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26: In Hong Kong, A Movement Grows: Javier C. Hernández and Xu Xi on the City's Battle With Beijing

9/19/2019
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In this episode, New York Times reporter Javier C. Hernández and fiction writer and essayist Xu Xi talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about Hong Kong, current and past protests, and the powers that have sought to gain control of the city. Hernández talks about the practical realities of covering potentially violent situations and the unique collectivism of current activism. Xu Xi discusses the challenges the movement faces as well as the...

Duration:01:08:46

25: An American Abroad: Deborah Landau and Mathangi Subramanian on Expat Writing

9/5/2019
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In this episode, poet Deborah Landau and novelist Mathangi Subramanian talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about their writing lives as Americans abroad. From exploring Paris's rich expat literary history to witnessing the diversity of slums in India, Landau and Subramanian discuss what they found when they began writing in unfamiliar places. Guests: Readings for the Episode:Deborah LandauOrchideliriumThe Last Usable HourThe Uses of the...

Duration:01:09:13

24. On Whiteness Part 2: Jess Row and Timothy Yu Talk Writing About Race

8/29/2019
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In the second half of a special two-part episode, novelist and critic Jess Row and poet and critic Tim Yu talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about writing about whiteness in America. Who gets to participate in cultural criticism, and why? Who gets reviewed by and compared to whom, and why? How can white writers render and challenge their communities’ part in the country’s history of racism? Row and Yu also share their responses to Bob Hicok’s recent...

Duration:00:57:16

24. On Whiteness Part I: Jess Row and Timothy Yu Talk Writing About Race

8/22/2019
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In the first half of a special two-part episode, novelist and critic Jess Row and poet and critic Tim Yu talk to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about writing about whiteness in America. How can white writers render their communities’ part in the country’s history of racism, and also challenge them? Row and Yu also share their responses to Bob Hicok’s recent Utne Reader essay about diversity in poetry. To hear the full episode, subscribe to the...

Duration:01:11:01

23: The Iranian Revolution at 40: Jasmin Darznik and Dina Nayeri On the Anniversary of the Republic

8/8/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, Iranian-American novelists and memoirists Jasmin Darznik and Dina Nayeri talk to hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. How has the country changed in four decades, and what is it like to write about the preceding and subsequent history? Guests: Readings for the Episode:Jasmin DarznikThe Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden LifeSong of a Captive Bird***Dina NayeriA...

Duration:01:11:41

22: Space is the Place: Jonathan Fetter-Vorm and Mary Anne Mohanraj on the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11's Moon Landing

7/25/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, author and illustrator Jonathan Fetter-Vorm and science fiction writer Mary Anne Mohanraj talk to hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and how space exploration has been rendered in images, nonfiction, and fiction. What has been erased from the history of space exploration, and what might the future hold? Guests: Readings for the Episode: By Jonathan Fetter-VormMoonbound:...

Duration:01:07:22

21: The Military in a Time of Trump: Elliot Ackerman and Anuradha Bhagwati on the Armed Services Past and Future

7/11/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, novelist Elliot Ackerman and memoirist Anuradha Bhagwati talk about how the military has—and hasn’t—changed during Donald Trump’s time as Commander in Chief. They also discuss their own experiences as Marines, the history of the American military, and how its future may affect the country and the world. To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite...

Duration:01:09:06

20: A Court Supreme: Irin Carmon and Jay Wexler on Writing About SCOTUS and Justice in Fiction and Nonfiction

6/27/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, New York Magazine senior correspondent Irin Carmon (co-author of Notorious RBG) and novelist and Boston University law professor Jay Wexler (author of Tuttle in the Balance) talk about news coverage and fictional depictions of the Supreme Court. How partisan is the Court becoming? Why use humor to write fiction about the nine Justices? Ruth Bader Ginsburg was Vladimir Nabokov’s student—what effect has this had on her writing, and how are...

Duration:01:09:00

19: Podcasting Pro Tips and Jonny Diamond on Creating LitHub Radio

6/13/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan share how they started the podcast, and offer podcasting tips with some help from friends who host their own shows. Then LitHub.com editor-in-chief Jonny Diamond speaks about the launch of LitHub Radio and his five-year anniversary as LitHub.com’s content czar, as well as his own writing. To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher,...

Duration:01:11:11

18: Slouching Toward Gilead: Anjali Enjeti and Lacy Johnson on the new anti-abortion laws

5/30/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, Anjali Enjeti and Lacy Johnson speak with hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about recent news and legislation about abortion, as well as its depiction in literature and film. Guests: ● Lacy Johnson ● Anjali Enjeti Readings for the Episode: ● “Is Masculinity a Terrorist Ideology? Lacy Johnson on Rachel Louise Snyder and the Ways We Name Violence,” on LitHub ● The Reckonings by Lacy Johnson ● “Governor Kemp Is Turning...

