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?
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.
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.
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.