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Last update: 2013-01-17

Irvine Welsh: Skagboys

2013-01-17

Irvine Welsh, the man behind the best-selling phenomenon TRAINSPOTTING, reads a passage from its prequel, SKAGBOYS.…

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Robin Sloan: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

2012-12-20

Robin Sloane reads a passage from MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE, a gleeful tale of global conspiracy, young love, and rollicking adventure.…

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Megan Mayhew Bergman: Birds of a Lesser Paradise

2012-12-14

Megan Mayhew Bergman reads a passage from her debut collection, BIRDS OF A LESSER PARADISE.…

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Scott Hutchins: A Working Theory of Love

2012-12-08

Scott Hutchins, a former Truman Capote Fellow in the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford, reads a passage from his debut, A WORKING THEORY OF LOVE.…

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Ian Frazier: The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days

2012-11-30

Ian Frazier reads a passage from THE CURSING MOMMY'S BOOK OF DAYS, a comic novel based on his widely read columns for The New Yorker.…

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Margaret Talbot: The Entertainer

2012-11-23

Margaret Talbot, staff writer for The New Yorker, reads a passage from THE ENTERTAINER about her Hollywood actor father and his relationship with Ed Wood.…

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Marcus Samuelsson: Yes, Chef

2012-11-16

Marcus Samuelsson, James Beard Award recipient and winner of Top Chef Masters, reads a passage from his memoir, YES, CHEF.…

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Cassie J. Sneider: More Fine Fine Music

2012-11-09

Cassie J. Sneider reads "Homegrown," a story from her hilarious collection FINE FINE MUSIC about Jersey, the importance of having a car antenna, and violent monkeys.…

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Sam Sax: Memorized Poems

2012-11-02

Sam Sax, the first ever Bay Area Unified Grand Slam Champion, reads a selection of his poems.…

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Colin Meloy: Under Wildwood

2012-10-26

Colin Meloy, also known as the lead singer of The Decemberists, reads from UNDER WILDWOOD, the second book in the Wildwood series.…

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William Gibson: Distrust That Particular Flavor

2012-10-19

William Gibson, author of NEUROMANCER and father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, reads the introduction from his new collection of essays, DISTRUST THAT PARTICULAR FLAVOR.…

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William Gibson: Distrust That Particular Flavor

2012-10-11

William Gibson, author of NEUROMANCER and father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, reads the introduction from his new collection of essays, DISTRUST THAT PARTICULAR FLAVOR.…

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Nate Waggoner: April 3rd 2012

2012-10-05

Nate Waggoner, one of the five writers taking part in The Writers' Block Lit Crawl event "New Kids on the Block" on October 13th, reads a piece called "April 3rd, 2012."…

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Nate Waggoner: April 3rd 2012

2012-10-04

Nate Waggoner, one of the five writers taking part in The Writers' Block Lit Crawl event "New Kids on the Block" on October 13th, reads a piece called "April 3rd, 2012."…

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Diana Salier: Letters from Robots

2012-09-27

Diana Salier, one of the five writers taking part in The Writers' Block Lit Crawl event "New Kids on the Block" on October 13th, reads selected poems from LETTERS FROM ROBOTS.…

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D.W. Lichtenberg: Our Generation is One of Moving Back in with Your Mother

2012-09-20

D.W. Lichtenberg, one of the five writers taking part in The Writers' Block Lit Crawl event "New Kids on the Block" on October 13th, reads "Our Generation is One of Moving Back in with Your Mother."…

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Alli Warren: Chapbook Poems

2012-09-15

Alli Warren, one of the five writers taking part in The Writers' Block Lit Crawl event "New Kids on the Block" on October 13th, reads a collection of poems.…

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Andrea Kneeland: People Who Are Good People

2012-09-07

Andrea Kneeland, one of the five writers taking part in The Writers' Block Litcrawl event "New Kids on the Block" on October 13th, reads from her short story "People Who Are Good People."…

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Molly Ringwald: When It Happens to You

