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Hosted by Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan, fiction/non/fiction interprets current events through the lens of literature, and features conversations with writers of all stripes, from novelists and poets to journalists and essayists.

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Hosted by Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan, fiction/non/fiction interprets current events through the lens of literature, and features conversations with writers of all stripes, from novelists and poets to journalists and essayists.

    Tolstoy Forever: Brigid Hughes and Yiyun Li On Retweeting a Russian Classic

    Tolstoy Forever: Brigid Hughes and Yiyun Li On Retweeting a Russian Classic

    Editor and publisher Brigid Hughes and writer Yiyun Li join co-hosts Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan to talk about reading War and Peace over the course of 85 days with others around the world. The unusually broad and lively Twitter conversation, organized in 2020 by A Public Space and led by Li, is captured in the newly published volume Tolstoy Together. In this episode, Li discusses her love of Russian novels and describes what it was like reading War and Peace in sections at the ends of newspapers when she was growing up in Beijing. Hughes, who read the book for the first time during this project, explains how the community of readers who contributed to the online book club made the experience special.
    To hear the full episode, subscribe through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app (include the forward slashes when searching). You can also listen by streaming from the player below. Check out video excerpts from our interviews at LitHub’s Virtual Book Channel and Fiction/Non/Fiction’s YouTube Channel, and don't miss our brand-new website: https://www.fnfpodcast.net/
    This podcast is produced by Anne Kniggendorf.
    Selected readings:
    Yiyun Li

    Tolstoy Together

    Must I Go?

    Where Reasons End

    Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

    Gold Boy, Emerald Girl

    A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

    Kinder Than Solitude

    The Vagrants

     
    Brigid Hughes
    A Public Space
     
    Others:


    The Translation Wars (The New Yorker)


    Her Private Space: On Brigid Hughes, Editor (LitHub)


    Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Lit Mags (and Likely More) (FnF episode)

    #APStogether : Events


    Infinite Happiness (originally published in A Public Space, by Jamel Brinkley)


    Cattle Haul (by Jesmyn Ward)

    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky  

    The Raid and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy 

    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky  

    Matt Gallagher

    Dewaine Farria

    Alexandra Schwartz

    ZZ Packer

     
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    • 46 min
    Obama Era Redux: Nawaaz Ahmed on Islam, Sexuality, Politics, and Publishing His First Novel

    Obama Era Redux: Nawaaz Ahmed on Islam, Sexuality, Politics, and Publishing His First Novel

    Writer Nawaaz Ahmed joins co-host V.V. Ganeshananthan to discuss his debut novel, Radiant Fugitives, in this special live episode of the show held with Elliott Bay Books in Seattle, Washington. Ahmed’s book, set in California against the backdrop of Obama-era politics, explores how differences in faith and sexuality affect an Indian Muslim family when two estranged sisters—one a doctor more religiously observant than their parents, the other a political organizer who is lapsed, queer, recently divorced, and newly pregnant—reunite to support their ill mother. Ahmed also discusses his career shift from computer science to fiction, his decision to identify as a gay writer, and how these changes have strengthened his position as an activist.
    To hear the full episode, subscribe through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app (include the forward slashes when searching). You can also listen by streaming from the player below. Check out video excerpts from our interviews at LitHub’s Virtual Book Channel and Fiction/Non/Fiction’s YouTube Channel, and don't miss our brand-new website: https://www.fnfpodcast.net/
    This podcast is produced by Anne Kniggendorf.
    Selected readings: 
    Nawaaz Ahmed
    Radiant Fugitives

    Others:

    The Quran

    Barack Obama Speeches

    “Endymion” by John Keats, Complete Poems

    “Yes We Can”

    Trikone

     
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    • 49 min
    From the Mouths of Babes: Wayne Miller and Elizabeth Gaffney on Writing About Children in Uncertain Times

    From the Mouths of Babes: Wayne Miller and Elizabeth Gaffney on Writing About Children in Uncertain Times

    Poet Wayne Miller and novelist Elizabeth Gaffney join co-hosts Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan to discuss writing from the point of view of children before and during the pandemic. First, Miller discusses the unknowable interior lives of children, reads poems from his new collection We the Jury, and talks about connections to his essay “Learning to Write About Your Own Children.” Later, Gaffney reads an excerpt from her 2014 novel When the World Was Young, and discusses how the traumas her child narrator survives during WWII compare to the challenges children have faced during COVID-19.
    To hear the full episode, subscribe through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app (include the forward slashes when searching). You can also listen by streaming from the player below. Check out video excerpts from our interviews at LitHub’s Virtual Book Channel and Fiction/Non/Fiction’s YouTube Channel, and don't miss our brand-new website: https://www.fnfpodcast.net/
    This episode is produced by Anne Kniggendorf and Whitney Terrell.
    Selected readings:

    Wayne Miller

    We The Jury


    Learning to Write About Your Own Children, LitHub



    When Talking About Poetry Online Goes Very Wrong, LitHub


    Elizabeth Gaffney

    When the World Was Young

    Metropolis

    The 24-Hour Room

     
    Others:

