★Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2024 “Five Best: Books on Diasporas, Selected by Joseph Kanon” Read More…

★Crime Reads, February 25, 2022  “Why Berlin is the Mecca for Espionage Fiction” Joseph Kanon talks with Paul Vidich
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★The Savannah Book Festival Joseph Kanon – Opening Address 2020 Savannah Book Festival
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Literary Hub, June 8, 2017, “There is No Better Place to Write Than the Library”

YouTube 2015, Wall Street Journal Book Club

The Independent, November 21, 2014, “The Book of a Lifetime”

YouTube, July 2014, Rancho Mirage Writers Festival

YouTube, 2014, Center for Fiction Master Class

YouTube, 2012, “What are you Reading?”

YouTube, 2012, NY Society Library talk on ISTANBUL PASSAGE

YouTubeMarch 7, 2012, “A Tour of Istanbul with Joseph Kanon”

YouTube, October 6, 2009, “Joseph Kanon Tours the Hollywood of Decades Past”

DAILY MOTION, September 25, 2011, “Joseph Kanon Talks About Stardust

HUFFINGTON POST, November 9, 2009, “Making an Author Video”

THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 28, 2007, “A Perfect Spy”


★The Sunday Times – Meet thriller writer Joseph Kanon, ‘the American Robert Harris’

The bestselling author creates great thrillers by mining history. Now he has his sights set on China with a tale of sex and spies in wartime Shanghai.

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★The Sunday Times – Spy fiction’s new golden age — the novels to read now

Also striking has been the growing number of American writers who are choosing serious spy writing over the shoot-em-up exploits of special forces operatives that dominate US bestseller lists, dismissed by aficionados as “theKalashnikov Kids.”

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★New Items Podcast with John Ellis. Why Spy Novels Matter with Joseph Kanon 2021.
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★Holocaust Museum Houston
A Conversation with Author Joseph Kanon, Moderated by Ernie Manouse, February 6, 2020
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Off the Shelf, April 29, 2015, “The Intimate Relationship Between Editor and Author”

Diana Korte PRX Public Radio, April 2, 2015, “Thriller writer Joseph Kanon and ‘Leaving Berlin’”

Publishers Weekly, February 20, 2105, “Intrigue in Postwar Berlin:  Joseph Kanon”

Columbus Monthly, March 2015, “3 Questions with Joseph Kanon”

NPR WEEKEND EDITIONMay 26, 2012, “‘Istanbul’: A Twisted Tale of Foreign Espionage”

THE COLIN McENROE SHOW, June 6, 2012, “Summer Reading”

CONNIE MARTINSON TALKS BOOKS, July 18, 2012, “Joseph Kanon – Istanbul Passage

DAVID’S BOOK TALK, May 22, 2012, “Istanbul Passage

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, “Researching and Writing Bestsellers: An Interview with Joseph Kanon”

BOLDTYPE, “An Interview with Joseph Kanon”


Publishers Weekly, March 23, 2024, Starred Review:  Shanghai – “In this superbly written WWII espionage thriller…it’s clear readers are in expert hands: Kanon writes with a master’s touch, flexing his gift for atmosphere and crafting characters who seem capable of walking off the page…this is as good as crime fiction gets.”

The Daily Express UK, June 25, 2017, Review:  Defectors – “If you think you’ve read enough books about this era, give this brilliant American novelist a try. He makes an old conflict feel as fresh as today’s headlines….[Kanon is] a writer at the top of his game.”

The Washington Post, June 6, 2017, Review: Defectors – “Kanon is a master of the genre … Defectors is as readable and suspenseful as the fine espionage novels of Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, Charles McCarry, Robert Littell, Alan Furst and John Le Carré — and its roller-coaster plot will keep you guessing until the final page.”

Head Butler, June 7, 2017, Review: Defectors

New York Times Book Review, June 4, 2017, Review: Defectors

The Times UK, June 3, 2017, Review: Defectors – “Joseph Kanon continues to demonstrate that he is up there with the very best of the present crop of spy thriller writers. No one offers a more convincing portrait of the shivery atmosphere of Cold War eastern Europe and a paranoid America. His interests are not so much the grand events and flamboyant heroes and villains of the period; he is the master of the shadows of the era.”

The Guardian UK, June 2, 2017, Review: Defectors

Kirkus Review, March 27, 2017,  Starred Review: Defectors

Telegraph UK, August 3, 2016, “20 Best Spy Novels of All Time”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, February 27, 2015,  Review: Leaving Berlin

NY DAILY NEWS, February 22, 2015, Review: Leaving Berlin

New York Times Book Review, March 24, 2015, “Joseph Kanon’s ‘Leaving Berlin’”

Washington Independent, April 3, 2015, Review: Leaving Berlin

Winnepeg Free Press, March 28, 2015, “Berlin Buried in Secrets in Postwar Thriller”

The Buffalo News, March 1, 2015, “A New Thriller by a Master in the Tradition of Grahame Greene and John LeCarre”

Fort Worth Star Telegram, February 25, 2015, “Book Review: ‘Leaving Berlin’”

Library Journal, LEAVING BERLIN January 2015 issue.

TELEGRAPH UK, Dec 13, 2014, Review: Leaving Berlin

LA TIMES, August 5, 2012, “Istanbul Passage follows postwar maneuvers”

USA TODAY, June 17, 2012, “Istanbul Passage reminiscent of Casablanca

THE WASHINGTON POST, June 10, 2012, “Istanbul Passage, by Joseph Kanon, is a complex spy world”

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, July 15, 2012, “Istanbul Passage a thriller with characters that resonate”

THE SCOTSMAN, June 16, 2012, “Book Review: Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon”

NEWARK STAR LEDGER REVIEW, June 3, 2012, “Istanbul Passage: A Book Review”

LA TIMES, August 5, 2012, “Istanbul Passage follows postwar maneuvers”

WNBC, “Stardust Review”

AARP MAGAZINE, March 2010, “Stardust Review”

HOUSTON PRESS, January 25, 2007, “Nostalgia Trip”

THE NEW REPUBLIC, January 22, 2007, “Years Past”

THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 14, 2001, “Love Among the Ruins – The Good German

THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 25, 2011, Fiction Chronicle