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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent much of her childhood bouncing among fourteen different foster homes. She explains how the system failed her, and what she’s doing now to help out today’s foster kids and parents. Also: artist Maira Kalman. Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner. And writers Zadie Smith, Vendela Vida, and George Saunders talk about creating characters in their fiction.

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Maira Kalman, Patricia T. O'Conner, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, George Saunders, Zadie Smith and Vendela Vida

The Book of Other People: Zadie Smith, Vendela Vida, and George Saunders

Novelist and editor Zadie Smith asked 22 other writers to make up a character, and then write a story about that character. The result is The Book of Other People. Vendela Vida and George Saunders are two of the contributors.

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Maira Kalman’s Principles of Uncertainty

In her new illustrated book, Principles of Uncertainty, artist and philosopher Maira Kalman asks some existential questions like -- What is identity? What is happiness? Why do we fight wars?
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A Survivor of the Foster Care System Speaks

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent much of her childhood bouncing between fourteen different foster homes. She explains how the system failed her, and what she’s doing now to help out today’s foster kids and parents. Her new memoir is Three Little Words.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers listeners’ questions about the English language. You can leave a comment below, or call us at 212-433-9692.

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