Episode 54 — Jeff RagsdaleEpisode 49 — Joe BlairEpisode 53 — Sarah MangusoEpisode 55 — Catherine ChungEpisode 50 — Maud Newton Episode 56 — Jessica Keener Episode 52 — Lysley TenorioEpisode 51 — Lauren Groff

Episode 56 — Jessica Keener

Jessica Keener is today’s guest.  Her debut novel, Night Swim, is now available from Fiction Studio Books. Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan says: Jessica Keener steps boldly into the terrain of Eugene O’Neill, conjuring up the pathologies and quirks of a besieged Boston family in stark, quivering detail that never entirely distracts us from the looming […]


Episode 55 — Catherine Chung

Catherine Chung is the guest.  Her debut novel, Forgotten Country, is now available from Riverhead Books. Booklist, in a starred review, raves: Chung’s superb debut examines the twin hearts of cruelty and compassion between sisters in particular and family in general…. This elegantly written, stunningly powerful, simply masterful first novel should earn Chung many fans. […]


Episode 54 — Jeff Ragsdale

Jeff Ragsdale is the guest.  He’s the co-author, along with David Shields and Michael Logan, of Jeff, One Lonely Guy. Here’s what Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho, has to say about it: You can either make fun of Jeff, One Lonely Guy (it would be very easy to parody) and reject its self-help […]


Episode 53 — Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso is today’s guest.  She’s the author of the new book The Guardians: An Elegy, now available from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. Megan O’Grady, writing for Vogue, says: Shortly after returning home from a fellowship year in Rome, poet and memoirist Sarah Manguso received word that her old college friend Harris had fled a […]


Episode 52 — Lysley Tenorio

Lysley Tenorio is the guest.  A winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he is the author of a debut story collection called Monstress, now available from Ecco. Raves Chang-Rae Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Surrender: The stories in Monstress announce the debut of an […]


Episode 51 — Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is the guest.  She’s the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, the story collection Delicate Edible Birds, and most recently, a novel called Arcadia, which has received starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist.  And Richard Russo raves: Richly peopled and ambitious and oh, so lovely, Lauren Groff’s […]


Episode 50 — Maud Newton

Maud Newton is the guest.  One of the web’s most influential book bloggers.  She also reviews books and is a former attorney who now works as an editor and writer for (a legal publishing division of) Thomson Reuters. She has written about culture and the arts for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Bookforum, […]


Episode 49 — Joe Blair

Joe Blair is the guest.  He’s the author of the memoir By the Iowa Sea, now available from Scribner. Scott Spencer, author of Main in the Woods, raves: An intimate, startling memoir that honors and elevates our quotidian existence. With his contagious curiosity as to what drives him and what holds him back, Blair writes […]