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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Dana Johnson and Anna Solomon with co-host Nicole Nelson

Dana Johnson, author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark talks with co-host Nicole Nelson about how her journalism background informs her documentarian approach to writing about place, the value of reversal in constructing tension, and her affection for the short story form.

In the second half, novelist Anna Solomon, author of Leaving Lucy Pear, talks about her process of having a good idea of the story but not overthinking it in the first draft, the various kinds of research that went into writing a story that takes place in the Prohibition Era, the art of motivating coincidence in a story when a lot is at stake, and how a Post-it note that says, "You will fail," is her key to writing freely.

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(Broadcast date: August 31, 2016)

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Kaui Hart Hemmings

Marrie Stone talks with bestselling author of The Descendants, Kaui Hart Hemmings about her latest novel, How to Party with an Infant.  Kaui talks about writing from real life, writing humor, navigating voice, and more.

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(Record date: August, 2016)

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Jennifer Armstrong and Lev AC Rosen Talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Jennifer Armstrong, author of Seinfeldia, and Lev AC Rosen, author of Depth and The Memory Wall, talk with show host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their books and the art and craft--and business--of writing.

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(Broadcast date: August 24, 2016) More on the show at www.penonfire.com

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Authors Natashia Deón and Judith D. Schwartz with Nicole Nelson

Debut novelist Natashia Deón, author of Grace, talks to co-host Nicole Nelson about writing complex characters, letting readers laugh in tense situations, taking her story from a screenplay to a novel, and getting to a place of honesty.

In the second half, environmental journalist Judith D. Schwartz, author of Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World talks about how highlighting hope is important when writing about climate change, how her career in journalism evolved, how technology has affected her reading life, and more.

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(Broadcast date: August 17, 2016)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Patrick Ryan and Ottessa Moshfegh

Short story writer and editor Patrick Ryan, author of The Dream Life of Astronauts, talks with Marrie Stone about the short story form, writing from the space of childhood, how being an editor impacts his writing, how stories reveal themselves over time, and more.

In the second half, Ottessa Moshfegh joins to talk about her novel, Eileen.  Moshfegh creates psychologically complex and challenging characters, and talks about her intense relationship with the people she creates, what fuels her, what satisfies her, and why her novel will leave a lasting and important impression.

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(Broadcast date: August 10, 2016)