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Interview with Rachel Kushner author of "The Flamethrowers"
May 10, 2013 02:49 PM PDT
The Flamethrowers is an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake, the terrorist.Interview with Claire Vaye Watkins author of "Battleborn"
April 10, 2013 06:35 AM PDT
In each of these ten unforgettable stories, Claire Vaye Watkins writes her way fearlessly into the mythology of the American West, utterly reimagining it.Interview with Lawrence Krauss author of "A Universe From Nothing"
March 02, 2013 11:21 AM PST
“Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing?” Lawrence Krauss’s provocative answers to these and other timeless questions in a wildly popular lecture now on YouTube have attracted almost a million viewers.Interview with B.A. Shapiro author of "The Art Forger"
February 15, 2013 12:25 PM PST
On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art today worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.Interview with David Finch author of "Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband"
February 05, 2013 12:30 PM PST
At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband?! In David Finch’s case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome.Interview with A.M. Homes author of "May We Be Forgiven"
December 04, 2012 07:00 AM PST
Harold Silver has spent a lifetime watching his younger brother, George, a taller, smarter, and more successful high-flying TV executive, acquire a covetable wife, two kids, and a beautiful home in the suburbs of New York City. But Harry, a historian and Nixon scholar, also knows George has a murderous temper, and when George loses control the result is an act of violence so shocking that both brothers are hurled into entirely new lives in which they both must seek absolution.Interview with Carol Anshaw author of "Carry The One"
November 30, 2012 02:25 PM PSTInterview with Jon Ronson author of "Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries"
November 30, 2012 02:21 PM PST
The New York Times-bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. Lost at Sea reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances.Interview with David Abrams author of "FOBBIT"
November 30, 2012 02:17 PM PST
Fobbit 'fä-bit, noun. Definition: A U.S. soldier stationed at a Forward Operating Base who avoids combat by remaining at the base, esp. during Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2011). Pejorative.
In the satirical tradition of Catch-22 and M*A*S*H, Fobbit takes us into the chaotic world of Baghdad’s Forward Operating Base Triumph.Interview with Craig Brown author of "Hello, Goodbye, Hello"
November 04, 2012 08:32 AM PST
Can you imagine more unlikely meetings than these: Marilyn Monroe and Frank Lloyd Wright; Sergei Rachmaninoff and Harpo Marx; T. S. Eliot and Groucho Marx; Madonna and Martha Graham; Michael Jackson and Nancy Reagan; Tsar Nicholas II and Harry Houdini; Nikita Khrushchev and Marilyn Monroe? They all happened. Craig Brown tells the stories of 101 such bizarre encounters in this witty, original exploration into truth-is-stranger-than-fiction.Interview with author Sadie Stein: "The Paris Review: Object Lessons"
October 23, 2012 01:57 PM PDT
What does it take to write a great short story? In Object Lessons, twenty-one contemporary masters of the genre answer that question, sharing favorite stories from the pages of The Paris Review.Interview with Justin Torres author of "We The Animals"
October 12, 2012 06:01 PM PDT
In this groundbreaking debut, Justin Torres plunges us into the chaotic heart of one family, the intense bonds of three brothers, and the mythic effects of this fierce love on the people we must become.Broadcast with Don Lee, author of "The Collective"
September 23, 2012 09:00 PM PDT
In 1988, Eric Cho, an aspiring writer, arrives at Macalester College. On his first day he meets a beautiful fledgling painter, Jessica Tsai, and another would-be novelist, the larger-than-life Joshua Yoon.Interview with Peter Heller author of "The Dog Stars"
September 18, 2012 03:04 PM PDT
Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope.Interview with Sam Kean, author of "The Violinist Thumb"
September 18, 2012 01:40 PM PDT
Scientists can now read, for the first time, the lost tales buried in the human genome. The Violinist’s Thumb highlights the best of them…Interview with Charles Yu , author of "Sorry Please Thank You"
September 18, 2012 01:35 PM PDT
The author of the widely praised debut novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe returns with a hilarious, heartbreaking, and utterly original collection of short stories.Interview with Christopher McDougall author of "Born to Run"
August 20, 2012 07:00 AM PDT
Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.Interview with Karen Thompson Walker, author of "The Age of Miracles"
August 13, 2012 07:00 AM PDT
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.Interview with Chris Cleave, author of "Gold"
August 06, 2012 07:00 AM PDT
What would you sacrifice for the people you love?