2012-09-06

Molly Ringwald, everyone's favorite redhead from movies like Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and The Breakfast Club, reads from her first novel, WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU.…

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Cassie J. Sneider: Fine Fine Music

2012-08-29

Cassie J. Sneider reads "Sugar Sugar," a story from her hilarious collection FINE FINE MUSIC about the hazardous effects of being forced to wear a sexy wizard costume for Halloween at the age of 10.…

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John Brandon: A Million Heavens

2012-08-24

John Brandon, author of the much acclaimed CITRUS COUNTY, reads a passage from his latest, A MILLION HEAVENS.…

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David Rakoff: Half Empty

2012-08-24

Acclaimed humorist David Rakoff died last week, but his acerbically witty writing lives on. Before you run out to buy all his books, listen to this episode from our archives, in which Rakoff reads from his final book of essays, HALF EMPTY.…

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Rob Reid: Year Zero

2012-08-08

Rob Reid reads a passage from YEAR ZERO, his novel that takes a headlong journey through the outer reaches of the universe and the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional music industry.…

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Cheryl Strayed: Tiny Beautiful Things

2012-08-04

Cheryl Strayed reads two passages from TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, a collection of advice columns she wrote under the pseudonym Dear Sugar for The Rumpus.…

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Karen Thompson Walker: The Age of Miracles

2012-07-27

Karen Thompson Walker reads a passage from THE AGE OF MIRACLES, the story of what happens when the rotation of the earth suddenly begins to slow.…

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Chuck Palahniuk: Invisible Monsters Remix

2012-07-18

Chuck Palahniuk, best-selling author of FIGHT CLUB, reads a passage from INVISIBLE MONSTERS REMIX, his updated 1999 daring satire on beauty and the fashion industry.…

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Bill Clegg: Ninety Days

2012-07-13

Bill Clegg reads a passage from NINETY DAYS, which begins where PORTRAIT OF AN ADDICT AS A YOUNG MAN ends and tells the wrenching story of Clegg's battle to reclaim his life from addiction.…

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Sapphire: The Kid

2012-07-06

Sapphire, the author whose novel, PUSH, was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film PRECIOUS, reads a passage from THE KID, a sequel that follows the life of Precious' son.…

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Rosecrans Baldwin: Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down

2012-06-29

Rosecrans Baldwin reads a passage from PARIS, I LOVE YOU BUT YOU'RE BRINGING ME DOWN, his new book that explores living in the Paris of Sarkozy, text-message romances, smoking bans, and a McDonald's beneath the Louvre.…

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Joan Frank: Make It Stay

2012-06-22

Joan Frank reads a passage from MAKE IT STAY, the story of what happens after a mysterious catastrophe hits the tree-nestled Northern California town of Mira Flores.…

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Wendy McClure: The Wilder Life

2012-06-14

Wendy McClure reads a passage from THE WILDER LIFE, a hilarious chronicle of her attempt to immerse herself in all things Little House on the Prairie.…

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Jenny Lawson: Let's Pretend This Never Happened

2012-06-08

Jenny Lawson, also known as the Bloggess, reads a hilarious passage from LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, about the time her father brought home a magic squirrel.…

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Trinie Dalton: Baby Geisha

2012-03-13
Length: 13s

Trinie Dalton reads "Escape Mushroom Style," a story from her latest collection, BABY GEISHA.…

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Krys Lee: Drifting House

2012-03-06
Length: 15s

Krys Lee reads a passage from DRIFTING HOUSE about a South Korean woman who goes to America in search of her daughter whom she believes has been kidnapped.…

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Martha Grover: One More for the People

2012-02-28
Length: 8s

Martha Grover reads "Fifteen Things I'm Not Putting on My OkCupid Profile," a story from her new collection, ONE MORE FOR THE PEOPLE.…

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Nathan Englander: What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

2012-02-22
Length: 9s

Nathan Englander reads a passage from his latest story collection, WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ANNE FRANK.…

