Fiction

John Irving:  "In One Person:  A Novel"

John Irving: "In One Person: A Novel"

May 9, 2012

Sexual ambiguity and desire are at the center of John Irving's latest novel, "In One Person." The best-selling author reflects on the early days of the AIDS crisis and argues for sexual tolerance.

Andres Neuman: "Traveler of the Century"

May 7, 2012

One of Spain’s best-selling authors on his first English-language translation. Set in nineteenth century Europe, it's the story of forbidden love, intrigue and the meaning of identity.

Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor"

May 2, 2012

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

Readers' Review: "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt

March 21, 2012

For our March Readers' Review, Diane and her guests will discuss a classic modern memoir. It's the story of an Irish childhood shaped not just by poverty but also a resilient spirit. We hope you will join us to discuss "Angela's Ashes" on Wednesday, March 21.

Readers' Review: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton

Readers' Review: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton

February 22, 2012

For our February Readers’ Review: A tragic love story about a poor farmer who falls for his ailing wife’s cousin. We hope you’ll join us for the discussion of Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton on Wednesday, February 22.

Adam Johnson: "The Orphan Master's Son"

Adam Johnson: "The Orphan Master's Son"

January 31, 2012

Diane talks to author Adam Johnson about his new novel, "The Orphan Master's Son" which follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.

Readers' Review: "The Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth

Readers' Review: "The Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth

January 18, 2012

For our January Readers' Review, Diane selected a classic thriller by Frederick Forsyth. "The Day of the Jackal" traces the preparations of a professional assassin hired to kill French President Charles De Gaulle.

Readers' Review: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson (Rebroadcast)

Readers' Review: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 2011

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" features a middle-aged investigative journalist and a youthful computer hacker struggling with personal demons. It is the first book of a Scandinavian crime fiction trilogy by Stieg Larsson. He died four...

Michael Ondaatje: "The Cat's Table"

December 8, 2011

The Booker Prize winning author of "The English Patient" discusses his latest book titled "The Cat's Table."

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow" (Rebroadcast)

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow" (Rebroadcast)

November 24, 2011

A novel about two girls with the same father. One knows; the other doesn't. Exploring the cascading psychological effects of family secrets.

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