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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Authors Teddy Wayne and Shawn Wong with Nicole Nelson

In the first half hour, novelist Teddy Wayne, author of Loner, talks with Nicole Nelson about leveraging spare use of the second person to add menace, building dread gradually through multiple drafts, and managing his writing time to balance work on fiction as well as being a regular contributions to The New Yorker and The New York Times.

In the second half, novelist Shawn Wong, author of American Knees, talks about his pioneering work in the field of Asian American Studies, how watching and listening closely to women helps him write rounded female characters, and how working with returning soldiers through the Red Badge Project taught him to think on his feet.

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(Broadcast date: November 30, 2016)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Novelist Caroline Leavitt and memoirist Molly Brodak talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World, and Molly Brodak, author of Bandit talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their books, and the art and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: 11/23/2016)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Shawn Shiflett and Jim Fusilli

In the first half, Shawn Shiflett, author of Hey, Liberal! talks to co-host Nicole Nelson about the challenges of humanizing evil characters, writing realistic dialogue, and how being a natural mimic helps him create authentic-sounding voices.

In the second half, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett talks to Jim Fusilli, editor of, and contributor to Crime Plus Music about how being a music critic influenced him as a fiction writer, how he finds short stories more challenging to craft than novels, and why noir seems to work better in short fiction and movies as opposed to longer formats.

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(Broadcast date: November 9, 2016)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Clarence Major and Kelly Luce on Writers on Writing

In this post-election show, Clarence Major (novelist, poet, painter, short story writer and essayist) joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest story collection, Chicago Heat and Other Stories.   What's been on his mind?  How do we love?  How do we connect?  Where do we find hope?  He shares this and more.

In the second half, Kelly Luce talks about her debut novel, Pull Me Under.  She discusses her time in Japan, and how a phenomena unique to Japanese youth influenced her novel.  Kelly also discusses working with psychologically difficult characters, what a move to present tense did for the book, and how she became a serious writer after leaving her MFA program.

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(Broadcast date: November 16, 2016)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Gina Frangello and Francine Prose

Gina Frangello, author of Every Kind of Wanting, joins Marrie Stone to talk about writing through difficult life circumstances, how literature can save us, the inspiration for her characters, and more.

In the second half, Francine Prose shares her novel Mister Monkey.  Everything is fodder for her writing.  She talks about embracing various points of view, how books have a life of their own, life coincidences, and how she tackled the "monkey problem."

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(Broadcast date: November 2, 2016)