I've just come across the 92YBlog (the blog of the 92nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association) which informs me of the death (see the Guardian obituary) of August Wilson (1945-2005).
Multiple award-winning playwright August Wilson died Sunday of liver cancer. His ten-play “Pittsburgh cycle"—completed earlier this year—chronicled the African-American experience in the 20th century, with a play for each decade. It was his life’s work.
They also have an interview with Ken Follett about the history of the thriller/spy novel and an interview with ex-US Labor Secretary Robert Reich about Barbara Ehrenreich’s new book on white-collar unemployment.