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Joshua Henkin's The World Without You

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Joshua Henkin talks about his new novel The World Without You. It’s about a family gathering in the Berkshires memorialize Leo, the youngest of the four siblings, journalist and adventurer who was killed while on assignment in Iraq.

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July’s Book: Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Middlesex  won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and it’s the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s selection for July! It tells the story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus to Detroit, then to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe. Calliope is not like other girls—she has to uncover a family secret and piece together her genetic history in order to reveal who she truly is. Jeffrey Eugenides joins us to discuss the novel.

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Stephen Carter's New Novel

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stephen Carter talks about his novel The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. It takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority and faces an impeachment trial. A young black woman working at the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense finds herself in a web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the government.

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Pablo Medina's Cubop City Blues

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pablo Medina talks about his novel, Cubop City Blues, set in a New York City shaped by jazz masters, refugees, and storytellers. A nearly blind storyteller tells his ailing parents imaginative stories populated by both well-known musical figures like Chano Pozo and Jelly Roll Morton along with invented characters.

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Kurt Andersen on True Believers

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, discusses his new novel, True Believers. The story alternates between the present and the 1960s—and captures the enduring impact of the social upheaval of that time on the ways we live now. The narrator, Karen Hollander, is a successful attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court because of a 1968 episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than forty years. She’s about to make that secret public—but first she has to track down the answers to some crucial last questions.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Monday Mornings

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about his novel, Monday Mornings. The story follows five surgeons at Chelsea General Hospital in Massachusetts who discuss their bad outcomes at something known as the Morbidity and Mortality conference. The novel is about what they learn from their mistakes, both professional and personal.

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Alex Gilvarry's From the Memoirs of a Non-enemy Combatant

Monday, July 02, 2012

Alex Gilvarry discusses his debut novel, From the Memoirs of a Non-enemy Combatant, a story in which high fashion and homeland security clash. A flamboyant fashion designer named Boyet unexpectedly winds up in Gitmo, locked away indefinitely on suspicion of being linked to a terrorist plot.

Alex Gilvarry's Novel <em>From the Memoirs of a Non-enemy Combatant</em>

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June's Book: The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chad Harbach’s novel The Art of Fielding is the next pick for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! It was named one of 2011’s best books by the New York Times and The New Yorker.  Set at a midwestern college where a star shortstop has transformed the school’s baseball team, it follows five characters grappling with the consequences of one wild throw.

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John Lanchester on His Novel Capital

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

John Lanchester talks about Capital, his sweeping new social novel set in London at the height of the financial crisis in 2008. The economic shift plays out among the residents of Pepys Road, London—a banker and his posh wife, an old woman and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners, a refugee who works as the meter maid, a young soccer star from Senegal.

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Jess Walter's Novel Beautiful Ruins

Monday, June 18, 2012

Jess Walter talks about his new novel, Beautiful Ruins. The story begins in Italy in 1962 and spans 50 years, delving into the tangled lives of a dozen characters: a dying actress, a starstruck Italian innkeeper, a movie producer and his idealistic young assistant, the army veteran turned fledgling novelist, and the actor Richard Burton.

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Novelist Alix Ohlin

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Alix Ohlin talks about her new novel Inside and her book of short stories, Signs and Wonders. Inside is a novel of entwined lives, and the collection of stories illuminates the connections between all of us—connections we make and connections we break.

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Alan Furst's Latest Novel, Mission to Paris

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Spy novelist Alan Furst talks about his new book, Mission to Paris, and the art of writing spy thrillers. It is set in the late summer of 1938, when Europe is about to explode, and a Hollywood film star is on his way to Paris to make a movie. The Nazis have their eye on him, but they don’t know is that he’s part of an informal spy service being run out of the American embassy in Paris.

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László Krasznahorkai on Satantango

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai discusses his novel Satantango. It’s set in desolate Hungarian town, and when a charismatic man named Irimias returns, the villagers fall under his spell.

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Peter Cameron on His Novel Coral Glynn

Friday, June 08, 2012

Peter Cameron talks about his novel Coral Glynn. The novel borrowing from themes and characters prevalent in the work of mid-20th-century British women writers. It’s set in an isolated manse in the English countryside in 1950.

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Richard Ford's Canada

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Richard Ford discusses his latest novel, Canada.  It’s about what happens to a teenage boy after his parents are arrested for robbing a bank and he moves across the border to Canada.

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Edward St. Aubyn's At Last

Monday, May 28, 2012

Edward St. Aubyn talks about his latest novel, At Last, which begins as friends, relatives, and foes trickle in to pay final respects to his returning character Patrick’s mother, Eleanor.

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John Irving: In One Person

Friday, May 11, 2012

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

EVENT: Irving will read from In One Person at the 92nd St. Y on May 13, 2012 at 8pm. More information here.  

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Christopher Buckley's They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Christopher Buckley discusses his new novel, They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?, a political satire about lobbying, the media, weapons manufacturing, and our relationship with China.

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May's Book: Open City, by Teju Cole

Monday, May 07, 2012

Teju Cole's debut novel, Open City, is about a young Nigerian doctor who wanders around Manhattan reflecting on his relationships, recent breakup, and his past. Although it's set in busy, crowded New York City, the novel explores themes of isolation, dislocation, and identity. The New Yorker called Open City "Beautiful, subtle—and original...A prismatic debut," and it was awarded the 2012 PEN/Hemingway Award.

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Michael Tucker on His Novel, After Annie

Monday, April 23, 2012

Actor and writer Michael Tucker discusses his debut novel, After Annie, a tale about love and the theater. It tells the story of a man off the rails after his wife’s death, battling through the middle-aged wilderness days he hoped never to face alone.

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