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Jeffrey Eugenides on The Marriage Plot

Friday, December 30, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides discusses his latest, The Marriage Plot, a tale of modern love. It follows Madeleine, Leonard, and Mitchell, who meet at Brown University, where Madeleine immerses herself in works by Jane Austen and George Eliot, examining the marriage plot at the heart of the great English novels. The story follows the three college graduates as they embark on the world, searching for where they belong—and who they belong with.

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Lee Child on The Affair

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bestselling writer Lee Child talks about his latest crime thriller, The Affair. Elite military cop Jack Reacher sets off on an undercover mission to solve the mystery of a murder of a young woman in Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997.

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Lost Memory of Skin, by Russell Banks

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Russell Banks talks about his new novel, Lost Memory of Skin. Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of the story must create a life for himself after he’s released from jail. With nowhere else to go, he takes up residence under a south Florida causeway.

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Aatish Taseer's Novel, Noon

Monday, December 26, 2011

Aatish Taseer talks about his latest novel, Noon. Set against the background of a turbulent Pakistan and a rapidly changing India, it addresses some of the most urgent questions of our times—about nationhood and violence, family and identity.

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Michael Connelly

Friday, December 09, 2011

Michael Connelly, one of the best known writers of detective and crime fiction in America, talks about his Harry Bosch series. In the latest book, The Drop, Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever.

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Ann Beattie on Her Novel Mrs. Nixon

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ann Beattie discusses Mrs. Nixon, an imagining of the life of one of our most mysterious and intriguing public figures, the only modern First Lady who never wrote a memoir. Beattie reconstructs dozens of scenes in an attempt to see the world from Mrs. Nixon’s point of view, to explore what it must have been like to be married to such a spectacularly ambitious and catastrophically self-destructive man.

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Colson Whitehead on Zone One

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Colson Whitehead talks about his new novel, Zone One, a wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel about zombies. A pandemic has devastated the planet, leaving behind the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are rebuild­ing civilization, focusing on resettling Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—Zone One—but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain.

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Umberto Eco's Novel, The Prague Cemetery

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Umberto Eco discusses his highly anticipated, controversial novel, The Prague Cemetery. It looks at 19th-century Europe, rife with conspiracies and scapegoats. But what if, behind all of the conspiracies that ran rampant in Europe, both real and imagined, lay one man, who created its most infamous document? Eco takes readers on a journey through the underbelly of Europe’s world-shattering events.

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Aatish Taseer on His Novel, Noon

Monday, November 07, 2011

Aatish Taseer talks about his latest novel, Noon. Set against the background of a turbulent Pakistan and a rapidly changing India, it addresses some of the most urgent questions of our times—about nationhood and violence, family and identity.

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Gregory Maguire on the Wicked Years

Friday, November 04, 2011

Gregory Maguire discusses his bestselling series, the Wicked Years, inspired by The Wizard of Oz and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical “Wicked.” His latest book is the conclusion to the series: Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years.

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Amitav Ghosh on River of Smoke

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Amitav Ghosh talks about his new novel, River of Smoke, the second volume of his Ibis trilogy, about the opium trade. 

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Alan Hollinghurst on The Stranger’s Child

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Man Booker Prize–winning author Alan Hollinghurst talks about his latest novel, The Stranger’s Child, a century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations.

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Why Read Moby-Dick?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nathaniel Philbrick tells us why Moby-Dick is one of the greatest American novels. In his National Book Award-winning book, In the Heart of the Sea, Philbrick tells the story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex, the real-life incident that inspired Melville to write Moby-Dick. In Why Read Moby-Dick? He looks at the fiction itself, highlighting its humor and characters.

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Lee Child on The Affair

Monday, October 17, 2011

Bestselling writer Lee Child talks about his latest crime thriller, The Affair. Elite military cop Jack Reacher sets off on an undercover mission to solve the mystery of a murder of a young woman in Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997.

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Jeffrey Eugenides on The Marriage Plot

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides discusses his latest, The Marriage Plot, a tale of modern love. It follows Madeleine, Leonard, and Mitchell, who meet at Brown University, where Madeleine immerses herself in works by Jane Austen and George Eliot, examining the marriage plot at the heart of the great English novels. The story follows the three college graduates as they embark on the world, searching for where they belong—and who they belong with.

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Jeffrey Eugenides Romances the Novel in 'The Marriage Plot'

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A new novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides follows three college students graduating in the midst of an economic downturn. With unemployment around 10 percent, the characters try to find ways to cope — moving home, busing tables, applying to graduate school. One flees the country entirely, running from the recession at home to volunteer in India. It sounds like a novel set in 2011, until Eugenides' characters start calling each other from land line phones and writing letters home from abroad. 

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Russell Banks on His Novel Lost Memory of Skin

Monday, October 10, 2011

Russell Banks talks about his new novel, Lost Memory of Skin. Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of the story must create a life for himself after he’s released from jail. With nowhere else to go, he takes up residence under a south Florida causeway.

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William Kennedy on His Latest Novel, Chango’s Beads and Two Tone Shoes

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy discusses his new novel, Chango’s Beads and Two Tone Shoes. When journalist Daniel Quinn meets Ernest Hemingway at the Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba, in 1957, he has no idea that his own affinity for simple, declarative sentences will change his life. It’s a tale of revolutionary intrigue, heroic journalism, crooked politicians, drug-running gangsters, Albany race riots, and the improbable rise of Fidel Castro.

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Jesse Browner’s Everything Happens Today

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Jesse Browner talks about his novel Everything Happens Today, about a single day in the life of Wes, a 17-year-old who lives in Greenwich Village and attends Manhattan’s Dalton School.

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Michael Ondaatje Talks about The Cat’s Table

Monday, October 03, 2011

Michael Ondaatje talks about his new novel, The Cat’s Table. Set in the early 1950s, it tells the story of an 11-year-old boy from Colombo on a ship bound for England who meets a ragtag group of adults and two other boys at the “cat’s table” in the ship’s dining room. It’s a tale about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins with a spectacular sea voyage.

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