July 30, 2012 07:00 AM PDT
What does one sensitive but ordinary woman makes of a publicly disgraced woman like Fuller, and how do women make use of what they learn from other women? Miss Fuller is a historical novel that also poses timeless questions about how we see and treat the exceptional and dangerous agents of change among us. And it shows the price that any one person might pay, who strives to change the world for the better.Interview with Jess Walter author of "Beautiful Ruins"
July 28, 2012 06:13 AM PDT
The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 … and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.
“A literary miracle.”—NPR’s Fresh Air
July 21, 2012 07:24 AM PDT
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River.Interview with April Bernard author of "Miss Fuller"
July 30, 2012 07:00 AM PDT
She was the most famous woman in America. And nobody knew who she was.
It is 1850. Margaret Fuller--feminist, journalist, orator, and "the most famous woman in America"--is returning from Europe where she covered the Italian revolution for The New York Tribune. She is bringing home with her an Italian husband, the Count Ossoli, and their two-year-old son. But this is not the gala return of a beloved American heroine. This is a furtive, impoverished return under a cloud of suspicion and controversy.Interview with Ernest Cline author of " Ready Player One"
July 11, 2012 10:56 PM PDT
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.Interview with Alice LaPlante author of "Turn of Mind"
July 12, 2012 02:33 PM PDT
Is the perfect murder the one you can’t forget or the one you can’t remember? Dr. Jennifer White, a brilliant former surgeon in the early grips of Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murdering her best friend, Amanda.Interview with Stephen Greenblatt author of "The Swerve"
July 12, 2012 02:29 PM PDT
One of the world’s most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.Interview with Susan Cain author of "Quiet"
July 12, 2012 02:25 PM PDT
Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.Interview with Tom Standage author of "An Edible History of Humanity"
July 12, 2012 02:11 PM PDT
More than simply sustenance, food historically has been a kind of technology, changing the course of human progress by helping to build empires, promote industrialization, and decide the outcomes of wars. Tom Standage draws on archaeology, anthropology, and economics to reveal how food has helped shape and transform societies around the world, from the emergence of farming in China by 7500 b.c. to the use of sugar cane and corn to make ethanol today. An Edible History of Humanity is a fully satisfying account of human history.Interview with Jennifer Egan author of "A Visit from the Goon Squad"
May 19, 2012 11:02 AM PDT
Jennifer Egan’s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other’s pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa.Interview with Lionel Shriver author of "The New Republic"
May 14, 2012 07:00 AM PDT
A droll, playful novel, "The New Republic" addresses weighty issues like terrorism with the deft, tongue-in-cheek touch that is vintage Shriver. It also presses the more intimate question: What makes particular people so magnetic, while the rest of us inspire a shrug? What’s their secret? And in the end, who has the better life—the admired, or the admirer?Interview with Joshua Foer author of "Moonwalking With Einstein"
May 10, 2012 02:33 PM PDT
Foer’s unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives.Interview with Stewart O'Nan author of "The Odds" and "Emily, Alone"
March 26, 2012 03:37 PM PDT
Unlike anyone else, O’Nan delivers a new book every year that speaks directly to the anxieties of our fearful timesInterview with Dana Spiotta author of "Stone Arabia"
April 16, 2012 03:00 PM PDT
"Stone Arabia", Dana Spiotta’s moving and intrepid third novel, is about family, obsession, memory, and the urge to create — in isolation, at the margins of our winner-take-all culture.Interview with Audrey Schulman author of "3 Weeks in December"
March 26, 2012 03:17 PM PDT
"Remarkably fresh, complex and memorable... Max’s adventure would be enough to fill any book." - New York Times Sunday Book ReviewInterview with Liz Moore author of "Heft"
March 26, 2012 02:34 PM PDT
Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career–if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur’s.Interview with Adam Wilson author of "Flatscreen"
March 26, 2012 02:26 PM PDT
