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Kaddish.com Nathan Englander
April 09, 2019 08:01 AM PDT
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Nathan Englander, Author of kaddish.com, published by Knopf, tomorrow the 26th. And also Nathan will be speaking and reading from kaddish.com at the free library on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 PM. You can visit the free library website to purchase tickets.

Nathan is the author of Dinner At The Center Of The Earth, the collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, the best-selling story collection For The Relief Of Unbearable Urges and the novel The Ministry Of Special Cases.

He is the recipient of the Frank O’Conner International Short Story Award and a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.

His work has appeared in The New Yorker, NYT, the Atlantic and the Post as well as in many collections of The Best Of series.

He is the writer in resident at NYU.

kaddish.com is the story of a complicated man, a tortured man, a man whose love is transcendent as is his guilt and shame. Because he neglected his duties as a son after the death of his father, he has failed as a good Jew, even though he attempted to rectify his lack of fortitude and gratitude by participating in a scheme that goes wrong, goes awfully wrong and he spends a great deal of his time as a converted man in trying to make good the promise that he had willfully broken years before. Whether he succeeds or not is for you to find out. Or maybe Nathan will tell you at the library.

1Q1A Kaddish.com Nathan Englander
April 09, 2019 08:00 AM PDT
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Nathan Englander, Author of kaddish.com, published by Knopf, tomorrow the 26th. And also Nathan will be speaking and reading from kaddish.com at the free library on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 PM. You can visit the free library website to purchase tickets.

Nathan is the author of Dinner At The Center Of The Earth, the collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, the best-selling story collection For The Relief Of Unbearable Urges and the novel The Ministry Of Special Cases.

He is the recipient of the Frank O’Conner International Short Story Award and a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.

His work has appeared in The New Yorker, NYT, the Atlantic and the Post as well as in many collections of The Best Of series.

He is the writer in resident at NYU.

kaddish.com is the story of a complicated man, a tortured man, a man whose love is transcendent as is his guilt and shame. Because he neglected his duties as a son after the death of his father, he has failed as a good Jew, even though he attempted to rectify his lack of fortitude and gratitude by participating in a scheme that goes wrong, goes awfully wrong and he spends a great deal of his time as a converted man in trying to make good the promise that he had willfully broken years before. Whether he succeeds or not is for you to find out. Or maybe Nathan will tell you at the library.

Greek To Me Mary Norris
April 09, 2019 07:55 AM PDT
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of the Avid Reader . Today our guest is Mary Norris, author of this her second book Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen, published April 2 by Norton. Her first of course was Between You And Me: Confessions Of A Comma Queen back in 2015, the first time she and I spoke together.

Mary began working at the New Yorker in 1978 (although we learn a lot about her life prior to that) and was a query proofreader at the magazine for 24 years.

She is best known for her pieces on pencils and punctuation and also introduced me to Blackwing 602s.

Oh—I almost forgot—Mary will be speaking and reading at the Free Library downtown on April 15th at 7:30. For more information on this you can go to our website WSB or freelibrary.org.

Greek To Me is a book that takes the form of an interior and exterior journey. Mary tells us about her childhood, her parents, her initial love of language and primarily, as it should be, Greek. As her passion and fascination with the language and the land grows, we find ourselves drawn in, not only to the travelogue aspect of this book, but to the history of a language, its vagaries and its hidden presence in our everyday lives.

Plus there is a lot of ouzo in this book and who could argue with that?

1Q1A Greek to Me Mary Norris
April 09, 2019 07:53 AM PDT
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of the Avid Reader . Today our guest is Mary Norris, author of this her second book Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen, published April 2 by Norton. Her first of course was Between You And Me: Confessions Of A Comma Queen back in 2015, the first time she and I spoke together.

Mary began working at the New Yorker in 1978 (although we learn a lot about her life prior to that) and was a query proofreader at the magazine for 24 years.

She is best known for her pieces on pencils and punctuation and also introduced me to Blackwing 602s.

Oh—I almost forgot—Mary will be speaking and reading at the Free Library downtown on April 15th at 7:30. For more information on this you can go to our website WSB or freelibrary.org.