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Blake Nelson: Dream School

2012-02-14
Length: 12s

Blake Nelson reads a passage from DREAM SCHOOL, the sequel to his beloved 1994 novel GIRL.…

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Ryan Boudinot: Blueprints of the Afterlife

2012-02-07

Ryan Boudinot reads a passage from BLUEPRINTS OF THE AFTERLIFE about the aftermath of a sentient glacier wiping out most of North America.…

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Leigh Stein: The Fallback Plan

2012-01-31

Leigh Stein reads a passage from her debut novel, THE FALLBACK PLAN, about what happens when you graduate college without a fallback plan.…

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Ellis Avery: The Last Nude

2012-01-24

Ellis Avery reads a passage from THE LAST NUDE, her new novel about an artist and her most famous muse in Paris between the world wars.…

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Tea Obreht: The Tiger's Wife

2012-01-18

Tea Obreht, one of The New Yorker's best American writers under forty, reads a passage from her debut novel, THE TIGER'S WIFE.…

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Joshua Mohr: Damascus

2012-01-10

Joshua Mohr reads a passage from DAMASCUS, his latest novel about a man whose birthmark unfortunately resembles a Hitler mustache.…

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Ismet Prcic: Shards

2011-12-19

Ismet Prcic reads a passage from SHARDS, his debut novel about a young Bosnian who flees his war-torn homeland.…

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Anisse Gross: Last Year's Snow

2011-12-13

Anisse Gross reads her evocative poem, LAST YEAR'S SNOW.…

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Peter Orner: Love and Shame and Love

2011-12-07

Peter Orner reads a passage from LOVE AND SHAME AND LOVE, his latest novel that illuminates the countless ways that love both makes us whole and completely unravels us.…

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John Jeremiah Sullivan: Pulphead

2011-11-29

John Jeremiah Sullivan, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, reads "Feet in Smoke," a piece from his new essay collection, PULPHEAD.…

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Hector Tobar: The Barbarian Nurseries

2011-11-23

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist Hector Tobar reads a passage from his latest, THE BARBARIAN NURSERIES.…

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Erin Morgenstern: The Night Circus

2011-11-15

Erin Morgenstern reads a passage from THE NIGHT CIRCUS, her spell-casting debut novel that has been heralded as the next Harry Potter.…

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Alan Hollinghurst: The Stranger's Child

2011-11-09

Alan Hollinghurst, winner of the 2004 Booker Prize for THE LINE OF BEAUTY, reads a passage from his latest novel, THE STRANGER'S CHILD.…

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Ann Joslin Williams: Down from Cascom Mountain

2011-11-02

Ann Joslin Williams reads a passage from DOWN FROM CASCOM MOUNTAIN, her debut novel about how a rural New Hampshire community deals with tragedy.…

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Jeffrey Eugenides: The Marriage Plot

2011-10-25

Jeffrey Eugenides, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of THE VIRGIN SUICIDES and MIDDLESEX, reads a passage from his latest, THE MARRIAGE PLOT.…

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Jeffrey Eugenides: The Marriage Plot

2011-10-18

Jeffrey Eugenides, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of THE VIRGIN SUICIDES and MIDDLESEX, reads a passage from his latest, THE MARRIAGE PLOT.…

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Charles Yu: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

2011-08-04

Charles Yu reads a passage from HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE, the story of a time travel technician and resident of Minor Universe 31, who travels to crucial moments in the past to save people from themselves.…

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Jesse Ball: The Curfew

2011-07-27

Jesse Ball reads a passage from THE CURFEW, the story of an epitaphorist and his mute daughter trying to survive in the dystopian city of C.…

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Oscar Hijuelos: Thoughts without Cigarettes

2011-07-19

Oscar Hijuelos, author of THE MAMBO KINGS PLAY SONGS OF LOVE and the first Latino to win the Pultizer for literature, reads from his memoir, THOUGHTS WITHOUT CIGARETTES.…

