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Tom Perotta on Writers on Writing on KUCI-FM in Irvine, CA

Tom Perrotta, author of Mrs. Fletcher, joins Marrie for the entire hour to talk about sex in the new millennium, whether technology can affect desire, how male writers can effectively access the female point of view, writing through the various stages of life, humor, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: October 11, 2017)

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Dispatch from the Typosphere

Thank  you, Richard Polt, author of The Typewriter Revolution, for your wonderful book and inspiration. If you saw the documentary, California Typewriter, you’ve seen Richard and were introduced to the Typewriter Manifesto. The following was written using a Hermes 3000 typewriter and it was inspired by my Literary Posse students.


Novelist Jennifer Egan on Writers on Writing, 88.9 FM KUCI in Irvine, CA

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach, A Visit from the Goon Squad, and Look at Me, joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett for the entire hour. Jennifer is a writer’s writer, so generous in sharing her writing process.

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(Broadcast date: Oct. 18, 2017)

Nathan Englander and Alisyn Camerota on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist and short story writer Nathan Englander joins Marrie to talk about his latest “turducken” of a novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth. They chat about humor, how the personal becomes universal, the benefits of writing as an ex-pat, and how to write intentional chaos.

In the second half, CNN correspondent and novelist Alisyn Camerota joins to talk about her debut, Amanda Wakes Up. She talks about writing what you know, how she did (or did not) predict the 2016 election, her thoughts on how journalism has changed, and the magic of writing 5 minutes a day.

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(Broadcast date: September 20, 2017)