Literature

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Historian Raymond Arsenault reflects on the significance of Marian Anderson

Raymond Arsenault's book The Sound of Freedom examines the 30 minute concert that helped move a nation forward.

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Dinaw Mengestu head shot.

Photo credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Dinaw Mengestu moves between Uganda and the American Midwest in his recent novel All Our Names

In All Our Names, Dinaw Mengestu explores unlikely love in the midst of conflict.

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Nathaniel Philbrick

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Why Read Moby-Dick?

In a slim, lucid  and compulsively readable book, Nathaniel Philbrick makes an enthusiastic case for taking a look at Melville’s classic.

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Fred Foote headshot.

Photo Courtesy of Fred Foote

Medic Against Bomb: Fred Foote’s first collection of poetry

The neurologist/holistic practioneer knows first-hand the healing power of the arts for veterans.

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Max Brooks

Photo courtesy of Crown Publishing Group

Putting Zombies on the global map

Max Brooks really isn’t kidding when it comes to zombies.

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Jesmyn Ward

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Jesmyn Ward finds the past is often present in rural Mississippi

In her memoir Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward attempts to understand the links in the untimely deaths of her brother and four friends.

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Jonathan Tucker

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Tucker

DC Youth Slam Team Coordinator

The DC Youth Slam Team is an award-winning internationally acclaimed poetry group. Listen to their poems and find out how it all comes together.

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McCracken Podcast

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Elizabeth McCracken gives us her take on the differences in writing novels, short stories, and tweets.

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Julie Otsuka

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Novelist and Big Read author

Julie Otsuka’s first novel When the Emperor Was Divine explores her family’s history in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.

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Jane Chu

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Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Chairman Jane Chu talks about her ideas for the agency and the place of the arts in her own life.

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