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October's Book: Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff joins us to talk about Cleopatra: A Life. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra is remembered in history for all the wrong reasons. Relying on classical sources, Schiff separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death brought forth a new world order. She recreates the world that Cleopatra lived in, rich in political and sexual intrigue, and draws a vivid portrait of her as a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. She had children with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day—and she and Antony attempted to forge a new empire, an alliance that spelled both their ends.

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The Great Moby-Dick

Monday, October 24, 2011

Nathaniel Philbrick was on the show this week to talk about one of the greatest American novels, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.

"I think of all the classics, Moby-Dick is the most reluctantly read. It is so long, it is digressive. Just when you think you're figuring out where it's going, Melville throws in a short chapter about something completely different. And it's a real challenge," Philbrick explains. "It's a book I find, later in life, when you have some life experiences to bring to the book, you begin to see it in a different light."

The digressions are about things like the whiteness of a whale, and ambergris (which is whale vomit), and chowder—Melville even includes a recipe for chowder!

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Video: Questions for Salman Rushdie

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Salman Rushdie doesn't really have any favorite words, but he explains why he likes "funny" and dislikes "fanatical." He also shares his thoughts on Midnight's Children, which was published 30 years ago.

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September’s Book: Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Salman Rushdie joins us for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! We’re talking about his 1981 novel, Midnight’s Children. It tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947 – the moment that India became an independent nation. His health and well being are tightly tied to his country's, and he is magically, telepathically linked to the 1,000 other children born during India's first hour of life. Salman Rushdie will answer your questions about his magical realist book, which was awarded the 1981 Booker Prize and the James Tait Prize, and it was voted the "Best of the Booker" in 1993 and in 2008.

His most recent novel, Luka and the Fire of Life has just been released in paperback.

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Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" Wins an Emmy

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Anthony Bourdain's Travel Channel show "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" just won an Emmy award for "Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming." The award went to Zach Zamboni and Todd Liebler, Directors of Photography, for this season's episode on Haiti. The show earned four nominations. Congratulations!

Bourdain was on the show August 29, 2011, to discuss his latest book Medium Raw, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club's August pick. Listen to that interview here

Recently, HarperCollins Publishers' imprint Ecco announced that it is giving Bourdain "an eponymous line of books." Bourdain will acquire books that reflect his eclectic tastes, and Ecco will publish three to five titles a year. Find out more about what Anthony Bourdain's eclectic tastes are here!

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August's Book: Medium Raw, by Anthony Bourdain

Monday, August 29, 2011

Anthony Bourdain joins us for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! We’re talking about his latest book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, the follow-up to his hit book Kitchen Confidential. It’s an account of Bourdain's unexpected voyage from journeyman cook, to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, to father. Bourdain offers rants and raves, investigations and interrogations of some major figures in food, and he pays homage to the hard working men and women behind the scenes in every restaurant

The Washington Post writes of Medium Raw: “When you read Bourdain, you never quite know what’s going to happen in the next sentence, but you can be sure you’re in for a treat, a shock, a surprise…Anyone who starts this book is liable to lose all control and simply gobble it right up.

You can watch him travel the globe on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on the Travel Channel!

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Questions for Anthony Bourdain

Monday, August 29, 2011

Find out author Anthony Bourdain's favorite authors, favorite books, favorite restaurants, and what his favorite word is.

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Book Recommendations from Some of Our Guests

Monday, July 18, 2011

Looking for a good book to read? We've asked some Lopate Show guests what great books they've read lately, and here's what they've told us:

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Video: Jennifer Egan

Monday, July 18, 2011

Novelist Jennifer Egan, whose 2001 book Look at Me was the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club's July selection, talks about her favorite writers, favorite words, her writing rituals, and why her copy of Look at Me is so beaten up!

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Questions for Jennifer Egan

Friday, July 15, 2011

Find out author Jennifer Egan's favorite authors, recent favorite books, and what her least favorite words are.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club: Jennifer Egan's Look at Me

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Jennifer Egan joins us to talk about her novel, Look at Me, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s July selection. Look at Me, published in 2001, was a National Book Award finalist, and it explores the American obsession with image and self-invention. A fashion model named Charlotte Swenson suffers injuries in a car accident that leave her face so badly shattered that it takes 80 titanium screws to reassemble it. She is still beautiful but is oddly unrecognizable. Egan intertwines Charlotte’s narrative with the stories of other casualties of our infatuation with image—a teenaged girl starting a dangerous secret life, an alcoholic private eye, and an enigmatic stranger preparing a staggering blow against American society.

We hope you've been reading it! Participate in the conversation! Leave a question for Jennifer Egan below!

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The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club: Arthur Phillips and "The Tragedy of Arthur"

Thursday, July 07, 2011

The idea for the new novel "The Tragedy of Arthur" came to author Arthur Phillips when he was walking down the street and thought to himself: "I wonder if I could write a Shakespeare play." His book is in the form of a memoir that serves as the introduction to an undiscovered play by William Shakespeare.

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Questions for Arthur Phillips

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Watch a video of Arthur Phillips telling us about his favorite authors, where he finds inspiration, and what his favorite words are.

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June's Book: The Tragedy of Arthur, by Arthur Phillips

Thursday, May 19, 2011

We kicked off our book club with the novel The Tragedy of Arthur, by Arthur Phillips. On June 16 in the Greene Space, Leonard moderated a discussion with Arthur Philips, and people in the audience were able to ask their questions about the book. Watch the video below starting 40 minutes in. 

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