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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

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B. Catling: The Vorhh Trilogy (Part I)

In B. Catling’s The Vorrh Trilogy, a vast surrealist tapestry comes into being; cooperating with the reader’s desire.

Aug 16, 2018
Christian Kracht: The Dead

Christian Kracht’s The Dead is an expectations bending book with more tricks than a circus.

Aug 09, 2018
Lydia Millet: Fight No More

Lydia Millet’s Fight No More is a book of improvised stories about people who live improvised lives in Los Angeles.

Aug 02, 2018
David Sedaris: Calypso

David Sedaris is hilarious but that’s just the obvious. He discusses the art of melancholy, and mortality, topics in his new book of humorous stories, Calypso.

Jul 26, 2018
Joseph McBride with Nicola Lubitsch: How Did Lubitsch Do It?

Nicola Lubitsch joins film historian Joseph McBride to discuss her father, Ernst, and McBride’s book about him, How Did Lubitsch Do It?

Jul 19, 2018
Presenting The Organist from McSweeney's

We share an episode of a KCRW podcast produced in collaboration with McSweeney's.

Jul 13, 2018
Lauren Groff: Florida

Characters in Lauren Groff’s collection of stories, Florida, try to meet the challenges of staying alive while life becomes more and more difficult.

Jul 12, 2018
A.M. Homes Days of Awe: Stories

In Days of Awe: Stories, A.M. Homes writes about characters who turn out not to be who they hoped to be, and unable to escape who they are.

Jul 05, 2018
Rita Bullwinkel: Belly Up

Bewildered imagination finds a home in the stories of Rita Bullwinkel's Belly Up.

Jun 28, 2018
Michael Ondaatje: Warlight (Part II)

Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight alters the rules about how big a novel’s canvas can be; it gives the feeling of completeness without telling all the secrets.

Jun 21, 2018
Michael Ondaatje: Warlight (Part I)

Michael Ondaatje fully embraces the fun of storytelling in this miracle of a novel, Warlight.

Jun 14, 2018
Mary Gaitskill: Somebody with a Little Hammer

Mary Gaitskill’s collection of essays, Somebody with a Little Hammer, explores prismatic perspectives on rich topics, including literature.

Jun 07, 2018
Linda Spalding: A Reckoning

Linda Spalding’s novel, A Reckoning, based on her family history, describes past nightmares that trickle into today.

May 31, 2018
Shauna Barbosa: Cape Verdean Blues

The poetry of Cape Verdean Blues is organic, melancholic, and gorgeous. Shauna Barbosa starts with feeling, shines with honesty, and questions everything.

May 24, 2018
Joyce Carol Oates: A Book of American Martyrs

Joyce Carol Oates discusses A Book of American Martyrs, a novel about what women are going to make of the American dream.

May 17, 2018
Leslie Jamison: The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath is a book about the nightmare of feeling not enough, Jamison travels all 360 degrees of wanting to be the best and the worst, and has a great struggle to live in the middle ground.

May 10, 2018
Rachel Kushner: The Mars Room

Rachel Kushner discusses The Mars Room, a novel set in a women’s correctional facility, a dazzling novel full of surprising details that can’t be forgotten.

May 03, 2018
Carol Muske-Dukes: Blue Rose

Carol Muske-Dukes discusses her book, Blue Rose. The poetry is written at the highest level but it’s about daily life: poetry as life story.

Apr 26, 2018
Christine Schutt: Pure Hollywood

Christine Schutt says her writing takes place in a danger zone. In Pure Hollywood, one novella and ten stories, she writes beyond weird, at a level that both frightens and empowers.

Apr 19, 2018
Junot Diaz: Islandborn

Devastatingly beautiful, soulful, a fulfillment of a promise to his goddaughter, Junot Diaz’s Islandborn offers a new map into children’s books.

Apr 12, 2018
Lynne Tillman: Men and Apparitions

A novel trapped in the mind of a very unusual man. Lynne Tillman writes with wit that makes the reader dance.

Apr 05, 2018
Sean Penn: Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

A transcendent apocalyptic satire, an outrageous improvisation of a book, embedded with the rhythms of American prose, Sean Penn discusses his first novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.

Mar 29, 2018
Roberta Allen: The Princess of Herself

Roberta Allen says every truth can work as fiction. She discusses writing into the essence of a story. The Princess of Herself is interconnected stories of familiar but monstrous people not normally written about.

Mar 22, 2018
Ann Beattie and Richard Bausch: The Complete Stories of Peter Taylor

Two brilliant writers talk about a brilliant writer: Ann Beattie and Richard Bausch discuss the haunted dreamscapes of the short fiction of Peter Taylor.

Mar 15, 2018
Mokhtar Alkhanshali and Dave Eggers: The Monk of Mokha

For The Monk of Mokha, Dave Eggers writes the story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali bridging the country of his ancestors with the country where he lives. This is a conversation about the fate of immigrant life in America.

Mar 08, 2018