Tag Archives: novel

Joanna Howard

Summer host Amanda Uhle talks with Joanna Howard, author of the novel Foreign Correspondent and three short story collections. Her memoir, Rerun Era, is due out in October 2019 from McSweeney’s. We talk about memory and memoir, The Jeffersons, MASH, and growing up in rural America.

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Rebecca Clarren

Novelist and journalist Rebecca Clarren (KICKDOWN, Skyhorse Publishing, 2018) reads from her novel, a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.

Summer host Amanda Uhle and Rebecca Clarren talk about writing with a social cause in mind, journalistically reporting a novel, and the American West. We also consider whether KICKDOWN is maybe part of a new genre of subversive westerns in contemporary writing.

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Cristina Henríquez

Summer host Amanda Uhle talks with Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans (Vintage 2014). Her other work includes The World in Half and the short story collection Come Together, Fall Apart.
We talk about writing from multiple points of view, immigration policy, meeting one’s readers in person, and supporting youth writers in the 826 network and beyond.

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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.

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photo credit: Rosalie Atkinson

Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender joins Living Writers via phone from California and reads part of her short story “Tiger Mending” from The Color Master (Vintage & Anchor Books 2013).

We talk about creativity + limitation, exhilaration, Virginia Woolf + a room of one’s own, and consequences.

In the last quarter of the episode, T reads the prologue to Aimee Bender’s novel An Invisible Sign of My Own.

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Aimee Bender’s Playlist includes: Night Shift (Commodores), Decatur (Sufjan Stevens), In the Bleak Mid-Winter (Jane Siberry), Alejandro (Lady Gaga), You Said Something (PJ Harvey), and This is the Day (The The).

 

 

Lo Dagerman for Stig Dagerman

Lo Dagerman reads from her father Stig Dagerman’s novel now available in translation Wedding Worries (David R. Godine 2018). We talk about vocation, youth, fathers, legacy and coming home to art.

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Stig Dagerman collage by Lo Dagerman, featuring Stig Dagerman at 9 years old with his paternal grandparents and their farmhouse–all inspiration for his novel Wedding Worries, written at age 26.

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.

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