28:29 | Jan 24th
The original and indescribable writing of Diane Williams is showcased in over three hundred dazzling new and previously published shorts fictions from six releases, The Collected Stories of Diane Williams.
28:28 | Dec 20th, 2018
A voluminous correspondence of an intellectual friendship between two literary geniuses, Questioning Minds: The Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner, edited by Edward M. Burns.
28:28 | Sep 20th, 2018
Samuel Nicholson edited three of Joshua Cohen’s books at Random House, including his recent collection of nonfiction, ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction.
28:28 | Sep 6th, 2018
Buffalo Trace: A Threefold Vibration, by Mary Cappello, James Morrison, and Jean Walton, is a trio of novella-length autographical essays about graduate school students who love to read.
0:00 | May 10th, 2018
Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath is a book about the nightmare of feeling not enough, Jamison travels all 360 degrees of wanting to be the best and the worst, and has a great struggle to live in the middle ground.
0:00 | Mar 22nd, 2018
Roberta Allen says every truth can work as fiction. She discusses writing into the essence of a story. The Princess of Herself is interconnected stories of familiar but monstrous people not normally written about.
0:00 | Mar 8th, 2018
For The Monk of Mokha, Dave Eggers writes the story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali bridging the country of his ancestors with the country where he lives. This is a conversation about the fate of immigrant life in America.
0:00 | Jan 4th, 2018
In Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine, Joe Hagan explores the countercultural rise of the late-60s rock and roll teen society.
0:00 | Oct 12th, 2017
Following his National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize celebrated The Swerve, in the elaborately readable The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve Stephen Greenblatt explores reasons why the story of Genesis has seized the imagination.
0:00 | Jun 15th, 2017
Written about a time when she was hospitalized for depression, Yiyun Li's Dear Friend, from My Life, I Write to You in Your Life is a combination of memoir and essay. She believes that cherished writers saved her from sorrow and suicidal ideation.
0:00 | May 11th, 2017
Has the feeling of doom become our weather? If so, Richard Bausch says he contends with contemporary life by writing about people coping with loss and sorrow.
0:00 | Apr 6th, 2017
Screenwriter and critic George Toles' study of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson focuses on his more recent films, including Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood and The Master. Toles values tracking his deepest personal experiences while watchin...Show More
0:00 | Mar 23rd, 2017
Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
0:00 | Mar 9th, 2017
Gary Groth, editor of Fantagraphics, publisher of some of the most notable graphic novels today, discusses the rise of comics, what makes a good graphic novel, and what his selection process is like.
0:00 | Mar 2nd, 2017
Álvaro Enrigue's Sudden Death is the wild tale of a tennis match between the poet Francisco de Quevedo and the artist Caravaggio that transcends time and involves other historically transformative, and often combative, figures. Enrigue, who calls his...Show More
0:00 | Jan 26th, 2017
In the second half of our conversation with Ottessa Moshfegh, the author discusses her discomfort in this world but admits that there is a touch of self-parody in the title of this collection of stories.
0:00 | Jan 19th, 2017
In the first of two conversations with Ottessa Moshfegh, the author reveals that she doesn't feel comfortable in this world. Her characters long for another world, as does Moshfegh.
0:00 | Jan 12th, 2017
Lynne Tillman's The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories, is a unique blend of short fiction, essays, and philosophical musings that defy categorization.
0:00 | Dec 22nd, 2016
Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls – about a boy facing tremendous conflict with a bully at school, well-meaning inattentive teachers, and a dying mother – was actually already a story begun by another writer, who died before finishing it.
0:00 | Dec 8th, 2016
Mitch Sisskind's Do Not Be a Gentleman When You Say Goodnight is a distillation of nearly fifty years of brilliant comic writing.
0:00 | Nov 17th, 2016
TC Boyle's The Terranauts centers around eight earth explorers who lock themselves up in E2, a biodome created to mimic earth and test the viability of a self-sustained environment. But what happens between the eight terranauts and their mission cont...Show More
0:00 | Nov 3rd, 2016
Ann Patchett's latest novel, Commonwealth, follows fifty-two years in the life of a large family. The idea of the book came to her because as a bookstore owner, she saw that what was missing from the shelves was the story of a big, modern family.
