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Presenting The Organist from McSweeney's

7/13/2018
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We share an episode of a KCRW podcast produced in collaboration with McSweeney's.

Duration:00:33:16

Lauren Groff: Florida

7/12/2018
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Characters in Lauren Groff’s collection of stories, Florida, try to meet the challenges of staying alive while life becomes more and more difficult.

Duration:00:29:52

A.M. Homes Days of Awe: Stories

7/5/2018
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In Days of Awe: Stories, A.M. Homes writes about characters who turn out not to be who they hoped to be, and unable to escape who they are.

Duration:00:29:52

Rita Bullwinkel: Belly Up

6/28/2018
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Bewildered imagination finds a home in the stories of Rita Bullwinkel's Belly Up.

Duration:00:29:16

Michael Ondaatje: Warlight (Part II)

6/21/2018
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Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight alters the rules about how big a novel’s canvas can be; it gives the feeling of completeness without telling all the secrets.

Duration:00:28:48

Michael Ondaatje: Warlight (Part I)

6/14/2018
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Michael Ondaatje fully embraces the fun of storytelling in this miracle of a novel, Warlight.

Duration:00:28:28

Mary Gaitskill: Somebody with a Little Hammer

6/7/2018
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Mary Gaitskill’s collection of essays, Somebody with a Little Hammer, explores prismatic perspectives on rich topics, including literature.

Duration:00:28:58

Linda Spalding: A Reckoning

5/31/2018
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Linda Spalding’s novel, A Reckoning, based on her family history, describes past nightmares that trickle into today.

Duration:00:29:12

Shauna Barbosa: Cape Verdean Blues

5/24/2018
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The poetry of Cape Verdean Blues is organic, melancholic, and gorgeous. Shauna Barbosa starts with feeling, shines with honesty, and questions everything.

Duration:00:29:13

Joyce Carol Oates: A Book of American Martyrs

5/17/2018
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Joyce Carol Oates discusses A Book of American Martyrs, a novel about what women are going to make of the American dream.

Duration:00:28:56

Leslie Jamison: The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

5/10/2018
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Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath is a book about the nightmare of feeling not enough, Jamison travels all 360 degrees of wanting to be the best and the worst, and has a great struggle to live in the middle ground.

Duration:00:29:09

Rachel Kushner: The Mars Room

5/3/2018
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Rachel Kushner discusses The Mars Room, a novel set in a women’s correctional facility, a dazzling novel full of surprising details that can’t be forgotten.

Duration:00:29:10

Carol Muske-Dukes: Blue Rose

4/26/2018
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Carol Muske-Dukes discusses her book, Blue Rose. The poetry is written at the highest level but it’s about daily life: poetry as life story.

Duration:00:29:08

Christine Schutt: Pure Hollywood

4/19/2018
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Christine Schutt says her writing takes place in a danger zone. In Pure Hollywood, one novella and ten stories, she writes beyond weird, at a level that both frightens and empowers.

Duration:00:29:14

Junot Diaz: Islandborn

4/12/2018
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Devastatingly beautiful, soulful, a fulfillment of a promise to his goddaughter, Junot Diaz’s Islandborn offers a new map into children’s books.

Duration:00:28:57

Lynne Tillman: Men and Apparitions

4/5/2018
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A novel trapped in the mind of a very unusual man. Lynne Tillman writes with wit that makes the reader dance.

Duration:00:28:57

Sean Penn: Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

3/29/2018
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A transcendent apocalyptic satire, an outrageous improvisation of a book, embedded with the rhythms of American prose, Sean Penn discusses his first novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.

Duration:00:28:57

Roberta Allen: The Princess of Herself

3/22/2018
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Roberta Allen says every truth can work as fiction. She discusses writing into the essence of a story. The Princess of Herself is interconnected stories of familiar but monstrous people not normally written about.

Duration:00:28:57

Ann Beattie and Richard Bausch on The Complete Stories of Peter Taylor

3/15/2018
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Two brilliant writers talk about a brilliant writer: Ann Beattie and Richard Bausch discuss the haunted dreamscapes of the short fiction of Peter Taylor.

Duration:00:28:58

Mokhtar Alkhanshali and Dave Eggers: The Monk of Mokha

3/8/2018
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For The Monk of Mokha, Dave Eggers writes the story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali bridging the country of his ancestors with the country where he lives. This is a conversation about the fate of immigrant life in America.

Duration:00:29:12