Bruce Holsinger, a novelist and literary scholar, teaches at the University of Virginia. His debut novel, A Burnable Book, won the John Hurt Fisher Prize and was shortlisted for the American Library Association’s Best Crime Novel of 2014. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, Slate, and many other national publications, and he appears regularly on National Public Radio. His many nonfiction books have won major awards from the Modern Language Association, the Medieval Academy of America, and other international organizations, and he has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His new novel, The Invention of Fire, imagines the beginnings of gun violence in the western world.