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Francine Prose: My New American Life

2011-07-12

Francine Prose reads a passage from MY NEW AMERICAN LIFE, a darkly humorous novel of mismatched aspirations, Albanian gangsters, and the ever-elusive American dream.…

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Daniel Orozco: Orientation

2011-07-05

Daniel Orozco reads the title story from ORIENTATION, a dark and funny account of a new employee's first day on the job.…

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Keetje Kuipers: Beautiful in the Mouth

2011-06-28

Keetje Kuipers reads select poems from her collection, BEAUTIFUL IN THE MOUTH.…

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Francisco Goldman: Say Her Name

2011-06-22

Francisco Goldman reads a passage from SAY HER NAME about the love and loss of his wife, Aura Estrada.…

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Chris Adrian: The Great Night

2011-06-14

Chris Adrian, one of the New Yorker's 20 under 40, reads from his latest novel, THE GREAT NIGHT, a retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream set in San Francisco's Buena Vista Park.…

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Michelle Tea: Black Wave

2011-06-03

Michelle Tea reads a passage from her brand new as-yet-unpublished novel, BLACK WAVE, about the end of the world and the end of love in '90s San Francisco.…

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Sloane Crosley: How Did You Get This Number

2011-05-31

Sloane Crosley reads an essay from her hilarious collection, HOW DID YOU GET THIS NUMBER, about her experiences in Alaska.…

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Geoff Dyer: Otherwise Known as the Human Condition

2011-05-25

Geoff Dyer reads "Of Course," an essay from his latest collection, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE HUMAN CONDITION, about meeting his wife and Burning Man.…

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Blake Butler: There Is No Year

2011-05-18

Blake Butler reads a passage from THERE IS NO YEAR about a family that moves into a new home and finds a copy family already living there.…

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Gabrielle Hamilton: Blood, Bones and Butter

2011-05-10

Gabrielle Hamilton reads a passage from BLOOD, BONES AND BUTTER, her memoir that takes a journey through the many kitchens she has inhabited through the years.…

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Terry Castle: The Professor

2011-05-04

Terry Castle reads an essay from her latest collection, THE PROFESSOR, about her relationship with Susan Sontag.…

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Neil Strauss: Everyone Loves You When You're Dead

2011-04-27
Length: 21m 32s

Neil Strauss reads passages from EVERYONE LOVES YOU WHEN YOU'RE DEAD, his collection of 120 interviews with the world's biggest celebrities.…

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Joyce Carol Oates: A Widow's Story

2011-04-19
Length: 14m 20s

Joyce Carol Oates, literary icon and author of over 50 novels, reads from her new memoir, A WIDOW'S STORY.…

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Kristin Kimball: The Dirty Life

2011-04-12
Length: 12m 22s

Kristin Kimball reads a passage from THE DIRTY LIFE, her memoir about transitioning from the life of a city girl to that of a farmer.…

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Benjamin Hale: The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

2011-04-05
Length: 15m 5s

Benjamin Hale reads a passage from THE EVOLUTION OF BRUNO LITTLEMORE, his comic novel told from the perspective of a talking chimpanzee.…

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Jasmin Darznik: The Good Daughter

2011-03-29
Length: 12m 9s

Jasmin Darznik reads a passage from her memoir, THE GOOD DAUGHTER, about discovering her mother's secret past life.…

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Wesley Stace: Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer

2011-03-22
Length: 22m 17s

Wesley Stace reads two passages from CHARLES JESSOLD, CONSIDERED AS A MURDERER, a novel about music and murder in 1920s England.…

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Mira Bartok: The Memory Palace

2011-03-15
Length: 29m 0s

Mira Bartok reads a passage from her memoir, THE MEMORY PALACE, about living with a schizophrenic mother as well as a traumatic brain injury.…

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Karen Russell: Swamplandia!

