SELECTED SHORTS honors the memory of our creator and host of Isaiah Sheffer, who died on November 8, 2012., in a reprise of a special program hosted by Colum McCann. For nearly thirty years Sheffer presided over our “celebration of the short story.” He was much loved and is still sorely missed.
Colum McCann, the author of Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, and an avid music fan, shares some of the music that moves him.
In this episode: The award winning Irish novelist, Colum McCann, whose new book is called TransAtlantic, joins us to discuss some of his favorite music in a Pick Three.
Plus: Eleanor Friedberger — singer, songwriter, and one half of the band, Fiery Furnaces — returns with a new solo album, Personal Record. We hear some of it when she plays live in our studio.
And: A sneak preview of our conversation with the Grammy Award-winning neo-soul singer and songwriter Erykah Badu.
Colum McCann discusses his new novel, TransAtlantic. It tells three parallel stories of ocean crossings—set in Newfoundland in 1919, Dublin in the 1840s, in New York in 1998. The novel tells the stories of iconic crossings connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in history.
Writer Colum McCann was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his novel, TransAtlantic. He also told us what he's been reading lately, and what his favorite comfort food is.
Master storyteller Edna O’Brien on muses on love, death, and regret in two stories and a twisty tale from Robert Coover condenses the meaning of life.
Novelist Colum McCann shares some of his favorite picks with us.
Novelists Joseph O’Neill, author of Netherland; Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin; and Julia Glass, author of The Whole World Over, discuss how they addressed 9/11 in their work, the challenges of writing about the attacks and their aftermath, and how 9/11 has influenced their writing, the stories they wanted to tell, and fiction as a whole over the last ten years.