Fiction http://nhpr.org en Carl Hiassen's "Bad Monkey" http://nhpr.org/post/carl-hiassens-bad-monkey <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Word of Mouth presents a special rebroadcast of Writers on a New England Stage with </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Carl Hiassen</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, presented by </span>NHPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and The Music Hall and recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Word of Mouth 50365 at http://nhpr.org Carl Hiassen's "Bad Monkey" Nicholson Baker On Paul Chowder And 'Traveling Sprinkler' http://nhpr.org/post/nicholson-baker-paul-chowder-and-traveling-sprinkler <p>Author <strong>Nicholson Baker</strong> joins us to talk about his recurring character Paul Chowder. The procrastinating poet first tuned up in Baker's novel <em>The Anthologist</em>, and is now the center of his latest book,<em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/books/review/nicholson-bakers-traveling-sprinkler.html?_r=0">Traveling Sprinkler.</a></em></p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:51:18 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37573 at http://nhpr.org Nicholson Baker On Paul Chowder And 'Traveling Sprinkler' 'Eggplant Alley': A Look At A Tumultuous Time, With Parallels To Today http://nhpr.org/post/eggplant-alley-look-tumultuous-time-parallels-today <p>This month All Things Considered has been talking with authors who write in or about New Hampshire.</p><p>We conclude the series with <strong>D.M. Cataneo</strong>. His new novel <a href="http://www.bunkerhillpublishing.com/2013/03/31/eggplant-alley/3692/" target="_blank"><strong><em>Eggplant Alley </em></strong></a>tells the story of Nicky Martini, a 13 year old growing up in a run-down New York City neighborhood during the turbulent year of 1970.</p><p>D.M. Cataneo talks about the book with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Brady Carlson 33734 at http://nhpr.org 'Eggplant Alley': A Look At A Tumultuous Time, With Parallels To Today 'Elisha Barber': A Grim (And Gory) Version Of Medieval England http://nhpr.org/post/elisha-barber-grim-and-gory-version-medieval-england <p>This month All Things Considered has been been talking with authors who write in or about New Hampshire.</p><p>Today’s guest writes <em>in</em> the Granite State, but her book is definitely <em>not </em>set here.</p><p>It’s a dark fantasy novel set in an alternate version of 14<sup>th</sup> century England, with sorcery, battles, and plenty of blood.</p><p>It’s called <em><strong>Elisha Barber</strong></em>, and the author is <a href="http://thedarkapostle.com/" target="_blank"><strong>E.C. Ambrose</strong></a>, who joins host Brady Carlson in the studio to talk about the book.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:53:33 +0000 Brady Carlson 33440 at http://nhpr.org 'Elisha Barber': A Grim (And Gory) Version Of Medieval England Cloudland: Crime Lit Close to Home http://nhpr.org/post/cloudland-crime-lit-close-home <p>Between 1978 and 1988, the murders of seven women in New Hampshire and Vermont were attributed to the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut_River_Valley_Killer" target="_blank">“Connecticut River Valley Killer”</a>. Investigations of several suspects, and one deathbed confession went cold, and the killer was never found. Novelist <strong>Joseph Olshan’s</strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Cloudland-Joseph-Olshan/dp/125002157X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0" target="_blank"> “Cloudland,”</a> is a fictionalized crime thriller based on the case. We spoke to <a href="http://www.josepholshan.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Joe Olshan</strong></a> last spring when the book was released, now, it’s out in paperback. He lived in the upper valley when the sixth and final victim was found, and he explained what, as an outsider, he saw happen to local residents.</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:43:22 +0000 Virginia Prescott 5002 at http://nhpr.org Cloudland: Crime Lit Close to Home Why Dystopian Reads May Be Good For Teens http://nhpr.org/post/why-dystopian-reads-may-be-good-teens <P>Most of us read <EM>1984 </EM>and <EM>Lord of the Flies</EM> in high school, but the new dystopian novel has grown in popularity beyond the required reading list to include a new generation of young fans. &nbsp;<STRONG>David Sobel </STRONG>looks at the legion of apocryphal novels set in worlds devastated by wars and environmental collapse now aimed at teens as emblematic of a rising tide of hopelessness. He is a member of the senior faculty at Antioch New England, and his article “<A href="http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/7148">Feed the Hunger</A>” was published in the November-December issue of Orion magazine.