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Followers Megan Angelo
February 27, 2020 12:18 PM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Megan Angelo, author of Followers, her first novel.

Megan is another fellow Pennsylvanian. It seems like all authors are now. From Madeline Miller, to Kiley Reid, Liz Moore, Vikram Pall-el-kar, and a bunch more. Then Ann Patchett who writes about my home town of Elkins Park. It’s wonderful.

Megan’s writing has appeared in NYT, WSJ, Glamour and Elle. Well worth going to the last two and taking a look at what she has written. Fascinating how her work mirrors, in part, the very topic that she concentrates on in Followers.

Followers is a novel that at first seems like science fiction, fantasy, alternate history or an imaginative exercise in social commentary.

But it is not that at all. It is us. It is real. It is now. It is scary and for old geezers like me, who are behind the wave now, although I pride myself on being pretty aware of what is going on, old geezers may not understand what the hell this book is about, but it is a primer that will wake them up to what the hell is going on.

After Trump and for the next 2 years I kept saying “you can’t make this stuff up”. Now I can’t say that anymore because it is so far beyond that. It is a nightmare. That’s why SNL can’t parody Trump anymore. It is beyond parody.

Anyway, I am beginning one of my rants, so before I take up anymore time, I will let Megan tell us about Orla and Floss from 2015 to 2051. A 2051 that seems too real.

Welcome Megan and thanks so much for joining us today. Sorry about going off like that in the intro.

1Q1A Followers Megan Angelo
February 27, 2020 12:17 PM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Megan Angelo, author of Followers, her first novel.

Megan is another fellow Pennsylvanian. It seems like all authors are now. From Madeline Miller, to Kiley Reid, Liz Moore, Vikram Pall-el-kar, and a bunch more. Then Ann Patchett who writes about my home town of Elkins Park. It’s wonderful.

Megan’s writing has appeared in NYT, WSJ, Glamour and Elle. Well worth going to the last two and taking a look at what she has written. Fascinating how her work mirrors, in part, the very topic that she concentrates on in Followers.

Followers is a novel that at first seems like science fiction, fantasy, alternate history or an imaginative exercise in social commentary.

But it is not that at all. It is us. It is real. It is now. It is scary and for old geezers like me, who are behind the wave now, although I pride myself on being pretty aware of what is going on, old geezers may not understand what the hell this book is about, but it is a primer that will wake them up to what the hell is going on.

After Trump and for the next 2 years I kept saying “you can’t make this stuff up”. Now I can’t say that anymore because it is so far beyond that. It is a nightmare. That’s why SNL can’t parody Trump anymore. It is beyond parody.

Anyway, I am beginning one of my rants, so before I take up anymore time, I will let Megan tell us about Orla and Floss from 2015 to 2051. A 2051 that seems too real.

Welcome Megan and thanks so much for joining us today. Sorry about going off like that in the intro.

Night Theater Vikram Paralkar
February 27, 2020 12:15 PM PST
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Good Afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Vikram Paralkar author of Night Theater, his second novel the first was Afflictions. Night Theater was published in January by Catapault.

Vikram is a physician-scientist at the University of Pennsylvania. He treats patients with leukemia and researches the disease and the nature and manner in which normal cells develop and how and why they sometimes turn cancerous. And how a specific type of RNA regulates genes.

Night Theater is my kind of book. Vikram and I share the same love of Borges, Calvino and Nabokov and I am sure, and I will ask him, whether he also is as much in love with Marquez.

In Night Theater a book of magical realism, a doctor drawn in part from Vikram’s profession is portrayed as a man who is irritating and irritable, who is gruff but good, who is thrown into circumstances not of his making both in the real world and the magical world that Vikram creates, in whole cloth, for us in the macabre setting he visualizes.…

Because our unnamed protagonist (actually all of the characters are unnamed) is thrust into unusual and unpleasant circumstances, he lives a live of unpleasantness and one in which he hopes (presumably) for release.

Then he is thrust once again into one night of horror, deceit, testing and a kind of resolution.

The reader is in thrall and also confused and wondering (which is the best kind of book) throughout the narrative and even after the book is put down and the reader walks away still pondering, perhaps for a lifetime, what has happened in the book and in his or her own life.

So Vikram welcome and thanks for joining us today.

1Q1A Night Theater Vikram Paralkar
February 27, 2020 12:10 PM PST
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Good Afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Vikram Paralkar author of Night Theater, his second novel the first was Afflictions. Night Theater was published in January by Catapault.

