Calling all book worms and bibliophiles! Listen to the latest book news, reviews and author interviews aired from leading talk radio shows and premium podcasts.
A highlight from Will Mackin Reads George Saunders
"His childhood dreams had been so bright, yet hope for so much. They couldn't be true that he was a nobody. Although, on the other hand, what kind of somebody spends the best years of his life swearing at a photocopier? Not that he was complaining. Not that he was unaware, he had plenty to be thankful for. The story was chosen by will macken, whose first book bring out the dog was published in 2018 and won the pen Robert W Bingham prize for debut short story collection. Hi well. Hey, Deborah. Thank you for joining us. Thanks for having me. You at some point took a writing seminar with George Saunders. Is that right? Yes, that's right. I signed up for the summer literary seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia. Never having read any of his stories. I just saw a picture of him wearing these boots that I thought were cool. So I figured he was cool too. And I was right. And when you got to St. Petersburg, and you met George, what was your impression? Well, right away, I mean, he just kind of exudes this calmness and kindness and I got along with him really well, enjoyed his class. It was the first fiction seminar I'd taken and he explained things in a very mechanical way. I mean, there was definitely an artistic undercurrent to it, but I remember him at the chalkboard one day drawing a wiring diagram about how a story should work. And it looked just like a spark plug diagram on an engine. These are all this is how it should fire when and how. And it really made sense to me. And at that point, did you decide to read his work? I did. In the first story, I read was the falls, which is why I chose it. I just it hit me as something impossible almost it seemed. Red stories before, but this one was just genuinely original. It felt so clean and new and now I loved it. Had you been reading a lot of contemporary fiction at that point or was this not as much? No, I was active duty in the navy and I had gotten this two weeks off to go to the seminar and I mean, I was reading a lot of technical diagrams. I was flying at the time. So it's probably why George's approach appealed to me. Yeah. And when you, when you first read this story, the falls. Without telling us what happens in the story, what did you feel it was about? I felt it was about the protagonist just trying to get rid of his self doubt. And that appealed to you personally or because that's a little bit. You know, my time in the navy, I look back on it now and it seems like I was always trying to be somebody like a type a person and I'm not naturally. And so to read this and kind of follow the protagonist's thoughts and his trying to come to terms with who he really is versus who he wants to be that struck a chord. What was it about the story that seemed impossible? I think just said there's no dialog in it. That didn't hit me at first, but looking back on it, you see that it's completely inner, it's just the thoughts of these two men. And it seems absolutely flawless. The thoughts are so perfectly lined out. I know George talks about how when he writes how one sentence feeds into the next how he reads one sentence and he likes it and then he reads the other sentence and he likes it. And I know that one of The New Yorker editors, I think it was built buford said that to him and I could see that in this story it's just line by line it's fascinating and then as a whole, it's also fascinating how it works. Well, let's not give too much away. So we'll talk some more after the story. And now here's will macken, reading the falls by
A highlight from The Godwits Fly by Robin Hyde
"So let me ask you both, let me ask you Paula. How long is it since he lost one another? I let Paula go first. There's some disputes about how long it is since I saw John. He sent me an email saying, I can't wait to see you again after 40 years. And I'm thinking, actually, you came to my flat in London in Vauxhall. In the 90s for a party, but John has wiped this from his memory. And has no recollection. Paul, that doesn't surprise me. One of the things that hasn't gone yet is my memory, but I wonder if it was just it must have been at that I think there probably are things I have repressed about that period of my life. It was not my it was not the happiest time of my life, but I'm sure I'm sure I would have remembered in Vauxhall. In Vauxhall, crimson Vauxhall, I always lived on the same double page spread of the age of 8, no matter where I moved in London. But I was discovered. But you were in London for a long time. Well, I went to university in New York, and I worked briefly in Manchester. And I was in London working at the BBC and then at various record companies. I didn't really see a lot of people from my past speaking of repressed things. So before that, to answer Andy's question, we really hadn't seen each other since the 80s when we were undergraduates at the university of Auckland and John left to go back to the UK and that was really the last time we'd spent any time together. Well, this is so nice and also we should just say Paul did just tell us where you are. I am an Auckland, New Zealand, which is my hometown. It's just amazing, isn't it? We never. This is one of the incredible upsides about not being able to leave the house for nearly two years is we're able to bring people in from all over the world. It's so exciting for us to be able to do this. And it's so great to see you. And we should also say before we start that the reason that we're doing this podcast in the way that we're doing is that we were originally booked to talk to Paula at the Christchurch word festival. Obviously, we were originally we were hoping to go out to Christchurch, but that didn't happen. And then a rural and the next thing we were going to do was to do a live event with I think Paula you were going to be live at the festival and we would have been beamed in. To the faraway near the kind of interesting way of doing live plus virtual at the same time. But then lockdown happened in Christchurch. The festival went ahead. I was just banned from attending. So all aucklanders were disinvited from everything. It's November now, since my birthday, which was the 18th of August, I basically been in my apartment. We know what it feels like. We're so pleased to be going ahead with this and Rachel, if you're listening, I know you will be. This one's for you. So thanks very much for making this happen. Before we move on to three things, and I just established one thing that I feel and I may be wrong. But I feel that Jon mitchenson is to blame for me taking a paper called Marxism and perspective. At stage one, at the university of Auckland, he was doing it, and it's very fashionable friends like Joe Harris was taking. So I was talked into taking it.
