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2014 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners on The Leonard Lopate Show!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Marilynne Robinson won the National Critics Circle Award for her novel, "Lila," the final installment of her trilogy set in the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa.
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Death, Sex & Money

James McBride Resets

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The best-selling author of The Color of Water lived large, and he lost his creative focus. Now, he drives a pickup and teaches music in Brooklyn, and he's happier than he's ever been.

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12 Days Of Soundcheck '13: James McBride, 'Standing In The Need Of Prayer'

Friday, December 20, 2013

On Friday December 20, download a special live performance of James McBride's song "Standing In The Need Of Prayer," recorded in the Soundcheck studio.

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Blues Album Honors JFK; The Beatles' 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'; James McBride

Friday, November 22, 2013

In this episode: Soundcheck listens back to selections from the album Can't Keep From Crying: Topical Blues on the Death of President Kennedy, recorded in the weeks after the assassination. 

The New York Times writer and Beatles expert Allan Kozinn talks about his new book, Got That Something! How the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” Changed Everything.

And, we revisit a recent interview and session from author and musician James McBride, who's book The Good Lord Bird recently won the National Book Award.



Dual Threat Author-Musician James McBride Wins The National Book Award

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The author and musician James McBride won The National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird. Soundcheck host John Schaefer reflects on the book and talking to McBride in a recent session with his band.

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Louise Erdrich's The Round House

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Louise Erdrich discusses her new novel, The Round House, which was awarded the 2012 National Book Award for Fiction. The story is set on a reservation in North Dakota, and is about a 13-year-old boy whose life is irrevocably transformed after his mother is attacked.

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Standing Out

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

We're beginning today's show by re-airing two interviews with National Book Award winners—first, Katherine Boo on her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers, about life in a Mumbai slum. Then with Louise Erdrich, who talks about her novel, The Round House. And Carol and Joe Reich talk about their education advocacy work and their Brooklyn charter school. And we’ll take a look at the rise in allergies and auto-immune disorders and new ways of treating them.

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National Book Award Nominees Announced

Friday, October 12, 2012

The 2012 National Book Award nominees were announced this week, and many of the finalists in the fiction and nonfiction categories have been on the Lopate Show to talk about their work. We love great conversations about great books! Listen to those interviews:


Junot Diaz on This is How You Lose Her

Louise Erdrich on The Round House

Ben Fountain on Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Kevin Powers on The Yellow Birds 


Katherine Boo on Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Robert Caro on The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power

Nada Bakri on her late husband Anthony Shadid's memoir House of Stone. Anthony Shadid died while covering the conflict in Syria in February 2012.

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The Takeaway

An Unusual Crop of National Book Awards Finalists

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The National Book Awards finalists were announced last month and they included more surprises than have been seen in recent memory. Among the finalists were a graphic novel in the non-fiction category and a total of six books in a category that only allows five. On Wednesday night, the questions and controversy will come to an end, as the awards are handed out. Patrik Henry Bass, editor of books at Essence and Takeaway contributor, gives some insight into the National Book Awards.



Punk Rock Author Patti Smith Wins National Book Award

Thursday, November 18, 2010

On Wednesday night, November 17, Patti Smith won the 2010 National Book Award in the Non-fiction category for her memoir, "Just Kids."