Arts & Culture

Rita Dove: "Sonata Mulattica" (Norton) (Rebroadcast)

May 25, 2009

Former U-S Poet Laureate Rita Dove is known for exploring history, race and culture. She discusses her latest collection of poetry which tells the true story of a forgotten biracial violinist who inspired Beethoven.

Abraham Verghese "Cutting For Stone" (Knopf) (Rebroadcast)

May 25, 2009

A physician talks about writing a sweeping medical saga set in India, Ethiopia, and New York City.

Readers' Review: "The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

May 20, 2009

To mark the anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birth 150 years ago this month, Diane and her guests discuss the most famous of his mysteries. It's the tale of an ancient curse and a savage ghostly beast.

Colm Toibin: "Brooklyn" (Scribner)

May 18, 2009

Irish author Colm Toibin discusses his latest novel. Set in Ireland and Brooklyn in the 1950s, it challenges the conventional immigration story.

Reif Larsen: "The Selected Works of T.S, Spivet"

May 12, 2009

The author of a new novel about a brainy twelve-year old with a passion for map-making explains why he decided to present it with words on the page and diagrams in the margins.

Rita Dove: "Sonata Mulattica" (Norton)

May 5, 2009

Former U-S Poet Laureate Rita Dove is known for exploring history, race and culture. She discusses her latest collection of poetry which tells the true story of a forgotten biracial violinist who inspired Beethoven.

Readers' Review: "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel  Barbery

April 22, 2009

One French critic called "The Elegance of the Hedgehog "the ultimate celebration of every person's invisible part." Diane invites listeners to join in a discussion of this international best-seller by French novelist and professor of...

Mary McGarry Morris: "The Last Secret" (Random House)

April 7, 2009

Mary McGarry Morris presents her latest novel. It explores the dangerous burden of not facing the truth as long-buried secrets threaten to unravel the life of a woman who seems to have everything.

Jack Horner: "How To Build A Dinosaur" (Dutton)

April 2, 2009

Advances in the science of evolutionary development could soon make it possible to create a living dinosaur. This creature would offer clues to the past, hope for future medical advances, and a host of ethical issues. Why extinct no...

Jim Lehrer: "Oh, Johnny" (Random House) (Rebroadcast)

March 29, 2009

Jim Lehrer, host of The NewsHour on P.B.S., returns to discuss his latest novel. It's the story of a young marine whose life is changed by a chance encounter on his way to fight in World War Two and how life doesn't always go according to...

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