize-winning physicist to save the world from environmental disaster.
David Kipen founded the Libros Schmibros lending library and neighborhood bookshop last summer at 2000 E. First Street in Boyle Heights, where his family used to live. He has been the book editor and critic of the San Francisco Chronicle and director of literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he developed and ran The Big Read initiative. David is the author of The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History (Melville House, 2006) and translator of Cervantes' The Dialogue of the Dogs (Melville House, 2009), and he wrote the introductions to this spring's republished WPA guides to Los Angeles and San Francisco (UC Press).
Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of thirteen books, including the novels On Chesil Beach; Saturday; Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award; The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize; and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award; as well as the story collections First Love, Last Rites, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award; and In Between the Sheets. He lives in London.
Ian McEwan, author of Solar, delves into the personal elements of climate change. McEwan says that while a science department "is as human and messy as any other institution," in the end "this is not about ideology or faith, it's simply about the facts."