Writers on a New England Stage

Richard Russo won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for his novel Empire Falls, which the Christian Science Monitor described as "[possibly] the last great novel of the 20th Century." Russo was on hand at The Music Hall in Portsmouth to talk about his new novel, Bridge of Sighs, for the latest installment of Writers on a New England Stage.

We play back for you the latest in our "Writers on a New England Stage" series, with Diamant on her new book "The Last Days of Dogtown". It's historical fiction set in post-colonial Massachussetts, an account of a real community that slowly died out. The show is an edited-for-broadcast version of last Thursday night's event at the Music Hall in Portsmouth.

Best-selling author Mitch Albom gained international fame with his book Tuesdays with Morrie. Now he's back with a new work, called For One More Day that raises similar issues: the lessons that death can teach us about life. Mitch Albom came to the Music Hall in Portsmouth on Friday as part of our Writers on a New England Stage series, where he talked about his book then host Laura Knoy joined him on stage for a few questions of her own and from the live audience.

Although born in Pennsylvania, legendary author John Updike has been a New England writing institution since he moved to Massachusetts North Shore in 1957. Author of the classic book "The Witches of Eastwick" and his famous "Rabbit" series of novels, his compelling new work of fiction is called, "Terrorist". "Terrorist" tells the story of Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy, half Irish American, half Egyptian, Ahmad struggles throughout the book between his newly found Islamic beliefs and the materialistic, hedonistic society he sees around him in his working class home town of New Prospect, New Jersey.

Dan Brown, author of one of the most popular and controversial books of the last century, The Da Vinci Code, spoke on Sunday, April 23rd in Portsmouth as part of our Writers on a New England Stage series. Brown talked about his famous book, its adaptation to a new film and the controversy surrounding both. In the second part of the show, host Laura Knoy joined him onstage for a few questions of her own. Today we broadcast some of that performance. (Note: This show is an edited version of the performance.)

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