A highlight from Ann Patchett on These Precious Days
"Patrick joins us now. She is, of course, a novelist and essayist, a co owner of parnassus books in Nashville, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this week. And she joins us from Nashville and thanks for being here. Hi Pamela, thank you for having me. So we are here to talk about your most recent book, which is called these precious days. It is a collection of essays. This is her first essay collection in how many years because this is the story of a happy marriage came out when. Are you just going to ask me the really hard stomping questions right off the bat? Yeah, math, math questions. I think it was 8 years ago. Let's just say it was 8 years ago. Okay, 'cause I have such a distinct memory of reading that book. I read it by our fireplace in Vermont. And just sank in and alas. This time I read this in a pandemic in my house slash office slash prison. It wasn't quite the same reading experience, but also a completely delightful collection. In the introduction, you write that 2020 didn't seem like a great time to start a novel. Is that why you turned to a collection of essays? Yes. And also it wasn't that I thought, now I'm going to write a collection of essays. It was I don't have anything to do today. Maybe I'll write an essay. I wasn't writing a book. I was just taking it one essay at a time. What was your pandemic like? Well, my pandemic, I hate to say it was great because, of course, the pandemic wasn't great. But novelists have been in training for this, their whole lives. We just really have good skill sets of staying in and being alone and working in our homes without direction. I have a nice house. I have a good marriage. My friend Sookie wound up getting stuck with us for a long period of time. So all of that was really good. And even the bookstore, which we thought was going to go under, and we would lose everything, people were so wonderful, customers ordered their books from us. We wouldn't let them in the store. We brought the books out to the cars. It was very moving the whole thing. Just of how really wonderful people were to the bookstore. You mentioned sucky and she's obviously the primary figure in the title essay for this collection. These precious days. And you write in that you didn't realize until you wrote that essay that this was a book. Why is that? Well, that essay was so long. It was over 20,000 words. It was 60 pages. I didn't think that I would be able to do anything with it. And I really wasn't writing it thinking about publishing it. I just was writing it to document this experience that took you and I had. And then through a very strange twist of fate, it wound up getting published in Harper's magazine. It had a really, really positive response. And I thought, I have all of these other essays that I've been writing. And I want to put it together and make it a book. Let's talk about that es. Let's just start there because now people are like, who is Sookie? Tell us how you met her. I met Sookie Raphael for a few minutes in Washington, D.C. around three years ago and maybe even more than that now. I am really bad with time. Do you find that in the pandemic? Like you have no idea how long anything's been going on? Oh, no. Time has no meaning nor space. You know, I feel like this actually is maybe a good time for just saying whatever it's a metaverse, no matter how we feel about that particular company because time and space have lost all meaning. Yes. Okay, thank you. So, I mean, I don't remember when happy marriage came out. I don't really remember when I met Sookie because it feels like it was a week ago. But I had gone to Washington, D.C. to interview Tom Hanks for his short story collection uncommon type. Sookie was Tom's assistant. I met her briefly backstage. And as it happens, every now and then in my life, I will meet someone very briefly and think, oh, I wish you live next door. I wish you were my best friend. I wish I knew you. And I felt that way about Sookie, which is really funny because of course the person I was there to meet was Tom Hanks, and I was like, wait, could you step aside, I just really want to talk to your assistant here assistant move aside celebrity. Your assistant is so dazzling. And then Tom and I stayed in touch because he was interested in bookstores and then he wound up doing the audiobook for the Dutch House. So Sookie and I stayed in touch because of that. And we would email each other. I mean, maybe once a month, these very affectionate sweet emails and then it turns out she got pancreatic cancer after we met. She had a Whipple. She had the chemo and radiation. She was pronounced cancer free. Again, I'm not a key player in her life. I'm hearing from her, maybe once a month, I have very little information. But then she has a recurrence, the cancer comes back, and she's trying to get into a clinical trial for recurrent pancreatic cancer as fast as she can, and she can't find a trial that matches her cancer and has an opening. My husband Carl is a doctor. I mentioned this to him very offhandedly. And he finds her a place in the clinical trial at the hospital where he works in Nashville. She comes out here. She's going to be in this trial for two weeks. And then she's going to go back to Los Angeles because then UCLA is starting the same trial. But in those two weeks, the pandemic begins. And it is like we were shipwrecked together. They trial at UCLA was canceled. The flights home were canceled. She just lived with us. And why are these precious days why that name for the essay? Because they were. I mean, they were just beautiful, beautiful days. And Carl wasn't going to work. He was doing telemedicine. I was upstairs in my office writing essays Sookie was downstairs painting. She was a brilliant painter and she didn't want to lose one minute of this sudden free time. She found herself with. And the days were truly wonderful. I used to say to Carl all the time, I can't believe she got stuck here with us. Everybody would have wanted her. Her husband, her children, her friends, her sisters, everybody would have wanted Sookie to get stuck with them. And for unimaginable reason, she got stuck with us. And it was that that kind of friendship that you make in college when you are sharing a tiny bedroom with a stranger. We just had so much time and we cooked and we exercised and we walked and we talked about everything. But mainly it was just all about art. It was like a combination WeWork and yato in your house. Yes, it was, but without all of those other pesky people around. You write also that, you know, essays have never filled your days coming back to this idea of days and time that they remind you that you're still a writer when you're not
A highlight from Cli-fi and catastrophe
