Novel Dialogue

Novel Dialogue

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Novel Dialogue: where unlikely conversation partners come together to discuss the making of novels and what to make of them. What makes us special? Critics and novelists in conversation. Breaking down the boundaries between critical, creative, and just plain quirky, Novel Dialogue’s approach is wide-ranging and unconventional. Ever wondered what Jennifer Egan thinks of TikTok, how Ruth Ozeki honed her craft working on the movie Mutant Hunt, or if Colm Tóibín will ever write a novel about an openly gay novelist? Join us for lively conversations hosted by scholars who admire and write about the novelists that help shape our literary culture.

Machine, System, Code: Masande Ntshanga and Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra (EH)

June 6, 2024

Machine, System, Code: Masande Ntshanga and Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra (EH)

Masande Ntshanga and Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra
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Building parallels between technology and the human imagination, Masande Ntshanga’s conversation with Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra explains how cities are …

Not Prophecy but Inversion: Omar El Akkad and Min Hyoung Song

May 24, 2024

Not Prophecy but Inversion

Omar El Akkad and Min Hyoung Song
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Omar El Akkad joins critic Min Hyoung Song for a gripping conversation that interrogates fiction’s relationship to the real. Before he became a noveli…

What do the PDFs say about this?: Brandon Taylor and Stephanie Insley Hershinow (CH)

May 9, 2024

What do the PDFs say about this?

Brandon Taylor
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Brandon Taylor practices moral worldbuilding in his fiction—that means an essential piece of these worlds is the “real possibility that someone could …

You Write Because You Want to Feel Free: Katie Kitamura and Alexander Manshel (SW)

April 25, 2024

You Write Because You Want to Feel Free

Katie Kitamura
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Although Katie Kitamura feels free when she writes—free from the “soup of everyday life,” from the political realities that weigh upon her, and even a…

Etherized: Anne Enright in Conversation with Paige Reynolds (JP)

April 11, 2024

Etherized

Anne Enright and Paige Reynolds
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Anne Enright, writer, critic, Booker winner, kindly makes time for Irish literature maven Paige Reynolds and ND host John Plotz. She reads from The Wr…

Overtaken by Awe: Sheila Heti speaks with Sunny Yudkoff

December 14, 2023

Overtaken by Awe

Sheila Heti and Sunny Yudkoff
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Sheila Heti sits down with Sunny Yudkoff and ND host John Plotz to discuss her incredibly varied oeuvre. She does it all: stories, novels, alphabetize…

Attention is Love: A Discussion with Lauren Groff and Laura McGrath (SW)

November 30, 2023

Attention is Love

Lauren Groff and Laura McGrath
Hosted by Novel Dialogue
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Just days before the release of her latest novel, The Vaster Wilds (Riverhead Books, 2023), three-time National Book Award Finalist and The New York T…

“We All Relate to Each Other’s Dystopias”

November 16, 2023

“We All Relate to Each Other’s Dystopias”

Shehan Karunatilaka and Sangeeta Ray
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Shehan Karunatilaka’s The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida (Norton, 2022), which won the Booker Prize in 2022, is a thriller that begins in the afterlife,…

Narrative, Database, Archive: Tom Comitta and Deidre Lynch (AV)

November 2, 2023

Narrative, Database, Archive

Tom Comitta and Deidre Lynch
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12 tables; 300 novels, 1500 pages of nature description: This is how Tom Comitta created The Nature Book, a one-of-a-kind novel cut from 300 years of…

What Would Undo the Maxim Gun? Magic: P. Djèlí Clark and andré carrington

October 19, 2023

What Would Undo the Maxim Gun? Magic

P. Djèlí Clark and andré carrington
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Locus- and Nebula- award-winning author P. Djèlí Clark joins critic andré carrington (UC Riverside) and host Rebecca Ballard for a conversation about …

Desolation Tries to Colonize You: Jeff VanderMeer and Alison Sperling (CH)

October 5, 2023

Desolation Tries to Colonize You

Jeff VanderMeer and Alison Sperling
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Our season of the weird starts off with a conversation between the writer The New Yorker called “the weird Thoreau”, Jeff VanderMeer, and a scholar of…

Weirding Out with Kate Marshall: Novel Dialogue Season 6 Preview

September 21, 2023

Weirding Out with Kate Marshall

Kate Marshall
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We kick off Season 6 with Kate Marshall, friend of the show and author of the forthcoming book Novels by Aliens: Weird Tales and the Twenty-First Cent…

A Forensic Level of Honesty: Aminatta Forna and Nicole Rizzuto (AV)

June 15, 2023

A Forensic Level of Honesty

Aminatta Forna and Nicole Rizzuto
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Aminatta Forna, author of Ancestor Stones (2006), Happiness (2018), and most recently The Window Seat (2021) joins Georgetown prof. Nicole Rizzuto and…

They’re Not Metaphorical Demons: Mariana Enriquez and Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

June 1, 2023

They’re Not Metaphorical Demons

Mariana Enriquez and Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra
Hosted by Chris Holmes
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Booker Prize shortlister Mariana Enriquez, author of Things We Lost in the Fire and The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, joins Penn State professor Magalí A…

The Meat and Bones of Life

May 18, 2023

The Meat and Bones of Life

Erika T. Wurth, Leif Sorensen, and Rebecca Evans
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With the publication of her most recent novel, White Horse (Flatiron Books, 2022), Erika T. Wurth breaks from the realism that characterized her earli…

“It’s on the Illabus”: A Discussion with Jean-Christophe Cloutier and John Jennings

May 4, 2023

“It’s on the Illabus”

Jean-Christophe Cloutier and John Jennings
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John Jennings—Hugo Award winner, New York Times bestselling author, curator, scholar, and Artist—is keenly aware that in adapting novels for the graph…

Writing the Counter-Book: Joshua Cohen with Eugene Sheppard (JP)

April 20, 2023

Writing the Counter-Book

Joshua Cohen
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Eugene Sheppard joins his Brandeis colleague John Plotz to speak with Joshua Cohen about The Netanyahus. Is the 2021 novel a Pulitzer-winning bravura …

We Have This-ness, Y’all! Ocean Vuong and Amy E. Elkins

April 6, 2023

We Have This-ness, Y’all!

Ocean Vuong and Amy E. Elkins
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Season 5 of Novel Dialogue opens with an impassioned refresher course in literary theory brought to you by Ocean Vuong, poet and author of the bestsel…

Translation is the Closest Way to Read: Ann Goldstein and Saskia Ziolkowski

November 17, 2022

Translation is the Closest Way to Read

Ann Goldstein and Saskia Ziolkowski
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In our season finale, Ann Goldstein, renowned translator of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, gives a master class in the art and business of transl…

The Best Error You Can Make: Brent Hayes Edwards and Jean-Baptiste Naudy on Claude McKay

November 3, 2022

The Best Error You Can Make

Brent Hayes Edwards and Jean-Baptiste Naudy
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What can a French translator do with a novelist who writes brilliantly about the “confrontation between Englishes?” How can such a confrontation be ma…