Interviewed by: James McKinley
Catalog Number: 19990922
Acclaimed author of numerous books set in contemporary America, Russell Banks talks about his first historical novel, Cloudsplitter, which captures the life of the notorious abolitionist, John Brown, through the fictionalized vision of his son Owen. This well-researched and ambitious novel received rave reviews and was chosen as the “Editor’s Choice” by The New York Times Book Review. Banks reads from the work and discusses his inspiration for writing it, and how it fits in with the rest of his novels.
Patricia Smith is the author of seven poetry books and a four-time National Poetry Slam Champion, the most successful poet in the competition's history. In part one of this conversation, she reads from her recent book, ...
Poets Hadara Bar-Nadav and Kathryn Nuernberger, who were both chosen as 2017 NEA Literary Fellows, discuss their recent collections along with their origins and influences, and talk about how dreaming affects their poetry. Bar-Nadav, co-editor of ...
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