Writers on a New England Stage

Writers On A New England Stage
9:13 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen
David J. Murray, cleareyephoto.com

The #1 New York Times bestselling author is back doing what he does best: spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed Florida tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land get their comeuppance in a mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.

Hiaasen joined us in Portsmouth to talk about Bad Monkey and his other books on Friday, June 14th.  First, he shared his thoughts on storm-chasers, Hollywood monkeys, and what not to do with a dead raccoon.  Then he sat down with Virginia Prescott for a great interview about Florida scam artists, his foray into YA, and the twisted true stories behind his twisted fictional plots.

Writers on a New England Stage is a co-production of New Hampshire Public Radio and The Music Hall in Portsmouth.

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Writers on a New England Stage
2:21 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Dave Barry

Dave Barry with host Virginia Prescott
Credit Monte Bohanan, The Music Hall

The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist joins us with his first solo adult novel in over a decade – the darkly comic Insane City. The book is a riotous tale of a destination wedding gone awry with Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an eleven-foot Burmese albino python named Blossom.

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Word of Mouth
11:15 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Author Elizabeth Gilbert Talks Marriage

It's Valentine's Day, and we're talking about love in its many forms and literary interpretations. In 2011, we sat down with Elizabeth Gilbert for writers on a New England Stage to discuss her follow up to “Eat Pray Love.” That book was a fixture on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years and was adapted into a film starring Julia Roberts. “Committed,” picks up where that book left off, with Gilbert making peace with marriage, an institution she swore to avoid after a painful divorce.

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Writers on a New England Stage
10:38 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Jared Diamond

David J. Murray cleareyephoto.com

Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author of Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel, takes the stage to discuss his latest foray into a field he has made his own -- a biological analysis of human history.

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Writers on a New England Stage
1:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Jeffrey Toobin

As senior legal analyst for CNN, staff writer for the New Yorker, and the author of The Nine, Jeffrey Toobin knows more than a few things about and more than a few people inside the United States Supreme Court.

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Writers on a New England Stage
12:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Salman Rushdie

David Murray www.cleareyephoto.com

Today, prize-winning author Salman Rushdie enjoys a life in the public eye and a literary career rife with accolades, using his work to examine the cultural connection - and disconnection -  between East and West and the history and experiences of Asian diaspora, all through the lens of magical realism.

Circumstances have not always been that way.

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Word of Mouth
10:00 am
Sat August 25, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews is best known for his opinionated and combative style on his MSNBC program, "Hardball with Chris Matthews."

What's lesser known is that he's a former print journalist, was a long-time aide to Tip O'Neill, and that he grew up in an Irish Catholic family...of Republicans. All this played no small part in sewing the seeds of his admiration for a man he'd later write two books about, John F. Kennedy.

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Word of Mouth
12:25 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave reads from Gold, his latest novel.
David J. Murray, cleareyephoto.com

Chris Cleave is a columnist for the UK's Guardian newspaper and author of Incendiary and Little Bee.

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Word of Mouth
6:00 am
Sat July 7, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Joan Didion

Host Virginia Prescott interviews Joan Didion
David J. Murray, cleareyephoto.com

Produced with Emma Ruddock

Joan Didion, one of America’s most admired writers, recorded live at the music hall in Portsmouth. 

Slouching Towards Bethlehem, her 1968 collection of non-fiction established Didion as a brilliant observer and a powerful voice in the genre that would become  “new journalism.” 

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Word of Mouth
7:00 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Joan Didion

Joan Didion joins NHPR's Virginia Prescott for Writers on a New England Stage on Tuesday, June 19.

One of today’s most powerful writers joins us with her national bestseller Blue Nights, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Don’t miss this celebrated National Book Award winner, a “master of American prose” and her “breathtaking follow-up to The Year of Magical Thinking” (Newsweek).

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Word of Mouth
10:20 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Anna Quindlen

(Photo courtesy the author)

Anyone who’s read Anna Quindlen’s Pulitzer Prize winning op-eds, or wildly popular  columns in the New York Times knows that she doesn’t hold back from pointed commentary on topics from politics to parenting. In the mid-nineties, Quindlen left the Times to write – so far -- ten best-selling non-fiction books and four  novels, including One True Thing, which was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep.

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Word of Mouth
11:01 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Dan Brown

Dan Brown waits backstage at the Music Hall in Portsmouth
David J. Murray, www.cleareyephoto.com

International bestselling author Dan Brown talks about science, religion, and life after the Da Vinci Code at a benefit performance for Writers on a New England Stage, live from the Music Hall in Portsmouth. Brown’s novels, and the films based on them, have been banned by the Catholic church, inspired college courses, and have renewed dialogue about the interplay between science and religion. Brown, the son of a mathemeticiaa and a church organist, talks about his lifelong inquiry into life’s mysteries. 

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Word of Mouth
10:32 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Erik Larson

Author Erik Larson

Bestselling author Erik Larson, discussing “In the Garden of Beasts” live at the Portsmouth Music Hall for the Writers on a New England Stage Series. The book is set in Berlin, 1933; the year Hitler became chancellor.

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Word of Mouth
9:35 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Matthews

(Photo by David Murray of Clear Eye Photo)

Chris Matthews is best known for his opinionated and combative style on his MSNBC program, "Hardball with Chris Matthews." What's lesser known is that he's a former print journalist, was a long-time aide to Tip O'Neill, and that he grew up in an Irish Catholic family...of Republicans. All this played no small part in sewing the seeds of his admiration for a man he'd later write two books about, John F. Kennedy. 

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Word of Mouth
11:46 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Writers on a New England Stage: Stephen King

Author Stephen King has written more than 50 worldwide best-sellers. More than 80 feature and television film adaptations have extended King’s reach far beyond the bestsellers list, earning him the title of “Master of Horror,” and establishing him as one of the most influential writers of our age.

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