Archive for January, 2010

Orhan Pamuk Interview

January 31st, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


Originally Aired September 2004; Ferit Orhan Pamuk, or just Orhan Pamuk, won the Nobel prize for literature in 2006. He was born and still lives in Istanbul, though he has visited the U.S. and has taught at Columbia University. He is Turkey’s best-selling writer and the recipient of numerous prizes. Among his important works are My Name is Red; The Black Book; Snow; The White Castle; and Colors. He is a Muslim, though more in a cultural sense, and as a human rights activist has been outspoken about the Armenian genocide and also about Turkey’s treatment of the Kurds. Besides his huge writing talent and heart, Pamuk, at least in my opinion, is very funny.

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Elizabeth Kostova Interview

January 24th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


Elizabeth Kostova made history with the publication of The Historian, her novel about Vlad the Impaler on whom the original Dracula was modeled, which was translated into 44 languages. The book sold some 4 million copies and a film is in the works. Now after 5 years Elizabeth has written a novel called The Swan Thieves, about Robert Oliver, a gifted artist who attacks a painting in The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Why does he do it? Who is Leda? Join me and meet Elizabeth Kostova who knows the answers to these and any other questions you may have about Robert, or Vlad, or Swans, or love. She is a professor of literature at the University of Michigan as well as a talented writer. . . and very charming. Just cover your neck at night.

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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein Interview

January 17th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is a philosopher, novelist, MacArthur Fellow who writes about subjects that fascinate her. Usually brilliant people like herself. In 36 ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD, her entertaining new novel, Rebecca introduces Cass Seltzer, a kind and gentle best-selling atheist who is drawn into a constellation of eccentric and interesting intellectuals from Harvard who both fuss over him and mesmerize him.  They are assorted poets, mystics, and geniuses including one six-year-old mathematical prodigy who is the son of a Hasidic Rebbe. Suffice that Goldstein’s novel is great fun as is Rebecca herself who in real life is as interesting as any of her characters and plays house with the redoubtable Steven Pinker. She knows whereof she speaks.

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Jasper Fforde Interview

January 10th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


Jasper Fforde is a British novelist unlike any you have ever read. He is a literary experimentalist of the first order who has carved out a special niche for himself within the literary world. His first novel The Eyre Affair was published in 2001 and followed by a series called Thursday Next about a literary detective of that name. He is unfailingly inventive, and clever, and fun to interview. But then what would you expect from a young man who owns and flies his own DH 82 Tiger Moth airplane. On the Frumkes Show Jasper discusses his life and the publication of his latest book Shades of Gray.

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Gail Godwin Interview

January 3rd, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


Gail Godwin is a lovely lady and an elegant writer. She was raised in Asheville North Carolina and many of her books are set in the South. She was three times nominated for the National Book Award, and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to writing she is an artist, and a librettist. Five of her novels have been on the New York Times Best-Seller List and her current novel Unfinished Desires is recommended by the NY Times Book Review. She serves with me on the Editorial Board of The Writer Magazine and is a charmer. Join Gail and me for a nice discussion.

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