Laura Hankin ’10 draws on her experiences as a young artist in New York City in her new novel, Happy & You Know It (Berkley Books). As her former bandmates shoot to stardom, a singer named Claire takes an unexpected gig performing at Park Avenue playgroups and uncovers the dark secrets of the mothers who pay her bills.

In 2013, journalist Barton Gellman ’82 was contacted by a person codenamed “Verax” — Edward Snowden. In Dark Mirror (Penguin) Gellman recounts his experiences reporting the extremely sensitive story under heavy governmental pressure and his broader reflections on the surveillance state in America.