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The Leonard Lopate Show

I Want to Show You More: Short Stories

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Jamie Quatro discusses her debut collection of stories, in I Want to Show You More, a disquieting portrait of infidelity, faith, and family. The stories are about lives stretched between spirituality and sexuality in the New American South.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jonathan Dee on His Novel, A Thousand Pardons

Monday, March 11, 2013

Jonathan Dee talks about his new novel, A Thousand Pardons. It’s a tale of self-invention and public scandal, that raises the question: what do we really want when we ask for forgiveness? 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Novel Frances and Bernard

Wednesday, March 06, 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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Elizabeth Graver's Novel The End of the Point

Tuesday, March 05, 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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sandra Cisneros on Her, Novel Have You Seen Marie?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Internationally acclaimed novelist Sandra Cisneros talks to Leonard Lopate about her latest book, a tale of loss, grief, and healing.

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Karen Russell's Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Karen Russell, author of the bestselling novel Swamplandia!, talks about her new book of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

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Guest Picks: Karen Russell

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Karen Russell was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to discuss her new collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. She also told us what she's been reading and listening to...and the allure of the "season packet" that comes with Stouffer's stuffing.

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The Takeaway

Six Words: Love, Loss, Betrayal, Death, Regret, Relief

Thursday, February 14, 2013

It’s been a poetic, lovelorn, literary week at the Takeaway. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked you to share your stories of love and loss, and to do so in exactly six words. These are our favorites.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Phillip Lopate

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Leonard's brother Phillip Lopate was on the show recently to talk about his two latest books -- one is a collection of personal essays and the other is advice on writing and teaching. He also revealed his love of "Friday Night Lights."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Learning from the Masters

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On today’s show: Leonard’s brother Phillip Lopate talks about his two new books—one is advice to writers and professors, the other is a collection of his personal essays called Portrait Inside My Head. Country music superstars Vince Gill and Doug Green discuss their Western swing band called The Time Jumpers. Manil Suri on his latest novel, The City of Devi, which is set in Mumbai. Plus, our gurus of how-to, Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, are here to take calls and questions about home repair!

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Phillip Lopate on His Writing Life

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Author Phillip Lopate discusses his latest books, Portrait Inside My Head, a collection of personal essays on memory, culture, parenthood, the trials of marriage, and New York’s storied past and present, and To Show and to Tell, which combines more than 40 years of lessons from his career as a writer and professor in a nuts-and-bolts guide to writing literary nonfiction.

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The Takeaway

Six Word Memoirs of Love and Loss

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The love story can be epic in nature. It can inspire thousand-page Russian novels and three hour movies and mini-series that stretch out on television for days. But the love story can — with some effort — also be told more succinctly, in a haiku or even in something smaller.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jackie Collins on The Power Trip

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Jackie Collins, author of 28 New York Times bestselling novels, discusses her latest, The Power Trip. Set on a state-of-the-art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, a cast of global power-hungry elites turns sour when they find out maybe they don't control as much of the world as they thought they did.

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The Takeaway

When We Wrote Letters

Thursday, February 07, 2013

As more of us rely on email, texting, and Skype to communicate, the art of letter writing has gradually been coming to an end. But with the death of letters, are we losing something else as well? It’s a question that Martha Tuck Rozett has seriously considered. Martha is an English professor at the University of Albany and author of "When People Wrote Letters: A Family Chronicle."

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Michael Dahlie's Novel The Best of Youth

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Michael Dahlie talks about his novel, The Best of Youth. What happens when an introverted young writer takes on a ghostwriting gig for a violent, drug-addicted Hollywood star? In the case of Henry Lang, the result is a string of outrageous but comic disasters.

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André Aciman's Essays on Elsewhere

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

André Aciman talks about his new book of essays, Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere, about time, place, identity, art, and the power of memory.

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George Saunders Talks Tenth of December

Friday, January 11, 2013

George Saunders, a master of the short story, talks about his new collection, Tenth of December. These explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into what makes us good and what makes us human.

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WNYC News

Best of 2012: Longform Writing About The NY Region

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New York's magazines and newspapers cover the world, but they also produce great journalism about the tri-state region. Eddie Robinson spoke with Jody Avirgan, a contributing editor at Longform about the best 2012 nonfiction about our community.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Stockholm Octavo

Friday, December 14, 2012

Karen Englemann talks about her debut novel, The Stockholm Octavo. It’s about Emil Larsson, a bureaucrat in the Office of Customs and Excise in 1791 Stockholm, whose life changes when a fortune teller shares with him a vision of his future.

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Ric Ocasek on Lyrics and Prose

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ric Ocasek of the band The Cars, talks about his career beyond the band—from writing and performing solo work, publishing poetry in Granta and elsewhere, and producing albums for musical artists such as Weezer, Hole, Guided By Voices, and Jonathan Richman. In Lyrics & Prose, Ocasek collects his lyrics together for the first time—from his work with The Cars’ 1978 self titled debut album to his six solo albums.

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