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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.

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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.

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Video: Jane Austen and George Eliot Changed Adelle Waldman's Life

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When Adelle Waldman, author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., talked about some favorite books and why Philip Roth's Sabbath's Theater blew her away.

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Video: Mary Roach "If you dig enough, anything is fascinating"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mary Roach came by April 17 to talk about her book Gulp for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club.

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Video: Rebecca Mead Talks About Some Things She Loves

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch, on why she's read Middlemarch over and over, what she's reading now, and what it's like to be a staff writer at The New Yorker.

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Video: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc shares some of her favorite authors, stand-up comedians, and tells us why she's been re-reading some feminist classics.

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Video: Questions for Jonathan Franzen

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Novelist Jonathan Franzen shares a few of his favorite science fiction books from his high-school days.

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Video: Questions for Junot Diaz

Monday, August 19, 2013

Junot Diaz stopped by August 16 to talk about The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao for the Lopate Show Book Club. Watch him talk about why Watership Down made such a big impression on him, writing advice, and reading while walking.

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Video: Questions for Ayad Akhtar

Friday, July 26, 2013

What are your favorite books/who are your favorite authors?

      More than favorite authors, I have favorite works. And I’m not sure I would distinguish between films and books in that category: The Death of Ivan Ilych. Seize the Day. Annie Hall. GoodFellas. The Human Stain. The Invisible Man. Bringing Up Baby. Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson. A Bend in the River.

What are your favorite plays and why?

     I think all of my favorite plays share the same qualities of dramatic impact, social commentary, and an almost classical purity of form: "Hedda Gabler." "Look Back in Anger." "Glen Garry Glen Ross." "All My Sons."

What authors or works do you think are underappreciated or overlooked?

      Harold Brodkey. One of the finest writers of our American language. And likely the greatest long short fiction writer we’ve had.

Do you have any writing rituals or habits? Where, when, and how do you write?

      9 to 2 every day. In my office. I tend to work in intense spurts followed by short periods of relaxation. When I’m working on a play, having an upcoming reading is helpful, and I love to write in the midst of workshops, while I have the chance to hear actors work with the new material. As a novelist, the deadlines are more internal, and the work obviously much more solitary.

Do you have favorite or least favorite words? What are they and why?

      I’ve always adored the French word, oiseau. Which means bird. I love that it uses every vowel. And I love that you add an “x” for the plural:  oiseaux.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

     Persistence. It can take a very long time to get anywhere, artistically, professionally. Be open to criticism, and continue to do it. Persist.

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Video: Questions for Lydia Davis

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Writer and translator Lydia Davis was awarded the Man Booker International Prize in May. Here she talks about her favorite books, the challenges of translating Madame Bovary, and why she likes the often overlooked city of Dijon, France. Listen to her discussing Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club.

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Video: Questions for Tom Wolfe

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The author of The Bonfire of the Vanities and the new novel Back to Blood sings a little, praises Michael Lewis, and cringes at the word issues.

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Video: Questions for David Mitchell

Friday, October 19, 2012

The author of Cloud Atlas (and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, among others) talked about his favorite words and a few of his favorite authors.

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Video: Alex Prud'homme on Collaborating with Julia Child

Friday, September 21, 2012

When Alex Prud'homme was here for the Lopate Show Book Club conversation about Julia Child's memoir My Life in France, he shared some memories of his great-aunt.

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Video: Questions for Jeffrey Eugenides

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Jeffrey Eugenides talks about his literary influences, the city of Detroit, and why he's grown to hate the word "sucks."

 

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Video: Questions for Chad Harbach

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Art of Fielding author Chad Harbach was here June 28 to talk about his book for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. He shared a few of his favorite authors and books, and talked about ritual in writing and ritual in sports. Watch the video!

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Video: Questions for Teju Cole

Monday, May 07, 2012

Teju Cole is an art historian and a photographer as well as a writer. Find out what artists and writers influence him.

See Teju Cole's photographs on Flickr—in color and in black and white. You can also visit his web site to find out more about his work.

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Video: Questions for Daniel Okrent

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Daniel Okrent was here in March to talk about his book Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition for the Book Club. He talked about his favorite writers and why he urges reporters—and everyone else—to avoid the word "indeed."

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Video: Questions for Téa Obreht

Monday, February 27, 2012

Téa Obreht tells us that her absolute favorite book is The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulkagov, and that she's very superstitious.

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