Novelist, essayist and short story writer Roxane Gay joins co-host Marrie Stone to talk about her latest collection of stories, Difficult Women. In the second half, debut novelist Kayla Rae Whitaker talks about her novel, The Animators. Both women discuss writing in the Trump era, the role of class, feminism, misogyny, and more.
(Broadcast date: February 8, 2017)
Poet and essayist Sarah Manguso joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest book, 300 Arguments. She discusses the importance of writing and journaling through dangerous political times, the role of mothering in her writing life, how the state of the world impacts her work, and more.
In the second half, Elan Mastai shares his debut novel, All Our Wrong Todays. He talks about creating a science fiction world, the role of identity in his own life, and how it’s mirrored in the novel.
(Broadcast date: January 25, 2017)
Chris Bohjalian, author of The Sleepwalker, and Manjula Martin, author of Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, spend the hour talking with BDB about the art and business of writing.
(Broadcast date: Feb. 1, 2017)
Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, is my guest for the entire hour. He talks about his new book of short stories, The Refugees, and his nonfiction book–the bookend to The Sympathizer—Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.
(Broadcast date: January 18, 2017)
Novelist Reed Karaim joins Marrie Stone to talk about his novel, The Winter in Anna. Reed discusses the unknowable nature of characters and human beings, and the unconventional yet effective approach he chose to reveal character. He talks about writing his hometown landscape, his elegy to the newspaper industry, and bringing minor characters to life.
In the second half, Luis Alberto Urrea joins to talk about his latest story collection, The Water Museum. Luis shares his funny, poignant, very personal, and always heartfelt perspectives on the world and where it’s headed. And listening to his infectious love of music, lyrics, and language is always inspiring.
(Broadcast date: January 4, 2017)
Joshua Mohr, author of the new memoir, Sirens (Two Dollar Radio), and David Francis, author of the new novel, Wedding Bush Road (Counterpoint), join me to discuss their books and their writing process.
(Broadcast date: Jan. 11, 2017)