"At breaking the glass slipper, we believe it is important to have conversations about women and issues of intersectional feminism within science fiction fantasy and horror. To continue to do so, we need your help. Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Join the conversation by following us on Twitter Facebook and Instagram. Welcome to breaking the glass slipper. I mainly. I'm Lucy Hansen and I'm Charlotte Bond. We are destroying our planet. The scientists agree. There is no denying that catastrophic climate change is imminent. And yet, our leaders continue to play lip service to the issue without taking real impactful action. If things don't change, drastically, and soon, we won't have a planet to go home. Speculative fiction writers have long played with the idea of human made dystopias. But in recent years, these stories have gathered speed. After all, what speculative fiction is best at is encouraging audiences to view contemporary issues from new perspectives. Claf or climate fiction, aims to make readers and viewers more aware of the possible future that awaits us before it's too late. In this episode, we are joined by the writing duo of Natasha Calder, and Emma, known as colder, chef Jack to discuss all things clarify. So Natasha, Emma, would you like to introduce yourselves to our listeners? Thank you very much for having us. I'm Emma chef Jack and I am one half of call the chef Jack. I met my writing partner Natasha, a university, and we decided to write a novel about having children after I gave birth to my first child. And I'm Natasha called her. I'm the other half of call the chef Jack. And that's it. That's all I've got apparently. Natasha and I were both writing on our own and then at some point, we made the embarrassing decision to tell each other about our writing ambitions. And in conversations, we started writing stuff, coming up with projects together and it was really when we landed on the idea of writing something of writing a piece of clif eye, dystopian fiction, around having children that we really got to the we got to what we wanted to do. And so that's why we wrote this book. What do you think makes a good cly fi novel? I mean, what are the trope boxes it needs to tick in order to be considered clif eye? I think it's quite hard to say what makes novel event any genre good. That's super subjective and kind of down to the individual reader to decide, but in terms of what box is a book does need to take in order to be considered clarify, there's sort of a very basic level where I would say it just needed to show case the impact of an unnaturally changing environment on its characters. And those characters don't necessarily have to be human and the climate change doesn't necessarily have to take place on earth. If you think of something like the man who fell to earth by Walter tevis, in that book, the protagonist, Thomas Jerome Newton, famously portrayed by David Bowie in the Nicholas rogue film. That character is an alien, and he comes to earth in search of resources because his home planet is suffering a massive drought in the wake of nuclear war. And I think there's a very strong argument to say that that work can be categorized as climate fiction, because it shares the same concerns about the impact of a technologically advanced society upon the environment.
Doerr, Powers on Fiction Longlist for National Book Awards
"Also this week. We got the long list for the national book awards and there's quite a few more books on these lists. There are five categories including one for literature in translation which i think is a great category at even though it's the national book awards it's a nice way to alert readers to literary works from other countries that might be not on our radar otherwise so between the booker and the national book awards at this point. There's only one author on both lists and it's richard powers. Richard powers is on the long list for fiction with anthony door who has a previous nominee. He is nominated. Were cloud-cuckoo-land lauren. Groff who is also a previous nominee. I think two time national board finalist is nominated for matrix. Which is her novel. That's set in a nunnery. In france jacob ones and is nominated for abundance. It's a debut novel that follows a father and son after their visited from their trailer on new year's eve. And that's from gray. Wolf press gray wolf. Ross has had a really good showing at all kinds of literary awards for several years. They publish really interesting. Experimental and groundbreaking works and the other fiction nominees. This year are layered hunt for zuri honore fan jeffers for the love songs of w e b boys. It's her debut novel and it's already gotten a tremendous reception. Great reviews a little. Bit of a boost from oprah and the novel traces our family across two centuries starting in a small town where her ancestors lived in georgia. And we're enslaved and it's been described as sweeping epic. There's another debut by robert. Jones jr. called the profits and this is a love story about two black enslave men in the deep south on a plantation who find love in these unbelievable horrendous circumstances
Dave Eggers: Is Limitless Choice a Good Thing?
"So let's start talking about this book the every so it's a sequel to your two thousand thirteen book the circle which is about a search company that bears its will essentially or possibly facebook. Tell me why you decided to write. This sequel in which the circle gobbles up in ecommerce company named after south american jungle so basically amazon and creates the every Which one character called the most monopolistic control hungry corporation ever to plague the world. So why do the sequel tell me how you thought about this. Well i think you know. When when i was done with the circle i had never thought about a sequel never written a sequel to anything and But i kept taking notes. And i sort of you know would jot things down over time and i remember at one point A friend of mine who She treats students at a college. She's that she was on campus psychologist and She was saying that the thing that her students came in with more than anything. The thing that problem that plagued them was choice. There were anxious about a lot of things but more and more students needed how more and more students were plagued with like unlimited choices unlimited. Input too much to think about on a given day and too many choices to make on a given day. And i thought that was really interesting because we would think you know at this sort of apex point of human evolution. We would want all these choices and sort of that would be some sort of glorious now plays to arrive at that we could order anything and have it arrive at our doorstep the next morning but these kids were far more anxious than they had been ten years before in fifteen years before and i thought well that's an interesting starting point and what if there were a monopoly that would not only sort of tell you which choices are correct which ones are the most You know beneficial to the environment and progressive in different ways and they would help you given your preferences and algorithm ick sort of determined personality. They'd help you become a better version of yourself and the ultimate version of yourself as a personal person and a member of the broader
Why Do We Forget so Much of What Weve Read?
