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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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