</P> <P> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 17:45:34 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18850 at http://nhpr.org Why Dystopian Reads May Be Good For Teens "Reunited": A Fictional Story, WIth a Fictional Rock Band, That Plays Real Concerts http://nhpr.org/post/reunited-fictional-story-fictional-rock-band-plays-real-concerts <p>Next week <a href="http://www.level3theband.com/" target="_blank">the band Level3</a> will perform at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton - despite the fact that Level3 is a fictional band.</p><p>Confused yet? Not to worry &ndash; it&rsquo;s all part of a new young adult novel called <strong><em>Reunited</em></strong>, in which three young women drive from New England to Texas to see the one-night-only reunion concert of <a href="http://www.level3theband.com/p/free-music-downloads.html" target="_blank">their once-favorite band, Level 3</a>.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:55:21 +0000 Brady Carlson 9234 at http://nhpr.org "Reunited": A Fictional Story, WIth a Fictional Rock Band, That Plays Real Concerts From Elvish to Klingon http://nhpr.org/post/elvish-klingon <p>Scholar Michael Adams explores invented languages in his book From Elvish to Klingon.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 16:15:33 +0000 Virginia Prescott 4743 at http://nhpr.org From Elvish to Klingon Is Fiction Good For Us? http://nhpr.org/post/fiction-good-us <p>We speak with Jonathan Gottschall about fiction's impact on morality.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 16:00:23 +0000 Virginia Prescott 4547 at http://nhpr.org Is Fiction Good For Us? Throw The Book At Them http://nhpr.org/post/throw-book-them <p>The Twitterverse lights up literary-style in reaction to the Pulitzer fiction snub.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:26:48 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3217 at http://nhpr.org Throw The Book At Them Three-Minute Fiction Round 8: She Closed The Book... http://nhpr.org/post/three-minute-fiction-round-8-she-closed-book Ready for some creative competition? Weekends on <em>All Things Considered</em> is launching Round 8 of its Three-Minute Fiction contest. Here's what we look for: original, short fiction that can be read in less than three minutes — that's no more than 600 words.<p>Each round, we have a judge who gives us a writing challenge. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 2422 at http://nhpr.org Three-Minute Fiction Round 8: She Closed The Book... Three Minute Fiction is Back! http://nhpr.org/post/three-minute-fiction-back <p>If you listen to All Things Considered often enough, you&rsquo;ll notice that many of the stories and conversations we share with you work out to around three minutes long.</p><p>NPR&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/all-things-considered/" target="_blank">Weekend All Things Considered</a> has turned that scenario on its head, through its <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/105660765/three-minute-fiction" target="_blank">Three Minute Fiction</a> contest.</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Brady Carlson & Guy Raz 2447 at http://nhpr.org A Depressive Diarist Chronicles His Descent http://nhpr.org/post/depressive-diarist-chronicles-his-descent <em>Patrick deWitt is the author of </em>The Sisters Brothers.<p>"Doesn't the act of noticing matter as much as what's noticed?" So asks the narrator of Harry Mathews' masterpiece of minutia, <em>The Journalist</em>.<p>On the mend from a nervous breakdown (though it's mentioned only in passing — "the steering wheel came off in my hands," he says), he's been encouraged by his doctor to keep a journal. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:50:00 +0000 Patrick deWitt 2028 at http://nhpr.org A Depressive Diarist Chronicles His Descent 'Plotto': An Algebra Book For Fiction Writing http://nhpr.org/post/plotto-algebra-book-fiction-writing It's been said that there are only seven basic plots in fiction. Pulp novelist William Wallace Cook would beg to differ.<p>According to Cook, there are a whopping 1,462 plots, all of which he laid out in his 1928 book, <em>Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots</em>.<p><em>Plotto</em> has just been reissued for the edification of novelists everywhere. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:41:00 +0000 NPR Staff 1987 at http://nhpr.org 'Plotto': An Algebra Book For Fiction Writing