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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

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Charles Yu: Interior Chinatown

Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown is a contemporary novel about dealing with the difficulty of being whoever you are.

Feb 27, 2020
Translators Suzanne Jill Levine, Jessica Powell, and Katie Lateef-Jan: The Promise and Forgotten Journey by Silvina Ocampo

A discovery readers have been waiting for, more Silvina Ocampo finally translated into English: The Promise and Forgotten Journey.

Feb 20, 2020
Tobias Wolff: This Boy’s Life

One of the first books within a huge movement that restored respectability to memoirs, This Boy’s Life celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, and Tobias Wolff celebrates thirty years since being on Bookworm.

Feb 13, 2020
Fanny Howe: Love and I

Love and I, poems by Fanny Howe, about love, the failure of love, and the transformation of love over the years.

Feb 06, 2020
Garth Greenwell: Cleanness

Garth Greenwell discusses seeking human truths by writing into an abyss, and his new novel Cleanness.

Jan 30, 2020
Daniel Mendelsohn: Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones

Daniel Mendelsohn’s Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones is an uncommon collection of essays that intertwine the personal with the intellectual and critical.

Jan 23, 2020
Jonathan Blum: The Usual Uncertainties

Jonathan Blum wrote characters with open destinies, in stories with open endings, for his new book of short stories, The Usual Uncertainties.

Jan 16, 2020
Ben Lerner: The Topeka School

Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04 find their synthesis in The Topeka School, the third in his Hegelian trilogy.

Jan 09, 2020
André Aciman: Find Me

In André Aciman’s Find Me, strokes of luck are destiny.

Jan 02, 2020
Deborah Eisenberg: Your Duck Is My Duck

Again Deborah Eisenberg demonstrates herself as a masterful and electric writer, in her new collection of seven stories, Your Duck Is My Duck.

Dec 20, 2019
Adina Hoffman on 'Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures'

Adina Hoffman’s "Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures" is about a man of multitudes.

Dec 19, 2019
Chris Ware: Rusty Brown

Chris Ware’s Rusty Brown depicts life the way it is: jam packed with details, the closer you look the ever more there is.

Dec 12, 2019
Lawrence Weschler: And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks

And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks by Lawrence Weschler is a book that can only be itself.

Dec 05, 2019
Ocean Vuong: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

From the archives, Ocean Vuong speaks of leaving his thumbprint on his new novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Alternate modes of storytelling are discussed, as are narratives without intrinsic conflict. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who doesn’t read English; it is about finding joy in innovative and creative survival.

Nov 22, 2019
Lynda Barry: Making Comics

Lynda Barry’s Making Comics is a how-to graphic novel guide for people who gave up on drawing.

Nov 21, 2019
Jeanette Winterson Frankissstein: A Love Story

Jeanette Winterson’s Frankissstein: A Love Story is about time travel and body travel.

Nov 14, 2019
Lynda Barry and Chris Ware: Making Comics and Rusty Brown

Lynda Barry and Chris Ware discuss the culture of comics, and their new books, Making Comics and Rusty Brown

Nov 07, 2019
John Freeman and Robin Coste Lewis Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on California

John Freeman and Robin Coste Lewis discuss Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on California.

Oct 31, 2019
Harold Bloom: The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible

In tribute, from the archives, a conversation with Harold Bloom (1930-2019) in his apartment to talk about his book, The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible. A discussion officially about the great King James translation of the Old and New Testaments. But when you talk with Harold Bloom, you talk about everything—politics, poetry, teaching, aging, reading and ultimately, respect.

Oct 24, 2019
Benjamin Moser: Sontag: Her Life and Work

Benjamin Moser’s Sontag: Her Life and Work is interested in the writing and ideas of Susan Sontag.

Oct 17, 2019
Salman Rushdie: Quichotte (Part Two)

Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte is explored as a modern take on the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, with the opera Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet a strong influence.

Oct 10, 2019
Salman Rushdie: Quichotte (Part One)

Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte depicts the pleasures of fiction.

Oct 03, 2019
Emma Donoghue: Akin

The structure of Emma Donoghue’s Akin leads the reader through one surprise after another.

Sep 26, 2019
Cathleen Schine: The Grammarians
Language-loving twin sisters discover themselves united by passion but separated by needs in The Grammarians, the eleventh book by Cathleen Schine.
Sep 19, 2019
Mary Ruefle: Dunce
Dunce, by Mary Ruefle, finds meaning everywhere.
Sep 12, 2019