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Friday, May 27, 2016

Novelists Dana Spiotta & Jung Yun

Dana Spiotta, author of Innocents and Others, and Jung Yun, author of Shelter talk with Barbara about outlines or the lack thereof, POV, tense, film, home invasions, where stories come from, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: May 25, 2016)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Arna Bontemps Hemenway and Patricia Engel with Nicole Nelson

Arna Bontemps Hemenway, author of the short story collection Elegy on Kinderklavier, joins co-host Nicole Nelson to discuss writing about loss, inhabiting his characters emotionally, overcoming a challenging period in his own writing life post-MFA, and how the most important thing you can make a story isn't clever or topical, or anything else besides making it meaningful to you.

In the second half, Patricia Engel, author of The Veins of the Ocean, talks about the origins of this novel as a short story, her strategy for handling plot, doing research as needed, using dialogue sparingly, letting her life by the ocean influence the story, and more.

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[Note: Audio begins immediately with the interview with Arna, without a show introduction, due to technical difficulties.]

(Broadcast date: May 18, 2016)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Boris Fishman

Bestselling novelist Chitra Divakaruni joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest novel in stories, Before We Visit the Goddess  She talks about the importance of writers' groups, the revision process, the distance necessary to write about place, the immigrant experience, how her characters have grown with her, and what subjects retain her focus and interest.

In the second half, Boris Fishman joins to talk about his novel, Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo.  He shares his rules for writing authentic sex scenes, writing from a woman's point of view, the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone as a writer, how Montana has captured his heart, and more.

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(Broadcast date: April 27, 2016)

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Memoirists Wendy Lawless and Rob Roberge

Wendy Lawless, author of Heart of Glass, and Rob Roberge, author of Liar, join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to discuss the art and craft of writing memoir. Both will be featured authors at the Pen on Fire Speaker Series on May 17, 2016. More here.

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 (Broadcast date: May 4, 2016)

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Ayelet Tsabari and Markus Zusak

Israeli author Ayelet Tsabari joins Marrie Stone to talk about her short story collection, The Best Place on Earth. She talks about writing in her second language, creating a compelling setting, the unique Israeli perspective on the world and how it impacts her writing, and much more.

In the second half, international bestselling author Markus Zusak talks about the re-release of his highly acclaimed novel, The Book Thief.  He shares many insights into his writing process, his writing notebooks, how he arrived at the novel's unique point of view, his favorite characters, and more.

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(Broadcast date: April 13, 2016)