debut novel

Kiley Reid

Kiley Reid reads from her debut novel Such A Fun Age (Putnam 2019). We talk about listening to your characters, writing about class and race, and building strong plots.

Ocean Vuong

Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Ocean Vuong author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press 2019) about poetry, memory, masculinity, language, newcomers to America, and finding a sense of home and belonging.

Leland de la Durantaye

Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Leland de la Durantaye, author of Hannah vs. the Tree (McSweeney’s 2018). A Michigan native, De la Durantaye is currently a professor, critic, and translator based in Los Angeles. They talk about the book’s Michigan setting, the power of families in novels, and much more. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/a1mnv4m707l61w5e6qrc14l8xglkyz4e.mp3 Download Audio photo credit: Rosalie Atkinson

Fatima Farheen Mirza

Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Fatima Farheen Mirza about her novel A Place For Us (SJP for Hogarth/Penguin 2018); they talk about family relationships, the challenges of writing a first novel, and how characters can live on after a story is done. https://umich.box.com/shared/static/66b34k83hj3coxlriljljd36qsx9txi2.mp3 Download Audio  

Christopher Hebert

Christopher Hebert reads from The Boiling Season (HarperCollins 2012).  We talk about imagining one’s own politically volatile Caribbean island nation, being an Editor-at-Large for the University of Michigan Press, and teaching in Tennessee.  And we talk about why Charles Baxter says he “asks all the right questions.” https://umich.box.com/shared/static/5gid3xq4tr7ldc0wsps1l2mxyxzh5mda.mp3 Download Audio Original airdate: March 21, 2012