"I've been thinking about a conversation that we had about a tree grows in brooklyn. Do you recall this conversation. Do you said you loved. That book loved loved. Loved it. but you couldn't remember single thing about it. Yes so. I thought you might have forgotten the conversation about how i had forgotten but anyway my point is that it's a really interesting thing that people can read books that they absolutely love so much that they're like evangelical trying to get everyone to read this book and then when you ask that person oh well what's it about. There's this long pause because like me. They have no idea at all who the protagonists were the plot. Was it a tragedy. They just have this residue of emotion. That says i loved the experience of the book and it makes me think of that actually. I don't think he's actually my angelou quote. People may forget what you said but they'll never forget how you made them feel. I don't think my said that. But i do think it's an interesting question whether we may forget what is in a book but we don't forget how it made us feel. What do you think. There's a nice thought on this topic that resonated with me. pamela paul. who's the editor of the new york times book review. She says when. I'm reading a book that i even really like. I remember the physical object. The addition the cover says. I usually remember where i bought it. Or who gave it to me. Which to me is really lovely and important information. What i don't remember she rates. Is everything else. So what's in the. I don't think that this is uncommon. You have those kind of connections to books. I do sometimes remember the cover. Or even whether i took out like outside papery part it gets in the way so i often remember. Did i take the cover off of this one or did i not. I find that my memory does hang onto some things. Which honestly i find to be. Not that useful. Mostly i remember how i felt. I remember whether i liked it. Or whether i didn't like it. Maybe that's what i want to remember. Like when i'm reading it i want to know whether i'm going to want to look fondly back at this or recommended to stephen. It could just be functional.
The True Winnie-the-Pooh
"A canadian soldier buying an orphaned bear cub from a trapper is not the way you imagine the origins of winnie the pooh. You are not alone. It's really strange. A person who was once called the world's leading who scholar agrees switch. I'm bravo aged biographer. And tweet is eighty eight years old. She's been a raiders since the late nineteen fifties. I writing children's books and then trying to biographies in the nineteen seventies and eighties. One of those books about the english writer edmund. Gos- won a big prize and after that amply was under a bit of pressure as she selected her next subject of publishes approach with ideas and most of them were wildly unsuitable but one publisher pitched a person she liked a mill author of the winnie. The pooh books. I said immediately that would be marvelous if i could because i always loved a mill. I love books. I've read them as a child. He was perfect subject for me but there was a catch. We didn't want to do the book. Without the permission of millns living son christopher robin milne who inspired the character of christopher robin i had said jewish this just a momentum was agreeable and i understand that he has turned down number biographers in the past in fact he had said in cringe that she didn't want anyone to write about farther but this time he agrees he even gives tweet permission to access all kinds of archival documents. She's able to visit the milam country home in southern england which helped inspire the pooh books. And which was and still is off to the public if it's a lovely place. Remarkably and unspoilt sexy now as it was then and she gets to meet with christopher robin milne himself.
In Need of Lenses, Perhaps?
"Influences perspective we determine how important things are by the way we perceive them. The president of your country surely may be apparent but you do not necessarily see him the same way you see your father. Why is that because the president seems far away from your world and you only perceive him as an authority. Figure your father's always around or perhaps a phone call away so you define your father by the emotional attachment you have with him. The same can be said of god people define and describe him in varying ways because of how they perceive him some perceive god to be this awesome being far away in the heavens ruling the world and his majesty others also see him to be the loving father who looks after us and response whenever we call upon him. Both perspectives are true but we would be missing out on half the holistic experience of knowing him with we have either near or far view of him. Not both so the same way. We find corrective lenses whenever we have a visual disparity it is about time we adjusted our god lenses. If you only have a short sighted view of god it is necessary to get your vision. Balanced. so you do not ignore the fact that although he's your best friend and father he's also the majestic king and creator of the universe. This is crucial because we are sometimes tempted to ignore the greatness of our god and see him as a mere psychic whom we call on whenever we are lonely and in need of something. And if you have the long-sighted view of god is being fearful and just who rewards people according to their deeds you should readjust your view because although he is all that he's also the most dependable and closest friend you can ever have. This is also significant. Because some people believe he is so far away and preoccupied with bigger issues that he cannot have time for our little daily problems but that is not true so why not take some time and get your vision checkout if you're missing view then you should reposition your perspective and if you are seeing everything clearly both far and near the almighty god in all his splendor and glory coming down to earth man to die for us so we can regain our place with him in heaven then rejoice because you are enjoying the whole view.
