2011 Interviews – LIVING WRITERS

2011 Interviews

  • Hisham Matar
    Hisham Matar reads from his novel Anatomy of a Disappearance published by The Dial Press. We talk about when fiction and the imagination intersect with what the writer knows first hand. We also talk about Libya, London and New York City. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2011-11-23-163001-EST.mp3 Download Audio
  • Dava Sobel
    Dava Sobel reads from A More Perfect Heaven:  How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos published by Bloomsbury. We talk about when she first heard the term science writing and how once–while interviewing B.F. Skinner–she felt like the grim reaper. We also talk about why she chose to write a play about Copernicus as the central section of her nonfiction …

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  • Franz Wright
    Franz Wright reads poems from Kindertotenwald (Knopf 2013).  We talk about wearing masks, about the difficult twenties, and about seeing the drawbacks of MFA programs (while still loving scholars and universities).  We also talk about finding your secret of writing, “king of the cats,” and the universal. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2011-10-12-163001-EDT.mp3 Download Audio photo credit: Garin Horner In 2011 Franz Wright …

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  • Stacey D’Erasmo
    Stacey D‘Erasmo reads from her latest novel The Sky Below published by Mariner Books. We talk about the worlds of journalism and fiction, Rome, and dancing. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2011-10-05-163001-EDT.mp3 Download Audio For more about the author, click here! photo credit:  Nina Subin
  • Derek Mong
    Derek Mong reads poems from his debut collection Other Romes published by Saturnalia Books. We talk about “the Latin corpus,” octopuses, and putting together your first collection. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2011-09-14-163002-EDT.mp3 Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
  • Donovan Hohn
    Donovan Hohn reads from his first book Moby-Duck:  The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them published by Viking. We talk about how an essay grows into a project of this magnitude–and about adventure on the high seas. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2011-09-07-163001-EDT.mp3 …

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  • Charles McLeod
    Charles McLeod reads from his debut novel American Weather published by Random House UK. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2011-08-10-163001-EDT.mp3 Download Audio
  • Raymond McDaniel, Sarah Messer, and Mark Wunderlich
    Sarah Messer, Mark Wunderlich and Raymond McDaniel talk about poems and craft.  We hear new poems by all–and also selections from Messer‘s Bandit Letters, Wunderlich‘s Voluntary Servitude, and McDaniel‘s Saltwater Empire. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2011-04-20-163001-EDT.mp3 Download Audio
  • Ish Klein
    Ish Klein reads from Moving Day published by Canarium Books.  We talk about the momentum of long poems, connection and compassion, filmmaking and puppets. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2011-04-06-163001-EDT.mp3 Download Audio photo credit: Nerve Lantern
  • Nicholas Delbanco
    Nicholas Delbanco reads from Lastingness: The Art of Old Age published by Grand Central.  We talk about what it means to work and create for a lifetime, with the time that is given you–and what work becomes part of the human story and consciousness.  We also talk about Shakespeare, Henry Moore, and four leaf clovers. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2011-03-23-163001-EDT.mp3 Download …

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  • Jonathan Lethem
    A conversation with Jonathan Lethem, a very good sport indeed. Jonathan Lethem‘s visit also marks WCBN’s fundraising week. We talk about his books Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude and Chronic City published in paperback by Vintage. If you like quirky, insightful, danceable programming, please support your local radio. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2011-03-16-163001-EDT.mp3 Download Audio For more about the author, click …

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  • Carl Phillips
    From the archive: 2011 Carl Phillips reads from Double Shadow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011). We also hear poems from The Rest of Love, Riding Westward, and A Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006.  We talk about Dickinson, Cape Cod, the influences of the Ancient Greeks, the lyric, love, and how poems are like prayers. …

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  • George Bornstein
    George Bornstein reads from The Colors of Zion:  Blacks, Jews, and Irish from 1845 to 1945 published by Harvard University Press. We talk about the process of looking closely at the connections and relationships among Blacks, Jews, and Irish between the Irish Famine and the end of World War II.  We also talk about the writing life …

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  • Izzeldin Abuelaish
    Izzeldin Abuelaish reads from his book I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity (2010) published by Walker & Company.  We talk about growing up in the Jabalia refugee camp, his work at the Soroka Medical Center in Israel, and the loss of his three daughters in 2009. More about …

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  • John Beer
    John Beer reads from his debut collection The Waste Land and Other Poems (2010) published Canarium Books.  We talk about first books, Bob Hope, Boston terriers and a “Theses on Failure” which could be another way to talk about love. http://beanball.wcbn.org/rss/Living_Writers/wcbn-living_writers-2011-01-19-163001-EST.mp3 Download Audio
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