Fiction

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...

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.

Reza Aslan: "Tablet and Pen"

November 16, 2010

An Iranian-American writer talks about fostering understanding through literature. He opens a window to the history of the modern Middle East and its diverse cultures through the words of its most influential writers, some translated into English for the first time.

Readers' Review: Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities"

October 20, 2010

A Readers' Review of "A Tale of Two Cities." Charles Dicken's classic novel about the social ills plaguing London and Paris before and during the French Revolution.

Nicholas Evans: "The Brave"

Nicholas Evans: "The Brave"

October 14, 2010

The author of "The Horse Whisperer" describes how an ordeal with poisonous mushrooms influenced his new novel. It centers on an estranged father and son, each dealing with dark secrets and struggling with notions of bravery.

Myla Goldberg: "The False Friend"

October 13, 2010

The bestselling author of the Bee Season presents her latest novel. It's a complex psychological drama about what happens when the ignorance of youth comes crashing against the wisdom of adulthood.

Readers Review:  "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen

Readers Review: "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen

September 22, 2010

Listeners are invited to join Diane for a conversation about the novel which put author Jonathan Franzen on the literary map. "The Corrections" is a tragic-comic look at an American family at the end of the twentieth century as each of...

Richard Harvell: "The Bells"

Richard Harvell: "The Bells"

September 14, 2010

A new novel takes us from an abbey in rural Switzerland to the slums and courts of 18 th century Vienna to tell the story of a singer worshiped by opera lovers as an angel. The beauty and tragedy behind this voice.

Per Petterson:  "I Curse the River of Time"

Per Petterson: "I Curse the River of Time"

September 13, 2010

The story of a man dealing with divorce, a dying parent and lost identity at the end of the cold war. Best-selling Norwegian author Per Petterson on a son's attempt to finally connect with the mother he adores.

Readers' Review:  "A Room With a View" by E.M. Forster

Readers' Review: "A Room With a View" by E.M. Forster

August 25, 2010

Our August Readers' Review discusses this classic novel about a middle-class, 19th century British girl who vacations in Florence.

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