Author James McCourt – NYC Street-Wise Satirist
James McCourt is the author of “Lasting City: The Anatomy of Nostalgia,” “Time Remaining,” “Delancey’s Way,” “Now Voyagers: The Night Sea Journey,” and “Queer Street.” He has contributed to the Yale Review, The New Yorker, and the Paris Review. He lives in New York City and Washington, D.C. and he appears this month on the About the Books broadcast.
Johnny Temple :: Akashic Books :: Brooklyn’s Best
On March 16, 2014, Kate Sullivan interviews Johnny Temple, publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books. He is also the chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, which works with Brooklyn’s borough president to plan the annual Brooklyn Book Festival in September. This award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company publishes urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. The interview includes a discussion of his publication of the notorious “Go the F*** to Sleep” and “Not for Everyday Use”–a memoir by Elizabeth Nunez. The WordSmitten broadcast (“About the Books”) airs Sunday afternoons at 5 PM EST from NYC. The link to the page for this interview (Sunday, March 16), is www.wordsmitten.com/wordsmittenonair.htm and the page features recent interviews with bestselling authors, editors, and literary executives.
Author Deborah Johnson :: The Secret of Magic
On this edition of our About the Books broadcast, author Deborah Johnson discusses her new novel, published by Amy Einhorn (Putnam/Penguin USA) the book editor who published the bestselling book, The Help. Johnson’s book, The Secret of Magic, creates a sweeping narrative of racial intolerance, a female New York City attorney working from Thurgood Marshall’s groundbreaking defense fund, and an unsolved murder in the Mississippi town of Revere. This novel tackles topics, new and old, and carries readers underneath the grasping canopy of morality and corruption in the South.
Johnson appears at the March 2014 literary festival in Oxford, Mississippi. She and Amy Einhorn (noted publishing superstar) discuss the process of bring a manuscript to market.
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Bestselling Author Dani Shapiro: Still Writing
Kate Sullivan interviews author and creative writing instructor Dani Shapiro on this segment of About the Books.
Her most recent book, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, has been called “instructive and inspiring” by Vanity Fair.
Shapiro’s stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Ploughshares, Electric Literature, n+1, Elle, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and have been broadcast on NPR’s “This American Life.” She teaches creative writing nationally and internationally at universities and in Italy.
I Love You Paris but You’re Bringing Me Down – Baldwin
On November 24, Kate Sullivan interviews Rosecrans Baldwin who discusses his life in Paris, his return to North Carolina, and the next step for him now that Paris is a distant light.
Rosecrans Baldwin’s most recent book is “Paris, I Love You but You’re
Bringing Me Down” (GQ’s Best Books of 2012). His debut novel “You Lost Me There” was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2010, TIME and
Entertainment Weekly’s Best Books of Summer 2010, and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.
Rosecrans writes for a variety of magazines and reviews books for NPR’s All Things Considered. His Kindle article, “Our French
Connection,” was selected as a notable essay for Best American Essays
2013. He has taught creative writing at the University of North
Carolina – Chapel Hill, Duke University’s Center for Documentary
Studies, and Miami Dade College’s Miami Writers Institute, where he
was an author-in-residence in 2013. He is a founding editor of the
online magazine The Morning News.
The Gathering Wind: Hurricane Sandy and HMS Bounty
Author Gregory Freeman, an award-winning writer discusses the tragic events surrounding the devastating hurricane that destroyed towns in New York City and New Jersey, and took the tall ship bounty to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Freeman talks with host of the About the Books broadcast on November 3 at 5 PM, live from New York.
Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize
For decades, Alice Munro wrote short stories from her Canadian home near Lake Huron, part of Ontario’s western region. She insisted she wanted to retire from writing, but as most writers know, those stories that wander around in their minds eventually demand to be written. Perhaps very good, because Munro, who wrote “The View From Castle Rock” (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf), is the 2013 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Her short story collections, of which there are more than a dozen, include “The View From Castle Rock” and “Too Much Happiness.”
Munro’s selection in Stockholm by the Swedish Academy included the comment that she is a “master of the contemporary short story.”
For more, visit the site: www.nobelprize.org
Book Awards – Anisfield Wolf – Cleveland Foundation
Kate Sullivan discusses the Anisfield-Wolf book awards with the event’s new director (Karen Long, a former reporter) who reveals details about the new direction for the event, now in the 78th year.
Award-winning novelist Kevin Powers wrote “The Yellow Birds” in answer to the question, “What was it like over there?”
His poetic arsenal of literary phrases answers the question by providing his readers’ five senses with an enduring answer to one man’s perspective on war.
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Winners of the 78th Annual
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards include:
• Laird Hunt, Kind One, Fiction
• Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds, Fiction
• Eugene Gloria, My Favorite Warlord, Poetry
• Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree, Nonfiction
• Wole Soyinka, Lifetime Achievement
Past winners include five writers who went on to win Nobel prizes – Nadine Gordimer, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Toni Morrison, Wole Soyinka, and Derek Walcott.
“The 2013 Anisfield-Wolf winners are exemplars who broaden our vision of race and diversity,” said Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who chairs the jury. “This year, there is exceptional writing about the war in Iraq, slavery on a Kentucky pig farm, the Filipino experience in the U.S., and the complexity of families in which a child is radically different from parents.”