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Neil Gaiman's 'Neverwhere,' 20 Years in the Making

Friday, August 14, 2015

The author's work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages. He makes a visit to The Lopate Show Book Club to answer listener questions about his celebrated novel, "Neverwhere."

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Video: Brenda Wineapple's Unlikely Friendship with Sybille Bedford

Friday, June 05, 2015

Acclaimed author Brenda Wineapple remembers her friend and mentor, Sybille Bedford, and talks about her own writing.


The "Legacy" of Sybille Bedford

Thursday, June 04, 2015

The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club is reading Sybille Bedford's first novel, A Legacy, in which a marriage fatally entwines the fortunes of two German families in the run-up to WWI. 

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Sarah Montague on Coming of Age and A Legacy

Friday, May 29, 2015

The WNYC cultural reporter first read Sybille Bedford's novel when she was 18. Listen to her comment on the text and read some of her favorite passages. 


Video: "It's All In the Books, You Know?" Getting to Know Karl Ove Knausgaard

Monday, May 11, 2015

Karl Ove Knausgaard on the music he loves, his inability to paint, the Scandinavian authors to watch out for, and the exact number of coffee cups he keeps his writing desk.


His Struggle is our Delight

Friday, May 08, 2015

Karl Ove Knausgaard's six-part autobiographical novel, My Struggle, meticulously illustrates the mundane details of the author's life as he grapples with his larger demons.

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8 Questions with Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The two-time PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize winners reveal their favorite novels, describe how they work, and offer advice on how to read Russian literature.

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Translation Superstars Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky on The Brothers Karamazov

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel gave Richard and Larissa their start in the world of translation. Leave your questions for them in the comments section... they'll be here March 25th!

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You Won't Get That Out of Franzen! A Web Extra Starring Daniel Handler

Friday, February 27, 2015

Daniel Handler on who he reads, how he writes, where he writes, and a few extra things too.


A Boat Has Gone Missing. Goods Have Been Stolen. We're Reading Daniel Handler's We Are Pirates

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

As children's book author Lemony Snicket, Handler is best known for A Series of Unfortunate Events. We Are Pirates is his new novel for adults, and it's this month's book club pick. 

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Video: Alice McDermott on Santa Fe, Nabokov, "Parlor floor and basement"

Monday, November 17, 2014

Alice McDermott talked about why she loves Nabokov, why Santa Fe makes her think of Willa Cather, and writing fictional diaries.


Live From The Miami Book Fair International 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Enjoy a three-day live stream from the Miami Book Fair International Friday, November 21, through Sunday, November 23.

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Alice McDermott's Charming Billy

Monday, October 27, 2014

This 1998 National Book Award winning novel is about first love, buried secrets, and the life of an Irish American drinker in Queens.

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Questions for Mary Gordon

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Mary Gordon writes in the morning and hates the word "friending." Find out some of her favorite books and authors she wishes got more attention.


This Month We're Reading Mary Gordon's 'Pearl'

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Read it along with the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club and tune in when the author discusses it on October 1.

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Come See Leonard at the Brooklyn Book Festival!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Leonard will be hosting a conversation with writers Mary Gordon and Emma Straub at the Brooklyn Book Festival at noon on Sunday, September 21.

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Surveillance State, Real and Imagined: Reading George Orwell's 1984

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

George Packer joins the next Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about Orwell's dystopian novel about a surveillance state and look at why it still resonates today.

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Video: Sean Hemingway on His Grandfather Ernest

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Ernest Hemingway's grandson Sean Hemingway talks about putting together a new edition of The Sun Also Rises, which includes drafts and notes and deleted chapters.


Seán Hemingway on The Sun Also Rises

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ernest Hemingway’s grandson discusses the quintessential story of the Lost Generation.

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Questions for Akhil Sharma

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The author of Family Life, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club's June selection, shared some of the books and authors he loves to read again and again.