    Catcher in the Rye

    Family Ties


    The Branch Will Not Break by James Wright



    Kindred by Octavia Butler


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Fiction/Non/Fiction Presents Wondery's True Love

    Fiction/Non/Fiction Presents Wondery's True Love

    While you wait for the next episoe of Fiction/Non/Fiction, we wanted to share a preview of a new podcast from our friends over at Wondery.
    Looking for a new podcast that's like Olivia Pope meets your favorite Ryan Murphy show? Or do you just love a good scandal? On True Love, a new fiction podcast from Wondery, you'll hear stories of scandalous flings, secret affairs, and the drama that ensues. TRUE LOVE brings these relationships to life through reimagined stories about love, lust and heartbreak. From secret celebrity hookups that play out under the cover of night to the web of lies it took to protect a high profile politician from revealing his secret life, each character finds themselves mixed up in every form of drama imaginable. This is just a preview of True Love, but you can listen to full episodes at wondery.fm/TL_FictionNonFiction.
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    • 5 min
    Why Be A Critic? Laura Miller on Reading, Listening to, and Writing About Books

    Why Be A Critic? Laura Miller on Reading, Listening to, and Writing About Books

    Acclaimed Slate books and culture columnist Laura Miller joins co-hosts Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan to discuss the ins and outs of being a critic. Miller discusses a recent piece about diversity and representation in audiobook narration. She also talks about reading for pleasure versus work, and why, when she’s not reviewing, she often finds herself listening to authors.
    To hear the full episode, subscribe through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app (include the forward slashes when searching). You can also listen by streaming from the player below. Check out video excerpts from our interviews at LitHub’s Virtual Book Channel and Fiction/Non/Fiction’s YouTube Channel, and don't miss our brand-new website: https://www.fnfpodcast.net/
    This podcast is produced by Andrea Tudhope.
    Selected readings:
    Laura Miller

    The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia

    “The People Who Voice Audiobooks with Diverse Characters are Squirming Right Now,” Slate

    “Enough With Literature as Self-Improvement!” Salon.com

    “The Dark History Behind the Year’s Bestselling Debut Novel,” Slate



    Others:

    “The Good Lieutenant by Whitney Terrell review – the Bush wars' best novel” by Charles Finch, The Guardian

    “Greetings From Polysyllabia” by Nandini Lal, Washington Post

    Wonderworks by Angus Fletcher

    Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of AmericanChildren's Literature by Leonard Marcus

    “Toil and Trouble” by Caleb Crain, New York Times Book Review

    “The Hideous Unknown of H.P. Lovecraft” by Charles Baxter, The New York Review

    “Reply to Charles Baxter’s ‘The Hideous Unknown of H. P. Lovecraft’” by S.T. Joshi

    “What Muriel Park Saw” by Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker

    “Philip Roth’s Revenge Fantasy,” by Laura Marsh, New Republic

    Judith Shulevitz, New York Times

    Zadie Smith

    Dwight Garner, New York Times

    Daniel Mendelsohn, New York Review of Books


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    • 55 min
    Fiction/Non/Fiction at 100 Episodes: Whit, Sugi, and Special Guest Jabari Asim Reflect on the Podcast’s Indelible Interviews and Controversies From the Past Four Years

    Fiction/Non/Fiction at 100 Episodes: Whit, Sugi, and Special Guest Jabari Asim Reflect on the Podcast’s Indelible Interviews and Controversies From the Past Four Years

    For the 100th episode of Fiction/Non/Fiction, co-hosts Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan hand out the first-ever “Nonnie Awards” for the podcast’s standout moments from the past four years. Then author, poet, and playwright Jabari Asim reflects on how the discourse on racism and police brutality has shifted since last summer. Asim also reads from his upcoming novel Yonder, out in January 2022.
    To hear the full episode, subscribe through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app (include the forward slashes when searching). You can also listen by streaming from the player below. Check out video excerpts from our interviews at LitHub’s Virtual Book Channel and Fiction/Non/Fiction’s YouTube Channel, and don't miss our brand-new website: https://www.fnfpodcast.net/
    This podcast is produced by Andrea Tudhope.
    Selected readings:
    Jabari Asim


    Yonder (out January 2022, available for pre-order)

    Stop and Frisk

    We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival

    Mighty Justice



    Others:

    Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration by Ruben Jonathan Miller

    The 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones

    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

    Watchmen (TV series)

    Fiction/Non/Fiction, June 2020: Black Stories Matter: Terrion Williamson and Jabari Asim on Narrative During the George Floyd Protests

    Fiction/Non/Fiction, February 2020: Coronavirus and Contagion: Laurie Chen and Richard Preston on Writing About the Spread of Disease

    Fiction/Non/Fiction, March 2019: C. Riley Snorton and T Fleischmann Talk Gender, Race, and Literature

    Fiction/Non/Fiction, September 2018: Garrard Conley and SJ Sindu on the Mainstreaming of Queer Identity

    Fiction/Non/Fiction, January 2018: Literary Color Lines: On Inclusion in Publishing

    Fiction/Non/Fiction, November 2017: We’re All Russian, Now: Talking Russian-American Politics, and the Enduring Appeal of Russian Literature

     
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