Jane Mayer joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1995. She writes about politics for the magazine and has been covering the war on terror. Recent subjects include Alberto Mora and the Pentagon’s secret torture policy, how the United States outsources torture, the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and the legality of C.I.A. interrogations. She has also written about George W. Bush, the bin Laden family and Sarah Palin. Mayer was the 2008 winner of the John Chancellor Award for Journalistic Excellence. She was also a 2009 finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Mayer is the author of the best-selling 2008 book The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, which was chosen as one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times, The Economist, Salon, Slate and Bloomberg.
[extracted from 2009 festival brochure]