Episode 114 — Sean BeaudoinEpisode 117 — Susan StraightEpisode 110 — Steven GillisEpisode 118 — J. Robert LennonEpisode 115 — Jami AttenbergEpisode 111 — Kathleen AlcottEpisode 113 — Paula BomerEpisode 116 — Antoine Wilson

Episode 118 — J. Robert Lennon

Happy Halloween! J. Robert Lennon is today’s guest.  He is the author of several books, and his latest novel, Familiar, is now available from Graywolf Press. The New York Times Book Review raves Over the last decade, J. Robert Lennon’s literary imagination has grown increasingly morbid, convoluted and peculiar—just as his books have grown commensurately […]


Episode 117 — Susan Straight

Susan Straight is the guest.  She is the author of several books and has been a finalist for the National Book Award.  Her new novel, Between Heaven and Here, is now available from McSweeney’s. Ayelet Waldman raves It is only the rarest of novels that cry for a sequel, the most unusual of stories that […]


Episode 116 — Antoine Wilson

Antoine Wilson is today’s guest.  He’s the author of two novels, the most recent of which is called Panorama City, now available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, says Wilson’s second novel (after Interloper) is fresh and flawlessly crafted as well as charmingly genuine. Oppen Porter is almost 30, a guileless […]


Episode 115 — Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is the guest. Her new novel, The Middlesteins, is now available from Grand Central Publishing. Jonathan Franzen raves The Middlesteins had me from its very first pages, but it wasn’t until its final pages that I fully appreciated the range of Attenberg’s sympathy and the artistry of her storytelling. Kate Christensen says The […]


Episode 114 — Sean Beaudoin

Sean Beaudoin is today’s guest.  He’s the author of several books, the most recent of which is a novel called The Infects, now available from Candlewick Press. Publishers Weekly raves Horror goes hand in hand with dark comedy in this wickedly unpredictable adventure, as Beaudoin simultaneously skewers the fast food industry and familiar zombie tropes. […]


Episode 113 — Paula Bomer

Paula Bomer is today’s guest.  She is the author of the story collection Baby and Other Stories (Word Riot Press) and her debut novel, Nine Months, is now available from Soho Press. Library Journal calls it A raw, darkly funny, at times appalling page-turner…. Mommy lit lovers will be horrified, but Bomer’s debut novel will […]


Episode 112 — Lorin Stein

Lorin Stein is the guest.  He is the editor of The Paris Review and the co-editor (with Sadie Stein) of a new anthology called Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story, now available from Picador Paperback Originals. From the Editors’ Note: Some chose classics. Some chose stories that were new […]


Episode 111 — Kathleen Alcott

Kathleen Alcott is today’s guest.  Her debut novel, The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets, is now available from Other Press. Bookslut raves Heartbreaking, honest, and wholly engrossing, The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets dredges the depth of love that divides us, unites us, and folds in on itself until we’re nearly crushed under the sweet ache of its weight. […]


Episode 110 — Steven Gillis

Steven Gillis is today’s guest.  He’s the author of several books and the co-founder of Dzanc Books.  His latest story collection, The Law of Strings, is now available from Atticus Books. Stephen Dixon raves [T]his story collection hooked me from story one and continued to captivate to the end. Expert dialog and movement and resolution […]