Thursday, December 30, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Armistead Maupin, author of the bestselling Tales of the City series, discusses Mary Ann in Autumn, the eighth book in his series. It tells the story of Mary Ann Singleton, who left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a television career in New York. Twenty years later, she’s returned to the city of her youth and into the arms of her oldest friend, Michael.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Cunningham discusses his latest, By Nightfall. It tells the story of Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan’s SoHo, with successful careers in the arts. All goes awry when Rebecca’s wayward, much younger brother, who has a history of drug problems, shows up for a visit.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth discusses his latest novel, Nemesis. It’s about a wartime polio epidemic in the summer of 1944 and the effect it has on a Newark community. It explores the emotions such a pestilence can breed: fear, panic, anger, bewilderment, asks questions about the kind of accidental choices that fatally shape a life, and how an individual can withstand the onslaught of circumstance.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
South African writer Damon Galgut talks about his latest novel, In a Strange Room, which was a finalist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. It tells the story of a young loner who travels across eastern Africa, Europe, and India. Unsure what he's after, and reluctant to return home, he follows the paths of travelers he meets along the way.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Cynthia Ozick discusses her sixth novel, Foreign Bodies. She retells the story of Henry James’s The Ambassadors—the work he considered his best—but while the story’s plot is the same, the meaning is reversed. It tells the story of Bea Nightingale, a fiftyish divorced schoolteacher whose life has been on hold since her brief marriage, and who becomes entangled in the lives of her brother’s family and her ex-husband.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Novelist Zoe Heller discusses Nancy Mitford’s enduringly popular novel, The Pursuit of Love, (for which she wrote the forward).The novel is a classic comedy about growing up and falling in love among the privileged and eccentric, and Mitford modeled her characters after her own famously unconventional family. Heller will also discuss the importance of Mitford’s work as a whole, on the occasion of the publication of her 1935 novel Wigs on the Green, which was kept out of print for more than 30 years by the author and her estate.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Kathy Reichs discusses her young adult novel Virals. It’s a thriller about a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Alexander McCall Smith discusses his latest book in the Isabel Dalhousie series, The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel. Moral philosopher Isabel investigates three candidates vying for the headmaster position at an Edinburgh boys’ school, uncovering skeletons in closets.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Bo Caldwell discusses her second novel, inspired by the lives of her maternal grandparents. City of Tranquil Light is a portrait of a young marriage of two missionaries in China in the early twentieth-century. They find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a dynasty, which plunges the country into decades of civil war.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
“In comedy down is up.” Yesterday, England’s most prestigious literary award, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, was won by a literary dark horse, Manchester-born Howard Jacobson, for his comic novel “The Finkler Question.” The racing simile is apt, for the Booker is followed -- and bet on -- like a sporting event, and Jacobson nosed out the odds-on favorite, Tom McCarthy (for “C”).