Renaissance expert and intrepid P.I. Leslie Silbert has taken her fascinating career experience to the literary arena with her debut thriller, The Intelligencer. Her boss, a 32-year veteran of the CIA, calls her debut “an artful and ingenious blend of Elizabethan history and twenty-first century espionage."
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New York, New York
Place of Birth:
B.A., M.A. in The History of Science, Harvard University; Renaissance Literature studies, Oxford University
|Our Book Club Pick|
|Alter Ego Trip|
|In an interview with her publisher, Silbert discusses her approach in writing her first fiction heroine, Kate Morgan. "I followed one of the few adages I’d heard over the years: Write what you know," she explains. "Instead of wondering if my main character was two dimensional, or spoke in a consistent voice, I could just think: What would I say? I have, however, made Kate much cooler than I am. Most notably, I don’t work for a clandestine U.S. intelligence unit. My contribution to global justice is, unfortunately, quite limited. She also kicks ass a bit better. Unlike me, though, she hasn’t tried her hand at fiction… yet."|
|An Early Influence||Silbert's Reading Recommendations|
"I was first introduced to [Stoppard] in 1997 when I saw a performance of Arcadia," Silbert recalls in our exclusive interview. "I was thrilled and awed by his deft interweaving of stories separated by centuries. Years later, when I thought about actually writing -- not just mulling over -- my first novel, Stoppard’s play inspired me to try creating a similar structure."
|Eye of the Needle|
We asked Silbert to talk to us about some of her favorite books. She put Ken Follet's breakout bestseller high on her list, calling it "arguably one of the best spy novels ever written." Read on to learn more about Silbert's reading recommendations, including:
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