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Talks With Valued Authors and Poets
Host: Mark Budman
Producer: WDS


Ghost legend and the Zipless Fuck
A 3-way conversation with Cris Maza, Richard Nash and Web Del Sol on what makes a book tingle. ... Read More...

The Language for All Senses: Diana Abujaber
Diana Abu-Jaber's latest book, a food memoir entitled The Language of Baklava, was a Border's Original Voices selection. Her novel, Crescent, won the PEN Center Award and the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award. It was also named a Notable Book of the Year by the Christian Science Monitor. Her first novel, Arabian Jazz, won the Oregon Book award in 1994. ... Read More...
The Guy Who Writes About Heartbreak: Steve Almond
Steve Almond is the author of the story collections The Evil B.B. Chow and My Life in Heavy Metal, as well as a nonfiction book Candyfreak and the forthcoming novel (co-written with Julianna Baggott) Which Brings Me to You. He spent seven years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in El Paso and Miami. He has been writing fiction for the last eight years and his work can be found in a whole bunch of literary magazines. He currently teaches creative writing at Boston College ... Read More...
A Plastic Buddha: Aimee Bender
Aimee Bender lives in Los Angeles. Her stories have appeared in Granta, GQ, Story, Harper's, The Antioch Review, Vestal Review and several other publications. She is the author of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (Anchor Books/ Doubleday, 1999), An Invisible Sign of My Own (Anchor Books/Doubleday, 2001), Willful Creatures (Doubleday/August 16, 2005) and she contributed to The Secret Society of Demolition Writers (Random House/June 14, 2005). ... Read More...
My Characters' Version of Reality: T.C. Boyle
T.C. Boyle is the bestselling author of fourteen books of fiction which have been published to worldwide acclaim in many languages. His novel Drop City, published in paperback by Bloomsbury in March 2004, was shortlisted for the National Book Award. His new novel Talk Talk was published by Bloomsbury in July 2006, with the paperback edition following in January 2007. ... Read More...
Turning Inward: Kevin Brockmeier
Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the novel The Truth About Celia, the story collection Things That Fall From the Sky, and two children's novels, City of Names and the forthcoming Grooves; or, The True-Life Outbreak of Weirdness. His stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney's, The Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and several editions of the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology, most recently as a first prize winner. ... Read More...
Interview With An Alien: Terri Brown-Davidson
Terri's first book of poetry, The Carrington Monologues, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Terri's received nine nominations for the Pushcart Prize, a Yaddo fellowship, and the AWP Intro Award in poetry, among other honors. Her work has appeared in hundreds of journals and in the anthology Triquarterly New Writers. ... Read More...
Somewhere Between Marquez and Kafka: Judy Budnitz
Judy Budnitz's stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Story, The Paris Review, The Oxford American, Glimmer Train, Fence, and McSweeney's, and she is the recipient of an O. Henry Award. Flying Leap was a New York Times Notable Book in 1998. Budnitz is also the author of the novel If I Told You Once, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award in the United States and was short-listed for the Orange Prize in Britain. ... Read More...
From Where You Dream: Robert Olen Butler
Robert Olen Butler has published ten novels and four volumes of short fiction. A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His most recent collection is Severance, from Chronicle Books. His works have been translated into fifteen languages. Since 1995 he has written feature-length screenplays for New Regency, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Disney, Universal, Baldwin Entertainment (Robert Redford), and two teleplays for HBO. He is the Francis Eppes Distinguished Professor holding the Michael Shaara Chair in Creative Writing at FSU. ... Read More...
The Shape Of Ideas: Lydia Davis
Lydia Davis, a 2003 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of a novel, The End of The Story (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995), and three books of short fiction, including Samuel Johnson is Indignant (McSweeney's, 2001). She is also the translator of works by Maurice Blanchot, Michel Leiris, and most recently Proust's Swann's Way, and was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government. An essay of Ms. Davis on trying to read Tom Sawyer in Spanish recently appeared in The American Scholar. ... Read More...
The Reconstitution of Eden: Rikki Ducornet
Rikki Ducornet is the author of seven novels including, Gazelle, her newest, The Fan-Makers Inquisition, Phosphor in Dreamland, The Stain, The Jade Cabinet, The Fountains of Neptune, and others, plus two books of short stories, The Word Desire and The Complete Butcher's Tales. She has published six collections of poetry, including The Cult of Seizure, two children's books, as well as a book of essays, The Monstrous and The Marvelous, and the drama, Dimsumzoo (with Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro). ... Read More...
P.S. I Love You: John High
John High is the author of several books, including The Desire Notebooks, Bloodline, Ceremonies, Sometimes Survival, the lives of thomas-episodes and prayers, The Sasha Poems: A Book of Fables, and is the editor of Crossing Centuries: The New Russian Poetry, an expansive anthology of contemporary Russian poetry. His collaborative translations from the Russian include Nina Iskrenko's The Right to Err, Aleksei Parshchikov's Blue Vitriol and Ivan Zhdanov's The Inconvertible Sky. ... Read More...
A Sort of Tired Purity: J. Robert Lennon's Moral Vision
I've been studying J. Robert Lennon's author photos--the images on the back flap inside the dust jacket of each of his four novels--looking for clues, I suppose. Or continuity. Something: an insight into the psyche of this thirty-three-year-old writer who has already produced such a diverse body of work, every book a universe unto itself. ... Read More...
On Emerging Unconstructed: Carole Maso
Carole Maso is the author of Ghost Dance, The Art Lover, AVA, Aureole, The American Woman in the Chinese Hat, Defiance, Break Every Rule: Essays on Language, Longing & Moments of Desire, The Room Lit by Roses: A Journal of Pregnancy and Birth, and Beauty is Convulsive: The Passion of Frida Kahlo. Ms. Maso has received numerous awards, including a Lannan Literary Fellowship for fiction. ... Read More...
Can't Live Long Without Writing: Gary Shteyngart
Shteyngart was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1972 and emigrated with his family to Queens, New York, at the age of seven. After spending time in Prague in the early 1990's, Shteyngart earned a degree in Politics at Oberlin College, where his senior thesis concerned the former Soviet republics of Georgia, Moldova, and Tajikistan. After graduation, he worked a series of jobs as a writer for non-profit organizations in New York, including the real-life Emma Lazarus Immigrant Absorption Society. ... Read More...
The Best Storyteller Wins: Katharine Weber
Katharine Weber taught creative writing at Yale for eight years, and she teaches in the summer Paris Writers Workshop. In the spring of 2006, she was the Kratz Writer in Residence at Goucher College in Baltimore.. ... Read More...


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