Coming Of Age

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On Our Minds: Philip Pullman

Sunday, January 18, 2015

"The Collectors" is a brand-new audiobook by writer Philip Pullman. The story sheds light into the early life of Marisa Coulter, a villain from Pullman's acclaimed fantasy trilogy, "His Dark Materials." Pullman sat down with Steve Paulson to talk about his acclaimed trilogy, and the fantastical world contained in it.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Isabel Allende on Adolescence

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This live interview with Isabel Allende originally aired on April 30, 2013. An edited version was aired on July 5, 2013 as part of a special episode of the Brian Lehrer Show. 

In her latest novel, Maya's Notebook, acclaimed author Isabel Allende writes from the perspective of an American teenager sent to an island community near Chile. Allende talks about her contemporary character's identity, her own career, and why her work is so popular.

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James T. Farrell on a Writer's Inner Life

Monday, September 24, 2012


James T. Farrell, the creator of Studs Lonigan, is often thought of as a crude, dogged, naturalist writer; it's refreshing to hear the author speaking, in this recording from 1952, of what truly obsesses him: literature.

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The Takeaway

Coming-of-Age with 'In Zanesville'

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The coming-of-age story is a summer book standard. So many of us remember spending our lazy summer days with Francie from "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," the March sisters of "Little Women" or Holden Caulfield of "Catcher in the Rye." The next pick for our Summer Book Club furthers this tradition through a uniquely accurate adolescent voice. Jo Ann Beard's "In Zanesville" follows a teenage narrator and her best friend through high school life in 1970s small-town Illinois. The novel is so transfixing, Celeste claimed she couldn't put it down. John finished it and immediately passed it along to his daughters.


Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Young Men on the Make

Sunday, April 03, 2011

A comedian tells all in a rib-tickling memoir, and a directionless young man fishes for a life, in this edition of SELECTED SHORTS featuring two tales about young men seeking their fortunes. 

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