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Guest Picks: László Krasznahorkai

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Celebrated Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss a new translation of his novel, Satantango. He also told us what he's been reading, listening to and looking at.

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László Krasznahorkai on Satantango

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai discusses his novel Satantango. It’s set in desolate Hungarian town, and when a charismatic man named Irimias returns, the villagers fall under his spell.

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Peter Cameron on His Novel Coral Glynn

Friday, June 08, 2012

Peter Cameron talks about his novel Coral Glynn. The novel borrowing from themes and characters prevalent in the work of mid-20th-century British women writers. It’s set in an isolated manse in the English countryside in 1950.

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Richard Ford's Canada

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Richard Ford discusses his latest novel, Canada.  It’s about what happens to a teenage boy after his parents are arrested for robbing a bank and he moves across the border to Canada.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Culture Gabfest: "Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd" Edition

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the difference between 'literary fiction' and 'genre fiction,' whether the app "The Atavist" is the magazine of the future, and what the New York Times wedding announcement section say

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Edward St. Aubyn's At Last

Monday, May 28, 2012

Edward St. Aubyn talks about his latest novel, At Last, which begins as friends, relatives, and foes trickle in to pay final respects to his returning character Patrick’s mother, Eleanor.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Deborah Treisman talks with Jennifer Egan about her story "Black Box."

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Deborah Treisman talks with Jennifer Egan about her story "Black Box."

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Krys Lee's Drifting House

Friday, May 25, 2012

Krys Lee talks about her collection of short stories, Drifting House. Her stories illuminate the Korean immigrant experience—from children escaping famine in North Korea to recent arrivals in America, whose lives play out in cramped apartments and Koreatown strip malls.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Arthur Krystal, Deborah Treisman, and Sasha Weiss discuss genre versus literary fiction.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Arthur Krystal, Deborah Treisman, and Sasha Weiss discuss genre versus literary fiction.

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Christopher Buckley's They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Christopher Buckley discusses his new novel, They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?, a political satire about lobbying, the media, weapons manufacturing, and our relationship with China.

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May's Book: Open City, by Teju Cole

Monday, May 07, 2012

Teju Cole's debut novel, Open City, is about a young Nigerian doctor who wanders around Manhattan reflecting on his relationships, recent breakup, and his past. Although it's set in busy, crowded New York City, the novel explores themes of isolation, dislocation, and identity. The New Yorker called Open City "Beautiful, subtle—and original...A prismatic debut," and it was awarded the 2012 PEN/Hemingway Award.

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Michael Tucker on His Novel, After Annie

Monday, April 23, 2012

Actor and writer Michael Tucker discusses his debut novel, After Annie, a tale about love and the theater. It tells the story of a man off the rails after his wife’s death, battling through the middle-aged wilderness days he hoped never to face alone.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Pulitzer Prize Committee did NOT award a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction yesterday. Sarah McNally of McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan joins to talk about why the board might have snubbed the nominees, and which top titles of 2011 deserved to be in the running. 

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Annalena McAfee on Her Novel, The Spoiler

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Annalena McAfee discusses her novel The Spoiler, set in London in the late 1990s during the height of the newspaper wars. The story is about two women at different times in their careers: One, a legendary war correspondent now in her eighties, is determined to hide the dark details of her personal life from the other, a young feature writer for a newspaper gossip magazine.

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Rajesh Parameswaran on I Am an Executioner

Monday, April 16, 2012

Rajesh Parameswaran discusses his book of short stories, I Am an Executioner: Love Stories, which introduce us to heroes—and antiheroes— living in a region between desire and death, playfulness and violence.

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Peter Behrens Discusses The O'Briens

Monday, April 09, 2012

Peter Behrens discusses his new novel, The O’Briens, a family story that spans half a century. It begins with Joe O’Brien, the grandson of a potato-famine emigrant, and a backwoods boy, railroad magnate, and patriarch. The novel tells the story of a man, a marriage, and a family.

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Lionel Shriver's New Novel, The New Republic

Monday, April 02, 2012

Lionel Shriver discusses her new novel, The New Republic, about a disgruntled New York corporate lawyer who becomes a foreign correspondent in a Portuguese province where a homegrown terrorist movement has sprung up. He thinks he is replacing the larger-than-life reporter he longs to emulate, who has disappeared, but all is not as it seems when the terrorist incidents dry up after that reporter’s disappearance.

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Ellen Ullman Talks about Her Novel By Blood

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ellen Ullman talks about her new novel, By Blood, set in San Francisco in the 1970s. A disgraced professor takes an office in a downtown office building and listens in on the conversations next door between a psychologist and one of her patients. The professor is pulled into the patient’s questions of her own identity.

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Louis Begley's Schmidt Steps Back

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Louis Begley talks about his latest novel, Schmidt Steps Back. It picks up 13 years after his last novel leaves off, on New Year’s Eve 2008, the dawn of the age of Obama. Schmidt’s affection for the young president-elect is boundless, and as he imagines a better day for his country, he dares to hope there’s one for him too.

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Alisa Ganieva' s Salam, Dalgat

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Alisa Ganieva talks about her award-winning story, Salam, Dalgat, which she wrote under a pseudonym when it first came out in Russia, suggesting she was a young Dagestani rebel, and the current young post-post Communist generation of writers she belongs to. The story is part of Squaring the Circle, a collection of New Russian writing.

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