Vikram is a physician-scientist at the University of Pennsylvania. He treats patients with leukemia and researches the disease and the nature and manner in which normal cells develop and how and why they sometimes turn cancerous. And how a specific type of RNA regulates genes.

Night Theater is my kind of book. Vikram and I share the same love of Borges, Calvino and Nabokov and I am sure, and I will ask him, whether he also is as much in love with Marquez.

In Night Theater a book of magical realism, a doctor drawn in part from Vikram’s profession is portrayed as a man who is irritating and irritable, who is gruff but good, who is thrown into circumstances not of his making both in the real world and the magical world that Vikram creates, in whole cloth, for us in the macabre setting he visualizes.…

Because our unnamed protagonist (actually all of the characters are unnamed) is thrust into unusual and unpleasant circumstances, he lives a live of unpleasantness and one in which he hopes (presumably) for release.

Then he is thrust once again into one night of horror, deceit, testing and a kind of resolution.

The reader is in thrall and also confused and wondering (which is the best kind of book) throughout the narrative and even after the book is put down and the reader walks away still pondering, perhaps for a lifetime, what has happened in the book and in his or her own life.

So Vikram welcome and thanks for joining us today.

The Body Double Emily Beyda
February 27, 2020 12:06 PM PST
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Good Afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Emily Beyda, author of this, her first novel The Body Double, published last month by Doubleday. Emily has been the author of the popular advise column “Dear Glutton” for the past few years in The Austin Chronicle. Her articles are online at the paper. They are fun to read. Austin natives have a great resource in Emily’s reviews and suggestions. And as I said, The Body Double is her first novel.

The Body Double explores identity, its loss and regaining. In part the transformation of our protagonist is a dream come true, in part it is not a nightmare, but a blurred, confusing and treacherous process.

Because we have a narrator who is not necessary unreliable and a second supporting star who definitely is, we are constantly taking guesses, as the reader, thinking what is really going on. The best kind of read there is.

We are as intimately involved in Rosanna and Rosanna and Max as the author is and as the characters themselves are.

I’ll try very hard in this interview not to mention or extort spoilers, but it is going to be hard.

Trust me. This is a book that you should read, not only for your questions as you read, but the questions that remain after you put the book down, probably after you have read it in one sitting, or laying, as I did.

Welcome Emily and thanks so much for joining us today.

1Q1A The Body Double Emily Beyda
February 27, 2020 12:06 PM PST
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Good Afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Emily Beyda, author of this, her first novel The Body Double, published last month by Doubleday. Emily has been the author of the popular advise column “Dear Glutton” for the past few years in The Austin Chronicle. Her articles are online at the paper. They are fun to read. Austin natives have a great resource in Emily’s reviews and suggestions. And as I said, The Body Double is her first novel.

The Body Double explores identity, its loss and regaining. In part the transformation of our protagonist is a dream come true, in part it is not a nightmare, but a blurred, confusing and treacherous process.

Because we have a narrator who is not necessary unreliable and a second supporting star who definitely is, we are constantly taking guesses, as the reader, thinking what is really going on. The best kind of read there is.

We are as intimately involved in Rosanna and Rosanna and Max as the author is and as the characters themselves are.

I’ll try very hard in this interview not to mention or extort spoilers, but it is going to be hard.

Trust me. This is a book that you should read, not only for your questions as you read, but the questions that remain after you put the book down, probably after you have read it in one sitting, or laying, as I did.

Welcome Emily and thanks so much for joining us today.

Writers and Lovers Lily King
February 26, 2020 01:05 PM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Lily King (which is a lovely name) author of Writers & Lovers which will be published tomorrow by Grove Press.

Lily’s first novel was The Pleasing Hour, a NYT notable book and winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover award. Her second was The English Teacher, her third was Father Of The Rain, a NYT editor’s choice. Her fourth was Euphoria, this time, deservedly a NYT 10 best books award, Times best 10 Fiction books of the year

Writers & Lovers is a portrait of an artist as a young woman. Casey Peabody, our protagonist, just lost her Mom, took off for Massachusetts in 1997, no plan, no money. She used to be an incredible golfer, she works at what sounds like a great restaurant, Iris. She lives in what I would call a hovel, rides a banana bike, like I used to have, till it got stolen, and is incredibly funny.

She’s got two boyfriends, potential diseases and a loose hold on reality (as do I) and a potential great American novel. And we, or at least I, love her.

