Non-fiction editions


Among the Hoods

Harriet Sergeant, author and investor

Harriet Sergeant is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Policy Studies and writes for the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times. She is the author of Shanghai, The Old Sow in the Back Room: An Englishwoman in Japan, and Between the Lines: Conversations in South Africa. She lives in London.


Joanna Lumley, narrator

Known by many as Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous, actress, and activist Joanna Lumley’s (OBE FRGS), further television credits include The New Avengers, Sapphire & Steel, Jam & Jerusalem, and Sensitive Skin. Films range from Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) to James and the Giant Peach (1996) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).

As an activist for numerous charities, she supports Survival International and the rights of indigenous peoples to self-determination and sustainable living. With the Gurkha Justice Campaign, she helped achieve a UK right to abode for Nepalese soldiers who had fought for the British army. She is a Patron of Tree Aid, the Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa, and Trust in Children, which helps disadvantaged children access better education and life opportunities.

Song for My Fathers


Tom Sancton, author and narrator

Tom Sancton graduated from Harvard in 1971 and attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. A former senior editor at TIME, and contributor to Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal, he co-authored the international bestseller, Death of a Princess: An Investigation and wrote the novel, The Armageddon Project.

His exposé of the L'Oreal scandal that rocked Paris, The Bettencourt Affair, was released in 2017 to rave reviews.

A jazz performer in his own right, he has toured internationally, recorded over a dozen albums, and appeared alongside Woody Allen in Wild Man Blues. In 2007 Sancton was named Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Tulane University, where he continues to teach advanced courses in creative writing.

A look inside the Orson: Tom Sancton, Alice Zeno, and Punch Miller.

Sounding Anni


Anni and Josef Albers

The Alberses met in Weimar, Germany in 1922 at the Bauhaus. This new teaching institution, which transformed modern design, had been founded three years earlier, and emphasized the connection between artists, architects, and craftspeople.

The Alberses were in some ways like a two-person religious sect, focusing above all on their work and happy to pursue it at a remove from the trends and shifting fashions of the art world. 

Following Josef’s death, Anni Albers helped oversee her husband’s legacy while expanding her printmaking and textile design until her death in 1994. In 1984, Anni wrote, " comprehend art is to confide in a constant." She and Josef lived their lives devoted to that irrefutable, uplifting constant.

Nicholas Fox Weber introduces "Six Prayers" matched with Bach.

Crossing the Borders of Time


Leslie Maitland, author and narrator

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter. She grew up in New York, and New Jersey enthralled by her mother, Janine’s dramatic stories of her last-minute escape from the Nazis and of her star-crossed love for a young Catholic Frenchman.

She appears regularly on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show to discuss literature. The mother of a son and daughter, she lives with her husband in Bethesda, Maryland.

She received an AudioFile Magazine Best Voice of the Year Award for her narration of Crossing the Borders of Time.

Slideshow of the Orson