September 12, 2016

Radio Interview with On Point

Wright sits down with WBUR’s On Point to discuss the 15th anniversary of 9/11, his new book The Terror Years, and where we are now, in the age of terrorism.

August 27, 2016

Wright Talks Terror on NPR’s All Things Considered

Don’t miss Wright’s recent appearance on NPR’s news show, All Things Considered

POSTED IN: In the News, Middle East
May 18, 2014

Going Clear Recommended If You’re NOT on Vacation

Novelist Emma Straub ranks Going Clear as the #3 book to read if you’re NOT going on vacation this summer. Something about how creepy Florida religious compounds can be, apparently.

April 23, 2014

Interview with Assharq al-Awsat

Wright sat down with Assharq al-Awsat, the leading Arabic language paper. The interview is only available in Arabic. 

April 03, 2014

‘Going Clear’ Wins IRE Award for Best Investigative Journalism

A Note from Lawrence Wright

What a wonderful honor by my colleagues in the investigative press.

From the judges: 

Wright's investigation of the Church of Scientology is groundbreaking in its examination of one of the most well known, but secretive, religion organizations in the world. He draws on previously secret documents—including internal works of the church's founder L. Ron Hubbard—interviews with former and current members of the church and hundreds of court records to present a hard-hitting, but balanced view of church and its followers. The book shines a light on the church's harsh treatment of those who try to leave, but also highlights those, including some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, who have benefited from its teachings. The book also explores the complicated biography of the church’s founder and its relationship with its most famous member, actor Tom Cruise. Despite threats from the church, which is known for its aggressive defense of its works and members, this work provides the best understanding of Scientology to date.

April 02, 2014

Curtain Rises for ‘Camp David’

A Note from Lawrence Wright

We open “Camp David” tomorrow night, with President and Ms. Carter in attendance, along with Jehan Sadat.

Maximum pressure on the actors. And the playwright!

March 24, 2014

Jewish Daily Forward Previews ‘Camp David’

“Nations don’t make peace, people do. That fundamental rule of foreign policy is at the crux of Camp David, Lawrence Wright’s new play about the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace negotiations, which is receiving its world premiere at Washington’s venerable Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.”

March 21, 2014

This Weekend: See ‘Camp David,’ Says Washington Post

“Diplomacy wonks will be paying close attention to "Camp David," a dramatic adaptation of 1978's 13-day Middle East peace summit between President Jimmy Carter (Richard Thomas), Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (Ron Rifkin) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (Khaled Nabawy). The play, which makes its world premiere at Arena Stage, is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, a staff writer for the New Yorker. The opening performance is Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55-$110; get them here.”

March 20, 2014

‘Camp David’ in Washingtonian

“It’s hard to imagine many dramatists getting access to a former President and First Lady while researching a production. But few have Lawrence Wright’s résumé…”

March 19, 2014

VIDEO: POLITICO Talks with ‘Camp David’

POLITICO interviews Wright and longtime Carter aide, Gerald Rafshoon, about Camp David, which starts previews this Friday, March 21, at DC’s Arena Stage.

March 12, 2014

National Book Critics Circle Praises ‘Going Clear’

In the weeks leading up to the March 13 announcement of the 2013 NBCC award winners, the National Book Critics Circle’s blog is highlighting the thirty finalists. NBCC board member Alex Abramovich offered an appreciation of Lawrence Wright's nonfiction finalist, Going Clear.

March 08, 2014

Camp David on Hardball with Chris Matthews

A Note from Lawrence Wright

Richard Thomas, who plays Jimmy Carter in my Camp David play, was on Hardball tonight. Great job.

February 21, 2014

Finalist for L.A. Times Book Prize

Going Clear is a finalist for the 2013 L.A. Times Book Prize, in the “Current Interest” category. The winners will be announed on April 11, 2014. 

