Fiction

Audrey Niffenegger: "Her Fearful Symmetry" (Scribner)

November 2, 2009

The author of "The Time Traveler's Wife" returns with a new novel set near a famed London cemetery. It's a mystery, a ghost story, and a love story rolled into one.

Audrey Niffenegger stayed after the show to answer [a few questions...

Margaret Atwood: "The Year of the Flood" (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)

October 29, 2009

The award-winning author presents her latest novel about a disturbing future world, including a catastrophic pandemic, genetically engineered animals, and a cult devoted to preserving all plant and animal life.

Margaret Atwood...

Anne Heller: "Ayn Rand and the World She Made" (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)

October 28, 2009

A new biography of the Russian-born philosopher whose mid-20th century novels, "Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged", extol the virtues of individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism and still spark debate today.

A.S. Byatt: "The Children's Book" (Knopf)

October 5, 2009

Award-winning author A.S. Byatt discusses her latest novel,a saga of four English families and how fairy tales can bring adults and children together.

E.L. Doctorow: "Homer and Langley" (Random House) (Rebroadcast)

September 27, 2009

Author E.L. Doctorow presents his latest novel, inspired by the true story of New York City's most famous pack rats -- the Collyer Brothers.

E.L. Doctorow: "Homer and Langley" (Random House)

September 24, 2009

Author E.L. Doctorow presents his latest novel, inspired by the true story of New York City's most famous pack rats -- the Collyer Brothers.

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.

Kathy Reichs: "Break No Bones" (Scribner)

August 24, 2006

The Fox TV series "Bones" is based on the series of Kathy Reichs novels about a forensic anthropologist named Temperance Brennan, and the novels are based on Reichs' real-life work as a forensic anthropologist. Kathy Reichs joins Diane to...

Helen Oyeyemi: "The Icarus Girl" (Doubleday) (Rebroadcast)

December 30, 2005

Diane talks with young Nigerian-British author Oyeyemi about imaginary friends, the fears and pressures of childhood, and why she wrote a book when she was supposed to be studying for exams.

Caryl Phillips: "Dancing in the Dark" (Knopf) (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 2005

Bert Williams became one of America's first black superstars during the vaudville era. The author of this fictionalized account of his life explores the contradictions between the man he was and the character he played on stage.

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