Writers on the Air: Conversations About Books

Writers on the Air: Conversations About Books

by Donna Seaman


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Writers on the Air: Conversations About Books by Donna Seaman

Writers on the Air brings to print for the first time Donna Seaman's vibrant author interviews from her Chicago-based radio program, Open Books. In these conversations, authors discuss their inspirations, their favorite books, their working and research habits. Seaman also connects the author's books with other writing, creating “constellations” of related books and ideas to introduce readers to wonderful writing they might not discover on their own.

Seaman created her radio show Open Books in 1994, and has been co-producer and host ever since, conducting interviews with dozens of fiction writers, poets, essayists, memoirists, and nature writers.

Writers on the Air includes interviews with Diane Ackerman, Margaret Atwood, Lynda Barry, Madison Smartt Bell, Dennis Bock, T. C. Boyle, Peter Carey, Sandra Cisneros, Wade Davis, Chitra Divakaruni, Stuart Dybek, Julia Glass, Lee Gutkind, Aleksandar Hemon, Edward Hirsch, Edward P. Jones, Ward Just, Jamaica Kincaid, Alex Kotlowitz, Chang-rae Lee, Alan Lightman, Phillip Lopate, Barry Lopez, Alice McDermott, Anchee Min, Sy Montgomery, Kate Moses, Joyce Carol Oates, Alex Shakar, Paul West, Colson Whitehead, and Terry Tempest Williams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589880214
Publisher: Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Pages: 467
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Donna Seaman is a book critic, an editor at Booklist, an essayist, a frequent contributor to the Chicago Tribune, Speakeasy, and other venues, and editor of the anthology In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness. The recipient of two Pushcart Prize Special Mentions and several Illinois Arts Council grants, she has hosted Open Books on WLUW-Chicago for the past ten years.

Table of Contents

Creating Sanctuary, Feeling Exultedxi
Part 1Fiction
Section 1First-time Novelists
Dennis Bock5
Julia Glass12
Edward P. Jones24
Section 2Fictional License: Novels about Real People
Madison Smartt Bell34
Peter Carey48
Anchee Min60
Kate Moses76
Section 3Worlds in Transition
Margaret Atwood93
T. C. Boyle107
Alex Shakar129
Section 4Between Worlds
Sandra Cisneros141
Chitra Divakaruni154
Aleksandar Hemon167
Jamaica Kincaid179
Chang-rae Lee192
Section 5Worlds within Worlds
Stuart Dybek211
Ward Just224
Alice McDermott240
Joyce Carol Oates254
Part 2Genre Crossers
Lynda Barry277
Edward Hirsch285
Alan Lightman301
Barry Lopez313
Paul West322
Colson Whitehead333
Part 3The Art and Intent of Creative Nonfiction
Diane Ackerman353
Wade Davis368
Lee Gutkind381
Alex Kotlowitz393
Phillip Lopate410
Sy Montgomery425
Terry Tempest Williams441
Part 4Related Readings453

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"A rare feast of literary conversation."
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