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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Austin Bunn & Thomas Pierce

Short story writers Austin Bunn, The Brink, and Thomas Pierce, Hall of Small Mammals, join co-host Marrie Stone.  They discuss setting, character, titles, building the arc of a collection, and more.

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(Broadcast date: June 17, 2015)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mary-Beth Hughes and Lauren Acampora

Mary-Beth Hughes, author of The Loved Ones talks to Nicole Nelson about finding her way into her novel, using sensory detail to further the narrative, and drawing from her earlier career as a modern dancer (with the Merce Cunningham studio in New York) to tell her stories. Then Lauren Acampora, author of The Wonder Garden, talks about how her false start with a novel led to this book of inter-connected short stories that she had a blast writing, how growing up in the suburbs and later choosing to live there as an adult has influenced the tales she is drawn to, and how she finds the humor in reactions from readers who don't read flap copy, thanks to a blog post by Rebecca Makkai about online reader reviews.

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(Broadcast date: June 10, 2015)

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Vendela Vida and Samantha Harvey on Writers on Writing

Nicole Nelson talks to Vendela Vida, author of The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, about the challenges and fun of writing in the second person singular, why she doesn’t read her reviews, and the value of setting a daily word goal. Then SamanthaHarvey, author of Dear Thief, discusses how setting her novel in the form of a long letter allowed the protagonist to explore a wide territory, how her dissatisfaction with academic philosophy led to a realization that she could best explore philosophical questions through writing fiction, and how having real clarity of purpose when writing a novel, knowing what its “necessity” is, working in tandem with perseverance, is crucial.

Vendela will be at Skylight Books in Los Angeles on June 15, 2015 at 7:30P.M.                                                                                                                                                       

(Broadcast date: June 3, 2015)