Category Archives: 2008

David Sedaris

David Sedaris  came to town with his  essay collection When You Are Engulfed in Flames (Little, Brown 2008).  In this conversation, we talk about the wonders of the public library, Tobias Wolff and Matt Damon, and fact checking. We also talk about balancing humor, unstable fables and little known ant facts.

*archives: taped June 9, 2008

*photo credit: Ingrid Christie


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John Marshall

John Marshall reads from his book Meaning a Cloud published by Oberlin Press. We talk about chapbooks and broadsides, James Tate, and the shop in Seattle he co-owns with his wife–Open Books: A Poem Emporium.  We also talk about how to structure a book that spans several decades of poems–and the marketplace.



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C.D. Wright

C.D. Wright reads from her book of poems Rising, Falling, Hovering published by Copper Canyon Press.  We talk about misery and love and what it means to be an “American Artist.”  We also hear about C.D.’s latest travels to Libya and Ireland.

Richard Price

Richard Price reads from his novel Lush Life (2008) published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  We talk about Manhattan’s Lower East Side and his method for finding the story.  We also talk about screenwriting versus the novel, dynamic dialogue and The Wire.