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Viet Thanh Nguyen with Maxine Hong Kingston, 29 March 2017 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 29, 2017.

Viet Thanh Nguyen with Maxine Hong Kingston

Viet Thanh Nguyen‘s debut novel is The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It is a spy novel set during and just after the war in Vietnam, told in the form of a forced confession by a spy for the communist-held North. The New York Times said of the book, “The great achievement of The Sympathizer is that it gives the Vietnamese a voice and demands that we pay attention. Until now, it’s been largely a one-sided conversation.” Nguyen’s other books are Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. His honors include the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, a Gold Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association. He is the Aerol Arnold Professor of English and an associate professor of American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Nguyen is currently at work on a short story collection, forthcoming from Grove Press.

This was a Readings and Conversations event.

In this episode, Viet Thanh Nguyen, introduced by Maxine Hong Kingston, read from his work then joined Ms. Kingston in conversation.

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Alice McDermott with Michael Silverblatt, Conversation, 22 October 2014 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 22, 2014.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Alice McDermott has, in the words of The New York Times, staked an impressive claim on a subject matter and a turf–Irish American Catholic families congregated, for the most part, in New York City and its suburbs on Long Island. Her seven works of fiction include At Weddings and Wakes, Charming Billy, and Child of My Heart: A Novel. Her most recent book, Someone, follows the everyday rhythms in the life of Marie, an ordinary Irish-American girl from Brooklyn in the 1930s, of which she said, Setting the story there–not in the literal, geographical Brooklyn but in the one of memory, of romanticized recollection–is my way of visiting a place that I suspect never really existed.

McDermott currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University as the Richard A. Macksey Professor of Humanities.

In this episode she is joined in conversation with Michael Silverblatt. The companion Reading episode may be found here.

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Alice McDermott with Michael Silverblatt, Reading, 22 October 2014 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 22, 2014.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Alice McDermott has, in the words of The New York Times, staked an impressive claim on a subject matter and a turf–Irish American Catholic families congregated, for the most part, in New York City and its suburbs on Long Island. Her seven works of fiction include At Weddings and Wakes, Charming Billy, and Child of My Heart: A Novel. Her most recent book, Someone, follows the everyday rhythms in the life of Marie, an ordinary Irish-American girl from Brooklyn in the 1930s, of which she said, Setting the story there–not in the literal, geographical Brooklyn but in the one of memory, of romanticized recollection–is my way of visiting a place that I suspect never really existed.

McDermott currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University as the Richard A. Macksey Professor of Humanities.

In this episode she is introduced by Michael Silverblatt and then reads from her work. The companion Conversation episode may be found here.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there.

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Alice McDermott with Michael Silverblatt, 22 October 2014 Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 22, 2014.

Alice McDermott with Michael Silverblatt

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Alice McDermott has, in the words of The New York Times, staked an impressive claim on a subject matter and a turf–Irish American Catholic families congregated, for the most part, in New York City and its suburbs on Long Island. Her seven works of fiction include At Weddings and Wakes, Charming Billy, and Child of My Heart: A Novel. Her most recent book, Someone, follows the everyday rhythms in the life of Marie, an ordinary Irish-American girl from Brooklyn in the 1930s, of which she said, Setting the story there–not in the literal, geographical Brooklyn but in the one of memory, of romanticized recollection–is my way of visiting a place that I suspect never really existed.

McDermott currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University as the Richard A. Macksey Professor of Humanities.

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Fiction by Peter Reading – Audio

Fiction, Peter Reading, 1979
Publisher: Secker & Warburg

graphic for Peter Reading, Fiction

Fiction was Peter Reading’s fourth published volume of poems and contains 23 poems. The epigraph sets the central theme:
Verse is not Fiction
Ask any librarian.
“Reality” and fiction are always in question and the work deals with the absence of centers of meaning, even including this last line in the first poem, Fiction, “Even one’s self is wholly fictitious.”

Portions of this podcast are explicit and may contain adult language.

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James Heffernan, Conversation, 16 June 2013 – Video

Recorded at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium in Santa Fe, New Mexico on June 16, 2013.

A Lecture in Celebration of Bloomsday Presented by James Heffernan. Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of the Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and many cities around the world. Professor Heffernan will give an in-depth talk on Leopold Bloom, the hero of James Joyces celebrated novel Ulysses, to commemorate Bloomsday in Santa Fe.

James Heffernan, Professor Emeritus from Dartmouth College, has written extensively on James Joyce, particularly his Ulysses. For the Teaching Company he has taped 24 lectures on Ulysses and another 24 on great authors from Wordsworth to Camus. His addiction to political news periodically drives him to blog for The Huffington Post where he advocated Stephen Colbert for Pope in January and again in February 2013.

In this episode he is joined in conversation with the audience. The companion Talk may be found here.

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James Heffernan, Talk, 16 June 2013 – Video

Recorded at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium in Santa Fe, New Mexico on June 16, 2013.

A Lecture in Celebration of Bloomsday Presented by James Heffernan. Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of the Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and many cities around the world. Professor Heffernan will give an in-depth talk on Leopold Bloom, the hero of James Joyces celebrated novel Ulysses, to commemorate Bloomsday in Santa Fe.

James Heffernan, Professor Emeritus from Dartmouth College, has written extensively on James Joyce, particularly his Ulysses. For the Teaching Company he has taped 24 lectures on Ulysses and another 24 on great authors from Wordsworth to Camus. His addiction to political news periodically drives him to blog for The Huffington Post where he advocated Stephen Colbert for Pope in January and again in February 2013.

In this episode he is introduced by Patrick Lannan and then talked. The continued Conversation may be found here.

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David Mitchell with Tom Barbash, Conversation, 24 April 2013 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 24, 2013.

David Mitchells novels include The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, a historical epic about a Dutch accountant’s adventures in feudal Japan, and Number9Dream, described as an intoxicating ride through Tokyo’s dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams. Mitchells celebrated Cloud Atlas, which erases the boundaries of genre and language with six interconnected stories that take the reader from the 19th century in the remote South Pacific to a post-apocalyptic distant future, was described as a Nabokovian delight in word play by The Washington Times.

In this episode he is joined in conversation with Tom Barbash. The companion Reading episode may be found here.

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David Mitchell with Tom Barbash, Reading, 24 April 2013 – Video

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 24, 2013.

David Mitchells novels include The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, a historical epic about a Dutch accountant’s adventures in feudal Japan, and Number9Dream, described as an intoxicating ride through Tokyo’s dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams. Mitchells celebrated Cloud Atlas, which erases the boundaries of genre and language with six interconnected stories that take the reader from the 19th century in the remote South Pacific to a post-apocalyptic distant future, was described as a Nabokovian delight in word play by The Washington Times.

In this episode he is introduced by Tom Barbash and then reads from his work. The companion Conversation episode may be found here.

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Russell Banks with Stona Fitch, 27 March 2013 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 27, 2013.

Russell Banks with Stona Fitch

Russell Banks has written more than 10 novels including Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter, as well as the story collection The Angel on the Roof. His The Sweet Hereafter and Affliction were adapted into celebrated feature films. Banks latest novel, Lost Memory of Skin, tells the story of the Kid, who at 22, after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, is forbidden to live where children might gather. Michael Ondaatje calls Banks, the uncompromising moral voice of our time.

Banks has made a life’s work of charting the causes and effects of the terrible things “normal” men can and will do. He writes with an intensely focused empathy and a compassionate sense of humor that help to keep readers, if not his characters, afloat through the misadventures and outright tragedies in his books. For more information on Mr. Banks, click here.

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