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We find great books, talk to their authors, have interesting conversations about them.

Book Talk Cyd Oppenheimer

    • Arts

We find great books, talk to their authors, have interesting conversations about them.

    Episode 60: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

    Episode 60: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

    Host Cyd Oppenheimer talks with author Rebecca Makkai about what constitutes cultural appropriation and how to "write across difference," the dangers of "leading with meaning" and why writers should trust their subconscious, and why she had to kill off Cyd's favorite character; guest readers Jessica Sager and Annie Thoms join Oppenheimer to discuss mistakes, responsibility, and guilt; striving for safety while living in danger; and what happens -- to us and to others -- when our stories unravel.

    • 55 min
    Episode 59: Mother of Invention by Caeli Wolfson Widger

    Episode 59: Mother of Invention by Caeli Wolfson Widger

    Host Cyd Oppenheimer talks with author Caeli Wolfson Widger about "morning" sickness and parenting, leaning in and pushing through, and what it means to write a feminist novel; guest readers Tui Sutherland and Brian Slattery join Oppenheimer to discuss false choices and the patriarchy , strong women and toxic masculinity, and the ways Brian does and doesn't resemble Tessa's husband Peter.

    Episode 58: The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel

    Episode 58: The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel

    Host Cyd Oppenheimer talks with author Heather Abel about idealism and disillusionment, booms and busts, and why stories matter; guest readers Kristopher Jansma and Brad Ridky join Oppenheimer to discuss power and privilege, masculinity and mythmaking, and the invention of identity.

    Episode 57: Stray City by Chelsey Johnson

    Episode 57: Stray City by Chelsey Johnson

    Host Cyd Oppenheimer talks with author Chelsey Johnson about being a rock'n'roll flutist, learning to love plot, and how to write an ending; guest readers Emily Moore and Jennifer Eng join Oppenheimer to discuss records and oceans, mothers and daughters, and strays and strayings.

    Episode 56: What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart

    Episode 56: What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart

    Host Cyd Oppenheimer talks with author Leah Stewart about her "thematic preoccupation" with identity and gender, writing at the border of genre and literary fiction, and the influences of the 17th-century novel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer on this novel; guest readers Tui Sutherland, Brian Slattery, and Alfie Guy join Oppenheimer to discuss love, fame, and the hero's quest. 

    Episode 55: The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman

    Episode 55: The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman

    Host Cyd Oppenheimer talks with author Rebecca Kauffman about change and the passage of time, the infinite complexity of the human heart, and the importance of allowing ourselves to be seen and to be known; guest readers Annie Thoms and Jessica Sager join Oppenheimer to discuss wood frogs and grackles, quicksand and bridges, blindness and seeing.

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