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Reinventing Raymond Chandler's Private Eye Philip Marlowe

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Benjamin Black tells how he brought Raymond Chandler’s private eye Philip Marlowe back to life for a new adventure on the streets of Bay City, California. His novel The Black-Eyed Blonde is set in the early 1950s, Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and a beautiful and expensively dressed new client hires him to find her former lover. Soon he is tangling with one of Bay City’s richest families and comes to understand how far they will go to protect their fortune.

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Guest Picks: Matthew Quick

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Novelist Matthew Quick was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his latest novel, The Good Luck of Right Now. He also told us about his love of Scottish terriers and 21-year-old scotch. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Matthew Quick's Novel The Good Luck of Right Now

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Matthew Quick, author of the bestseller The Silver Linings Playbook, talks about his new novel The Good Luck of Right Now, a funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere. 

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Christian Jungersen's Novel You Disappear

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Christian Jungersen talks about her new novel You Disappear, a psychological drama about what happens to a couple when a brain tumor begins to change a man’s personality.

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James Scott's New Novel, The Kept

Monday, February 10, 2014

James Scott talks about his debut novel, The Kept.  Set in rural New York State at the turn of the 20th century, a mother and her young son set out to avenge a terrible and violent tragedy that has shattered their family. 

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Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and The Days of Anna Madrigal

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Armistead Maupin talks about The Days of Anna Madrigal, the ninth novel in his bestselling Tales of the City series. The story follows one of his most unforgettable and enduring characters—Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane.

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Roddy Doyle's Novel The Guts, a Follow-Up to The Commitments

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Roddy Doyle talks about his novel The Guts, a follow-up to his debut novel The Commitments, which was about a group of ragtag, blue-collar Irish youths who are determined to bring Soul Music to Dublin in the 1980s. He returns to his character Jimmy Rabbitte nearly 30 years later—he’s now approaching 50 with a wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis. 

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College Competition and Costs; Random Family; E. L. Doctorow; Microbeads in the Ocean; Diving in Gowanus Canal

Thursday, January 30, 2014

On today’s show: Laura Newland describes the intense competition to get admitted to the country’s top colleges and the pressures she faced on campus. Adrian Nicole LeBlanc talks about Random Family for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. E. L. Doctorow discusses his latest novel, Andrew’s Brain. Find out how the microbeads that are found in many of our soaps, shampoos, and other household products stay in our water long after they’ve been washed down the drain. And we’ll talk to a man who swam in the Gowanus Canal last weekend.

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For Today I Am a Boy, a Novel by Kim Fu

Monday, January 27, 2014

Kim Fu tells us about her debut new novel, For Today I Am a Boy. It follows Peter Huan, who grows up with three sisters and, as the only boy in the family, is expected to live up to his immigrant father's ideal of power and masculinity. But Peter has different ideas for his life—he’s certain he is a girl.

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Richard Powers on His New Novel, Orfeo, and the "Bioterrorist Bach"

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Richard Powers talks about his novel Orfeo, which tells the story of a composer's home microbiology lab, the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in surprising patterns, has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. He becomes fugitive after the police raid his home, and an Internet-fueled hysteria erupts, referring to him as the "Bioterrorist Bach."

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Radiance of Tomorrow, a Novel About Sierra Leone

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ishmael Beah, the author of the bestselling memoir A Long Way Gone, about Sierra Leone’s civil war and the fate of child soldiers, talks about his first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, about postwar life in Sierra Leone.  At the center of the story are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown after the civil war to find it in ruins. They try to create a new community but they face many obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, robberies, rape, and retaliation, along with and the depredations of a foreign mining company.

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MLK Day Gospel; a Novel About Postwar Sierra Leone; Super Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg

Monday, January 20, 2014

On today’s show: Leonard plays some great classic gospel songs to mark Martin Luther King Day. Sports agent Leigh Steinberg shares stories of his time representing Troy Aikman, Steven Young, and Ben Roethlisberger. Ishmael Beah has told his own story of being a child soldier in Sierra Leone in his memoir Long Way Gone, and now he talks about his first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, which explores postwar life there.

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The Last Train to Paris, a Novel by Michele Zackheim

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Michele Zackheim talks about her novel The Last Train to Paris, set in 1935. It tells the story of Rose Manon, an American journalist who becomes a foreign correspondent in Paris. She becomes entangled in romance, an unsolved murder, and the desperation of a looming ...

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On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

His new novel describes a future where a long-declining America is strictly stratified by class, and abandoned urban neighborhoods have become high-walled, self-contained labor colonies.

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Sue Monk Kidd's New Novel, The Invention of Wings

Monday, January 06, 2014

Sue Monk Kidd discusses her new novel, The Invention of Wings. It's about Handful, a slave in early 19th-century Charleston who yearns for life beyond the wealthy Grimke household where she works, and the Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, who is given ownership of Handful.

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Bonnie Raitt; Music from the Civil War; Amy Tan's New Novel; the Creation of Twitter

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bonnie Raitt tells us about her career, launching her own label, and winning her tenth Grammy Award for her latest album, "Slipstream." Randall Poster discusses putting together an album of music from both sides of the Civil War. Amy Tan on her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement. Nick Bilton of the New York Times discusses the launch of Twitter and how the site’s quick rise in popularity sowed the seeds for power struggles.

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Amy Tan's The Valley of Amazement

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Amy Tan discusses her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement. It spans more than 40 years and two continents, and resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of foreign  “Shanghailanders," both erased by World War II.

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Graeme Simsion's Novel The Rosie Project

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Graeme Simsion talks about his debut novel, The Rosie Project, about a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics who designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner. He meets Rosie Jarman, and while he disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, he helps Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. 

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Alternative Energy; Vermeer at the Frick; The Rosie Project, a Novel; Walking 6,000 in NYC

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Jeremy Shere looks at what the new sources of energy will be after we’ve exhausted our supply of accessible fossil fuels. Then, we’ll get a peek inside the exhibit of paintings by Dutch masters Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals, which are on view at the Frick. Graeme Simsion talks about his debut novel,The Rosie ProjectWilliam Helmreich’s walked almost every block of every street in the 5 boroughs, and he’ll give us the highlights of his 4-year-long tour of New York City.

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Jonathan Miles on Want Not, His New Novel

Monday, December 09, 2013

Jonathan Miles talks about his latest comic novel, Want Not. It opens on Thanksgiving Day, and presents three characters in various states of disrepair—a young freegan couple living off the grid in New York City; a once-prominent linguist, dealing with the dissolution of his marriage and his father’s battle with Alzheimer’s; and a self-made debt-collecting magnate with a trophy wife.

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