Fiction

Chris Bohjalian: "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands"

Chris Bohjalian: "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands"

July 9, 2014

Best-selling author Chris Bohjalian's latest novel is narrated by Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living on the streets of Burlington, Vermont. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in rural Vermont experienced a meltdown that killed both of Emily's parents. Her father was in charge of the plant and there are rumors that the meltdown may have been his fault. Diane and Chris Bohjalian discuss "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" and what he believes are his greatest challenges as a writer.

Akhil Sharma: "Family Life" (Rebroadcast)

Akhil Sharma: "Family Life" (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2014

The author of the best-seller "An Obedient Father" speaks with Diane about his latest novel , which tells the story of the Mishra family as it moves from Delhi to Queens in the late 1970s.

Readers' Review: "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

Readers' Review: "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

June 25, 2014

Hazel and Augustus, the main characters in the young adult novel “The Fault In Our Stars,” are not your average teens: They both have cancer. For this month’s Readers’ Review guest host Katty Kay discusses the best seller “The Fault In Our Stars” with our panel of experts.

Tom Rachman: "The Rise & Fall of Great Powers"

Tom Rachman: "The Rise & Fall of Great Powers"

June 23, 2014

A new novel by the author of "The Imperfectionists" tells the story of a woman who searches from Bangkok to Brooklyn to discover the long-buried secrets of her childhood. In the process, she learns how to make her own place in the world. Guest host Susan Page talks with journalist-turned-novelist Tom Rachman about his latest work of fiction.

James Joyce And The Centennial Of "Dubliners"

James Joyce And The Centennial Of "Dubliners"

June 18, 2014

James Joyce's classic short story collection "Dubliners" turns 100 this month. His portrait of "dear dirty Dublin" shocked the conventional literary world of 1914. Guest host Tom Gjelten and his guests explore the legacy of the Irish novelist and poet many call one of the 20th century's greatest writers.

Peter Finn and Petra Couvee: "The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, The CIA, And The Battle Over A Forbidden Book"

Peter Finn and Petra Couvee: "The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, The CIA, And The Battle Over A Forbidden Book"

June 17, 2014

The dramatic and little-known story of the publication of "Dr. Zhivago" and how the epic novel about the 1917 Russian Revolution became a secret CIA weapon between East and West during the Cold War.

Readers' Review: "The Secret History" By Donna Tartt

Readers' Review: "The Secret History" By Donna Tartt

May 28, 2014

For our next Readers' Review: "The Secret History." Set on a college campus, a scholarship student joins a sophisticated clique that harbors dark secrets. Published in 1992, it's the first novel by Donna Tartt, winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Andres Neuman: "Talking To Ourselves"

Andres Neuman: "Talking To Ourselves"

April 21, 2014

A dying father takes his 10-year-old son on their last road trip together and the mother is left to deal with her grief: The latest novel by one of Latin America's most respected young writers.

Akhil Sharma: "Family Life"

Akhil Sharma: "Family Life"

April 15, 2014

The author of the best-seller "An Obedient Father" speaks with Diane about his latest novel , which tells the story of the Mishra family as it moves from Delhi to Queens in the late 1970s.

Teju Cole: "Every Day Is For The Thief"

March 25, 2014

The story of a Nigerian-American doctor who returns to his native Lagos and rediscovers what he loves and hates about the city. The author of "Open City" on his new book and his experiments with photography and social media.

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