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March 31, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 46 Part 3: Sigrid Nunez

We bring you Part 3 of our Montclair Literary Festival Panel Series with Sigrid Nunez:

In this episode, we listen to an interview with author Sigrid Nunez and her editor Sarah McGrath as they discuss her new book, The Friend at Montclair's Literature Festival during this past month. It is a National Book Award-winning novel, a moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog.
Sigrid Nunez has published seven novels. Sigrid’s honors and awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters: the Rosenthal Foundation Award and the Rome Prize in Literature. The Friend won the 2018 National Book Award. She has taught at Columbia, Princeton, Boston University, and the New School, and has been a visiting writer or writer in residence at Amherst, Smith, Baruch, Vassar, and the University of California, Irvine, among others.
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March 31, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 46 Part 2: Nathan Englander

We bring you Part 2 of our Montclair Literary Festival Panel Series with Nathan Englander:

Fiction writer Julie Orringer talks with Nathan Englander at last month's Montclair Literary Festival about his latest book, kaddish.com. Nathan Englander is the author of the novels Dinner at the Center of the Earth and The Ministry of Special Cases. He was the 2012 recipient of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for What We Talk About 

Translated into twenty languages, Englander was selected as one of “20 Writers for the 21st Century” by The New Yorker, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.  He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.

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March 31, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 46 Part 1: Joyce Carol Oates

We were there at the Montclair Literary Festival this past week and were lucky enough to be in the room for Jonathan Santlofer's interview with Joyce Carol Oates. 
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. Her most recent novel is The Hazards of Time Travel. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University.
Jonathan Santlofer is an author and noted artist. He is the author of five best-selling novels. The latest is The Widowers Notebook.
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March 24, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 45: The Book Doctors

We speak with Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry otherwise known as The Book Doctors.  The Montclair couple pooled their talents to start a company in an industry they know a lot about - publishing.  Between them, Eckstut, a former literary agent and Sterry, an actor, comic and author, have written more than two dozen books.  So it was only natural the two start a company that provides workshops to help others take their stories from a blank piece of paper to a published book.  Find out why The Book Doctors chose to settle in Montclair and what you need to know if you think you have a book in you.

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March 20, 2019 @ 6:21 am

Episode 44: Christina Baker Kline

We speak with #1 New York Times bestselling novelist Christina Baker Kline, a featured author this week at the Montclair Literary Festival. She discusses the writing life, her process, and her latest novel, A Piece of the World, which won the 2018 New England Prize for Fiction and the Maine Literary Prize, among other awards. A Montclair resident for 21 years, Christina recently moved back to NYC (but visits often!). The author of seven novels (including Orphan Train) and author/editor of five nonfiction books, Christina is currently working on a novel about the convict women who transformed Australia.

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March 17, 2019 @ 10:15 am

Episode 43: Richard Thompson

We speak with with legendary folk-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter Richard Thompson. He’s a brilliant guitarist, a witty and articulate lyricist and storyteller, and a frequent innovator. His career started with the folk-rock band Fairport Convention in 1967 and he has toured, recorded and headlined with Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Don Henly, David Byrne, and Elvis Costello. We talk with him about his career and about his upcoming book Beeswing: Britain, Folk Rock and the End of the 60's.

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March 13, 2019 @ 7:25 am

Episode 42: Zara Phillips

Zara Phillips will be a featured guest at this years Montclair Literary Festival. She talks with Margo about her career as a young woman as a backing singer with many musical acts, including Bob Geldof, Matt Bianco, Nick Kamen, David Essex and John Illsley. 

She talks about her work speaking about adoption and her new book “Somebody’s Daughter--- A moving journey of discovery, recovery and adoption.” in which she shares her journey of being an adopted child in search of her birth mother and a young performer fighting addiction.

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March 10, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 41: Montclair Literary Festival

We speak with Jacqueline Mroz and Catherine Platt of the Montclair Literary Festival.  We have an amazingly vibrant arts and culture scene in our town and three years ago, Jacqueline and Catherine created the Montclair Literary Festival to celebrate the love of reading and raise funds for Succeed2gether's academic programs. They tell the story of how they came to create the festival, share with us which famous authors they have on deck for this year's event and what it took to bring this world-class cultural event to our town.

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March 3, 2019 @ 6:30 am

Episode 40: Watchung Booksellers

We speak with Margot Sage-El of Watchung Booksellers, famously, the independent bookstore for Montclair that supports and contributes to a thriving literary community, including over 60 published local authors, and uncountable publishing and media professionals. They are fierce supporters of the community, contributing to and working with local schools serving our children, the Montclair Public Library, the Montclair Fund for Eductional Excellence and the Adult School of Montclair.

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