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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Kim Fay with Marrie Stone and Steven Pinker with Nicole Nelson

Kim Fay, Edgar Award Finalist and author of The Map of Lost Memories talks to Marrie Stone about her passion for Southeast Asia, sustaining momentum over fourteen years of work on a project, and the value of belonging to a writing group.

Then cognitive scientist and author of the new book The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century Steven Pinker talks to Nicole Nelson about the importance of using examples in non-fiction, the shortcomings and value of the green wiggly line in MS Word, and how he earned his rank as one of the journal Science's top 50 stars of Twitter.

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(Broadcast date: December 10, 2014)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Miriam Toews and Josh Kornbluth with Nicole Nelson

Miriam Toews talks to Nicole Nelson about her new book ALL MY PUNY SORROWS. She talks about writing the hard stuff, gaining control over life through writing, and the importance of bleeding on the page. Then monologuist Josh Kornbluth talks about his influences, how he develops a show, and the comedic gold in failure. His current monologue-in-progress is Reports from the Zen Hospice: Improvs, which will run Thursdays at 8 p.m. at the Berkeley Marsh through the end of December.

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(Broadcast date: December 3, 2014)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Azar Nafisi & Lydia Millet

Azar Nafisi, bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books, joins Marrie Stone to talk about the importance of fiction and how it's a guardian of memory, what is unique about American fiction, and the necessity for a public discourse about literature.

In the second half, Lydia Millet joins to talk about her latest novel, Mermaids in Paradise.  She discusses inspiration, landscape, and how connecting two disparate concepts in fiction can lead to intriguing plot lines.

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(Broadcast date: November 19, 2014)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Robert Olen Butler & Caitlin Doughty

Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest Christopher Marlow Cobb novel, The Empire of Night, and how to utilize the "compost of the imagination" to create art. 

Licensed mortician Caitlin Doughty joins in the second half to discuss her memoir, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory.  Caitlin gives advice on how to talk to children about death, what attracted her to mortuary science, and options for after-life care most people don't know exist. 

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(Broadcast date: November 12, 2014)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Meg Wolitzer & Thrity Umrigar

New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest young adult novel, Belzhar, her attraction to young adult fiction, Sylvia Plath, and what makes a compelling character.  Thrity Umrigar joins in the second half to discuss her latest novel,  The Story Hour, and how the power of narrative has the ability to alter our world view.  

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(Broadcast date: October 15, 2014)