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Interviews, Discussions & Literary News
July & August 2009

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August 31
NEWS: Alice Munro Withdraws From Canadian Literary Prize.
NY Times:
Globe & Mail:

PODCAST/INTERVIEW: French writer Marie Darrieussecq discusses her new book Tom is Dead.
The Book Show, ABC (AUS):

August 30
PODCAST/DISCUSSION: (Rebroadcast) Diane Rehm leads a discussion about Olive Kittredge, the collection of stories by Elizabeth Strout which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Diane Rehm Show, NPR (US):

NEWS: UK Writer Julie Myerson about writing her memoir re: son's drug addiction and the public recriminations
she has suffered for doing so.

NY Times:

August 28
PODCAST/INTERVIEW: Irish writer Emma Donoghue's Sealed Letter.
The Book Show, ABC (AUS):

NEWS: Alison Wong of Titahi Bay, New Zealand, has been awarded the Janet Frame Award 2009 for fiction.,%20Alison

August 25
PODCAST/INTERVIEW: Valerie Lawson author of Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P. L. Travers.
The Book Show, ABC (AUS):

August 24
PODCAST/INTERVIEW: US author Roxana Robinson discusses her new novel, Cost.
On Point Radio, NPR (US):

August 21
PODCAST/INTERVIEW: In one of the opening sessions of the 2009 Melbourne Writers Festival, Canadian author Anne Michaels is in conversation with Peter Mares.
The Book Show, ABC (AUS):

August 20
INTERVIEW: "Rachel Cusk: A Fine Contempt" Interview by Lynn Barber
The Guardian (UK):

INTERVIEW: Margaret Atwood. The Canadian novelist talks to Sinclair McKay about books and bees.

August 19
PODCAST: READING Malorie Blackman reads Double Cross.
The Guardian (UK):

August 15
NEWS: Afghanistan Women, "Roya, 24, Aspiring Writer" She has found an outlet through her words—posting her stories and poems online and even appearing on a TV show. But she lives in fear her brother will find out.
L.A. Times:,0,1010775.story
LINK: Afghan Women's Writing Project

August 13
PODCAST/DISCUSSION: Today in our series of Australian classic novels, we look at a much loved author, Thea Astley, and her book The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow.
The Book Show, ABC (AUS):

August 12
REVIEW: Writer's Myth Looms as Large as the Many Novels She Wrote by Dwight Gardner Review of Benjamin Mosher's WHY THIS WORLD: A Biography of Clarice Lispector. Lispector was an avant-grade Brazilian writer (1920-1977)
New York Times:

August 10
ARTICLE: Wilder Women: The Mother and Daughter Behind the Little House Stories, by Judith Thurman (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
The New Yorker:

August 8
BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION: if US author Anne Tyler's Noah's Compass
The Scotsman

August 7
PODCAST/INTERVIEW: Scottish author A.L. Kennedy talks about the line between comedy and sadness in her new collection of short stories, What Becomes.
The Guardian (UK):

July 30
PODCAST/INTERVIEW: British novelist Sarah Waters discusses her new book The Little Stranger, which has been longlisted for this year's Booker prize.
The Book Show (AUS):

July 22
PODCAST/INTERVIEW: British author Maggie Gee speaks about her new novel My Driver.
The Book Show (AUS):

July 16
PODCAST/INTERVIEW: American writer Brad Gooch discusses his biography of Flannery O'Connor, a Catholic writer from the American south who died of lupus at the age of 39.
The Book Show (AUS):

July 15
ARTICLE: Austen in sea monster mash-up. Following the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, publisher unleashes creatures from the deep on Sense and Sensibility.
The Guardian:

July 12
NEWS: Japanese author Yoko Ogawa and Australian author Julia Leigh win Shirley Jackson Awards

July 10
PODCAST/INTERVIEW: Roma Tearne on Brixton Beach. The Sri Lankan-born author talks about how her life and fiction have been informed by a mixed heritage on both sides of a brutal conflict.
The Guardian (UK):

July 7
PODCAST/INTERVIEW: M.J. Hyland discusses her new novel This Is How.
The Book Show (AUS):

July 6
PODCAST/INTERVIEW: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Thing Around Your Neck. A Nigerian-born author explores the ties that bind men and women, children and parents, Africa and the U.S.
The Diane Rehm show, WAMU/NPR (US):