Episode 37 — Alan HeathcockEpisode 39 — Caroline LeavittEpisode 35 — Tayari JonesThe Contextual Life Offers a Robust Review of The ProgramFictionaut Interview<i>Other People</i> Makes Matador Network's List of 21 Favorite PodcastsEpisode 32 — Cecil CastellucciEpisode 36 — D.R. Haney
01/29/2012

Episode 39 — Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt is the guest.  She’s the author of nine novels, the most recent of which is called Pictures of You, a New York Times bestseller, now available from Algonquin Books. Kirkus Reviews calls it “heartfelt, deft, and highly readable fiction.” A great publishing success story.  A breakout book on the ninth try, by an […]

01/28/2012

Full Stop Comments on Episode 37

Full Stop magazine has written about the podcast: In the past week I came across two rather disparate author reactions to their fans. Strangely enough, the “nice guy” writes books that focus on, in his words, “a preoccupation with the invasive nature of violence in our lives.” The not-so-nice guy is a children’s book author. […]

01/25/2012

Episode 38 — Vanessa Veselka

Vanessa Veselka is the guest.  She’s the author of the novel Zazen, now available from Red Lemonade. Says Publishers Weekly:  “Veselka’s prose is chiseled and laced with arsenic observations…[Zazen] makes a case for hope and meaning amid sheer madness.” Endless things to talk about here. Topics of conversation include:  mindless jobs, minimum wage, stripping, company […]

01/22/2012

Episode 37 — Alan Heathcock

  The guest is Alan Heathcock, author of the critically acclaimed story collection Volt, now available from Graywolf Press. Volt was named a Best Book of 2011 by a variety of publications, including Publishers Weekly, GQ, the Chicago Tribune, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Salon, Shelf Awareness, and BookPage. Joy Williams calls it “booming, cracking good.” […]

01/20/2012

Claire Bidwell Smith, In-Studio

Had a great conversation with Claire Bidwell Smith here at the home office. Her show will be coming up in the next couple of weeks. Her much-buzzed-about memoir, The Rules of Inheritance, is due out from Penguin/Hudson Street on February 2, 2012.  

01/18/2012

Episode 36 — D.R. Haney

  D.R. Haney is the guest.  He’s the author of the novel Banned for Life (And/Or Press) and the nonfiction collection Subversia, now available from TNB Books. PANK magazine calls Subversia “…heartfelt and personal…a joyful read…” Duke is an old friend.  We get into it. Topics of conversation include:  city buses, alienation, poor people, fistfights, […]

01/17/2012

The Contextual Life Offers a Robust Review of The Program

  A wonderful review of the podcast over at a blog called The Contextual Life.  (Thanks to Gabrielle Gantz!) Please click right here to read the full review.  

01/16/2012

Other People in Publishers Weekly

  The podcast has been written about by Wendy Werries in Publishers Weekly. Click right here to read.  

01/15/2012

Episode 35 — Tayari Jones

The guest today is Tayari Jones, author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, and most recently, Silver Sparrow, now available from Algonquin Books. Library Journal, in a starred review, calls it a “a graceful and shining work about finding the truth.” Plenty to discuss here. Topics of conversation include:  writing, bad romance, Judy Blume, […]

01/13/2012

Other People Makes Matador Network’s List of 21 Favorite Podcasts

  Good news!  Other People has made Matador Network‘s list of 21 podcasts to check out. (Thanks to Kate Sedgwick and the folks at Matador.)  

01/11/2012

Episode 34 — Roxane Gay

  Roxane Gay is the guest.  Her debut, Ayiti, is a collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and it is now available from Artistically Declined Press.  She is an English professor at Eastern Illinois University, co-editor of PANK magazine, fiction editor at Bluestem, and a regular contributor at HTML Giant. An interesting conversation with one […]

01/10/2012

Interview at Jane Friedman’s Blog: How ‘Literary’ and ‘Entrepreneur’ Are Becoming Intertwined

  I’ve been interviewed by John Warner over at Jane Friedman‘s excellent blog. We talk about the state of things in publishing and how ‘literary’ pursuits blend with ‘entrepreneurial’ ones, among other things. Click right here to read.

01/09/2012

Galley Cat Writes About the Podcast and Episode 33

  To read, just click right here.

01/08/2012

I Have Been Interviewed by 16-Year-Old Book Blogger Robby Auld

  Robby Auld, 16-year-old book blogger wünderkind, has interviewed me about the podcast and The Nervous Breakdown. To read the full interview, please click right here.  

Episode 33 — Rex Pickett

Rex Pickett is the guest.  He’s the author of the novel Sideways, which was adapted for the screen by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor.  The movie went on to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, among many other awards, and the novel itself has since gone on to sell more than 150,000 copies. Most […]

01/04/2012

Fictionaut Interview

  I’ve been interviewed about the podcast over at Fictionaut.  (Thanks to the lovely Meg Pokrass!) Click right here to read. -BL

Episode 32 — Cecil Castellucci

The guest is Cecil Castellucci.  She’s the author of several novels for young adults, the most recent of which is First Day on Earth, now available from Scholastic Press. Kirkus calls it “a simple, tender work that speaks to the alien in all of us.” In addition, she is the author of the graphic novel […]

01/01/2012

Episode 31 — Dana Spiotta

Happy New Year, everybody!  The guest today is Dana Spiotta.  She’s the author of three novels:  Lightning Field, Eat the Document (a finalist for the National Book Award), and, most recently, Stone Arabia, now available from Scribner. Publishers Weekly calls it “extraordinary…one of the most moving and original portraits of a sibling relationship in recent […]