Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20140704, 20120309
In her debut novel, Shame the Devil, Debra Brenegan explores the fascinating true story of Sara Payson Willis, a novelist, journalist, and feminist who wrote under the pseudonym "Fanny Fern" during the 1800s. She describes Fern as a 19th century Oprah, who boasted thousands of fans, outsold Harriet Beecher Stowe and served as literary mentor to Walt Whitman. Brenegan reads from the novel and discusses why she felt compelled to rescue the writer from obscurity and how Fanny Fern overcame poverty and an abusive marriage.
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads from her book, ...
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