2011-03-09
Length: 18m 2s

Karen Russell reads a passage from SWAMPLANDIA!, her debut novel about a family of alligator wrestlers.…

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Colm Toibin: The Empty Family

2011-03-01
Length: 22m 24s

Colm Toibin, the author behind THE MASTER, reads the title story from his latest collection, THE EMPTY FAMILY.…

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Heidi Durrow: The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

2011-02-22
Length: 19m 11s

Heidi Durrow reads a passage from THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY about a young boy who witnesses a family fall through the sky from his window.…

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David Levithan: The Lover's Dictionary

2011-02-13
Length: 15m 55s

David Levithan, author of NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, reads passages from THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY, a modern love story told through dictionary entries.…

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Vivek Shraya: God Loves Hair

2011-02-09
Length: 16m 3s

Vivek Shraya reads selections from GOD LOVES HAIR, his debut story collection about growing up queer and Indian.…

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Tom Rachman: The Imperfectionists

2011-02-01
Length: 24m 47s

Tom Rachman reads a passage from THE IMPERFECTIONISTS about an obituary writer who works for a newspaper in Rome.…

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Christie Hodgen: Elegies for the Brokenhearted

2011-01-26
Length: 29m 59s

Christie Hodgen reads a passage from ELEGIES FOR THE BROKENHEARTED about an unforgettable skirt-chasing, car-racing uncle who comes in and out of his family's lives.…

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Salman Rushdie: Luka and the Fire of Life

2011-01-18
Length: 16m 22s

Salman Rushdie, literary icon and author of THE SATANIC VERSES and MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN, reads a passage from his latest novel, LUKA AND THE FIRE OF LIFE.…

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Suzanne Rivecca: Death Is Not An Option

2011-01-12
Length: 30m 54s

Suzanne Rivecca reads the title story from DEATH IS NOT AN OPTION about a high school senior who finds a warped kind of redemption on a school retreat.…

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Stephen O'Connor: Here Comes Another Lesson

2011-01-05
Length: 33m 45s

Stephen O'Connor reads "Ziggurat," a story from HERE COMES ANOTHER LESSON about a Minotaur who is awakened to his humanity by a girl who was sent to be his supper.…

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Terry McMillan: Getting to Happy

2010-12-22
Length: 21m 33s

Terry McMillan reads a passage from GETTING TO HAPPY, the sequel to WAITING TO EXHALE.…

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Nora Ephron: I Remember Nothing

2010-12-14
Length: 16m 29s

Nora Ephron, the force behind WHEN HARRY MET SALLY and I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK, reads a passage from her latest book, I REMEMBER NOTHING.…

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David Rakoff: Half Empty

2010-12-08
Length: 17m 50s

David Rakoff, author of FRAUD and DON'T GET TOO COMFORTABLE, reads a passage from his hilarious new book HALF EMPTY…

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Nicole Krauss: Great House

2010-12-01
Length: 18m 15s

Nicole Krauss, author of international bestseller THE HISTORY OF LOVE, reads from her latest National Book Award nominated novel, GREAT HOUSE.…

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Koren Zailckas: Fury

2010-11-23
Length: 15m 59s

Koren Zailckas, author of the best-selling memoir SMASHED, reads a passage from her latest, FURY.…

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Dinaw Mengestu: How to Read the Air

2010-11-17
Length: 17m 32s

Dinaw Mengestu reads a passage from HOW TO READ THE AIR about a young Ethiopian immigrant couple who set off on a road trip in search of a new identity.…

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Michael Cunningham: By Nightfall

2010-11-09
Length: 11m 7s

Michael Cunningham, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel THE HOURS, reads a passage from his latest, BY NIGHTFALL.…

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Myla Goldberg: The False Friend

2010-11-02
Length: 13m 19s

Myla Goldberg, author of the best-selling novel BEE SEASON, reads a passage from her latest, THE FALSE FRIEND.…

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Howard Norman: What is Left the Daughter

2010-10-28
Length: 26m 18s

Howard Norman reads a passage from WHAT IS LEFT THE DAUGHTER about what becomes of Wyatt Hillyer after he is suddenly orphaned when his parents, within hours of each other, jump off two different bridges.…

