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 Sailja Patel

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Poet, theater artist, and activist

With a trunk full of her mother’s saris, Kenyan author and performer Shaija Patel reclaims a lost history. [29:28]

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Pratibha Parmar

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Filmmaker

Pratibha Parmar discusses making the recent documentary about an iconic American writer, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, which can be seen on the American Masters’ website. [27:59]

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Tope Falorin

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Winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing

Tope Folarin becomes the first writer born outside of Africa to win the Caine Prize with his short story set in Texas in an evangelical Nigerian church. [28:24]

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Matt Kaplan

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Author

Matt Kaplan takes a scientific look at the monsters that scare us…and why we love it. [32:54]

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Nicholson Baker

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Author

Nicholson Baker may have written three exuberant sex novels, but he turns to his other passion in his latest book, Traveling Sprinkler: the extraordinary details of the ordinary. [27:30]

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Benjamin Percy

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NEA Literature Fellow

In his current novel, Red Moon, Ben Percy serves up a hybrid of horror and literature to tell a story about our lives today. [35:10]

Author

Andre Dubus III's memoir Townie isn’t a literary coming of age story. It’s an exploration of violence and absence. [30:37]

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Manil Suri

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Novelist, Mathematician

The City of Devi, an apocalyptic sex comedy and love story, is the third book in Manil Suri’s trilogy centered on Mumbai. [26:08]

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Terry Tempest Williams. Photo by Louis Gakumba

Photo by Louis Gakumba

Writer and Naturalist

In her latest book, When Women Were Birds, Terry Tempest Williams explores the legacy of her mother’s journals. [28:11]

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Elda Rotor and John Morgan. Photo courtesy of Penguin Classics

Photo courtesy of Penguin Classics

Producers of Poems by Heart App from Penguin Classics

The team behind the new app Poems by Heart discuss how they combine great gaming with classic poetry. [28:20]

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