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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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Louise Erdrich's The Round House

Friday, October 05, 2012

Louise Erdrich discusses her new novel, The Round House, which is set on a reservation in North Dakota. It's about a boy whose life is irrevocably transformed after his mother is attacked.

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Tarun J. Tejpal’s The Story of My Assassins

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Based on actual events, Tarun J. Tejpal’s The Story of My Assassins is about a journalist who learns that the police have captured five hit men on their way to kill him. The news prompts him to launch an urgent investigation into the lives of his aspiring murderers and their mastermind, and forces him to reexamine his own life. The novel is part thriller, part romance, and moves from India’s grand palaces to its seediest slums.

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Lois Lowry's Son

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Lois Lowry, whose book The Giver won a Newbery Medal, talks about her latest novel, Son. A new hero emerges in this series finale, the long-awaited conclusion to Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.

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Lawrence Norfolk's novel John Saturnall’s Feast

Tuesday, October 02, 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.

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Mark Helprin's In Sunlight and in Shadow

Monday, October 01, 2012

Mark Helprin discusses his new novel, In Sunlight and in Shadow, which begins in New York in 1946. Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, has returned home to run the family business but his life is upended by a single encounter with a young singer and heiress.

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Kevin Powers on The Yellow Birds

Monday, September 24, 2012

Kevin Powers, a veteran of the war in Iraq, tells about his novel, The Yellow Birds, the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive during a bloody battle in Al Tafar, Iraq.

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Ken Follett's Winter of the World

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ken Follett talks about his new novel, Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy, the follow-up to bestseller Fall of Giants. It picks up where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the dramas of World War II, and into the atomic age.

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Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue

Monday, September 17, 2012

Michael Chabon talks about his latest novel, Telegraph Avenue. Set in 2004, the story centers on longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland, and their wives, who are semi-legendary Berkeley midwives. Their businesses, professional existence, and friendships are tested.

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Molly Ringwald on When It Happens to You

Friday, September 14, 2012

Molly Ringwald discusses her first novel, When It Happens to You. It examines the complexities of modern relationships in four interlinked stories that follow a Los Angeles family and their friends and neighbors as they negotiate the hazardous terrain of everyday life.

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Zadie Smith's NW

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Zadie Smith discusses her new novel, NW, a tragi-comic story that follows four Londoners—Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan—as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood.

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Martin Amis on His New Novel

Monday, September 10, 2012

Martin Amis talks about his new novel, Lionel Asbo: State of England, about a terrifying thug and his relationship with his quiet, studious orphaned nephew.

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Emma Straub on Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

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Tana French's Novel Broken Harbor

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tana French talks about her fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad, Broken Harbor. The story shows her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller.

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Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ben Fountain talks about his novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. It tells the story of Specialist William Lynn, a 19-year-old Texas native who became a war hero after he survived an intense firefight in Iraq. He and his fellow survivors are being honored during the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, and over the course of the day he begins to understand difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family, and his brothers-in-arms—soldiers both dead and alive.

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Crime Fiction Academy

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Jonathan Santlofer, Director at the Crime Fiction Academy, and Lawrence Block, author and Crime Fiction Academy Master Class Instructor, talk about the academy, a program at the Center for Fiction that’s dedicated to crime writing in all its forms. Jonathan Santlofer is the author of five bestselling novels, including Anatomy of Fear and The Killing Art. Lawrence Block has been writing award-winning mystery and suspense fiction for half a century, and his most recent novel is A Drop of the Hard Stuff.

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Ben Lerner

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ben Lerner talks about his novel Leaving the Atocha Station, winner of The 2012 Believer Book Award. It follows Adam Gordon, a brilliant but unreliable young American poet on a fellowship in Madrid, who is struggling to establish his sense of self and his relationship to art.

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Balls: A Novel

Monday, August 13, 2012

Julian Tepper talks about his first novel, Balls. The story follows 30-year-old Henry Schiller, a songwriter and lounge-player in love with a woman far younger and more musically gifted than he is. His crisis deepens when he discovers he has testicular cancer.

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John Irving: In One Person

Friday, August 10, 2012

John Irving, author of The World According to Garp, talks about his newest novel, In One Person.

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