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Redeployment: Stories about Soldiers

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Iraq war veteran Phil Klay describes the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. His book of short stories, Redeployment, is interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

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Edward Snowden; Poet E. E. Cummings; Veteran Phil Klay's Stories about Soldiers

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells the story of how Edward Snowden went from government contractor to whistleblower—and looks at the continuing impact of the documents he leaked. Susan Cheever looks at the life and work of poet E. E. Cummings and how he was influenced by James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Amy Lowell. Iraq war veteran Phil Klay talks about his book of short stories, Redeployment, about how being on the frontlines of war changes soldiers for the rest of their lives.

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Reinventing Raymond Chandler's Private Eye Philip Marlowe

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Benjamin Black tells how he brought Raymond Chandler’s private eye Philip Marlowe back to life for a new adventure on the streets of Bay City, California. His novel The Black-Eyed Blonde is set in the early 1950s, Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and a beautiful and expensively dressed new client hires him to find her former lover. Soon he is tangling with one of Bay City’s richest families and comes to understand how far they will go to protect their fortune.

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Tributes: Mavis Gallant

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

It’s a common fantasy for many aspiring writers to move to Paris, in hopes of becoming famous.  Mavis Gallant is one of the few who did; plus she succeeded where so many others fail, in only a matter of years.  The Montreal native became known as a “writer’s writer” in the course of 10 collections of short stories, which originally appeared in the New Yorker.  She died recently in Paris, the city where she worked for most of her life, at the age of 91.  We were lucky to have had the chance to speak with her back in 2006 when she reflected on a career that had already spanned half a century. 

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Guest Picks: Matthew Quick

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Novelist Matthew Quick was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his latest novel, The Good Luck of Right Now. He also told us about his love of Scottish terriers and 21-year-old scotch. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Matthew Quick's Novel The Good Luck of Right Now

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Matthew Quick, author of the bestseller The Silver Linings Playbook, talks about his new novel The Good Luck of Right Now, a funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere. 

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Christian Jungersen's Novel You Disappear

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Christian Jungersen talks about her new novel You Disappear, a psychological drama about what happens to a couple when a brain tumor begins to change a man’s personality.

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James Scott's New Novel, The Kept

Monday, February 10, 2014

James Scott talks about his debut novel, The Kept.  Set in rural New York State at the turn of the 20th century, a mother and her young son set out to avenge a terrible and violent tragedy that has shattered their family. 

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B. J. Novak, from "The Office" to Writing Stories and Other Stories

Thursday, February 06, 2014

B. J. Novak, an actor, screen writer, and director best known from the television series "The Office" tells us about his debut collection of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

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Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and The Days of Anna Madrigal

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Armistead Maupin talks about The Days of Anna Madrigal, the ninth novel in his bestselling Tales of the City series. The story follows one of his most unforgettable and enduring characters—Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane.

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How the Body Evolved; Polish Film; a Novel in the New Tales of the City Series; McCarthyism in NYC

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Evolutionary biologist Daniel E. Lieberman looks at how the human body has evolved over millions of years, and the conditions our bodies have not entirely adapted to, resulting in obesity and new but avoidable diseases like type 2 diabetes. Then, we’ll talk with director Kryzstztof Zanussi and two film restoration experts about a retrospective of Polish cinema curated by Martin Scorsese. Armistead Maupin discusses The Days of Anna Madrigal, the ninth installment in his Tales of the City series. And we’ll take look at the personal, physical and mental impact of McCarthyism on six New York City political activists.

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Roddy Doyle's Novel The Guts, a Follow-Up to The Commitments

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Roddy Doyle talks about his novel The Guts, a follow-up to his debut novel The Commitments, which was about a group of ragtag, blue-collar Irish youths who are determined to bring Soul Music to Dublin in the 1980s. He returns to his character Jimmy Rabbitte nearly 30 years later—he’s now approaching 50 with a wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis. 

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Guest Picks: E. L. Doctorow

Thursday, January 30, 2014

E. L. Doctorow was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his novel, Andrew's Brain. He also told us what he's been reading and listening to recently. 

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E. L. Doctorow's Novel Andrew's Brain

Thursday, January 30, 2014

E. L. Doctorow talks about his latest novel, Andrew’s Brain, which goes into the mind of a man who has been the inadvertent agent of disaster more than once in his life. In the novel Andrew tells the story of his life, his loves, and the tragedies he’s experienced.

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Novelist Jamie Ford on "Songs of Willow Frost"

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jamie Ford discusses his second novel, Songs of Willow Frost. Set in the 1920’s Depression-era Seattle, it follows a young orphan who has big dreams as he sets out in search of a woman who’s trying to escape her haunted past. 

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Still Life with Anna Quindlen

Monday, January 27, 2014

The heroine of novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen's latest work, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, is a 60-something prize-winning photographer figuring out what to do next.

EVENT: Anna Quindlen will be interviewed by Katie Couric on Jan. 28 at 7:00pm at Barnes & Noble Union Square .The event space opens at 5:00 pm. Priority seating goes to those with book purchase.

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For Today I Am a Boy, a Novel by Kim Fu

Monday, January 27, 2014

Kim Fu tells us about her debut new novel, For Today I Am a Boy. It follows Peter Huan, who grows up with three sisters and, as the only boy in the family, is expected to live up to his immigrant father's ideal of power and masculinity. But Peter has different ideas for his life—he’s certain he is a girl.

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Richard Powers on His New Novel, Orfeo, and the "Bioterrorist Bach"

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Richard Powers talks about his novel Orfeo, which tells the story of a composer's home microbiology lab, the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in surprising patterns, has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. He becomes fugitive after the police raid his home, and an Internet-fueled hysteria erupts, referring to him as the "Bioterrorist Bach."

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Radiance of Tomorrow, a Novel About Sierra Leone

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ishmael Beah, the author of the bestselling memoir A Long Way Gone, about Sierra Leone’s civil war and the fate of child soldiers, talks about his first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, about postwar life in Sierra Leone.  At the center of the story are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown after the civil war to find it in ruins. They try to create a new community but they face many obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, robberies, rape, and retaliation, along with and the depredations of a foreign mining company.

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The Last Train to Paris, a Novel by Michele Zackheim

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Michele Zackheim talks about her novel The Last Train to Paris, set in 1935. It tells the story of Rose Manon, an American journalist who becomes a foreign correspondent in Paris. She becomes entangled in romance, an unsolved murder, and the desperation of a looming ...

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