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"Art in all of its manifestations is engagement with others. I love to grab someone’s hand and say, here it is---the story." --- Debra Magpie Earling A native of Spokane, Washington, novelist and short story writer Debra Magpie Earling has garnered numerous awards for her work,...
Keyboard 2 by flickr user john_a_ward When the Big Read launched in 2006, the program’s library consisted of four titles: The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Fahrenheit 451. All were American classics, representing the lives, fears, and difficulties of...
Pro Helvetia's exhibitor sign at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair. Photo by Ira Silverberg I was en route to meet some friends---a Portuguese editor, two Italian editors who publish a fantastic line of American writers in translation, and a Swedish agent, a pretty typical lot of the people who one...
With Halloween on the horizon, it seemed a particularly good time to sit down with Baltimore mystery writer Laura Lippman and talk about the master of horror fiction--- Edgar Allan Poe. A pioneer of detective fiction and science fiction and a poet of haunting and evocative verse, Poe is also...
In this week's podcast, we meet an indie favorite: singer, songwriter, and now author, Josh Ritter. He is the balladeer of the 21st century, creating intricately constructed folk songs with a modern sensibility. Because he is a musical storyteller with songs that sing like short stories, it was...
Eloisa James. Photo courtesy of Ms. James "Since I write romance, the challenge is to make the reader believe, if only momentarily, that this time , the promise of the cover and the genre itself won’t come true." --- Eloisa James Degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Yale are not...
Here's a podcast to whet your appetite for the upcoming National Book Festival : a conversation with novelist and NEA Literature Fellow, Margot Livesey. She'll be reading from her recent novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy , in the NEA's Poetry and Prose Pavilion this Saturday at 3:30 p.m...
Parul Sehgal. Photo courtesy of Ms. Sehgal In honor of the National Book Festival this weekend, we asked literary critic Parul Sehgal to reflect on the power of books in her life. An editor at The New York Times Book Review, Ms. Sehgal previously worked as the books editor at NPR.org, and as a...
Nikky Finney. Photo courtesy of Ms. Finney "The role of the artist in the community is to not see herself as something special---set off to the side---but rather someone integral, like the carpenter, the electrician, the school teacher, the nurse...." ---Nikky Finney In a 2011 interview...
Dan Bellm. Photo by Annie Silverstein "We owe it to each other to read world literature, to cross borders, to enter other lives and times in the way that only great writing can." --- Dan Bellm Professor, editor, translator, and poet---2013 NEA Literature Translation Fellow Dan Bellm has...

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