Streams

 

 

Novels

The Leonard Lopate Show

Gish Jen on Her Novel World and Town

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Gish Jen discusses her latest novel, World and Town. It tells the story of Hattie Kong, who has lost both her husband and her best friend to cancer. She moves to a new town and meets up with others looking for a new start.

Comments [1]

The Leonard Lopate Show

Mona Simpson's My Hollywood

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mona Simpson talks about her first novel in ten years, My Hollywood. It tells the story of two women whose lives come together behind the glittery surface of Hollywood: a composer and new mother, and the nanny she hires.

Comment

The Leonard Lopate Show

Rula Jebreal on Her Novel, Miral

Monday, December 13, 2010

Italo-Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal discusses her novel, Miral . The story focuses on women living in the turbulent political climate along the borders of Israel and Palestine.

Comments [1]

The Leonard Lopate Show

Armistead Maupin's Mary Ann in Autumn

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.

Comments [1]

The Leonard Lopate Show

Anne Rice on Her Latest Novel

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Novelist Anne Rice talks about her latest novel, Of Love and Evil (Songs of the Seraphim). It’s a metaphysical thriller of angels and assassins that summons up dark and dangerous worlds of the past.

Comments [4]

The Leonard Lopate Show

Steve Martin

Monday, November 29, 2010

Legendary writer, actor, and performer Steve Martin talks about his long and varied career, his many talents, and his latest novel. An Object of Beauty tells the story of an ambitious woman climbing through New York’s social and art world.

Comments [6]

The Leonard Lopate Show

Michael Cunningham Talks About By Nightfall

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.

Comment

The Leonard Lopate Show

Philip Roth on Nemesis

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.

Comments [4]

The Leonard Lopate Show

Brian Leung on his Novel, Take Me Home

Monday, November 22, 2010

Brian Leung discusses his novel Take Me Home, a story about friendship and love set against the backdrop of 1880s Wyoming, about a woman who goes against society’s rules and develops a close connection with a Chinese man.

Comment

The Leonard Lopate Show

Paul Auster on Sunset Park

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Paul Auster talks about his latest novel, Sunset Park, which follows the hopes and fears of a cast of characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse.

Comment

The Leonard Lopate Show

Damon Galgut's In a Strange Room

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.

Comment

The Leonard Lopate Show

Cynthia Ozick on her Novel Foreign Bodies

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.

Comments [1]

The Leonard Lopate Show

Zoe Heller Talks About Nancy Mitford

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.

Comments [1]

The Leonard Lopate Show

Virals

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.

Comments [3]

The Leonard Lopate Show

Alexander McCall Smith on His Isabel Dalhousie Series

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.

Comment

The Leonard Lopate Show

Dinaw Mengestu on his novel How to Read the Air

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dinaw Mengestu, who has been compared to Bellow, Fitzgerald, and Naipaul, discusses his novel, How to Read the Air. It tells the story of Ethiopian immigrants in search of a new identity as an American couple, and their son’s challenges with generational and cultural differences.

Comments [1]

The Leonard Lopate Show

Bo Caldwell on her novel City of Tranquil Light

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.

Comment

WNYC News

Howard Jacobson Wins Man Booker Prize

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”).

Comment

The Leonard Lopate Show

Elmore Leonard on Djibouti

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Crime fiction master Elmore Leonard talks about his latest novel, Djibouti. It tells the story of Dara Barr, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, who travels to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa to film Somali pirates in action.

Comments [2]

The Leonard Lopate Show

Nicole Krauss on Great House

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nicole Krauss talks about her latest novel, Great House. It’s about a stolen desk that contains the secrets of the lives it passes through and becomes the obsession of those who own it.

Comment