"Flatscreen" tells the story of Eli Schwartz as he endures the loss of his home, the indifference of his parents, the success of his older brother, and the cruel and frequent dismissal of the opposite sex.Interview with Margot Livesey author of "The Flight of Gemma Hardy"
March 21, 2012 03:58 PM PDT
A captivating tale, set in Scotland in the early 1960s, that is both an homage to and a modern variation on the enduring classic Jane Eyre.Interview with Eleanor Brown author of "The Weird Sisters"
March 16, 2012 09:44 AM PDT
A major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters. A winsome novel that explores sibling rivalry, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home.Ben Marcus - The Flame Alphabet
March 06, 2012 02:06 PM PST
Sam interviews Ben Marcus author of "The Flame Alphabet". Listen as Sam and Ben discuss Ben's new novel about how far we will go, and the sorrows we will endure, in order to protect our families.Adam Johnson - The Orphan Master's Son
February 29, 2012 02:48 PM PST
Join Sam and Adam as they discuss Adam's book "The Orphan Master's Son".
An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master’s Son follows a young man’s journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.Interview with Alex Gilvarry author of "From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant"
February 27, 2012 02:46 PM PST
Listen to Sam's and Alex discuss Alex's new book "From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant: A Novel". Fashionistas and g-men clash in a masterful debut.Ryan Boudinot author of Blueprints of the Afterlife
February 11, 2012 08:25 AM PST
Sam talks with the "wickedly talented" (Boston Globe) and "darkly funny" (New York Times Book Review) Ryan Boudinot, on his new book Blueprints of the Afterlife.Jill McDevitt - Fighting The Crusade Against Sex
February 02, 2012 12:41 PM PST
Take an attractive young blonde, a sex shop, a political candidate, and add a Catholic Church for good measure, and you have the recipe for a riveting controversy that riddled a wealthy Philadelphia suburb and divided a community. Follow the quandaries of Jill McDevitt, a determined recent college graduate with a degree in sexuality and a love of pushing the envelope.Alexis Smith author of Glaciers
February 01, 2012 03:04 PM PST
Isabel is a single, twentysomething thrift-store shopper and collector of remnants, things cast off or left behind by others. Glaciers follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska.
Glaciers unfolds internally, the action shaped by Isabel's sense of history, memory, and place, recalling the work of writers such as Jean Rhys, Marguerite Duras, and Virginia Woolf. For Isabel, the fleeting moments of one day can reveal an entire life. While she contemplates loss and the intricate fissures it creates in our lives, she accumulates the stories?the remnants?of those around her and she begins to tell her own story.American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar
January 26, 2012 02:05 PM PST
What a pleasure to encounter a first novel as self-assured and effortlessly told as Ayad Akhtar’s “American Dervish.” Mr. Akhtar, a first-generation Pakistani-American, has written an immensely entertaining coming-of-age story set during the early 1980s among the Pakistanis in the author’s hometown, Milwaukee.Julia Scheeres, author of A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown
November 09, 2011 10:46 AM PSTDiana Abu Jaber, author of Birds Of Paradise
November 03, 2011 11:35 AM PDTAnne Enright, author of The Forgotten Waltz
November 03, 2011 09:15 AM PDTMitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost In Shangri La
October 25, 2011 09:31 AM PDTJames Reeves, author of The Road To Somewhere
October 14, 2011 01:31 PM PDTLisa Genova, author of Left Neglected
October 14, 2011 09:28 AM PDTRansom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
October 14, 2011 09:09 AM PDTMichael Byers, author of Percival's Planet
October 14, 2011 08:44 AM PDTNina Burleigh, author of The Fatal Gift Of Beauty
September 15, 2011 10:40 AM PDTJerry Blavat, author of You Only Rock Once
August 30, 2011 09:39 AM PDTLev Grossman, author of The Magician King
August 25, 2011 10:42 AM PDT
Lev Grossman, author of The Magician KingAmor Towles, author of "Rules Of Civility"
August 16, 2011 11:46 AM PDTStefan Merrill Block author of The Storm At The Door
August 15, 2011 10:00 AM PDTLily King
July 28, 2011 02:27 PM PDT
Sam talks to Lily King, author of Father of the Rain, a New York Times editor's choice book.Michael Sims
July 20, 2011 06:49 AM PDT
Michael Sims, whose new biography of E.B. White, The Story of Charlotte's Web, has been featured on NPR and in USA Today.