Greek To Me is a book that takes the form of an interior and exterior journey. Mary tells us about her childhood, her parents, her initial love of language and primarily, as it should be, Greek. As her passion and fascination with the language and the land grows, we find ourselves drawn in, not only to the travelogue aspect of this book, but to the history of a language, its vagaries and its hidden presence in our everyday lives.

Plus there is a lot of ouzo in this book and who could argue with that?

Charlie Jane Anders The City In The Middle Of The Night
March 25, 2019 12:15 PM PDT
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Charlie Jane Anders, author of this, her new novel, The City In The Middle Of The Night. published in February by Tor. She’s the organizer of the Writers with Drinks series and was a founder of i09, a website about sci fi, science and futurism, Her stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Tin House and lots of anthologies. Her novel, Six Months, Three Days won a Hugo Award.
The City In The Middle Of The Night explores a land where night and day, miserable and extremely hot and cold nights and days, compete with each other, while a very narrow perimeter allows a scrappy but flawed civilization to claw out an existence, more than subsistence, but less than bucolic.

This, because the planet is rotationally locked with its sun, just as our moon is rotationally locked with our planet, which is why we see only one side of the moon and have no idea what they other side looks like other than the recent Chinese lunar lander.

A mothership has left our dying planet for a generations long trip to this planet, not knowing what will be found there, and as the new residents try to creat a habitable world, the mothership revolves slowly up above, mythologized and revered.

The cold war of two cities on this planet form the loose thread of this novel. Two women, almost lovers, very close friends have a relationship which evolves, as does this “war” over the course of this book. The two protagonist are joined with a panoply of well drawn peripheral friends as each faction tries to achieve control or power over the other.

Added to this story is that of an alien life, misunderstood by some but embraced, literally and figuratively by the hero of our story.

1Q1A Charlie Jane Anders The City In The Middle Of The Night
March 25, 2019 12:13 PM PDT
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Charlie Jane Anders, author of this, her new novel, The City In The Middle Of The Night. published in February by Tor. She’s the organizer of the Writers with Drinks series and was a founder of i09, a website about sci fi, science and futurism, Her stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Tin House and lots of anthologies. Her novel, Six Months, Three Days won a Hugo Award.
The City In The Middle Of The Night explores a land where night and day, miserable and extremely hot and cold nights and days, compete with each other, while a very narrow perimeter allows a scrappy but flawed civilization to claw out an existence, more than subsistence, but less than bucolic.

This, because the planet is rotationally locked with its sun, just as our moon is rotationally locked with our planet, which is why we see only one side of the moon and have no idea what they other side looks like other than the recent Chinese lunar lander.

A mothership has left our dying planet for a generations long trip to this planet, not knowing what will be found there, and as the new residents try to creat a habitable world, the mothership revolves slowly up above, mythologized and revered.

The cold war of two cities on this planet form the loose thread of this novel. Two women, almost lovers, very close friends have a relationship which evolves, as does this “war” over the course of this book. The two protagonist are joined with a panoply of well drawn peripheral friends as each faction tries to achieve control or power over the other.

Added to this story is that of an alien life, misunderstood by some but embraced, literally and figuratively by the hero of our story.

1Q1A Nathan Englander kaddish.com
March 17, 2019 12:26 PM PDT
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Nathan Englander, Author of kaddish.com, published by Knopf, tomorrow the 26th. And also Nathan will be speaking and reading from kaddish.com at the free library on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 PM. You can visit the free library website to purchase tickets.

Nathan is the author of Dinner At The Center Of The Earth, the collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, the best-selling story collection For The Relief Of Unbearable Urges and the novel The Ministry Of Special Cases.

He is the recipient of the Frank O’Conner International Short Story Award and a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.

His work has appeared in The New Yorker, NYT, the Atlantic and the Post as well as in many collections of The Best Of series.

He is the writer in resident at NYU.

kaddish.com is the story of a complicated man, a tortured man, a man whose love is transcendent as is his guilt and shame. Because he neglected his duties as a son after the death of his father, he has failed as a good Jew, even though he attempted to rectify his lack of fortitude and gratitude by participating in a scheme that goes wrong, goes awfully wrong and he spends a great deal of his time as a converted man in trying to make good the promise that he had willfully broken years before. Whether he succeeds or not is for you to find out. Or maybe Nathan will tell you at the library.

