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Kristin Hannah’s novel The Four Winds reveals the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battles between the haves and the have-nots.
In a note to her reader, author Lauren Fox writes: “Children of immigrants are anthropologies of our own families. We’re participant-observers of cultures we live in, but that will never quite belong to us.” Fox’s new novel, Send for Me introdu
In this episode I visit with Tom Vanderbilt. The author of Traffic and You May Also Like now shares part of his journey of lifelong learning, proving that no matter your age, it’s never too late to learn something new.
In June of 2019, Wichitan Todd Robins launched “Vautrin,” a literary magazine for gritty urban fiction. I recently caught up with Robins to talk about the magazine, which published its 4th issue this week.
In 2013, NPR cataloged their book reviews and author interviews for the year and combined them with staff recommendations to create a searchable database. They called it the NPR Book Concierge. They’ve continued the service annually, and in 201
"Call me Ishmael." Whether you've read it or not, you probably recognize that as the first line of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. It's also the name of a book project founded by Stephanie Kent & Logan Smalley.
I had a conversation with Oliver Jeffers on Zoom on October 7, because his picture book, What We’ll Build , was released in bookstores the day before. Jeffers has many picture book fans and full disclosure, I am one of them. But I’m also a fan
Why did I ask Fredrik Backman how to pronounce Ove? Well, Ove is the title character his bestselling novel, A Man Called Ove .
The Big Door Prize , the new novel by M.O. Walsh, poses this question to its readers: What would you do if you knew your life’s potential? Characters in the small town of Deerfield, Louisiana, are faced with this question when a mysterious mach
Daniel Hornsby novel, Via Negativa , takes readers on a journey across the midwest with Fr. Dan, the narrator of the book. Along the way, Fr. Dan picks up a wounded coyote and tries to nurse it back to health in the back of his Toyota Camry. Th
My conversation today is with Hank Green. Many fans recognize Hank as one of the Vlogbrothers and the continuing conversation he has with his brother John Green. You might recognize him as the author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and former
I begin this episode of Marginalia a bit red in the face. You see, I interviewed Jenny Offill about her novel, Weather , on March 6. It was the last interview I conducted in-studio at the station. The next week we started working from home.
What would a world look like where only two people remain?
I recently had a conversation with Rufi Thorpe about her book, The Knockout Queen . At its most basic level, it’s a book about friendship. But that’s just one of the many themes we could have explored. It's also about sexuality. It’s about fitt
Luke Geddes has written a novel set in Wichita. Since KMUW is based in Wichita, that’s an oddity worth pointing out. The novel, Heart of Junk , is about a group of antique mall booth owners and the world of collectibles—a world Geddes discovere
Diana Arterian is the Spring 2020 Visiting Emerging Poet at Wichita State University. Her book, Playing Monster :: Seiche, is a book-length poem, a blending of two collections, tackling abuse by her father and anxiety about her mother's stalker
In her debut novel, Kiley Reid tackles the subjects of race, social media, #BlackLivesMatter, misconception, misunderstanding… all without casting judgement.
Since his novel, The Eyre Affair , was released in 2002, Jasper Fforde has been entertaining fans with novels that he describes as incorporating a narrative dare. Jasper Fforde’s novel Early Riser will be released in paperback in the coming wee
It's often said that fact is stranger than fiction. Dexter Palmer took fact and created fiction in Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen, a fictional story based on a factual Mary Toft who, in 1726, convinced the medical community that she was giving
Today is the final day of 2019, and I imagine you’re growing tired of “best of” lists. Best of the year. Best of the decade. But aren’t these lists important? I mean, how can one be expected to grow without reflection and resolution? When I loo
Author Ruta Sepetys is often referred to as the seeker of lost stories. She has written four works of historical fiction published in over sixty countries and forty languages. Her latest, The Fountains of Silence , is set in 1957 Madrid and exp
Even if you’ve been reading books for young readers in the United States for a number of years, chances are you still are not aware of Andy Griffiths. But he is considered by many the most popular and one of the best-selling author for young re
Randall Munroe is the creator of the website xkcd.com and the author of the books What If? , Thing Explainer , and his latest, How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems .
When most readers hear the name Tracy Chevalier, they correctly remember her as the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring , which was her second of eleven published novels. Her latest is titled A Single Thread, which explores a group of women who
Short story collections can be difficult to discuss in one sitting, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. Luckily, with his new collection, author Ben Nickol linked together some of the stories through characters and circumstances. Ben stopped
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