Authors

Autobiography of Mark Twain

December 1, 2010

Mark Twain left instructions that his unedited autobiography not be published until one hundred years after his death. This year marks the centennial of the author’s demise. The first of three large volumes was just published. In it the...

Anne Rice:  "Of Love and Evil"

Anne Rice: "Of Love and Evil"

November 29, 2010

In the new book, "Of Love and Evil,” Tobey O’Dare is a former government assassin who changes his life by working for angels. The story is part of Anne Rice’s series “Songs of Seraphim.” Rice changed her own life when she...

A.E. Hotchner: "Paul and Me" (Doubleday) (Rebroadcast)

A.E. Hotchner: "Paul and Me" (Doubleday) (Rebroadcast)

November 26, 2010

Author A.E. Hotchner's intimate account of his remarkable fifty-three year friendship with Hollywood icon Paul Newman. The two met on a television project in 1955. Many decades later, they started Newman's Own food line as a prank and...

Helen Simonson:  "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" (Rebroadcast)

Helen Simonson: "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" (Rebroadcast)

November 26, 2010

A proper, proud, retired British officer courts a local widow of Pakistani descent in this debut novel. Author Helen Simonson discusses the power of romance to transcend modern stereotypes about culture and religion.

Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking) (Rebroadcast)

Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking) (Rebroadcast)

November 25, 2010

Rosanne Cash on finding her voice. The oldest daughter of legendary singer Johnny Cash has a new memoir on growing up in the context of her family legacy. She also has a new cd of what her father called essential country songs.

Readers Review: "Hannah Coulter" by Wendell Berry

November 24, 2010

Diane invites listeners to join a discussion of "Hannah Coulter" by Wendell Berry. Hannah is an old woman who has experienced much loss but has never been defeated. Hannah is a twice-widowed mother of three. She finds herself...

Darin Strauss:  "Half a Life"

Darin Strauss: "Half a Life"

November 22, 2010

A novelist tells us about how his life changed irrevocably with the accidental death of a high school classmate.

Salman Rushdie: "Luka and the Fire of Life"

November 18, 2010

Salman Rushdie talks about his new book, written as a gift for his teenage son. It features a boy on an old-fashioned quest to rescue his fading father and his imaginary world.

Mark Vonnegut: "Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So"

November 8, 2010

Kurt Vonnegut's son gives an intimate glimpse of what it was like to grow up with a used car salesman turned iconic author. Mark Vonnegut also gives his account of coping with mental illness and finding his calling as a pediatrician.

Antonia Fraser: "Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter" (Doubleday)

November 4, 2010

Diane talks with Lady Antonia Fraser about her memoir of living and loving through adversity. The best-selling historian recounts her three decades with playwright Harold Pinter -- media hysteria surrounding their affair, his famous...

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