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Martin Amis: Lionel Asbo listen Download
British novelist Martin Amis discusses how a writer makes a good character endearing when readers want to root for the villain in his new work.

Susanna Moore: The Life of Objects listen Download
Susanna Moore is interested in the things her characters don’t know. Her new novel is a story of innocence and dread.

Lawrence Norfolk: John Saturnall's Feast listen Download
British writer, Lawrence Norfolk on his new novel of historical fiction and how his desire to write about love and need relates to his epicurean...

Robert Hass: What Light Can Do listen Download
Former US Poet Laureate, Robert Hass explores certain obsessions in his first collection of essays.

Michael Chabon: Telegraph Avenue listen Download
In his new novel, how did Michael Chabon dare to speak for black characters and black neighborhoods? Is this novel audacious and usurping? His answers...

Joshua Cohen: Four New Messages listen Download
The prolific young writer talks about his new book, as well as Internet culture, language and fiction.

Neal Stephenson: Some Remarks listen Download
Neal Stephenson, a sort of contemporary Dickens (from Seattle,) talks about essays and other writing; science fiction and mainstream literature.

Mary Ruefle: Madness, Rack, and Honey listen Download
Mary Ruefle brings refreshment and beauty to basic instincts and, in the process, creating mystery, surprise and, well, yes, poetry.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Time of Useful Consciousness listen Download
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 93-year-old renowned Beat generation poet and co-founder of City Lights Booksellers, on his latest adventure, a dire warning for America.

John Irving: In One Person listen Download
Academy Award-winner John Irving returns with a compelling novel, a tormented portrait of desire and secrecy.

Sheila Heti: How Should a Person Be? listen Download
Neo-feminist Sheila Heti on her novel and journal, a how-to book and a philosophical treatise. Heti wants to undo coherence and, in many ways, she...

Jess Walter: Beautiful Ruins listen Download
Walter on his much acclaimed new work, a completely pleasurable summer read -- and not your typical Hollywood novel.

Laszlo Krasznahorkai: Satantango listen Download
Bookworm Michael Silverblatt and co-interviewer Jim Krusoe talk with the Hungarian author and screenwriter about modernist novels and filmmaker Bela Tarr.

Jim Krusoe: Parsifal listen Download
Jim Krusoe talks about his new novel, where a sacred fool searches for his own private holy grail and perhaps saves the world from destruction.

Victoria Nelson: Gothicka listen Download
Victoria Nelson writes about the rise of the supernatural into mainstream popular culture. Vampires and werewolves, no longer monsters, have become heroes.