Duration:01:08:45

17: Against Genre Snobbery: Marlon James and Daniel José Older on the Intersections of Literary and Genre Writing

5/16/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, taped live at the inaugural Wordplay in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Marlon James and Daniel José Older speak with hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about the politics of literary categories. They talk about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the history of queerness in Africa, the importance of plot, the Wookieepedia, writing violence and respecting readers, and the details of dinosaurs. Guests: ● Marlon James ● Daniel José...

Duration:01:00:03

16: Democrats in the Bardo: George and Paula Saunders on Politics and Writing

5/2/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, taped live at the Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Missouri, George and Paula Saunders talk to hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about writing, politics, class, and the contenders for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election. To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app (make sure to include the forward...

Duration:00:57:10

15: Emily Raboteau and Omar El Akkad Tell a Different Kind of Climate Change Story

4/18/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, novelists Emily Raboteau and Omar El Akkad discuss telling the stories of climate change with hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell. Raboteau talks about her recent NYRB article, "Climate Signs," and El Akkad shares how his history as a journalist connects to his novel, American War, Readings for the Episode: ● “Climate Signs” by Emily Raboteau, New York Review Daily ● The Professor's Daughter by Emily Raboteau ● Searching for...

Duration:01:09:27

14: Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know about Lit Mags (And Likely More)

4/4/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, editors Brigid Hughes of A Public Space and Jennifer Baker of Electric Literature and the Minorities in Publishing podcast discuss the world of literary journals with hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell. What gets an editor’s attention? How much editing do they really do? And where was the AWP hotel bar in Portland? This episode, recorded during the annual AWP conference, has the answers. Readings for the Episode: · A Public...

Duration:01:20:37

13: Fiction/Non/Fiction: March Madness Edition

3/21/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, novelist Marcus Burke and sportswriter Shira Springer discuss writing and basketball with hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell. As March Madness rages on, we talk buzzy topics in the sports world: apprenticeship in college basketball, the need for consistent coverage of women athletes, and the importance of women sportswriters. Readings for the Episode: · Team Seven by Marcus Burke · Hennessy and Red Lightsby Marcus Burke · “7...

Duration:01:07:18

12: Trans is Not New: Gender in Writing

3/7/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, scholar and author C. Riley Snorton and author T Fleischmann discuss intersections of gender, race, and their own writing with hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell. Readings for the Episode: · Nobody is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low by C. Riley Snorton · Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton · Syzygy, Beauty: An Essay by T. Fleischmann · Time is the Thing the Body Moves...

Duration:01:09:53

11: Academy Awards Season Episode

2/21/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, novelist and screenwriter Brit Bennett and television and screenwriter Emily Halpern discuss their projects and craft with hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell. What is it like to adapt your own novel for screen—for Kerry Washington? What’s it like to attend a big awards show? How can screenwriting tips apply to fiction? Which movies deserved Best Picture nominations? The episode discusses these questions and more in the run-up to...

Duration:01:09:07

10: Indigenous Imaginations: Native American Writers on Their Communities

2/7/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, playwright Rhiana Yazzie and novelist Brandon Hobson and hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell discuss Native literature. In the wake of viral images showing Covington Catholic students disrespecting Native activist Nathan Phillips in Washington, D.C., this episode turns the focus away from the MAGA hats, and back to the Indigenous Peoples March and indigenous writing. Readings for the Episode: · New Native Theatre · Native Woman...

Duration:01:09:56

9: Can I Get A Witness: God and Faith in American Fiction

1/24/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, novelists R.O. Kwon and Paul Harding and hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell discuss writing about God and faith. Readings for the Episode: · The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon · Tinkers and Enon by Paul Harding · Blind Spot and Open City by Teju Cole · The Complete Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson · He Held Radical Light by Christian Wiman · Marilynne Robinson · Laleh Khadivi · Simone Weil · Mohsin Hamid · Louisa May...

Duration:01:12:20

8: Notice Me: How Literary Publicity Works

1/10/2019
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In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, publicists and writers Carla Bruce-Eddings and Karen Gu and novelist Tom Barbash talk to hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about how literary publicity works, and how books and authors get attention. Readings for the Episode: Part I: · Carla Bruce-Eddings on Twitter· Algonquin Books on Twitter· Karen Gu on Twitter· Graywolf Press on Twitter· Graywolf Press on Instagram· Oculus by Sally Wen Mao · Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi ·...

Duration:01:15:40