From the archives: 2010 Yusef Komunyakaa reads poems from Pleasure Dome:New and Collected Poems (Wesleyan 2001), Warhorses (FSG 2008) and Chameleon Couch (Macmillan 2011). We talk about the leaps of lyrical narrative, the particular perfection of the brain, and the cassowary. We also talk about Neruda and Borges, and celebration and confrontation. Art endures. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/65xezw1a50fywb4d5vn8nw2iz08l70vr.mp3 Download …
Cole Swensen reads from Try and The Book of One Hundred Hands published by University of Iowa Press. We talk about her work in translation. We also talk about why Cole calls Paris her writing place and why Iowa and Washington DC are also home. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/weg9r1vgzbznbrj9yt1jhsz01nnw9jbz.wav Download Audio photo credit: Matt Gold
Abraham Verghese reads from his novel Cutting for Stone published by Vintage Books. We talk about writing fiction that spans continents and history. We also talk about memoir, his life in medicine, Ethiopia, and the song, Tizita. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/duqplj2o3pfeqx37zfq54zu9t7ctj5u2.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
Joshua Ferris reads from his new novel The Unnamed published by Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown. We talk about writing the second novel, Emily Dickinson, Key West, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/072u9ppium92werxebrx2ql5b2vo2p34.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!
Elizabeth Kostova reads from her second novel The Swan Thieves published by Little, Brown. We talk about research and the imagination–and the past making itself felt on the present. We also talk about Bulgaria, French Impressionism, and obsession https://umich.box.com/shared/static/nwqgb1gpg8gns5mep64mobjlme4ohyi6.wav Download Audio For more about the author, click here!