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.

Susan Minot: "Thirty Girls"

Susan Minot: "Thirty Girls"

March 6, 2014

A novel based on the real account of 30 girls who were abducted from a boarding school in Uganda by rebels working for Joseph Kony.

Nancy Horan: "Under The Wide And Starry Sky"

Nancy Horan: "Under The Wide And Starry Sky"

January 29, 2014

The author of “Loving Frank” has turned the life of Robert Louis Stevenson into a work of historical fiction. The unexpected love affair that saved Stevenson’s life.

Isabel Allende: "Ripper"

January 27, 2014

Best-selling author Isabel Allende is known for her historical fiction and magic realism. But her new novel is a thriller about a brilliant teenage sleuth who tracks a serial killer in San Francisco.

E.L. Doctorow: "Andrew's Brain"

January 21, 2014

In his latest novel, the celebrated author takes us into the mind of a man who has inadvertently caused great harm to people he loves. An exploration of memory versus imagination and what defines consciousness.

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