Fiction

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.

Marilynne Robinson: "Gilead" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) (Rebroadcast)

November 24, 2005

Twenty-four years have passed since her first critically acclaimed novel. Marilynne Robinson presents her long-awaited second novel about an aging minister reflecting on his abolitionist ancestors, spirituality, and the mysteries of life.

Scott Turow: "Ordinary Heroes" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

November 3, 2005

The acclaimed author of "Presumed Innocent" and "Reversible Errors" discusses his new novel. Set during World War II, it's the story of espionage, betrayal, love and a son trying to unearth his father's mysterious past.

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

October 28, 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.

Robert Bausch: "Out of Season" (Harcourt)

September 30, 2005

A novel about a 13 year-old boy killed by his brother and a father's attempt to understand the circumstances behind the killing. It's also the story of a fading Virginia tourist town, a bully who rules the residents, and a young woman in...

Salman Rushdie: "Shalimar The Clown" (Random House)

September 13, 2005

The author presents his latest novel. It deals with the roots of terrorism as seen in the aftermath of the Kashmir conflict, when the fates of a World War II resistance hero and a Kashmiri dancing girl converge.

Elizabeth Kostova: "The Historian" (Little, Brown) (Rebroadcast)

August 31, 2005

One of the summer's hottest reads is a first novel by a woman who wrote in obscurity for ten years. She talks with Diane about writing a fresh take on the Dracula legend as seen through the eyes of scholars.

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