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Jackie Kay: “Bessie Smith: A Poet's Biography of a Blues Legend”

Jackie Kay’s “Bessie Smith: A Poet's Biography of a Blues Legend” is a terrific mixture of memoir and biography. 

Rita Dove: “Playlist for the Apocalypse”

Rita Dove’s new book of poetry, “Playlist for the Apocalypse,” goes in many different historical and personal directions. 

Rabih Alameddine: “The Wrong End of the Telescope”

Rabih Alameddine speaks about being in love with the characters in his new novel, “The Wrong End of the Telescope." 

Sandra Cisneros: “Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo”

“Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo” is a bilingual new book by Sandra Cisneros. 

Richard Powers: “Bewilderment”

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning Richard Powers discusses his new novel, “Bewilderment,” which has been longlisted for the Booker Prize and National Book Award. 

Dennis Cooper: “I Wished”

Santa Claus, James Turrell, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” John Wayne Gacy, and, most of all, George Miles: these are parts of Dennis Cooper‘s discussion of his new book, “I Wished.” 

Honoree Fanonne Jeffers: “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois” (Part 2)

Honoree Fanonne Jeffers discusses writing about the full range of a community, its sexuality and gender, in her first fiction novel, “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.” 

Honoree Fanonne Jeffers: “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois” (Part 1)

Master poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers discusses her fiction debut, “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.” 

Alice McDermott: “What About the Baby?: Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction”

Alice McDermott discusses the madness in fiction and her new book, “What About the Baby?: Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction.” 

Richard Powers: The Overstory

About the interdependence between humans and trees, Richard Powers found a place for the non-human in literary fiction with his new book, The Overstory. 

Ron and Russell Mael: “Annette”

Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks discuss the small and significant differences between their original material and the final movie, “Annette.” 

Rikki Ducornet: “Trafik”

Rikki Ducornet speaks about writing in dreamtime for her new sci-fi book, “Trafik.” 

Yaa Gyasi: “Transcendent Kingdom” and “Homegoing” (Part 2)

Part two of two, a continuation of Yaa Gyasi’s discussion about the extraordinary explorations of her books “Homegoing” and “Transcendent Kingdom.” 

Yaa Gyasi: “Transcendent Kingdom” and “Homegoing” (Part 1)

Part one of two in which Yaa Gyasi discusses the myriad complexities of her novels “Transcendent Kingdom” and “Homegoing.” 

Jack Skelley: “Dennis Wilson and Charlie Manson”

Jack Skelley speaks about his new book, “Dennis Wilson and Charlie Manson,” and the bad Beach Boy’s intersection with a serial killer. 

Emily Skillings and John Yau: John Ashbery’s “Parallel Movement of the Hands: Five Unfinished Longer Works”

Editor/poet Emily Skillings and poet/critic John Yau speak about an iconic poet of the 21st century, John Ashbery, and his posthumous book, “Parallel Movement of the Hands: Five Unfinished Longer Works.” 

Amy Gerstler: “Index of Women”

Amy Gerstler's new book of poetry, “Index of Women,” is the product of a heart the world broke. 

Joshua Cohen: 'The Netanyahus'

Joshua Cohen speaks about “The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor And Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family,” his new book that’s funny and tragic at the same time. 

Joan Silber: 'Secrets of Happiness'

Joan Silber writes about life's strange surprises in her new book, “Secrets of Happiness." 

Robert Coover and Art Spiegelman: “Street Cop”

Not a comicbook, but literally illustrated text, “Street Cop,” written by Robert Coover and inhabited by Art Spiegelman. 

Edward St. Aubyn: 'Double Blind'

Edward St. Aubyn discusses his new book, “Double Blind,” and writing about the problems with consciousness that have long fascinated his consciousness. 

Domenico Ingenito: 'Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry'

Domenico Ingenito speaks about his book, “Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry.” 

Brad Gooch: Rumi's Secret

Biographer Brad Gooch reveals that he traveled 2500 miles to trace Rumi's footsteps, learned Persian and spent eight years to write “Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love.” 

Sandi Tan: 'Lurkers'

Sandi Tan speaks about writing “Lurkers” with a gut feeling, and following an emotional momentum. 

Rachel Cusk: “Second Place”

Rachel Cusk’s “Second Place” wants to render the sensations and apprehensions of living that are pretty much beyond language.