January 17, 2014

Wright on Oregon Public Radio

Wright is interviewed about Going Clear and Scientology by Dave Miller on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Thinking Out Loud

January 14, 2014

Wright in The Oregonian

Wright shares his fascination with religious fervor and what led him to write Going Clear with The Oregonian's Steve Duin. 

November 22, 2013

NPR on JFK: Wright Talks About Growing Up in Dallas in the 60’s

Wright was interviewed for Wade Goodwyn’s report on the effects of the J.F.K. assassination on the city of Dallas, TX.

POSTED IN: Audio, In the News
September 04, 2013

Süddeutsche Zeitung Interviews Wright about Going Clear

A prominent newspaper story on Going Clear appeared in Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Unsurprisingly, the article provoked a lot of reactions, most of them positive.

POSTED IN: Going Clear, In the News
February 07, 2013

Colbert Skewers Miscavige and Scientology

A Note from Lawrence Wright

The watermelon: greatest sight gag in years.

February 07, 2013

“The Colbert Report” Appearance

Wright appears on The Colbert Report to discuss his new book, Going Clear, and the Church of Scientology with the famed comedian and talk show host.

February 07, 2013

Radio Interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition”

Steve Inskeep interviews Wright about the new book, Going Clear, and the controversial Church of Scientology.

January 25, 2013

Radio interview with “On the Media”

On the Media host Bob Garfield talks to Wright about Scientology and the new book, Going Clear.

January 24, 2013

Radio Interview with “Fresh Air”

Fresh Air’s Terri Gross interviews Wright about Scientology and his process for writing the book, Going Clear.

January 23, 2013

Radio Interview with “The Leonard Lopate Show”

WNYC’s Lopate interviews Wright on his new book about the Church of Scientology, Going Clear.

January 23, 2013

“Guest Picks” for the Leonard Lopate Show

In addition to a more substantive interview with The Leonard Lopate Show about Scientology and Going Clear, Wright also informally shared what he's been reading, listening to, and even eating.

January 18, 2013

Q&A with Chicago Tribune

In anticipation of Wright’s appearance at the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row event on January 29, he chatted about the new book, Going Clear, with Mark Guarino.

January 17, 2013

Appearance on the “Today” Show

On the morning of the release of Going Clear, Wright appeared on NBC’s Today show.

January 17, 2013

Read “Going Clear” Publisher’s Response to Church of Scientology

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, the publisher of Wright’s book, Going Clear, issued a response to the accusatory statement issued by the Church of Scientology.

POSTED IN: Going Clear, In the News
January 17, 2013

NBC’s “Rock Center” Tonight

Timed with today’s release of Going Clear, Rock Center’s Harry Smith takes an in-depth look at the book’s topic and one of its primary subjects, Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. The episode airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time.

According to Wright, “Paul Haggis has been a very courageous source for my book on Scientology, as he shows in this clip for the NBC Rock Center show this Thursday.”

January 14, 2013

Kind Words from Atlantic’s Goldberg

A note from Lawrence Wright:

Jeffrey Goldberg really is all the things he says about me, which is why this means so much.

POSTED IN: Going Clear, In the News
January 09, 2013

UK Cancels “Going Clear” Publication Due to Legal Threats

Legal threats from the Church of Scientology prompted United Kingdom publisher Transworld to cancel the release of Going Clear.

POSTED IN: Going Clear, In the News
January 07, 2013

Newsweek Names “Going Clear” a Must-Read

Newsweek unveils its most anticipated books of 2013, including Wright’s Going Clear.

POSTED IN: Going Clear, In the News
January 03, 2013

NYTimes Profiles Wright Before Release of “Going Clear”

The New York Times’s Charles McGrath made a trip down to Austin to talk with Wright about his upcoming book on Scientology and even catch a gig of Wright’s blues band, Who Do.

January 02, 2013

Going Clear Named a “Must-Read”

Flavorwire’s Emily Temple predicts Going Clear will be “the book that we’re all going to be talking about.”

POSTED IN: Going Clear, In the News