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Cathleen Schine: The Grammarians

9/19/2019
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Language-loving twin sisters discover themselves united by passion but separated by needs in The Grammarians, the eleventh book by Cathleen Schine.

Duration:00:29:15

Mary Ruefle: Dunce

9/12/2019
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Dunce, by Mary Ruefle, finds meaning everywhere.

Duration:00:29:13

Katya Apekina: The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish

9/5/2019
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Katya Apekina’s novel The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish has a dark sense of humor, and an interest in the soul.

Duration:00:29:29

Sarah Rose Etter: The Book of X

8/29/2019
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Sarah Rose Etter’s The Book of X belongs to a literary conversation about the grotesque and surreal.

Duration:00:29:43

Peter Orner: Maggie Brown & Others

8/22/2019
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Characters with DNA, blood and soul populate forty three stories and a novella by Peter Orner: Maggie Brown & Others.

Duration:00:28:58

Toni Morrison: Beloved

8/15/2019
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From the archives, a highly resonate conversation with Toni Morrison about transfiguring love, as portrayed in her novel Beloved.

Duration:00:28:58

Toni Morrison Tribute

8/8/2019
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Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison passed away this week at 88 years of age. Bookworm is rebroadcasting a 2009 conversation with her about her novel, A Mercy.*

Duration:00:28:30

Howard Rodman: The Great Eastern

8/1/2019
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Literary legends Captain Ahab and Captain Nemo are pitted against each other by real life engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in Howard Rodman’s The Great Eastern.

Duration:00:29:39

Ariana Reines: A Sand Book

7/19/2019
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The poetry in Ariana Reines's A Sand Book is centered around the theme of hiding: running away and trying to escape.

Duration:00:30:07

Ocean Vuong: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

7/18/2019
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Ocean Vuong speaks of leaving his thumbprint within his new novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.

Duration:00:29:25

David Trinidad, Amy Gerstler, Ruth Greenstein: Punk Rock is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith

7/11/2019
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Editor/poet David Trinidad, poet Amy Gerstler, and publisher Ruth Greenstein reflect on the dynamic mind behind Punk Rock is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith.

Duration:00:28:58

David Trinidad: Swinging on a Star

6/27/2019
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David Trinidad’s Swinging on a Star is a two-part collection of poems that put the human in pop culture.

Duration:00:29:12

Laila Lalami: The Other Americans

6/20/2019
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Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans is a polyphonic novel about social class and identity, with a revelation in every chapter.

Duration:00:28:28

Seth: Clyde Fans

6/13/2019
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A stunning graphic novel by one of the medium’s greatest creators, Seth’s Clyde Fans is about people living in a memory fog, and the strange reverie that life takes on when one grows older.

Duration:00:28:28

Ann Beattie: A Wonderful Stroke of Luck

6/6/2019
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Ben’s life falls down around him, and he’s the protagonist, in A Wonderful Stroke of Luck, by master writer Ann Beattie.

Duration:00:28:57

Dave Eggers: The Parade

5/30/2019
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The Parade, by Dave Eggers, is a book of creeping dread, where every worst thing is possible, and rational reason leads one to expect that the worst is not over.

Duration:00:28:27

Richard Powers: The Overstory

5/23/2019
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About the interdependence between humans and trees, Richard Powers found a place for the non-human in literary fiction with his new book, The Overstory.

Duration:00:28:59

Terrance Hayes: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

5/16/2019
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Seventy sonnets written in the first two hundred days of Trump's presidency, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, by Terrance Hayes, flies out of the cages of literary, cultural, and historical forms. Warning: Today's episode contains strong language that some listeners may find offensive.

Duration:00:28:28

Nafissa Thompson-Spires: Heads of the Colored People

5/9/2019
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The stories in Heads of the Colored People, by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, try to capture what’s human in what otherwise may only be trends.

Duration:00:29:27

Tayari Jones: An American Marriage

5/2/2019
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Her fourth book, which took her six years to write, An American Marriage brought Tayari Jones to the attention of Oprah’s Book Club.

Duration:00:29:27