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Friday, April 21, 2017

Jonathan Lethem & Deb Olin Unferth on Writers on Writing

Jonathan Lethem, author of More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers, joins Marrie to talk about the books and writers he loves, his pen-pal relationship with Thomas Berger, the value of misinterpreting an author's work, some fabulous advice for writers, how to read like a writer, and much much more.

In the second half, Deb Olin Unferth shares her collection, Wait Till You See Me Dance.  She talks about the art of flash fiction, how her experiences in war and prisons influence her writing, but why she never seeks out those experiences to serve her writing, and she deconstructs one of her stories from inception to completion.

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(Broadcast date: April 5, 2017)

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Ariel Levy and Caitriona Lally on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine

Memoirist and New Yorker writer Ariel Levy joins Marrie Stone to talk about her memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply.  She shares her story of losing her wife, her son, and her life in rapid succession, and deriving a narrative arc out of her life.  She discusses how to dig deep into her life for answers, while protecting the loved ones who appear in her book.

In the second half, Caitriona Lally talks about her debut novel, Eggshells.  She talks about writing an unsavory character, her obsession with lists, how losing her job helped her write the novel, how physical work (housecleaning) aids her writing, and the value of walking her city with her own feet, but with the eyes of her character.

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(Broadcast date: March 15, 2017)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Elinor Lipman and Marcia Clark talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on KUCI-FM

Novelists Elinor Lipman, author of On Turpentine Lane, and Marcia Clark, author of her new series, Blood Defense and Moral Defense, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their novels.

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(Broadcast date: March 29, 2017)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Novelists Jami Attenberg and Jean Hanff Korelitz with Nicole Nelson

Jami Attenberg, author of All Grown Uptalks to guest host Nicole Nelson about writing dialogue that she knows won't be used in the novel just so that "the characters get to know each other," the importance of figuring out what you do well as a writer and doing it a lot, so that you start to do it automatically, and her message to aspiring writers: there are no shortcuts.

In the second half of the show, Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of The Devil and Webster, talks about
how this book came to her fully formed,writing about the theme of women wearing their power with great discomfort, and at great personal cost, and how, in her experience, if you are brave enough to go forward without knowing everything that is going to happen in your book, eventually you will be rewarded with the answer.

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(Broadcast date: March 22, 2017)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Melissa Febos and Caite Dolan Leach on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Memoirist Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me, joins co host Marrie Stone to talk about how this new book is both braver and more personal than her former memoir, Whip Smart.  She discusses how to go deep, protecting the ones you love in writing, how to structure a memoir as a book of essays, and much more.

In the second half, Caite Dolan Leach joins Marrie to talk about her novel, Dead Letters.  She talks about writing unlikable characters, creating suspense, and more.

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(Broadcast date: March 1, 2017)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Novelist Kevin Canty and literary agent Noah Lukeman on Writers on Writing with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Kevin Canty, author of The Underworld, and literary agent Noah Lukeman, author of The First Five Pages, talk with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their work and the business of publishing.

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 (Broadcast date: March 8, 2017)

Friday, March 10, 2017

George Saunders on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

George Saunders joins co-host Marrie Stone for the entire hour to talk about his novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.  He shares his perspectives on empathy, compassion, the role of the artist in the current political climate, his views on death and dying, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: February 15, 2017)

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Poet Stephen Dunn & memoirist/novelist Judith Freeman

Stephen Dunn, author of Whereas, and Judith Freeman, author of the memoir, The Latter Days, talk with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their work.

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(Broadcast date: Feb. 22, 2017)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Roxane Gay & Kayla Rae Whitaker

Novelist, essayist and short story writer Roxane Gay joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest collection of stories, Difficult Women.  In the second half, debut novelist Kayla Rae Whitaker joins to share her novel, The Animators.  Both women talk about writing in the Trump era, the role of class, feminism, misogyny, and more.

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(Broadcast date: February 8, 2017)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sarah Manguso and Elan Mastai

Poet and essayist Sarah Manguso joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest, 300 Arguments.  She discusses the importance of writing and journaling through dangerous political times, the role of mothering in her writing life, how the state of the world impacts her work, and more.

In the second half, Elan Mastai joins to share his debut novel, All Our Wrong Todays.  He talks about creating a science fiction world, the role of identity in his own life and how it's mirrored in the novel, and more.

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(Broadcast date: January 25, 2017)

Friday, February 03, 2017

Chris Bohjalian & Manjula Martin with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Chris Bohjalian, author of The Sleepwalker, and Manjula Martin, author of Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, spend the hour talking with Barbara about the art and business of writing.

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 (Broadcast date: Feb. 1, 2017)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, is Barbara's guest for the entire hour. He talks about his new book of short stories, The Refugees, and his nonfiction book--the bookend to The Sympathizer--Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

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(Broadcast date: January 18, 2017)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Reed Karaim & Luis Alberto Urrea

Novelist Reed Karaim joins Marrie Stone to talk about his novel, The Winter in Anna.  Reed discusses the unknowable nature of characters and human beings, and the unconventional yet effective approach he chose to reveal character.  He talks about writing his hometown landscape, his elegy to the newspaper industry, and bringing minor characters to life.

In the second half, Luis Alberto Urrea joins to talk about his latest story collection, The Water Museum.  Luis shares his funny, poignant, very personal, and always heartfelt perspectives on the world and where it's headed.  And listening to his infectious love of music, lyrics, and language is always inspiring.

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 (Broadcast date: January 4, 2017)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Joshua Mohr and David Francis

Joshua Mohr, author of the new memoir, Sirens (Two Dollar Radio), and David Francis, author of the new novel, Wedding Bush Road (Counterpoint)join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to discuss their books and their writing process.

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(Broadcast date: Jan. 11, 2017)

Monday, January 09, 2017

Lisa Cron and Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Lisa Cron, author of Story Genius, published by 10 Speed Press, with Barbara. They talk about how starting with character (for fiction or memoir) is the key to unfolding the story. If you don't know your protagonist, who does? And how are you going to write a great story if you don't know whose story it is?

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(Broadcast date: Dec. 26, 2016)

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Fannie Flagg & Odie Lindsey

Bestselling novelist Fannie Flagg joins Marrie Stone to chat about her latest, The Whole Town's Talking.  Lovers of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe will fall in love all over again with Fannie's characters, her world, and her ability to render southern charm onto the page and infuse her characters with life. She talks about writing with dyslexia, how acting helps writing, and what she's learned about writing and life over the years.

In the second half, short story writer Odie Lindsey discusses his debut collection, We Come to Our Senses. He talks about his experiences in Iraq, the need to include women in the narrative of war, and the importance of the advice "revise, revise, revise."  Plus, lots of other wonderful wisdom.

 
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(Broadcast date: December 21, 2016)