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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Book of My Lives, by Aleksandar Hemon

Monday, September 02, 2013

Aleksandar Hemon talks about his first book of nonfiction, The Book of My Lives, about growing up in Sarajevo, moving to Chicago just as war broke out in Sarajevo, leaving him no way to return home, and about starting a new life and family in this new city. He writes of his love of two different cities, the bonds of family, the joys of soccer, and the feelings of displacement.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Nicholson Baker about writing and technology.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Nicholson Baker about writing and technology.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Inside the Writer's Room

Monday, August 05, 2013

Jim Rash, host of Sundance Channel's 'The Writer's Room' (who also plays Dean Pelton on "Community") talks about what it takes to write a hit television show. The episode with writers from Parks & Recreation airs tonight.

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Radiolab

Happy Birthday, Good Dr. Sacks

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

One of our favorite human beings turns 80 this week. To celebrate, Robert asks Oliver Sacks to look back on his career, and explain how thousands of worms and a motorbike accident led to a brilliant writing career.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frances and Bernard, a Novel By Carlene Bauer

Monday, May 27, 2013

Carlene Bauer talks about her new novel, Frances and Bernard, Inspired by the lives of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell. In the summer of 1957, Frances and Bernard meet at an artists’ colony. He writes her a letter, and soon they are immersed in the kind of fast, deep friendship that can take over—and change the course of—our lives. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The End of the Point, a Novel by Elizabeth Graver

Friday, May 24, 2013

Elizabeth Graver talks about her new novel, The End of the Point. The story charts the dramatic changes in the lives of three generations of one remarkable family, and the summer place that both shelters and isolates them.

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On Being

Marie Howe — The Poetry of Ordinary Time [remix]

Thursday, April 25, 2013

An enchanting hour of poetry drawing on the ways family and religion shape our lives. Marie Howe works and plays with her Catholic upbringing, the universal drama of family, and the ordinary time that sustains us.

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On Being

[Unedited] Marie Howe and Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 25, 2013

An enchanting hour of poetry drawing on the ways family and religion shape our lives. Marie Howe works and plays with her Catholic upbringing, the universal drama of family, and the ordinary time that sustains us.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Judith Jones on Great Books on Food

Friday, April 19, 2013

Legendary cookbook editor Judith Jones talks about some of the most important, influential, and entertaining cookbooks and books about food. Jones was an editor at Alfred A. Knopf for over fifty years, editing authors such as Julia Child, Lidia Bastianich, James Beard, Marion Cunningham, Marcella Hazan, Madhur Jaffrey, Joan Nathan, Jacques Pépin, and Claudia Roden. 

Judith Jones's Food Book Picks:

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle

The Physiology of Taste by Brillat Savarin, translated by MFK Fisher

Theory and Practice of Good Cooking by James Beard

English Food by Jane Grigson

A Book of Middle Eastern Cooking by Claudia Roden

An Invitation to Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey

The Key to Chinese Cooking by Irene Kuo

The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis

Eating by Jason Epstein

Steal the Menu by Ray Sokolov

 

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Meg Wolitzer's Novel The Interestings

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Meg Wolitzer discusses her new novel, The Interestings, a panoramic story about what becomes of early talent, and the roles that art, money, and even envy can play in close friendships. It follows a group of teenagers who met at summer camp in the 1970s into adulthood.

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The Takeaway

Is This Plagiarism?

Thursday, April 04, 2013

From a very young age, we’re told to be honest, to tell the truth, and not to cheat. In most cases, we know when we’re breaking those rules. But in others, it’s not always so clear. Take, for example, journalism in the digital age.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen on The Dark

Monday, April 01, 2013

Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen discuss their collaborative project, The Dark, a new book that attempts to conquer a universal childhood fear.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Magic of Saida, by M. G. Vassanji

Monday, April 01, 2013

M. G. Vassanji discusses his new novel, The Magic of Saida. It tells the story of an African/Indian man who returns to the town of his birth in search of the girl he once loved—and the sense of self that has always eluded him. The novel moves between the past and present, and tells a personal story as well as a broad story of political promise and failure in contemporary Africa.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Aleksandar Hemon's The Book of My Lives

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Aleksandar Hemon talks about his first book of nonfiction, The Book of My Lives, about growing up in Sarajevo, moving to Chicago just as war broke out in Sarajevo, leaving him no way to return home, and about starting a new life and family in this new city. He writes of his love of two different cities, the bonds of family, the joys of soccer, and the feelings of displacement.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Taiye Selasi's Novel Ghana Must Go

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Taiye Selasi discusses her novel Ghana Must Go, a portrait of a modern family and an exploration of the importance of where we come from to who we are. It’s a sweeping narrative that takes us from Accra to Lagos to London to New York. When a renowned surgeon and failed husband dies in Accra, the scattered family he abandoned years before comes together again.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mackenzie Bezos on Her Novel Traps

Thursday, March 21, 2013

American Book Award winner Mackenzie Bezos discusses her new novel, Traps. It tells the story of how the paths of four very different women intersect, briefly but significantly, in ways that will change each of them forever.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Prizewinning biographer Blake Bailey talks about his new biography of Charles Jackson, the author of The Lost Weekend, the story of five disastrous days in the life of alcoholic Don Birnam, which was published in 1944 and was very successful. Jackson was a doting family man with two daughters, and was often industrious and sober, but he found it nearly impossible to write without pills or alcohol. Bailey’s book Farther & Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson looks at a writer whose life and work encapsulated what it meant to be an addict and a closeted gay man in mid-century America, and what one had to do with the other.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner Sends Smoke Signals

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Following the dramatic election of the pope, announced with a puff of white smoke from the Vatican, our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner talks about the history of communicating through smoke signals. She’ll also answer questions about language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, is available in paperback, as is  Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman.

If you have a question about language and grammar, leave a comment or call us at 212-433-9692!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sam Lipsyte on The Fun Parts

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sam Lipsyte discusses his new book of short stories, The Fun Parts. A boy eats his way to self-discovery while another must battle the reality-brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm. Other tales feature a possibly deranged male birth doula and a glimpse of the northern New Jersey high school shot-putting circuit, circa 1986.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Belleville” at New York Theater Workshop

Monday, March 18, 2013

Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller talk about starring in Amy Herzog's play “Belleville.” It’s about Abby and Zack, a young American couple who have shirked the stability of a comfortable post-graduate life in the United States for Belleville, a bohemian neighborhood in Paris, but their relationship is put to the test. “Belleville” is playing at the New York Theatre Workshop and has been extended through April 14.

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