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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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Musical Journeys

Monday, December 24, 2012

We're replaying some favorite interviews from the year on this Christmas Eve. First, Neil Young and filmmaker Jonathan Demme talk about the new documentary “Neil Young Journeys.” Then, legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy reflects on his influential career and colorful life. Lawrence Norfolk discusses his new historical novel, John Saturnall’s Feast, about a young orphan who becomes a great chef. Then Kenny Rogers tells us about his life in music and his new memoir, Luck or Something Like It.

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John Saturnall’s Feast

Monday, December 24, 2012

Lawrence Norfolk discusses his new historical novel, John Saturnall’s Feast. It tells the story of a young orphan who becomes a kitchen boy at a manor house, then rises through the ranks to become the greatest cook of his generation. It is a story of food, star-crossed lovers, ancient myths and one man’s rise from outcast to hero.
(Originally aired October 2, 2012)

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The Stockholm Octavo

Friday, December 14, 2012

Karen Englemann talks about her debut novel, The Stockholm Octavo. It’s about Emil Larsson, a bureaucrat in the Office of Customs and Excise in 1791 Stockholm, whose life changes when a fortune teller shares with him a vision of his future.

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No Pressure

Friday, December 14, 2012

On today’s show: we look into the world of “big data” and how industries are mining our personal information to help their bottom line. Lidia Bastianich shares some foolproof Italian recipes. Karen Engelmann on her debut novel, The Stockholm Octavo. And, just in time for the holidays, Please Explain is all about stress!

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Bob Garfield's Novel, Bedfellows

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

On the Media’s Bob Garfield talks about his new novel, Bedfellows. Jack Schiavone wants to rebuild his life after an embezzlement scandal saw him drummed out of his high-paying advertising job. So he’s reinvented himself as “Mr. Mattress,” a discount bedding franchisee in Ebbets Beach, Brooklyn. He has a nice, quiet life until he gets sucked into a simmering mob war.

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Jay Neugeboren's The Other Side of the World

Friday, December 07, 2012

Jay Neugeboren talks about his latest novel, The Other Side of the World. It’s a grand, episodic novel that moves from the lush forests of Borneo to coastal Maine.

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A. M. Homes on May We Be Forgiven

Friday, November 30, 2012

A. M. Homes discusses her new novel, May We Be Forgiven. It’s a darkly comic novel of 21st-century suburban domestic life and the possibility of personal transformation.

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Guest Picks: A. M. Homes

Friday, November 30, 2012

A. M. Homes was here to talk about her latest novel. She shares a few of her favorite things.

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From the Heart: Five Novelists on Writing About Love

Friday, November 30, 2012

At the Miami Book Fair International, five novelists sat down to talk about love: why it’s so appealing to read about, so hard to write about, and why we can’t get enough of it. It's the final part of our Love and Death series.

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Vladimir Nabokov's Passionate Reading of 'An Evening of Russian Poetry,' 1958

Monday, November 26, 2012

WNYC

Before the controversy of the American publication of Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov cuts a different figure at this 1958 Books and Authors Luncheon.

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Emma Straub’s Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures

Friday, November 23, 2012

Emma Straub talks about her novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, a story of a Midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age.

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Video: Questions for Tom Wolfe

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The author of The Bonfire of the Vanities and the new novel Back to Blood sings a little, praises Michael Lewis, and cringes at the word issues.

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Taking Flight

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

On today’s show: Director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter John Gatins discuss the new film “Flight.” Susanna Moore talks about her new novel The Life of Objects. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan, talks about his latest book, Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder. And, just in time for Thanksgiving, the final installment of Globavores looks at turkeys with food historian Andrew Smith and chef Waldy Malouf.

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Susanna Moore's The Life of Objects

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Susanna Moore talks about her new novel, The Life of Objects. It’s about a 17-year-old Irish woman who joins the Berlin household of Felix and Dorothea Metzenburg. Art collectors, and friends to the most fascinating men and women in Europe, the Metzenburgs introduce Beatrice to a world in which she finds more to desire than she ever imagined. But the threat of Nazi terror, the deportation and murder of Jews, and the hordes of refugees fleeing the advancing Red Army cast a dark shadow.

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W. Somerset Maugham Contemplates the Future of American Writers

Friday, November 16, 2012

WNYC

In this 1950 speech given at a Books and Authors Luncheon, W. Somerset Maugham lays out his surprisingly detailed plan for a foreign academy to promote the growth of American literature.

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November's Book: The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tom Wolfe’s bestselling novel The Bonfire of the Vanities is a portrait of New York in the late 1980s—a city seething with racial tension in Harlem and the Bronx while traders were raking in huge profits on Wall Street. Wolfe’s sharp observations skewer New York society’s greed and arrogance, and highlight the simmering resentment between the haves and have nots. The New York Times Book Review called it “A big, bitter, funny, craftily plotted book that grabs you by the lapels and won’t let go.” Read it now and get your lapels grabbed!  

 

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Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior

Monday, November 12, 2012

Barbara Kingsolver discusses her latest novel, Flight Behavior, which takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time—climate change. In the language of her native Appalachia, Kingsolver unearths the modern complexities of rural existence and dissects the motives behind denial and belief in a precarious world.

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October's Book: Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

David Mitchell, two-time finalist for the Booker Prize, joins us to talk about his 2004 novel Cloud Atlas. The story is told through six separate but related narratives, each set in a different time and place, and written in a different style. Novelist Michael Chabon called it “not just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too.”

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John Banville's Ancient Light

Monday, October 08, 2012

Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville discusses his new novel, Ancient Light, about an actor in the twilight of his life and his career. It’s a meditation on love and loss, on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives, on how invention shapes memory and memory shapes the man.

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