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Interviews with writer of creative fiction and non-fiction about their new books.

C. J. Spataro, "More Strange Than True" (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2024)

June 15, 2024

More Strange Than True

C. J. Spataro
Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan

Award winning author and short fiction writer, C. J. Spataro's debut novel, More Strange Than True (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2024) takes us in to a wor…

"Conjunctions" Magazine: A Discussion with Bradford Morrow

June 13, 2024

"Conjunctions" Magazine

Bradford Morrow
Hosted by Dan Hill

Bradford Morrow is an American novelist, editor, essayist, poet, and children’s book author. A professor of literature and Bard Center Fellow at Bard …

Kimberly King Parsons, "We Were the Universe" (Knopf, 2024)

June 12, 2024

We Were the Universe

Kimberly King Parsons
Hosted by Chris Holmes

The trip was supposed to be fun. When Kit's best friend gets dumped by his boyfriend, he begs her to ditch her family responsibilities for an idyllic …

Jean Trounstine, "Motherlove: Stories" (Concord Free Press, 2024)

June 11, 2024

Motherlove

Jean Trounstine
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

Motherlove (Concord Free Press, 2024) is the powerful short-story collection from Jean Trounstine, an acclaimed writer and social-justice activist wit…

Katherine Mezzacappa, "The Maiden of Florence" (Fairlight Books, 2024)

June 11, 2024

The Maiden of Florence

Katherine Mezzacappa
Hosted by G. P. Gottlieb

Giulia is an orphan who has been cloistered since she was a baby. In 1584, the powerful Medici family demands a test of virility from the Grand Duke o…

"Southern Humanities Review" magazine

June 6, 2024

"Southern Humanities Review" magazine

Justin Gardiner
Hosted by Dan Hill

Justin Gardiner is the author of two nonfiction books and a collection of poetry. His most recent title is the book-length lyric essay Small Altars, p…

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
Hosted by Novel Dialogue

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

Joan Leegant, "Displaced Persons: Stories" (New American Press, 2024)

June 4, 2024

Displaced Persons

Joan Leegant
Hosted by G. P. Gottlieb

Joan Leegant’s new story collection, Displaced Persons (New American Press 2024) delves into human stories of living in the 21st century. Characters t…

Jennine Capó Crucet, "Say Hello to My Little Friend" (Simon and Schuster, 2024)

June 3, 2024

Say Hello to My Little Friend

Jennine Capó Crucet
Hosted by Chris Holmes

Failed Pitbull impersonator Ismael Reyes--you can call him Izzy--might not be the Scarface type, but why should that keep him from trying? Growing up …

Jessica Leigh Kirkness, "The House with All the Lights on: Three Generations, One Roof, a Language of Light" (Allen & Unwin, 2023)

May 31, 2024

The House with All the Lights on

Jessica Leigh Kirkness

Emily Pacheco speaks with writer and researcher Jessica Kirkness about her memoir, The House with All the Lights on: Three Generations, One Roof, a La…

Jennifer Savran Kelly, "Endpapers" (Algonquin Books, 2023)

May 31, 2024

Endpapers

Jennifer Savran Kelly
Hosted by Chris Holmes

It's 2003, and artist Dawn Levit is stuck. A bookbinder who works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she spends all day repairing old books but hasn't…

Tahir Annour, “Symphony of the South," The Common magazine (2024)

May 31, 2024

Symphony of the South

Mayada Ibrahim
Hosted by Emily Everett

Mayada Ibrahim speaks to managing editor Emily Everett about her translation of “Symphony of the South,” a short story by Tahir Annour that appears in…

Yi-Han Lin, "Fang Si-Chi's First Love Paradise" (HarperVia, 2024)

May 31, 2024

Fang Si-Chi's First Love Paradise

Yi-Han Lin. Translated by Jenna Tang
Hosted by Linshan Jiang

In this episode, Jenna Tang shares with us her translation of Lin Yi-Han's Fang Si-Chi's First Love Paradise: A Novel (HarperVia, 2024), one of the mo…

Gina Chung, "Green Frog: Stories" (Vintage, 2024)

May 29, 2024

Green Frog

Gina Chung
Hosted by Chris Holmes

From the author of Sea Change comes Green Frog: Stories (Vintage, 2024) a short story collection that explores Korean American womanhood, bodies, anim…

Sasha Vasilyuk, "Your Presence Is Mandatory" (Bloomsbury, 2024)

May 28, 2024

Your Presence Is Mandatory

Sasha Vasilyuk
Hosted by G. P. Gottlieb

In 2007 Ukraine, following the death of her husband, Yefim Shulman, Nina finds a letter he wrote to the KGB confessing the secret he’d kept for over 5…

Alan Jenkins and Gan Golan, "1/6, The Graphic Novel: What if the Attack on the U.S. Capitol had Succeeded?" (Sun Print Solutions, 2023)

May 26, 2024

1/6, The Graphic Novel

Alan Jenkins and Gan Golan
Hosted by Kishauna Soljour

What if the January 6, 2021 Insurrection had been successful? A tale of what was, what could have been, and what still could be? 1/6: The Graphic Nov…

A. Engels, "A Fool for an Heir" (2024)

May 25, 2024

A Fool for an Heir

A. Engels
Hosted by C. P. Lesley

Few destinies are more challenging than life in the orbit of a man obsessed with expanding his power at all costs. Such is the fate endured by Ivan Iv…

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
Hosted by Novel Dialogue

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…

The Translator's Daughter: A Discussion with Grace Loh Prasad

May 23, 2024

The Translator's Daughter

Grace Loh Prasad

Today’s book is: The Translator’s Daughter: A Memoir (Mad Creek Books, 2024), by Grace Loh Prasad, which is a unique immigration story about the lonel…

"Salmagundi" Magazine: A Discussion with Bob Boyers

May 23, 2024

"Salmagundi" Magazine

Bob Boyers
Hosted by Dan Hill

Robert Boyers founded the quarterly Salmagundi in 1965 and has been its editor in chief ever since. He’s the author of 12 books, including most recent…