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.
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.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
"All that I have told in this story is true, down to the last butterfly or flower," claims Marguerite Young in this talk at a 1966 Books and Authors Luncheon.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
In this amusing, time-capsule of a talk, given at a 1956 Books and Authors Luncheon to promote his best-selling novel Island In the Sun, Alec Waugh explains how he came to write about the West Indies.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Hungary's abortive 1956 revolution provides the subject for this talk given by the journalist and novelist James Michener at a 1957 New York Herald Tribune Books and Authors Luncheon.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Largely forgotten today, Fannie Hurst was for many years one of the most highly paid and widely read novelists of her time. Anatomy of Me is Hurst's just-published autobiography, which she discusses at this 1958 Books and Authors Luncheon.
Friday, October 19, 2012
A.E. Hotchner, a friend of Ernest Hemingway during the last 14 years of the writer's life, reminisces about their relationship in this Books and Authors Luncheon appearance promoting his memoir, Papa Hemingway (1966).
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.
Monday, March 19, 2012
It’s no secret that novelist Rick Moody (The Ice Storm; The Four Fingers of Death) is a music fan. Song runs through his writing – and his albums, as solo artist and with his band, the Wingdale Community Singers. Now, the best-selling writer has a new release: a collection of essays called “On Celestial Music - And Other Adventures in Listening.” He joins us for a look at the link between literary writing and music, and more.