Books

The Sound of Books
7:20 am
Wed July 11, 2012

New Memoir From Ultra-Successful New York City Restaurateur Joe Bastianich

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the new memoir from ultra-successful New York City restaurateur Joe Bastianich — Restaurant Man.

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The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Melanated Writers Collective and Little Free Libraries

This week on The Reading Life, meet members of the Melanated Writers Collective, an alliance of writers of color celebrating two years of working together. Kelly Harris and Neil Ranu talk about the importance of writerly support. And Linda Prout gives an update on the way Little Free Libraries are popping up all over our city.

Author Interviews
3:42 pm
Sat July 7, 2012

'Agent Garbo,' The Spy Who Lied About D-Day

Juan Pujol Garcia in his uniform as a lieutenant in the Spanish Republican Army.
Courtesy Tamara Kreisler

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 12:50 pm

Juan Pujol Garcia lived a lie that helped win World War II. He was a double agent for the British, performing so well that they nicknamed him for the enigmatic actress Greta Garbo.

Author Stephan Talty tells the story of this unlikely hero in a new book called Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day.

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Africa
10:45 am
Thu July 5, 2012

'African Booker' Defies Image Of Tragic Continent

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 11:01 am

The Caine Prize for African Writing recognizes an African writer each year for a short story written in English. This year's prize went to Nigerian Rotimi Babatunde for "Bombay's Republic." It's about a Nigerian soldier who fought in Burma during World War II. Host Michel Martin talks with Babatunde and CNN's Nima Elbagir, one of the judges.

Books
10:45 am
Thu July 5, 2012

What Happens When The Honeymoon Is Over?

From the flowers, to the dress, to the cake, it's easy for brides to get caught up in planning the wedding. But after the honeymoon, a lot of couples ask, "now what?" Wedding Cake for Breakfast features essays by 23 brides in the year after they say "I do." Host Michel Martin talks with co-editor Wendy Sherman and contributor Andrea King Collier.

The Reading Life
6:45 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

NOLA Gay History and Bayou Soul Conference

This week on The Reading Life, Frank Perez and Jeffrey Palmquist talk about In Exile: The History and Lore Surrounding New Orleans Gay Culture and Its Oldest Gay Bar, and Clarence Nero tells us what's in store at the Bayou Soul Writers Conference.

American Dreams: Then And Now
4:37 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Deval Patrick Says The Dream Is In Danger

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 11:03 am

Deval Patrick says he's living the American dream. He's the first black governor of Massachusetts, one of only two ever elected as governor in American history. But he says many Americans feel the dream is under threat. Host Michel Martin speaks with Governor Patrick about his new book, Faith In The Dream.

The Sound of Books
8:02 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

New Collection of Essays by Longtime Gourmet Magazine Wine Editor Gerald Asher

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the new collection of essays by longtime Gourmet Magazine wine editor Gerald Asher — A Vineyard in My Glass.

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The Sound of Books
7:46 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Widely Acclaimed Debut Novel Set in 2008 Financial Crisis

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — The Darlings, the widely-acclaimed debut novel by Cristina Alger, set against the 2008 financial crisis.

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The Reading Life
6:45 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Oscar-winning Filmmaker and Author William Joyce

This week on The Reading Life: The fabulous William Joyce, Oscar-winning filmmaker, author of more than 50 books, and all-around Louisiana treasure, on his new film and book, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. This event was recorded Friday, June 22, at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts after a screening of the film.

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