Deborah Moggach on Her New Book, 'the Black Dress'
"W was sitting in your beautiful garden on the south coast and a lot. These towns around here are characterized by the fact that pickup lots of charity shops and also ladies of a certain age. And that really is the starting point for your new book which begins with this wonderful find in a charity shop with the heroin prue who seventy and dumped by her husband and rob a desperate. She goes down to deal where i live for the day and sees a little black dress in a charity shop. This triggers an idea in an idea so bold and reckless really that it takes a breath way but she decided to go through with it and in fiction you can always push character that bit further than one would in real life. I would never do this so what she plans to do. It is also triggered this idea by her going to the funeral somebody. She doesn't know by mistake. 'cause she arrives half an hour at goethe's green crematorium they have. They run very tight ship. They're in and out in half an hour says she finds herself in the wrong funeral. And somebody says one of the other people. I didn't know anybody here to you. Because of course funerals people come out of the woodwork. From all parts of your life and we'll have many different personalities by the time we die and unto had different knives so she decides because as i said she's dumped by her husband it desperate for man. She's ashamed of herself for being so helpless but she is. She decides to get dressed up to look in the local paper of war for. I'm laughing own joke. Look in the local paper for forthcoming funerals of women of her age. And then gatecrash get the little black dress on gatecrashed the funeral and trying to get first dibs on the grieving widower because as we all know. When a man is bereaved women crawl out the woodwork. again crawling out of the woodwork. To offer condolences in casseroles. And they say things like my 'cause making a funny noise would you possibly help
Myriam Gurba Reads Her Story, "Writing Ourselves Into Bed"
"I appreciate you sitting down with me today. Your episode affected me in multiple ways in ways that i've experienced trauma firsthand and also second hand through friends and family and it wasn't just the story itself that affected me when you were in the studio Before we hit record you give us a heads up that you might have some difficulty reading the story which you did beautifully. And i'm curious the way you write about. Your experiences is harrowing to read. So how do you prepare yourself to write it and do you place boundaries for yourself as far as when you deliberately choose to remember it and examine it. Maybe if you could expand a little bit on that for that is an excellent question or those are. That's an excellent set of questions. The reason that i appreciate that question. Because i've encountered during interviews. The fallen question isn't writing about abuse. Cathartic and while writing has cathartic elements. There's nothing innately cathartic about it. And when a person creates our that is rooted in a history of trauma. That person does have to revisit those moments and that person is required to remember them reimagined them and in many senses reconstruct them and i think that it is that reconstruction that can be incredibly difficult and that reconstruction cannot only awake in the prior wound but can bring a new injury
Author Jonathan Eig Discusses His New Book 'Ali: A Life'
"Book is ali a life biography. And it's incredible and the author of jonathan joins us on the podcast. We're going to kind of do an ollie specific pot here so let's start at the beginning just like the book does his family's two generations removed slavery. We know there are some history that none of us really knew about. Even he didn't know about about his own grandparents. He has a father whose abusive but talented. They weren't a destitute family by any means In their neighborhood louisville it was. It was a family that was probably doing better than some others. But i think the the foundation of who ali became as a person. How did he develop this kind of unpolished. Personality is non compromising personality at such a young age. That's really one of the central questions to understanding. Ali and i think it goes to understanding american history. You know when. I interviewed dick gregory for this book. He said to me e books not going to be worth a damn. If you can't explain. What made a kid from the jim crow south same age as emmett till think that he could talk back to white people and get away with it that he can call himself the greatest when everybody around him was telling him he was a second class citizen. You got to be able to understand what made ali capable of that. And it's a really difficult question. I mean it's really complicated. Part of it is that he grows up in. Not the deep south louisville thinks of itself as more progressive. There are some opportunities That wouldn't be available to him anywhere else For example to to walk into a boxing gym at age twelve and have a white cop offer to help him and to be to get in the ring and mix it up with white kids. That didn't happen in alabama or mississippi. But it did happen in louisville and so all of these things And the fact that his father was really a you know a fighter Not in the boxing sense. Which is somebody who didn't think that we should have to take the the conditions that we were born into because of this racist country that that That we live in.
Dana Spiotta Talks About Wayward
"Deana spilled a joins us now. From the catskills. She is the author of many novels including innocence and others lightning field and stone arabia and her latest book is called wayward dana. Thanks for being here. Thanks so much for having me pamela. So this book begins with a house. Why what is this house. And what role does it play in the novel. Well it's a falling down arts and crafts house. That's in the city of syracuse. The main character. Sam has a habit of going to these kind of open houses. With no intention to buy and she finds us wreck of a house and syracuse you can actually buy houses for forty thousand dollars thirty thousand dollars that are completely falling apart and she just impulsively signs a contract for this house senate. Only when she's driving home that she realizes she's going to leave her husband and her entire life. And i think one of the questions that drives the novel in the beginning is why does she do this really reckless thing with her life and and i think she falls in love with the and i am part of me was thinking of writing a midlife person blowing up their life but i didn't want it to be because they fell in love with a younger lover which seems kind of cliche. I thought we're done with that. We're dealing with no this house. And i think the question is what is the house speak to her and i guess it wasn't what i was writing it. I didn't think about it as much. But after i thought okay. The house is hiding in plain sight at you could ignore it or you can look closely and see the beauty there and i think she's she thinks it speaks to her and she's the only one that can still see that it's beautiful and so maybe that has something to do about the state. The cheese in or that. Her life is in to that. She needs to kind of look at her life in a different way so she can see what's still beautiful and what still needs work. Maybe
To My Would-Have Been Sibling
"I wished i could have met you. I can't tell if my life would have been much easier or more complicated with you. In when i still wished i had met you when i heard my mom lost you before you could join the world. I was dumbfounded. I never knew until recently. Although i have been blessed with lovely siblings i couldn't help but feel a pang of pain tugging at my heart when my mother told me she didn't see much affected by the ordeal like i was. I guess time has helped. Heal that wound. Ever since i found out about you. I've been wondering how you'd have looked like and how you fit into our family. Would you be as reserved as i am. While this my little sister or a little bit of both like my brother. I guess i would never know. Mom is amazing in every sense of the word. Extremely selfless and very protective. Dad is firm and supportive. They are not very good at showing emotions but they are great to my siblings can be a headache but would have loved them. I can't imagine my life without them but a part of me is also glad that you dodge the bullet entering this crooked world. I find myself in. Life isn't fair. But the god who created life is faithful. So there's hope. I know you would never get to read this but i needed to write down how i feel about you. You never existed. So i have no reason to miss you but i felt a part of me died when i heard about you for all persons out there who have lost a child or a sibling. I know it is a terrible feeling. We may never understand why they were taken away from us. But god knows best god always restores what has been taken from us and what he gives them. Return is more than what was taken. Take heart and comfort yourself. Knowing that they're gentle souls are at peace away from this chaotic
What To Do When Threatened By A Flash Forward?