1Q1A Writers and Lovers Lily King
February 26, 2020 01:02 PM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Lily King (which is a lovely name) author of Writers & Lovers which will be published tomorrow by Grove Press.

Lily’s first novel was The Pleasing Hour, a NYT notable book and winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover award. Her second was The English Teacher, her third was Father Of The Rain, a NYT editor’s choice. Her fourth was Euphoria, this time, deservedly a NYT 10 best books award, Times best 10 Fiction books of the year

Writers & Lovers is a portrait of an artist as a young woman. Casey Peabody, our protagonist, just lost her Mom, took off for Massachusetts in 1997, no plan, no money. She used to be an incredible golfer, she works at what sounds like a great restaurant, Iris. She lives in what I would call a hovel, rides a banana bike, like I used to have, till it got stolen, and is incredibly funny.

She’s got two boyfriends, potential diseases and a loose hold on reality (as do I) and a potential great American novel. And we, or at least I, love her.

American Sherlock Kate Winkler Dawson
February 26, 2020 12:59 PM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Kate Winkler Dawson author of American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, And The Birth Of American CSI published this month by Putnam.

Kate has been in television news for almost a quarter of a century. She’s worked at WCBS, ABC News Radio and Fox. Her first documentary film was “La Candelaria” followed by “Breaking the Barrier," “Grass Ceiling” and “The Long Haul”.

She’s also written The Digital Reporter and her debut non-fiction book was “Death In The Air: The True Story Of A Serial Killer, London’s Great Smog And The Strangling Of A City”, which has been optioned for TV.

American Sherlock is the story that none of us has ever heard. But today we WILL hear a lot about it. The story of Edward Oscar Heinrich, born in 1881, died in 1953. After you listen to this broadcast or podcast, look him up on Wikipedia for more information. Good luck with that, because of today he has no Wikipedia entry. He shares that distinction with me. But he should be there. In fact that says a lot about this book. The research behind it is fortuitous, copious and fascinating.

Heinrich—America’s Sherlock, although he pooh-poohed the comparison, invented what we can now see, for good or bad, very night, various incarnations of CSI.

Rather than relying on hunches which Heinrich abhorred, he used scientific methods to ferret out motives, methods and identification.

Without him, there probably would be no forensics as we know it, because Heinrich based his examination on education, hard work, microscopic attention to detail and obsessive note taking and lucky for us, hoarding.

Kate uses the treasure trove of information and documentation that she discovered about Heinrich and weaves a story of a life that is fascinating in its success and even in its failures and we are the more knowledgable about the study of crime and criminals than we were before reading the book. And isn’t that what writing is all about?

Welcome Kate and thanks so much for joining us today.

1Q1A American Sherlock Kate Winkler Dawson
February 26, 2020 12:58 PM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Kate Winkler Dawson author of American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, And The Birth Of American CSI published this month by Putnam.

Kate has been in television news for almost a quarter of a century. She’s worked at WCBS, ABC News Radio and Fox. Her first documentary film was “La Candelaria” followed by “Breaking the Barrier," “Grass Ceiling” and “The Long Haul”.

She’s also written The Digital Reporter and her debut non-fiction book was “Death In The Air: The True Story Of A Serial Killer, London’s Great Smog And The Strangling Of A City”, which has been optioned for TV.

American Sherlock is the story that none of us has ever heard. But today we WILL hear a lot about it. The story of Edward Oscar Heinrich, born in 1881, died in 1953. After you listen to this broadcast or podcast, look him up on Wikipedia for more information. Good luck with that, because of today he has no Wikipedia entry. He shares that distinction with me. But he should be there. In fact that says a lot about this book. The research behind it is fortuitous, copious and fascinating.

Heinrich—America’s Sherlock, although he pooh-poohed the comparison, invented what we can now see, for good or bad, very night, various incarnations of CSI.

Rather than relying on hunches which Heinrich abhorred, he used scientific methods to ferret out motives, methods and identification.

Without him, there probably would be no forensics as we know it, because Heinrich based his examination on education, hard work, microscopic attention to detail and obsessive note taking and lucky for us, hoarding.

Kate uses the treasure trove of information and documentation that she discovered about Heinrich and weaves a story of a life that is fascinating in its success and even in its failures and we are the more knowledgable about the study of crime and criminals than we were before reading the book. And isn’t that what writing is all about?

Welcome Kate and thanks so much for joining us today.

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