Also, join us at Wellington Square Bookshop on Thursday, July 28th from 7:00-9:00PM for a signing by Michael Sims and a Charlotte's Web giveaway!Kate Christensen
July 20, 2011 06:13 AM PDT
Sam talks to Kate Christensen, author of The Astral (2011) and The Great Man, which won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner award.David J. Linden
July 01, 2011 01:59 PM PDT
On this edition of the Avid Reader, Sam talks with David J. Linden, professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He's the author of "The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning and Gambling Feel So Good."Craig Johnson
June 22, 2011 12:41 PM PDT
Listen in to the Avid Reader interview with Craig Johnson, author of Hell is Empty and six other Walt Longmire mysteries (coming soon to A&E!).Erik Larson
June 17, 2011 06:56 AM PDT
In 2003, Erik Larson published "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America" to an incredible response from critics and readers. His latest book, "In the Garden of Beasts," follows the first American ambassador to Nazi Germany.Geraldine Brooks
June 13, 2011 07:03 AM PDT
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks joins Sam on this edition of the Avid Reader. Her newest novel, CALEB'S CROSSING, tells the story of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard University.Jean Thompson
May 24, 2011 01:01 PM PDT
Sam talks to Jean Thompson, whose newest novel, The Year We Left Home, follows an Iowa family over three decades.Alice Ozma
May 18, 2011 07:16 AM PDT
When Alice Ozma was in fourth grade, she and her father made a pact: he would read aloud to her every night for 100 nights. 100 nights quickly turned into 1000, and when they saw no reason to stop their tradition, the reading streak continued for nine years-- until Ozma left home for college. Alice talks to Sam about her journey through L. Frank Baum's Oz series, Shakespeare, J.K. Rowling, and Dickens. Sickness, sleepovers and teenage rebellion threaten to break the streak, but Alice and her father are up for the challenge.Adam Haslett
May 12, 2011 01:51 PM PDT
In his novel Union Atlantic Adam Haslett describes a global economic crisis similar to our own. He and Sam discuss writing and economics in novels on this edition of the Avid Reader.Peter Mountford
April 27, 2011 10:32 AM PDT
Sam talks to Peter Mountford, author of A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism.Arthur Phillips
April 27, 2011 10:22 AM PDT
Arthur Phillips, author of Prague and The Tragedy of Arthur, joins Sam on the Avid Reader Show.Lionel Shriver
April 14, 2011 11:20 AM PDT
On this edition of the Avid Reader, Sam talks Lionel Shriver, whose newest novel So Much for That is now available in paperback. In 2005, Shriver was awarded the Orange Prize for her eighth novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin. She shares her thoughts on writing, social novels, and questionable book covers assigned to female authors.Jonathan Evison
April 06, 2011 07:03 AM PDT
Jonathan Evison joins Sam to talk about West of Here, his epic novel of the Pacific Northwest.David Halperin
April 05, 2011 09:10 AM PDT
David Halperin talks about his coming-of-age novel Journal of a UFO Investigator. It's a story of aliens, alienation and imagination set in the 1960s.Bradford Morrow
March 22, 2011 01:40 PM PDT
Sam talks to Bradford Morrow, author of the Diviner's Tale and editor of Conjunctions literary magazine.Justin Kramon
March 22, 2011 12:42 PM PDT