"She was finally getting her life back together again. She could now sleep through the night without having to wake up screaming from yet another nightmare. She could smile at people without faking it. Her heart was feeding normal. Now she could tell she had healed nor is he had managed to put her horrifying past behind her. She came out of herself made confinement and began to put yourself out there again. As long as you keep yourself lonely you will never get rid of that. Fear my dear. Her anathema amused. Ital- her thanks to her pretty look. It wasn't difficult for her to get a male attention. She got her fair share of ugly frogs to which she heated no attention before she found her prince charming. He was indeed charming and had a good heart. He had his act together to intact that nervous. He sometimes wondered if it was fair for him to end up with a once broken and glued backup girl like her. Don't feel guilty for the good things that come your way her. Andy's words would ring in her ear and banished the thoughts away. She was excited when he'd popped the question. She was going to be a wife but after the initial thrill subsided. She began to worry nanayakkara. Being the known media specialists would want to let his social circle know about the good news. She was however skeptical of doing that. She had moved to the city for a reason she was still in hiding although she was doing so in plain sight. But why are you not proud of getting married to me. Of course not nanna. I just don't want the unnecessary attention. Social media brings personal events. Like this i worked in the media. I've read the media. I've a lot of friends who would love to join us on our happy day. Why deny them that chance. How could she tell him. She didn't want to ruin the moment from him. I know he reserved. And you love your privacy. And i respect that but could you please meet me halfway here. He pleaded she forced to smile. What the hell. She wouldn't be able to hide forever so why not let go and live while it lasted. Sure sweetheart sorry for trying to ruin it. This is your day as well. I want us both to be happy. That's my girl. He said happily and kissed her forehead.
Katie Kitamura Talks About Intimacies
"K. Kimura joins us now from somali tennessee to talk about her new novel. Intimacies katie. hi hi family. Thanks so much for having me. Thanks for being here and from sony. What are you doing there. I am taking part in the swannee writers conference which is a gathering of. i think almost two hundred writers. And there's a series of workshops and readings and many many dinners and late nights all right. That sounds very un. Quarantine like yeah. It's a little bit of a shock. I think everybody's adjusting to the experience of being in a room with other people than trying to remember socialize. You know that actually brings us to the subject of this novel. Because i i do feel like we're all relearning how to socially communicate with peanut person and not on a screen and i feel like when i see someone now. I'm like hello. I am a person and i just everything like slightly off and this book. Intimacies is in part about language and communication. And you tell us in your own words. The premise of the book. The novel is about a woman who moves from new york to the hague in the netherlands to take a job working as an interpreter. At a war crimes tribunal and very quickly she becomes entangled in a series of professional and personal situations which destabilize for a sense of the world around her and also her place in it and a lot of the novel is really occupied by her. Not only doing the interpretive work in her in the court in her professional context but also in our own life as she can scans people around her and tries to understand what they're feeling what their motivations might be how they're reacting to her so when you said that it's a little bit related to the way i think we're all feeling i certainly feel like a kind of almost hypersensitivity every time i meet a person. Now as i'm trying to relearn all the cues of body language and and everything else that is part of how we interact with people
Interview With Ellen Wiles, Author of 'Live Literature'
"Welcome to monaco reads very much. No let's start with a little bit of your background because you've been a barrister and a musician that some way away from way you are. Now it is yes. I've had an interdisciplinary background or checkable trades. You could say yeah. I think having a background in music and also in advocacy is embarrassed as bobby shape the way i think about literature and the relationship between the texted. The voice of before wins. Allston bed into my approach to this new book on life that you now absolutely. Because you've got this wonderful kind of very clean analytical thought going on and i guess that's the barrister side of you but also the lovely rhythm that goes through the book and i'm guessing that's music i think so yeah i'm really interested in rhythms and the sound of words and the sound of voices and the way that those will feed together to affect how we think about about text books about communication meeting so this book live literature. The experience and cultural value of literary performance events from silence to festivals is absolutely fascinating particularly to me because my other job is as a charrette literary events. And you'll very much drilling down into into what live literature is how would you define it. Well i defined as events where literature and abroad senses performed. I'm in this country. Focusing live in person events so what happens when people get in a physical space together. And that's become all the more heightened importance and challenged in this pandemic times when sunday. All these live in person events had to change and that will happen just as as this book was about to come out so it forced me to really thank you. Know what what is the difference between a live in person event in digital abandon. How can we value them differently. But yet It's huge. It's increased so much. This century the tweet festivals loomed all over the world but also other events. And i want to take about the importance of little events in bookshops and miss recitals. Different kinds of ways in wichita can be full audiences.
