Episode 71 — Ben Fountain


Ben Fountain is the guest.  He is the author of the debut short story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara (Harper Perennial), which won him the PEN/Hemingway Award.  And now he has published his first novel, entitled Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, available from Ecco. Karl Marlantes, bestselling author of Matterhorn, has this to say […]

Episode 70 — Emily St. John Mandel


Emily St. John Mandel is the guest.  Her latest novel is called The Lola Quartet, and it is available now from Unbridled Books. Library Journal, in a starred review, raves: In this transcendent third novel, Emily St. John Mandel combines her most compelling characters with a breath-taking, tension-filled story as she examines again questions of […]

Episode 69 — Etgar Keret


Etgar Keret is the guest.  He’s the author of several books, the most recent of which is called Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, now available from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. Jonathan Safran Foer calls it Keret’s greatest book yet—the most funny, dark, and poignant. It’s tempting to say these stories are his most Kafkaesque, […]