Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Famous creative duos—like John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Marie and Pierre Curie, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—usually have a special chemistry. Joshua Wolf Shenk looks at how creative intimacy unfolds, and examines new scientific research into the foundations of creativity. In his book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, he reveals how pairs begin to talk, think, and even look like each other; how the most successful creative partners thrive on conflict; and why some duos flame out while others endure.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Ross Cheit on his new book The Witch Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
"I was giving up something secure for something that, to her mind, was a dream." Richard Russo discusses his memoir Elsewhere, his path toward becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, and his lifelong bond with his spirited mother.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Mary Roach tells you everything you every wanted to know (and maybe some stuff you didn’t) about human digestion. In Packing for Mars, she wrote about space toilets and for RadioLab she stuck her hand inside a real-live cow’s stomach to experience digestion from the inside. Her new book is Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.
Monday, March 04, 2013
The National Book Critics Circle's national awards were given out last week. A number of the winners have been guests on the Leonard Lopate Show, and you can find their interviews in the show archives.
Robert Caro won for his biography of Lyndon Johnson, The Passage of Power. Leonard spoke with him about that book in May, and you can listen to that conversation here.
The general nonfiction award was given to Andrew Solomon for Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. Listen to Leonard's interview with him here.
Ben Fountain's novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk won the award for fiction. He spoke with Leonard about that book in August, and you can listen to that interview here.
Author and illustrator Leanne Shapton's memoir Swimming Studies won in the category of autobiography. Listen to Leonard's conversation with her here.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
A number of authors who have recently won awards for their work have been guests on the Leonard Lopate Show, where they talked about their books and their careers as writers.
Jennifer Egan won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for her novel A Visit from the Good Squad. She was on the Lopate Show on June 10, 2010, to talk about the book, life in Brooklyn, and composing stories in PowerPoint. Listen to that interview here.
Isabel Wilkerson won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction for her book The Warmth of Other Suns, about the history of migration of African Americans who left the South for northern and western cities. You can listen to her interview with Leonard here.
Darin Strauss won the the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography for Half a Life, about being in a car accident as a teenager that killed a classmate. In October he spoke with Leonard about the accident and of writing about it, and you can listen to that interview here.
Deborah Eisenberg won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg, a compilation of her short stories. She was on the Leonard Lopate Show April 5, 2010, to talk about her writing career and her craft. You can listen to that interview here.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Paul Theroux has written fiction and nonfiction for more than 35 years. His books on Patagonia, Oceania, and Hong Kong have made him the most acclaimed travel writer of our time. Dark Star Safari chronicles a rail journey the entire length of Africa. His most recent book is ...
Saturday, June 21, 2003
A couple of centuries ago, when the novel was first coming into its own in English literature, writers and publishers had no scruples about pretending their fiction was the god's-honest truth. Then as now, lots of readers felt that nonfiction was more important. Studio 360's David Krasnow went looking ...