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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

André Aciman: Call Me by Your Name // Enigma Variations

3/1/2018
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André Aciman takes the intensity, complexity, and variety of his Call Me by Your Name still further in his new novel, Enigma Variations.

Duration:00:29:12

Scott McClanahan: The Sarah Book / Crapalachia: A Biography of Place

2/22/2018
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Scott McClanahan discusses two of his close-to- the-bone and personal novels: The Sarah Book and Crapalachia: A Biography of Place.

Duration:00:28:30

Víctor Terán and David Shook: Like A New Sun: New Indigenous Mexican Poetry

2/15/2018
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Víctor Terán and David Shook discuss the music of Isthmus Zapotec and poetry translated for Like A New Sun.

Duration:00:31:12

Matthew McIntosh: theMystery.doc

2/8/2018
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Matthew McIntosh’s theMystery.doc asks a reader to consider what a book is, while exploring how a book can be like life.

Duration:00:29:12

Jane Gillette: The Trail of the Demon and Other Stories

2/1/2018
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Jane Gillette describes the wicked writing of her first book, The Trail of the Demon and Other Stories.

Duration:00:28:57