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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.

    S3 Ep. 17: Poetry, Prose, and the Climate Crisis: John Freeman and Tahmima Anam on Public Space and Global Inequality

    S3 Ep. 17: Poetry, Prose, and the Climate Crisis: John Freeman and Tahmima Anam on Public Space and Global Inequality

    In this episode, poet and editor John Freeman talks to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about his second collection of poetry, The Park. Freeman discusses who finds public space a source of connection, relaxation, and recreation, and who is excluded. Then Ganeshananthan, Terrell, and Freeman are joined by acclaimed Bangladeshi writer Tahmima Anam, who has written extensively about climate change and whose fable appears in Freeman’s new anthology, Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World. The four discuss global inequality, the climate crisis, and resilience.
    To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast 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. And check out video excerpts from our interviews at LitHub’s Virtual Book Channel and Fiction/Non/Fiction’s YouTube Channel.
    This podcast is produced by Andrea Tudhope. 
    Guests:

    John Freeman 

    Tahmima Anam



    Selected readings for the episode:
    John Freeman

    Freeman’s 

    The Park

    Maps

    Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World

    Selections: “Unfinished,” “The Sacrifice,” “Open All Night”

    Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York

    Tales of Two Americas: Stories in of Inequality in a Divided Nation


    Tahmima Anam

    “The Unfortunate Place” in Tales of Two Planets



    Tahmima Anam on how Bangladesh is succumbing to global warming in The Guardian (2007)


    A Burst of Energy in Bangladesh in the New York Times (2016)

    A Golden Age


    The Good Muslim  

    The Bones of Grace


    Others: 

    The Recovering by Leslie Jamison

    “The Funniest Shit You Ever Heard” by Lina Mounzer in Tales of Two Planets


    Jennifer 8. Lee's post on Instagram showing "circular human parking spots at Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn"

    Bill McKibben


    Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel by Claire Vaye Watkins


    Fiction/Non/Fiction interview with Emily Raboteau and Omar El Akkad

    Fiction/Non/Fiction interview with Juliana Spahr and Nathaniel Rich


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    S3 Ep. 16: Solitude Versus Sociability: David Means and Candace Bushnell on Being Alone and Making Connections

    S3 Ep. 16: Solitude Versus Sociability: David Means and Candace Bushnell on Being Alone and Making Connections

    In this episode, acclaimed fiction writer David Means and Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell share their experiences with solitude and sociability in quarantine. Means, author of the recent short story collection Instructions for a Funeral, talks to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about how writers use solitude to their advantage. Bushnell discusses the crucial role social life and friendship plays in Sex and the City and in the lives of New Yorkers. She also speaks about her new novel Rules for Being a Girl.
    To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast 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. And check out video excerpts from our interviews at LitHub’s Virtual Book Channel and Fiction/Non/Fiction’s YouTube Channel.
    This podcast is produced by Andrea Tudhope. 
    Guests:

    David Means

    Candace Bushnell



    Selected readings for the episode:
    David Means

    Instructions for a Funeral

    Assorted Fire Events

    The Secret Goldfish

    The Spot

    Hystopia

    “Two Ruminations on a Homeless Brother”


    Candace Bushnell


    Rules for Being a Girl (co-written with Katie Cotugno)

    Is There Still Sex in the City?

    Sex and the City

    Summer and the City

    The Carrie Diaries

    Lipstick Jungle

     
    Others


    I See the World by Jamaica Kincaid, Paris Review Daily


    On Isolation and Literature, The Millions

    William Carlos Williams

    Katie Cotugno

    Anna Karenina

    Edith Wharton

    Jane Austen

    Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa

    Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

    Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

    We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood


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    • 59 min
    S3 Ep. 15: Poetry, Blackness, and Friendship: Danez Smith on Language, Connection, and 'Homie'

    S3 Ep. 15: Poetry, Blackness, and Friendship: Danez Smith on Language, Connection, and 'Homie'

    In this episode, acclaimed poet Danez Smith discusses the role friendship plays in their most recent collection of poetry, