Book Reviews
3:47 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

In 'Life After Life,' Caught In The Dangerous Machinery of History

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 8:56 pm

Flannery O'Connor said short stories need to have a beginning, a middle and an end, though not necessarily in that order. But what about novels? Kate Atkinson seems to believe there can be a beginning, a middle and an end, and then another beginning, plus several more middles ... and why not have a beginning again?

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The Sound of Books
12:58 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Page-Turning Debut Novel About Race in 1960s Alabama

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the acclaimed debut novel from prize-winning historian Robert J. Norrell: Eden Rise.

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The Reading Life
1:39 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

The Reading Life with Nathaniel Rich and Pam Houston

This week on The Reading Life we meet novelist Nathaniel Rich, author of The Mayor's Tongue and Odds Against Tomorrow.

Then we'll talk with  book collector Mark Samuels Lasner, and novelist Pam Houston, whose most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted.

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The Sound of Books
2:54 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Top Marks for New Mohsin Hamid Novel — "How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely-praised and highly recommended new novel by Mohsin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.

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The Reading Life
1:47 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Spectacular Wickedness and Edible Books


This week on The Reading Life: Emily Epstein Landau talks about Spectacular Wickedness: Sex, Race and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans.

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The Sound of Books
12:17 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Susan Straight's Highly Recommended New Novel "Between Heaven and Here"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new novel from award-winning author Susan Straight — Between Heaven and Here.

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The Reading Life
1:35 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

The Reading Life's Tennessee Williams Fest Preview

The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival is the big event in town this week, and The Reading Life is there.

We present festival guests, including first-time novelist and Oprah pick Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie; playwright John Biguenet, whose new work is Mold; and Elena Passarello, the first woman to win the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest, and author of a book of essays entitled, appropriately enough, Let Me Clear My Throat.

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Author Interviews
2:59 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Famine Ship Jeanie Johnston Sailed Through Grim Odds

Free Press

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 6:48 pm

Many of the 35 million Americans of Irish descent are here due to the worst famine to hit Europe in the 19th century, the Irish potato famine.

It drove more than a million people to flee mass starvation, many climbing aboard ships they hoped would ferry them to a better life in the New World. But the fate they would meet on what came to be known as "coffin ships" was often as grim or worse than the fate they were leaving behind; 100,000 passengers didn't survive the journey.

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The Reading Life
1:42 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Thomas Keith and Brenda Marie Osbey

Thomas Keith.

This week on The Reading Life, Susan gives listeners an advance look at The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival with actor, writer, and theater professor Thomas Keith, who edits Williams' work for New Directions. He will talk about his long reading of Williams' plays and memoirs.

Then, former Louisiana State Poet Laureate Brenda Marie Osbey, also appearing at the Festival, will give us a look behind the making of her new collection, History and Other Poems.

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6:38 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Book News: Hippies Were Dirty And Liked Music By Satanists, Louisiana Textbook Claims

Paintings adorn the "Magic Bus" on display at a museum built on the site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 9:00 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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