Jonathan Lethem, author of More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers, joins Marrie Stone to talk about the books and writers he loves, his pen-pal relationship with Thomas Berger, the value of misinterpreting an author’s work, some fabulous advice for writers, how to read like a writer, and much much more.
In the second half, Deb Olin Unferth shares her collection, Wait Till You See Me Dance. She talks about the art of flash fiction, how her experiences in war and prisons influence her writing, but why she never seeks out those experiences to serve her writing, and she deconstructs one of her stories from inception to completion.
(Broadcast date: April 5, 2017)
Memoirist and New Yorker writer Ariel Levy joins Marrie Stone to talk about her memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply. She shares her story of losing her wife, her son, and her life in rapid succession, and deriving a narrative arc out of her life. She discusses how to dig deep into her life for answers, while protecting the loved ones who appear in her book.
In the second half, Caitriona Lally talks about her debut novel, Eggshells. She talks about writing an unsavory character, her obsession with lists, how losing her job helped her write the novel, how physical work (housecleaning) aids her writing, and the value of walking her city with her own feet, but with the eyes of her character.
(Broadcast date: March 15, 2017)
Novelists Elinor Lipman, author of On Turpentine Lane, and Marcia Clark, author of her new series, Blood Defense and Moral Defense, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their novels.
(Broadcast date: March 29, 2017)
Memoirist Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me, joins co host Marrie Stone to talk about how this new book is both braver and more personal than her former memoir, Whip Smart. She discusses how to go deep, protecting the ones you love in writing, how to structure a memoir as a book of essays, and much more.
(Broadcast date: March 1, 2017)
Kevin Canty, author of The Underworld, and literary agent Noah Lukeman, author of The First Five Pages, talk with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their work and the business of publishing.
(Broadcast date: March 8, 2017)
George Saunders joins co-host Marrie Stone for the entire hour to talk about his novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. He shares his perspectives on empathy, compassion, the role of the artist in the current political climate, his views on death and dying, and much more.
(Broadcast date: February 15, 2017)