Justin Kramon talks to Sam about his debut novel Finny, a coming-of-age tale set at a Maryland boarding school and featuring a "Dickensian coterie" of secondary characters.Téa Obreht
March 09, 2011 10:56 AM PST
An interview with Téa Obreht, whose debut novel "The Tiger's Wife" has been receiving rave reviews. She's also the youngest member of the New Yorker's list of the 20 best writers under 40!Open Mic Night: Zak Theis and Jeff Mastroberti
March 05, 2011 10:12 AM PST
Two regulars from Wellington Square Bookshop's eclectic monthly open mic stop by: Jeff Mastroberti, local poet and Zak Theis, the host of Open Mic and a talented guitarist.Karen Russell
February 22, 2011 12:08 PM PST
Karen Russell talks to Sam about her first novel, Swamplandia!, a family tale set at a shabby tourist attraction in the Everglades.Kim Edwards
February 21, 2011 06:37 AM PST
The author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter joins Sam on this edition of the Avid Reader to talk about her new book, The Lake of Dreams.Michael Sims
February 08, 2011 09:11 AM PST
Sam Hankin is joined by Michael Sims, the author of "Adam's Naval," "Natural And Cultural History Of The Human Form," and "Apollo's Fire: A Day On Earth." He's the editor of "The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime," a new anthology of stories featuring fearless, witty women with a knack for exposing injustice.Tracy Kidder
February 02, 2011 01:17 PM PST
The Avid Reader talks to Tracy Kidder, prolific author of literary non-fiction, about his books Strength in What Remains and Mountains Beyond Mountains.Charles Yu
February 02, 2011 01:03 PM PST
Charles Yu, author of How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, talks to Sam about time travel and more.Thrity Umrigar
January 20, 2011 08:22 AM PST
Sam interviews Thrity Umrigar, bestselling author of THE SPACE BETWEEN US and THE WEIGHT OF HEAVEN.Chris Cleave
January 20, 2011 07:42 AM PST
Sam talks with Chris Cleave, author of LITTLE BEE and INCENDIARY.The Bicycle Diaries: A Chapter from the Audio Book
January 17, 2011 09:38 AM PST
We listen to a chapter from David Byrne's travel memoir the Bicycle Diaries.Susan Weidener, author of Again in a Heartbeat
January 04, 2011 12:15 PM PST
Sam talks to Susan Weidener about memoirs, writing groups, and her book Again in a Heartbeat.An Interview with Helen Simonson
December 24, 2010 09:19 AM PST
Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, talks to Sam about her novel. It's also our book club pick for January!An Interview with Paul Harding
December 07, 2010 06:56 AM PST
Paul Harding, 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for Tinkers, chats with Sam about writing, belief, and the father-son relationship at the heart of his novel.An Interview With Jen Bryant
December 06, 2010 06:21 PM PST
Sam talks with Jen Bryant, Caldecott Award Honoree for River of Words and author of young adult novel The Fortune of Carmen Navarro.Tatiana de Rosnay
December 02, 2010 07:55 AM PST
The best-selling author and book club favorite talks to the Avid Reader about her novels Sarah's Key and A Secret Kept.
The Avid Reader is a podcast for book lovers. Tune in for interviews, recommendations, and insider news from Sam Hankin, host and owner of independent bookstore Wellington Square Bookshop.
The Avid Reader is a podcast for book lovers. Tune in for interviews, recommendations, and insider news from Sam Hankin, host and owner of independent bookstore Wellington Square Bookshop.
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