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 02, 2014

American Theatre Tells How ‘Camp David’ Came to Life

The April issue of American Theatre magazine profiles Wright and explores how the new play, Camp David, came to life. 

Each of Wright’s plays has been “a big step forward,” [Oskar] Eustis remarks. When playwrights create drama from journalism, “the biggest hurdle is demonstrating to people that the theatre has something to add to this discussion. And there are few people who are better qualified to do that than Larry.”

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 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

LISTEN: Longform.org Interview at SXSW

Longform.org features Wright on their podcast, during their visit to Austin for SXSW. Features quotes like this gem:

"If I had the chance to interview Osama Bin Laden, should I kill him? It’s a fair question. Suppose we’re having dinner — should I stab him with the bread knife? Do I have a moral obligation to kill him? Or do I have a moral obligation as a reporter to simply hear him?"

You can download the episode [MP3] or visit Longform’s website to hear the interview.

  • [6:00] Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (Knopf • Jan 2013)
  • [6:00] The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Knopf • Aug 2006)
  • [7:45] The Siege (Twentieth Century Fox • 1998)
  • [14:45] "The Apostate" (The New Yorker • Feb 2011)
  • [30:15] My Trip to Al-Qaeda (Jigsaw Productions • Apr 2010)
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. 

June 27, 2013

Interview at IRE Conference

“Speaking at the 2013 Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference, Wright revealed some of the secrets of his craft in a conversation led by his longtime friend John Burnett, a veteran foreign correspondent and longtime Texas-based NPR correspondent.”

[Photo: Travis Hartman, courtesy IRE.org]

POSTED IN: Audio, Going Clear, Profiles
May 23, 2013

Daily Beast Profile

A Note from Lawrence Wright

In which all my secrets are revealed...

POSTED IN: Going Clear, Profiles
April 11, 2013

San Antonio Media Feature Wright as Part of Texas Book Festival

In anticipation of the Texas Book Festival San Antonio Edition, the San Antonio Current and the San Antonio Express-News featured Wright, who will appear along with other notable Texas writers at the event on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Current’s Q & A with Wright about Going Clear →

Express-News’ profile of Wright and Going Clear →

POSTED IN: Events, Going Clear, Profiles
March 20, 2013

Video Chat with Goodreads.com

Wright sat down with Goodreads.com to discuss Going Clear and a range of other topics.

POSTED IN: Going Clear, Profiles, Video
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 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.