USA Noir

USA Noir:Barbara’s story, “Crazy for You,” that was published in 2010 in Orange County Noir is included in USA Noir: Best of Akashic’s Noir Series, released November, 2013. The new anthology includes short stories by some of the greats in the suspense field: T. Jefferson Parker, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, and more. Details and purchase information ».

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Ann Beattie and Ron Rash on Writers on Writing

Short story author Ann Beattie, The State We’re In: Maine Stories, joins Marrie Stone to talk about why Maine, although home, remains a mystery to her.  She discusses compelling women, the danger of linked short stories, and more.

In the second half, Ron Rash returns to the show to discuss his latest novel, Above the Waterfall.  He shares his thoughts on the importance of place, redemption, and his reluctance about embracing the “southern writer”  label.

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(Broadcast date: October 21, 2015)

Colum McCann & John Freeman on Writers on Writing

Colum McCann joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest novella and short story collection, Thirteen Ways of Looking.  He talks about his attack in New Haven, how it’s impacted his writing, what remains important to him, and what single novel he returns to again and again.

In the second half, John Freeman talks about editing the anthology, Tales of Two Cities, The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York.  He discusses the NY housing crisis, the juxtaposition of wealth in NY, treating people with dignity, and how homelessness can divide a family.

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(Broadcast date: November 18, 2015)

Julie Pierpont and Adam Johnson on Writers on Writing

Debut novelist Julia Pierpont, author of Among the Ten Thousand Things, joins Marrie Stone to talk about shifting points of view, new ways to approach old topics, and the virtue of MFAs.

In the second half, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and National Book Award short story writer Adam Johnson discusses his latest collection, Fortune Smiles.  Adam talks about his quirky childhood, his hands-on research process, what drives his curiosities, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: August 19, 2015)

Lauren Groff and Garth Risk Hallberg on Writers on Writing

Lauren Groff, author of the National Book Award-nominated novel, Fates and Furies, talks to Nicole Nelson about how she came to realize she was writing one book, and not two, about the tale of a marriage. She also discusses her approach to tackling plot, and the importance of staying with your work. In the second half, debut novelist Garth Risk Hallberg, author of City on Fire, talks about being drawn to the Victorian novel, the art of bringing chapters to a close, and how when something isn’t working it means that either you shouldn’t do it, or you should do more of it.

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(Broadcast date: November 4, 2015)

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