Nathan Englander kaddish.com
March 17, 2019 12:24 PM PDT
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Nathan Englander, Author of kaddish.com, published by Knopf, tomorrow the 26th. And also Nathan will be speaking and reading from kaddish.com at the free library on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 PM. You can visit the free library website to purchase tickets.

Nathan is the author of Dinner At The Center Of The Earth, the collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, the best-selling story collection For The Relief Of Unbearable Urges and the novel The Ministry Of Special Cases.

He is the recipient of the Frank O’Conner International Short Story Award and a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.

His work has appeared in The New Yorker, NYT, the Atlantic and the Post as well as in many collections of The Best Of series.

He is the writer in resident at NYU.

kaddish.com is the story of a complicated man, a tortured man, a man whose love is transcendent as is his guilt and shame. Because he neglected his duties as a son after the death of his father, he has failed as a good Jew, even though he attempted to rectify his lack of fortitude and gratitude by participating in a scheme that goes wrong, goes awfully wrong and he spends a great deal of his time as a converted man in trying to make good the promise that he had willfully broken years before. Whether he succeeds or not is for you to find out. Or maybe Nathan will tell you at the library.

Whitney Scharer The Age of Light
March 17, 2019 12:22 PM PDT
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Whitney Scharer, author of her first novel, The Age Of Light, Released in February by Little, Brown and Company.

White holds a BA in English Literature form Wesleyan and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington.

Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals. This, The Age Of Light, as I said, is her first novel.

The Age Of Light gives us a unique and, for most of us, previously unknown life. The life of Lee Miller, a beautiful woman who has graced the covers of Vogue and other high fashion magazines of the time. Her beauty is renowned and her ability to “be a photograph” is only outweighed by her desire “to take one”. She arrives, after having giving up modeling, in Paris in 1929, essentially and eventually penniless but she catches the eye of an artist who’s name IS known to all of us, Man Ray.

He want to continue her life as a model by photographing her but instead Lee persuades hm to take her own as an assistant and even though Man turns out to be something less than the perfect lover, they begin a romance that is both torrid and mutually rewarding in its intensity.

We see Lee in the present, when she has taken on a new look and a new passion, we see her on the battlefields of Europe as the war is ending and she lingers to photograph the hours that haunt her for the rest of her life, but we see her mostly, as she learns to be a photographer, a movie actress and once again, a model.

This woman who previous to this book, was kind of lost in history, comes up with some remarkable ideas that are still important today, but for which she receives little or no correct.

This is a beautiful story about a beautiful woman in many ways.

She does have her flaws and those are filled in seamlessly, but overall, this is a woman that I would like to meet and whom, as so many other men, would probably fall involve with.

With that, welcome Whitney and thank you for joining us today.

1Q1A Whitney Scharer The Age Of Light
March 17, 2019 12:21 PM PDT
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Whitney Scharer, author of her first novel, The Age Of Light, Released in February by Little, Brown and Company.

White holds a BA in English Literature form Wesleyan and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington.

Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals. This, The Age Of Light, as I said, is her first novel.

The Age Of Light gives us a unique and, for most of us, previously unknown life. The life of Lee Miller, a beautiful woman who has graced the covers of Vogue and other high fashion magazines of the time. Her beauty is renowned and her ability to “be a photograph” is only outweighed by her desire “to take one”. She arrives, after having giving up modeling, in Paris in 1929, essentially and eventually penniless but she catches the eye of an artist who’s name IS known to all of us, Man Ray.

He want to continue her life as a model by photographing her but instead Lee persuades hm to take her own as an assistant and even though Man turns out to be something less than the perfect lover, they begin a romance that is both torrid and mutually rewarding in its intensity.

We see Lee in the present, when she has taken on a new look and a new passion, we see her on the battlefields of Europe as the war is ending and she lingers to photograph the hours that haunt her for the rest of her life, but we see her mostly, as she learns to be a photographer, a movie actress and once again, a model.

This woman who previous to this book, was kind of lost in history, comes up with some remarkable ideas that are still important today, but for which she receives little or no correct.

This is a beautiful story about a beautiful woman in many ways.

She does have her flaws and those are filled in seamlessly, but overall, this is a woman that I would like to meet and whom, as so many other men, would probably fall involve with.

With that, welcome Whitney and thank you for joining us today.

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