Podcasts

Award-winning cartoonist and Big Read author draws the lines of absurdity

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Photo by Kristina Sherk

Novelist and NEA Big Read author

Surviving the Khmer Rouge and honoring those who didn’t.

NEA Translation Fellow and Author

Michael Berry reflects on the art of translating Yu Hua’s influential novel and new Big Read title To Live into English

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Photo by Jonathan Demme

MacArthur Fellow and Big Read author

We explore the writing of her powerful memoir, Brother, I’m Dying.

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Photo courtesy of Algonquin Press

NEA Literature Fellow

Tayari Jones: an author who loves the process of writing.

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Photo credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Big Read author and MacArthur Fellow

In All Our Names, Dinaw Mengestu explores unlikely love in the midst of conflict.

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Julie Otsuka

Photo by Robert Bessoir

Big Read author

Julie Otsuka’s first novel When the Emperor Was Divine explores her family’s history in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.

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Dinaw Mengestu

Photo by Michael Lionstar

Big Read Author

The author discusses the NEA Big Read selection, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, his novel about an Ethiopian exile in a gentrifying Washington DC neighborhood.

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Laura Lippman

Photo by Jan Cobb

Master of horror

Mystery Writer Laura Lippman talks about the terrifying brilliance of Edgar Allan Poe. [29:32]

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John Collins

Photo by Ariana Truman

Founder/Director Elevator Repair Service

Backstage with the director of Gatz, a play that takes as its text F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic of and about the Jazz Age. [36:04]

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