0:00 | Oct 20th, 2016
Nicholson Baker's Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids was born of a desire to write a book articulating his theories about education – theories based on having had kids in school. Realizing his premise was weak, as he'd never been a teac...Show More
0:00 | Oct 13th, 2016
Since memory is not only malleable but unreliable, which version of the truth will prevail?
0:00 | Sep 22nd, 2016
In Auschwitz, the infamous Dr. Mengele conducted horrifying physical and psychological experiments on concentration camp prisoners. Affinity Konar's Mischling (meaning mixed blood) is the story of twin sisters who find themselves imprisoned in Dr. Me...Show More
0:00 | Aug 11th, 2016
In his travels to more than 100 countries – some dangerous, some surprisingly not – Tom Lutz finds that the more places he goes, the more the world leaves him a little bit lost.
0:00 | Jul 7th, 2016
In part two of this conversation about LaRose – Louise Erdrich's novel about an act of restorative justice that tests the boundaries between two families – the discussion explores the non-linear form the novel moves in towards seeking balance and res...Show More
0:00 | Jun 30th, 2016
In Louise Erdrich's LaRose, a terrible tragedy forces two families to resort to a form of traditional "restorative justice" in which one son must be given to replace the loss of another. Erdrich talks about this act as an attempt at restoring balance...Show More
0:00 | Jun 23rd, 2016
Joyce Carol Oates raises questions about memory – ethics, what it means to love, identity, and the ability to engage, and takes us on a trip down memory lane with a reading from a previous memoir recounting her favorite bad-for-you childhood foods.
0:00 | Apr 7th, 2016
Greg Jackson's new collection of eight stories follows the lives of youngish people of privilege on their journey to deconstruct just what their destination is supposed to be. But his characters might be running up against the mystery of themselves.
0:00 | Mar 17th, 2016
David Remnick and Deborah Treisman, editor and fiction editor, take us through the fiction at the New Yorker and how it has changed over the years.
0:00 | Mar 3rd, 2016
Elizabeth McKenzie's half screwball romantic comedy and half critique of the conspicuous consumption of the leisure class, featuring a heroine named after the depressive American economist Thorstein Veblen and a cast that includes advice-giving squir...Show More
0:00 | Jan 14th, 2016
Poets and editors CAConrad, Robert Dewhurst, and Joshua Beckman talk both about groundbreaking, boldly gay poet/activist, John Wieners, and about the process of compiling and honoring such a prolific poet with the selected works book.
0:00 | Dec 31st, 2015
Salman Rushdie's version of The Arabian Nights, his attempt to understand what the through-line of the collection of classic tales is and partly as a portrait of the human race and its salvation. (Repeat)
0:00 | Nov 19th, 2015
The outlandish and unguarded Gary Indiana has written what can be described as an "anti-memoir." He doesn't like memoirs but has written one himself, partly because he has lived a real life all over the world: he actually has something to write about...Show More
0:00 | Oct 1st, 2015
Fiction writer Bonnie Nadzam and environmental philosopher, Dale Jamieson, worked together to write Love in the Anthropocene, a collection of five short stories that describe a very near future in which nature as we know it no longer exists.
0:00 | Sep 10th, 2015
The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War is the fifth book in Vollman's seven-book series about loss and transformation of the North American continent, this novel dramatizes a power grab disguised as a race war between Native Americans and sett...Show More
0:00 | Sep 3rd, 2015
The rise of corporate America begins with the ruthless acquisition of Indian land in this massively researched epic which evokes the language, the food, and the lost customs of the Nez Perce. This is the first of two conversations about William Vol...Show More
0:00 | Aug 13th, 2015
Mira Gonzalez and Tao Lin's Selected Tweets is a compendium of tweets -- often dark and dispairing, but also bitingly funny -- written over the course of ten years, sometimes under their own names, sometimes using assumed names.