Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20090102, 20080704
Young adult writer M. T. Anderson, author of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing (listed by Amazon in their top 20 books of 2008), talks about his immersion into 18th century literature in preparation for writing this National Book Award-winning novel. Anderson also discusses the importance of language, and how it shapes our reality, as well as the need for books written exclusively for teenagers, and how that is distinguished from writing for adults.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Creighton University, she reads from her thir...
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