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Doug Dorst: The Surf Guru

2010-10-23
Length: 22m 30s

Doug Dorst reads a passage from THE SURF GURU about an old surfing champion who sits on his ocean-front balcony watching a new generation of surfers come of age on the waves.…

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William Gibson: Zero History

2010-10-12
Length: 14m 53s

William Gibson reads a passage from ZERO HISTORY, the third installment in the Bigend series.…

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Yiyun Li: Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

2010-10-01
Length: 38m 1s

Yiyun Li, recent recipient of the MacArthur "Genius Grant," reads the title story from GOLD BOY, EMERALD GIRL which chronicles what happens when a professor introduces her middle-aged son to her favorite student.…

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Alex Cohen and Jennifer Barbee: Down and Derby

2010-09-29
Length: 13m 37s

Alex "Axles of Evil" Cohen and Jennifer "Kasey Bomber" Barbee read a passage from DOWN AND DERBY, a brassy celebration of the rough and tumble sport of roller derby.…

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Charlie Smith: Three Delays

2010-09-22
Length: 14m 9s

Charlie Smith reads a passage from THREE DELAYS, which follows the troubled lives of two lovers as they combat their passions and each other.…

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Gary Shteyngart: Super Sad True Love Story

2010-09-14
Length: 20m 58s

Gary Shteyngart reads a passage from SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY, a deliciously dark tale of America's dysfunctional coming years and the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.…

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Trinie Dalton: Sweet Tomb

2010-09-07
Length: 19m 23s

Trinie Dalton reads a story from SWEET TOMB about a witch who decides to leave her candy house in the forest for the big city with the help of her hallucinated friend, Pinocchio.…

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Paul Harding: Tinkers

2010-09-01
Length: 9m 35s

Paul Harding reads a passage from TINKERS, this year's winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.…

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S.G. Browne: Fated

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Length: 10s

S.G. Browne reads a passage from FATED, his latest novel about what happens when Fabio a.k.a. Fate breaks rule number one and falls in love with a human.…

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Grace Krilanovich: The Orange Eats Creeps

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Length: 8s

Grace Krilanovich reads a passage from THE ORANGE EATS CREEPS, her debut novel about a band of slutty teenage hobo vampire junkies.…

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Ben Loory: Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

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Length: 5s

Ben Loory reads "The Crown," a story from STORIES FOR THE NIGHTTIME AND SOME FOR THE DAY, his collection of wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables.…

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Ben Loory: More from Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

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Length: 6s

Ben Loory reads The Tree, another story from STORIES FOR THE NIGHTTIME AND SOME FOR THE DAY, his collection of wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables.…

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Lizzy Acker: Monster Party

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Length: 9s

Lizzy Acker reads from MONSTER PARTY, her collection of short stories about boys, violence, drinking and aliens.…

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Justin Torres: We The Animals

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Justin Torres reads from WE THE ANIMALS, his blistering debut novel about three brothers tearing their way through childhood.…

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Charles Warnke: I Have A Few Last Words

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Charles Warnke reads I HAVE A FEW LAST WORDS, a short story told from the perspective of a driver involved in a fatal car crash.…

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Alice LaPlante: Turn of Mind

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Alice LaPlante reads a passage from TURN OF MIND, her novel about the disintegration of a strong woman's mind and the unhinging of her family.…

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Michael David Lukas: The Oracle of Stamboul

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Michael David Lukas reads a passage from THE ORACLE OF STAMBOUL, his debut novel about a young girl who becomes an advisor to the sultan of the Ottoman empire.…

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LitCrawl Event Preview: Lisa Brown: Baby, Be Of Use

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This Saturday, October 15, 2011, join The Writers' Block at Bruno's in San Francisco for "Some Girls from the Block," a live reading by five of the podcast's most popular female writers. We pulled this reading by Lisa Brown from the archives to whet your appetite.…

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