Fiction

Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Writers On A New England Stage: Anne Rice

Author Anne Rice speaks during a Writers on a New England Stage show at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH
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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with author Anne Rice who reinvented a genre when she published Interview with a Vampire nearly 40 years ago. Subsequent novels presented undead characters who experienced love, grief, and longing.

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Word of Mouth
1:45 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Swap Those Beach Books For These: Eight Must-Read Books Of September

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It’s September, put down that beach novel, it's time to get serious about your to-be-read list. Thankfully, fall is the biggest season in the publishing world, so there's plenty of titles to choose from. Michele Filgate, freelance writer, critic, and independent bookseller at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn brings us her must read list for early fall. Click on the book titles for more information.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Carl Hiassen's "Bad Monkey"

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Word of Mouth presents a special rebroadcast of Writers on a New England Stage with Carl Hiassen, presented by NHPR and The Music Hall and recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Hiassen joined Virginia on stage last June to talk about “Bad Monkey,” a volume of comic crime fiction. It is now available in paperback

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Word of Mouth
10:51 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Nicholson Baker On Paul Chowder And 'Traveling Sprinkler'

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Author Nicholson Baker joins us to talk about his recurring character Paul Chowder. The procrastinating poet first tuned up in Baker's novel The Anthologist, and is now the center of his latest book, Traveling Sprinkler.

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All Things Considered
2:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

'Eggplant Alley': A Look At A Tumultuous Time, With Parallels To Today

This month All Things Considered has been talking with authors who write in or about New Hampshire.

We conclude the series with D.M. Cataneo. His new novel Eggplant Alley 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.

D.M. Cataneo talks about the book with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

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All Things Considered
5:53 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

'Elisha Barber': A Grim (And Gory) Version Of Medieval England

Note the cutting tools on the cover of Elisha Barber. Author EC Ambrose says they're there to advise the reader of what's ahead, should he/she decide to open the book.

This month All Things Considered has been been talking with authors who write in or about New Hampshire.

Today’s guest writes in the Granite State, but her book is definitely not set here.

It’s a dark fantasy novel set in an alternate version of 14th century England, with sorcery, battles, and plenty of blood.

It’s called Elisha Barber, and the author is E.C. Ambrose, who joins host Brady Carlson in the studio to talk about the book.

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Word of Mouth
9:43 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Cloudland: Crime Lit Close to Home

Between 1978 and 1988, the murders of seven women in New Hampshire and Vermont were attributed to the “Connecticut River Valley Killer”. Investigations of several suspects, and one deathbed confession went cold, and the killer was never found. Novelist Joseph Olshan’s “Cloudland,” is a fictionalized crime thriller based on the case. We spoke to Joe Olshan 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.

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Word of Mouth
12:45 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Why Dystopian Reads May Be Good For Teens

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Most of us read 1984 and Lord of the Flies 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.  David Sobel 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 “Feed the Hunger” was published in the November-December issue of Orion magazine.


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All Things Considered
5:55 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

"Reunited": A Fictional Story, WIth a Fictional Rock Band, That Plays Real Concerts

The young adult novel "Reunited" puts three former friends on a road trip to see their once-favorite pop band in a reunion concert in Texas.

Next week the band Level3 will perform at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton - despite the fact that Level3 is a fictional band.

Confused yet? Not to worry – it’s all part of a new young adult novel called Reunited, in which three young women drive from New England to Texas to see the one-night-only reunion concert of their once-favorite band, Level 3.

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Word of Mouth
12:15 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

From Elvish to Klingon

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It’s a fiction writer’s job to create authentic worlds  and suspend disbelief. One of the more time-consuming techniques in their toolbox? Inventing new languages – like the two forms of elvish used throughout J.R.R Tolkien's the Lord of the Rings. Michael Adams is a professor of English at Indiana

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Is Fiction Good For Us?

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Novels, movies, TV and games engage the human imagination with tragedy, comedy, sex, violence, twisted families, rapacious gangsters, mysteries and monsters. But could all this fantasy be good for us?

Jonathan Gottschall is author of The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make us Human. He wrote about research into how fiction influences our views for The Boston Globe.

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Word of Mouth
11:26 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Throw The Book At Them

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Imagine the Olympics with no gold medal…the prom without a queen...Top Model without a Top Model. Much of the literary world is bereft after the Pulitzer Prize board snubbed the fiction category in this year’s awards. It’s the first time since 1977 that the 'Lords of lit' deemed no book worthy of the honor.

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Three-Minute Fiction
12:01 am
Sat March 10, 2012

Three-Minute Fiction Round 8: She Closed The Book...

Luis Alberto Urrea was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction in 2005.
Nicole Waite Little, Brown & Co.

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 11:06 pm

Ready for some creative competition? Weekends on All Things Considered 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.

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All Things Considered
4:00 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Three Minute Fiction is Back!

If you listen to All Things Considered often enough, you’ll notice that many of the stories and conversations we share with you work out to around three minutes long.

NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered has turned that scenario on its head, through its Three Minute Fiction contest.

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You Must Read This
5:50 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

A Depressive Diarist Chronicles His Descent

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Patrick deWitt is the author of The Sisters Brothers.

"Doesn't the act of noticing matter as much as what's noticed?" So asks the narrator of Harry Mathews' masterpiece of minutia, The Journalist.

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. A seemingly benign idea, and he throws himself into the task with gusto — far too much gusto, it turns out, as the journal soon eclipses his entire life.

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