Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Elinor Lipman, novelist and essayist.

Elinor Lipman, the author of the novel, The View from Penthouse B, and the essay collection, I Can't Complain, spent an hour on the show talking about her work and writing and so much else with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett.

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(Broadcast date: May 15, 2012)

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Novelist Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This (Random House, 2014) joins Barbara for an hour of literary talk about his new novel, how it began, revising, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: Aug. 20, 2014)

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Alex Tizon and Carl Phillips

Alex Tizon, the author of Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He joins Nicole Nelson for a conversation about stereotypes in fiction and other art, journaling, and writing about identity. Then Carl Phillips, the author of The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination and a distinguished poet with awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Pushcart Prize, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry, talks about intentional and unintentional daring, life as a form of revision, and why we read poetry. 

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(Broadcast date: August 13, 2014)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bay Area Literary agent Andy Ross

I love that Andy Ross is the former owner of Cody's Books in Berkeley, and that I went there when I first moved to San Francisco after college. When The Satanic Verses came out, someone threw a pipe bomb through the window (it didn't explode), and the staff voted unanimously to continue to sell the controversial novel (was there ever a more controversial novel??).

"That was my proudest moment in bookselling," Andy says on his website,

He's was on the show, for the entire hour, Andy talks about what his agency takes on, publishing, Amazon, and more. He was great fun to talk to, and I hope to do it again.

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 (Broadcast date: August 6, 2014)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Joanna Rakoff & Kseniya Melnik

Joanna Rakoff shares her memoir, My Salinger Year, with Marrie.  She talks about the similarities between memoir and fiction, the right time to write a memoir, and what she learned about publishing and writing from her year of working with a literary agent.  Kseniya Melnik joins in the second half to discuss her debut short story collection, Snow in May.  She discusses the importance of place, dialogue, and writing in a language that's not her own.

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(Broadcast date: July 16, 2014)