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Friday, April 21, 2017

Jonathan Lethem & Deb Olin Unferth on Writers on Writing

Jonathan Lethem, author of More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers, joins Marrie to talk about the books and writers he loves, his pen-pal relationship with Thomas Berger, the value of misinterpreting an author's work, some fabulous advice for writers, how to read like a writer, and much much more.

In the second half, Deb Olin Unferth shares her collection, Wait Till You See Me Dance.  She talks about the art of flash fiction, how her experiences in war and prisons influence her writing, but why she never seeks out those experiences to serve her writing, and she deconstructs one of her stories from inception to completion.

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(Broadcast date: April 5, 2017)

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Ariel Levy and Caitriona Lally on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine

Memoirist and New Yorker writer Ariel Levy joins Marrie Stone to talk about her memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply.  She shares her story of losing her wife, her son, and her life in rapid succession, and deriving a narrative arc out of her life.  She discusses how to dig deep into her life for answers, while protecting the loved ones who appear in her book.

In the second half, Caitriona Lally talks about her debut novel, Eggshells.  She talks about writing an unsavory character, her obsession with lists, how losing her job helped her write the novel, how physical work (housecleaning) aids her writing, and the value of walking her city with her own feet, but with the eyes of her character.

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(Broadcast date: March 15, 2017)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Elinor Lipman and Marcia Clark talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on KUCI-FM

Novelists Elinor Lipman, author of On Turpentine Lane, and Marcia Clark, author of her new series, Blood Defense and Moral Defense, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their novels.

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(Broadcast date: March 29, 2017)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Novelists Jami Attenberg and Jean Hanff Korelitz with Nicole Nelson

Jami Attenberg, author of All Grown Uptalks to guest host Nicole Nelson about writing dialogue that she knows won't be used in the novel just so that "the characters get to know each other," the importance of figuring out what you do well as a writer and doing it a lot, so that you start to do it automatically, and her message to aspiring writers: there are no shortcuts.

In the second half of the show, Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of The Devil and Webster, talks about
how this book came to her fully formed,writing about the theme of women wearing their power with great discomfort, and at great personal cost, and how, in her experience, if you are brave enough to go forward without knowing everything that is going to happen in your book, eventually you will be rewarded with the answer.

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(Broadcast date: March 22, 2017)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Melissa Febos and Caite Dolan Leach on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Memoirist Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me, joins co host Marrie Stone to talk about how this new book is both braver and more personal than her former memoir, Whip Smart.  She discusses how to go deep, protecting the ones you love in writing, how to structure a memoir as a book of essays, and much more.

In the second half, Caite Dolan Leach joins Marrie to talk about her novel, Dead Letters.  She talks about writing unlikable characters, creating suspense, and more.

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(Broadcast date: March 1, 2017)