The “Daily Show” host and author of “Born a Crime” travels a lot, but doesn’t read when he flies: “I can’t stay awake when I try to read on a plane. Planes are for watching movies based on books.”

The “Daily Show” host and author of “Born a Crime” travels a lot, but doesn’t read when he flies: “I can’t stay awake when I try to read on a plane. Planes are for watching movies based on books.”

The author, most recently, of the thriller “Breakdown” says: “So much of Scripture deals unflinchingly with the worst aspects of human behavior. The perfect education for a crime novelist.”

Jonathan Kellerman: By the Book

The author, most recently, of the thriller “Breakdown” says: “So much of Scripture deals unflinchingly with the worst aspects of human behavior. The perfect education for a crime novelist.”

The author of “And the Mountains Echoed” keeps a handy copy of “I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski: Life, ‘The Big Lebowski,’ and What Have You” on his bookshelf.

Khaled Hosseini: By the Book

The author of “And the Mountains Echoed” keeps a handy copy of “I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski: Life, ‘The Big Lebowski,’ and What Have You” on his bookshelf.

The author, most recently, of “A Spool of Blue Thread” says reading her own books “always feels like lying awake in a bedroom I’ve painted myself; the mistakes are so noticeable and so upsetting.”

Anne Tyler: By the Book

The author, most recently, of “A Spool of Blue Thread” says reading her own books “always feels like lying awake in a bedroom I’ve painted myself; the mistakes are so noticeable and so upsetting.”

The author, most recently, of “Get in Trouble” asks: “Why is the prospect of hosting a dinner party for much-admired living writers so much more terrifying than the idea of hosting the dead?”

Kelly Link: By the Book

The author, most recently, of “Get in Trouble” asks: “Why is the prospect of hosting a dinner party for much-admired living writers so much more terrifying than the idea of hosting the dead?”

During a dark moment in his early 30s, the author of “The Corrections” and, most recently, “Farther Away: Essays” took solace from the self-help book “The Dance of Anger.”

Jonathan Franzen: By the Book

During a dark moment in his early 30s, the author of “The Corrections” and, most recently, “Farther Away: Essays” took solace from the self-help book “The Dance of Anger.”

The author, most recently, of “The Other Side of Silence” thinks heroes are “always too heroic to be real. Or wholly sympathetic. James Bond is nicely flawed. Sadistic. Sexist. Bitter. I like that.”

Philip Kerr: By the Book

The author, most recently, of “The Other Side of Silence” thinks heroes are “always too heroic to be real. Or wholly sympathetic. James Bond is nicely flawed. Sadistic. Sexist. Bitter. I like that.”

Joseph J. Ellis (Mount Holyoke Professor): By the Book - NYTimes.com

Joseph J. Ellis: By the Book

Joseph J. Ellis (Mount Holyoke Professor): By the Book - NYTimes.com

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