Baby Mama: A Trophy Wifes Headache
"Was feeling over the moon toward her upcoming nuptials. She was on the verge of giving up and calling it quits. When elvis proposed she was surprised at the out of the blue popping the question she was suspecting him of seeing another lady and she wasn't going to allow herself to be dumped so an elvis invited her to dinner at a restaurant. She knew the day of reckoning head. Come she prepared herself mentally and emotionally for the moment. She watched him warily as they ate. What was he waiting for for her to finish her dinner before he said so she would puke them out or would he say that she was chewing so it would choke her. No she would say it first. Margaret will you elvis. I know what. You're going to say. Mary me maggie eyes bulged. Was she dreaming. Are you asking me to. Elvis smiled and got down on one knee and ask the unbelievable yet overdue question again she said yes breathlessly. Still in shock over the turn of events so he chose her. Whoever he was seeing must not have had enough to keep her efforts. She feared she was going to lose him on the basis of her decision to abstain since he was sexually active when they met but it looked like the good girl won the battle over the bad boy but her tail wasn't going to have the usual happy ending about four days to the wedding. Margaret found out. Elvis had a baby on the way so he found himself someone to sort him out after their brief. Make out sessions no wonder. He didn't protest much about the abstinence. Pledge she had made years ago was she disappointed yes. She was heartbroken that although she was the one he had chosen to marry. A part of him would always be out there a part of him. That didn't include her. She wanted to call off the wedding but she couldn't. How could she when all the invitation cards had been sent and the event planner caterer and make up artist of all been pay. How was she going to explain to her family. Friends colleagues at work her facebook and instagram friends and followers that she was going to remain single a little while longer.
Romance Novels for Black Women
"You so much for joining these day. I really appreciate you hanging out and talking about romance novels with me this afternoon. I'm so excited. It's my favorite thing to talk about likewise so to you i would love for you to just kind of get us started by talking about what actually makes a romance novel a romance novel. Like how is their genre classified. Well there are some actual hard and fast rules that you have to follow. Were to be considered a romance. Like a romance isn't just fiction with a love story in it. The love story has to be prominent. So it can't be like a thriller where they're solving a murder or something and they accidentally way in the background fall. But that's not point at all so the love has to be or front and there has to be a happy ending if there is an. Yeah if there is no happy ending. It's not a romance in. Who says these rules. Where do these rules confirm. Maybe the romance writer association Their long-held hardened basked rules. Okay and the phantoms. Get into battles over at honey yes it. Yeah this doesn't classify you know so like we were speaking in technical terms. That's what that is. But like i grew up on romancing the stone and things like They're like on adventures in cartagena colombia. Like solving insane mysteries following romance to me that might not technically classify. No yeah interesting. So very i saw you shaking your head when she said the phantoms. Kinda get into a would have been some of your favorites. And how did you get into this genre. I would say like. I've always been a reader. I don't know how to explain that. The people but i've always been a deep reader and one of the children were meet other women. They're like yeah. I was picking books that people's houses and disarray minimum. That was me picking people's houses.
An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
"All right so let's get started re-re. Can you read into in minutes in this novel. America is in the grip of deadly flu. Pandemic when frank catches the virus. His girlfriend polly will do whatever it takes to save him. Even if it means risking everything when she finds out there's a company that has invent a time travel she agrees to a radical contract if she signs up for a one way trip into the future to work as a bonded laborer. The company will pay for the life saving treatment. Frank needs polly promises to meet frank again in galveston texas where she will arrive in twelve years but when polly is rerouted an extra five years into the future. Frank is nowhere to be found alone transformed and divided america with no status. No money paulie must navigate a new life and find a way to locate frank determine if he is alive and if they're love has endured so i was pretty surprised for a time travel novel. It was said in the past because a when you travel into the future. It's like a time period that we haven't Experience in in real life but the future in this book is two thousand two. Yeah it was actually took me a while to wrap my head around the fact that this takes place in an alternate timeline. It's a u Of our timeline were a mutated flu. Pandemic sweeps nation slashed the world and Nothing like her times. Nothing nothing like what's happening right now. The united states. That was the thing i was like. This book came out in twenty eighteen. And you know when people were reading it it was like oh this is what life would be like if a pandemic hit. You know. it's like an all but but now that we are living through a pandemic and we have been living through on for the past like year and like whatever buns almost two years at this point. we're just like yeah like a lot of similarities and a lot of
Ann Patchett Reads Maile Meloy
"High an cli- deborah welcome So you and miley moyer friends. It's true it's and i've heard that you were in a way the trigger for this story. The proxy marriage. Can you tell me about that In a very small way Molly and i were in australia together. We were on book tour separately. But when you fly to australia with someone and you're there a couple of weeks and then fly back. You have a lot of to talk. And at one point miley was telling me about proxy marriage. She is from helena. Montana and montana is the only state where you can have a double proxy marriage which means neither the bride or the groom has to be present in order for forward the wedding to happen and while she was telling me about that i said wow that sounds like a short story. What do you think that miley does best in her writing. What is it. Sp- greatest characteristic my gosh Such a fan. I'm not even going to say. This is the greatest characteristic of miles writing but the greatest characteristic of miley as a person is that anything she decides. She wants to put her mind to she and she is always trying new things. She will research and study and practice and then be fantastic at it. When i met miley. She wrote short stories. I really believe she is one of our absolute greatest living short story writers and then she decided she wanted to write novels and then she decided she wanted to write middle grade fiction and then picture books and now. She's working on a graphic novel and she's doing screenplays and this also applies to things like laying tile which she can also do
Echoes of a Fairy Tale in a Devastating Novel
"Omar el cod joins us now from just outside portland oregon. His latest novel is called. What strange paradise omar. Thanks for being here. Thank you so much for having me. So you are in portland now. I believe that the united states is your fourth country of residence. Stop me if i'm missing something but you were born in. Egypt lifted in cutter and canada and now in the united states. I've been a guest on someone else's land since i was five years old. How has that influenced you as a writer. I mean it seems pretty clearly evident in both this novel. What strange paradise and in your debut novel american war but maybe you can talk a little bit more about that. Only it shows up in almost everything. I write in a number of ways. One of them is that a lot of my characters. have to deal with the sense of being unanswered. Both in american warrant what strange paradise. That's kind of one of the defining character. Traits is the sense of not being able to look at a particular part of the world or even a particular set of stories and be able to say this is mine. So that's certainly a theme that runs through a lot of what i write but also it puts me in a position where a just by temperament don't really care all that much about the nation state is an entity. I don't care too much about borders hard lines between places which was obvious from the first novel where i have a map of beginning of the book the tears these things apart so certainly plays into almost everything i write.
