Monique Truong Interview

September 26th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


Monique Truong author of the much acclaimed The Book of Salt, visits me to discuss her latest effort Bitter In The Mouth. Truong is an asian transplant who studied at Yale and Columbia and has been winning plaudits from the literary mandarins who decide such things. Tune in and see what you think.

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David Mitchell Interview

July 18th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


For a writer who has twice been nominated for the Mann Booker Prize, called a “genius” by the New York Times, and reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review by Dave Eggers, David Mitchell is surprisingly modest about his achievements. Listen in while David tells me about his reverence for Ursula Le Guin, how he conceived “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet,” what his advice to other writers is, and how he keeps his life in fine harmony.

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Yann Martel Interview

March 28th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


This has been a week of Mann awards. . .  first Yann Martel who won the Mann Booker Prize for Life of Pi in 2002, then Miguel Syjuco who won the 2008 Mann Asian Award. In Beatrice and Virgil Henry receives a letter from a taxidermist offering a puzzle he cannot resist. An epic journey results with a donkey and a howler monkey that allows Martel to explore profound issues of life, art, and truth.  Martel is no dunce, and has strong and well-developed views.

You will enjoy our exchanges.

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Jules Feiffer Interview

March 7th, 2010 by Lewis Frumkes


Jules Feiffer’s Pulitzer-winning comic strip ran for forty-two years in the Village Voice and one hundred other papers. A literary giant, Feiffer won an Obie Award for his play, Little Murders, plaudits for his screenplay Carnal Knowledge and an Oscar for his short animation Munro. In fact the list of his creative output is so distinguished I would need three pages to do it justice. . . for example do you remember the children’s classic The Phantom Tollbooth? So it was a delight to have Jules come in and chat with me about his life, his career, and his latest book Backing Into Forward which has received rave reviews in the New York Times and just about the entire review press. We not only had a ball, but Jules left me with a cartoon contribution to a new book I am working on called FAVORITE WORDS OF FAMOUS PEOPLE. More about that another time. Join me here and rejoice in the life of Jules Feiffer.

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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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Lisa See Interview

May 28th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


shanghai-girlsShanghai was once the Paris of Asia, beautiful women, gangsters, gambling, mystery and adventure. Lisa See sets her elegantly written novel of two sisters, in the Shanghai of 1937 to 1957, the period when the city was at its most glamourous and dangerous. See who wrote Peony In Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, as well as The Interior, and Dragon Bones, reaches new heights with “Shanghai Girls,” We talk briefly about the party her friend Amy Tan will be throwing for her and to which I am invited. Tune in and join our conversation.

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Yiyun Li Interview

March 8th, 2009 by Lewis Frumkes


the-vagrantsSet in China in the late 1970’s, Yiyun Li has written a stunning debut novel with unforgettable characters that haunt you long after you have finished reading the book. The love story between Nini a crippled girl and Bashi a sinister predator is an example of the unusual way in which Li views life, in a world of oppression and pain and forces us to reconsider our values . Yiyun came to me and impressed me with her high intelligence and fine command of English. This is a very different book with a very different world view. . . listen to our interview. . . I believe you will be hearing much more from this talented author.

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Bernard Henri Levy Interview

December 28th, 2008 by Lewis Frumkes


left-in-dark-timesThe great French philosopher chats with me while a French television team videos us.

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Ethan Canin Interview

October 5th, 2008 by Lewis Frumkes


america-americaEthan was encouraged to write by his high school English teacher. Then he went to the Iowa Workshop and was discouraged by something John Irving said. So he went to medical school at Harvard and became a doctor. But something made him return to writing and suddenly The Palace Thief was published to great reviews, and several other books, and now America, America and Ethan has grown into one of our top writers. And who was his prescient high school teacher who had encouraged him to write. . . . .none other than Danielle Steele.

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Stefan Merrill Block Interview

June 8th, 2008 by Lewis Frumkes


the-story-of-forgetting1First novelist Stefan Merrill Block makes a big wave with THE STORY OF FORGETTING. Don’t forget to tune in.

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