Literature

Podcasts

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Tim O'Brien

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Writer, National Book Award Winner

Tim O'Brien, who served in Vietnam, talks about his novel (and Big Read selection) The Things They Carried  and how fiction can often tell a deeper truth about war.  [29:34]

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Wesley Stace (AKA John Wesley Harding)

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Songwriter, novelist

A conversation with songwriter/novelist Wesley Stace who performs under the stage name, John Wesley Harding. [29:24]

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Debra Granik

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Filmmaker

Director Debra Granik discusses her award-winning film, Winter's Bone. [24:16]

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Sean Wilentz

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Author

Here's part 2 of our conversation with Sean Wilentz, author of Bob Dylan in America. [28:26]

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Sean Wilentz

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Author

Sean Wilentz discusses his biography of 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan in America. [28:33]

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Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

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NEA Literature Fellow

Poet Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz talks about slam poetry and community. [22:05]

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Kevin Young

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NEA Literature Fellow

Poet Kevin Young talks about his book, Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels. [23:45]

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Jennifer Egan

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Author

Novelist Jennifer Egan talks about her National Book Critics Circle Award-Winning book, A Visit from the Goon Squad. [29:24]

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Valerie Boyd

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Biographer

Biographer Valerie Boyd talks about the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston. [28:17]

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Isabel Wilkerson

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Author

Isabel Wilkerson talks about her book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, focusing on the transfer of Southern culture to the North, creating a new, vibrant culture in the country. [25:33]

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