'Gould's Book of Fish' Book Review
"Welcome memo lights to another round of the book views. My name is karna. I'm here to bring you the book reviews to help you. Transcend beyond your mere mortality. This is the end of the book month in today. I have for you my final book. It is the goads book of fish by richard flanagan. This book was published in two thousand and one so a bit more recently. And it's about four hundred fifty pages. In length it tells the tale of william buelow gold. Who was an english convict transported to. Tasmania also known as van demons. Land at the time and who becomes enamored with fishes. It's narrated by the aforementioned billy gold. Although the first chapter is a sort of discovery of this book of fishes and then a recreation of the book of fishes so sort of book within a book type tribe. We've seen this multiple times before. It starts off with billy gold in england and then making some decisions as being an artist and he has almost forced into the autistic type of world before. Doing some silly things gets transported into. Ben demons land. Tasmania and then more silly. Things occur and essentially sentenced to convict. Life says torches as imprisoning says beatings. All of these bad things happening to him. He tries to make his own life better through his autistic shoots and his entangled with some other characters in the book as such as the surgeon. Who is the one who gets them. Started on this book of fish this fascination of fishes and then towards the end of the novel he escapes. His confines. Goes on a journey gets recaptured. And then as almost put to death before being transformed into a fish of all things. Most of the action takes place on sarah's island which is an actual penal colony which is an actual jail where they would send convicts to do hard work and actually became a shipbuilding place as well. The island itself is tiny couple hundred meters in length and less that in with as well and the era it was set in the eighteen. Twenty s to the eighteen thirties. I believe so. This is when some technologies would just getting invented but it was still really berbar in sort of world a very brutal hosh
Interview With Tharik Hussain, Author of ‘Minarets in the Mountains’,
"Tareq thanks so much for joining us on this program. I really think that your background and your experience of of growing up in britain is so important and so informative to what then comes in the book so so tell us about that because you you talk about growing up feeling like they were huge swathes of society that hated me just for being me and would happily kill me to prove that yes indeed. That might sound like an overstatement now actually. Sometimes i struggled to get those sentiments across to my children who spite of is still going on in spite of all the horrific vitriolic stuff you might see on line and sometimes even being sending public still. It's impossible for my children sometimes to appreciate exactly what i experienced. As a child on what people of my generation experienced as a child in fact writing it felt slightly traumatic. Because i went back to a time when i knew that there were individuals out there who wanted to kill us. And that's not an understate overstatement by any stretch of the imagination because we knew about the racist attacks that led to the deaths of people out of ally in the east end of london later on during my lifetime could this guy. He died again because of his race and we knew people were hospitalized. People often permanently damaged immuno physically mentally because of these attacks and of course i witnessed attacks on people myself and narrowly escape them. You know by the skin of my teeth.
Pandemic Lockdown: A Boy Toys Dilemma
"Twenty nineteen was robbie's best year yet while people grumbled wishing that the year passed quickly. So they could see what twenty twenty held for them. It was his turnaround here. He was a struggling graduate from a humble home. Whose only source of income came from the occasional modeling gigs gut for either commercial shoots or fashion. Runway shows ravi taken to drinking to cope with a feeling of disappointment which had become his constant companion on his last day in the dark tunnel which was his life. It started just like any other his father calling him a bump with the mornings greetings. His mother giving him the sympathetic look and defending him as a preamble to fight. That had been stewing between the couple for days. Ravi went over to a friend's place where they're wild away. The time playing video games checking out the snaps and insta- stories of hot checks after sharing a meal of red read fried plantain and beans from the neighborhood's best food join play slipped a greater part of the afternoon away around five pm robbie's friend. Leslie had a phone call. By the time the call ended he was beaming. My bb just called going to the club. Tonight i'll definitely get enough to see me through the week. Leslie said excitedly rubbing his palms together your bb which one. I thought your girlfriend dumped you. Because you're broke nece exceeded your cuteness but you see. God works in mysterious ways through the heartbreak. I met a wonderful well established woman who was willing to nurse me back with love and of course money. you mean you have a sugar mummy. Yes the city is brimming with them. You see all these big women in their big cars. Were sunglasses everywhere. Because they don't want you to see their faces. They're all looking for some young male vitality to pump some fun into their prison like. mary lives. come to think of it. Why don't you come along with me to the club. My bb can hook you up with one and you wouldn't have to worry about what to eat anymore. Is that why you have stopped looking for work. You're being spoon fed by a married woman. Drop that self-righteous tone before. I reconsider my offer to take you with me. Fake it till you make it right. You gotta do what you gotta do before you get your big break. Then when the time comes when you're being interviewed about your journey to success you can come up with that rags to riches story that people like to gamble on our media. Are you coming. I guess there's no harm in trying right.