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.
Guest host Amanda Uhle speaks with
Hannah Pittard about her novel Visible Empire (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2018), book tours, writing inspired by true events, racism, siblings, and the legacy of loss.
. We talk about family, a donkey fable, working at a restaurant, and asking yourself questions as a Lillian Li reads from her debut novel Number One Chinese Restaurant (Henry Holt 2018) writer. We also talk about duck.
Michael A. Ferro reads from his debut novel (Harvard Square Editions 2018). We talk about navigating the writing world, postmodernists, humor writing, government workers and the wood wasp. Title 13
(Vintage 2018). We talk about natural disasters, humanity, keeping in contact with the notion of play, last lines and beagles. Jim Shepard reads from his story collection The World To Come
Michael Zadoorian reads from his new novel Beautiful Music (Akashic Books 2018). We talk about his factory-town approach to writing and his strong sense of place; we also talk about his father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, his novel The Leisure Seeker and Italy.
Leah Stewart reads from her novel What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw (Putnam 2018). We talk about identity, researching character, being an observer, voice and Cincinnati.
Weike Wang reads from her debut novel
Chemistry now out in paperback (Vintage Books 2018).
We talk about voice, nontraditional chapters and leaps, writing the second book, dogs and fun facts about chemistry.
Gerald Vizenor was in town to present the 2018 Robert F. Berkhofer Jr. Lecture in Native American Studies.
We talk about haiku, sound and motion, ethical experience, and choosing chance.
Many thanks to Joseph Gone, Scott Lyons, Stephanie Elliott Prieto, Jason Voss, Frank Uhle, Department of American Culture, Native American Studies, and the Berkhofer Jr Lecture Series.
Gerald with Kat and Steve in the station lobby post-show
Lydia Davis reads from The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2010) and Can’t and Won’t (Picador 2014).
We’ll talk about The Beatles, dreams, translation, and cows.
Lydia Davis and Maya West in the studio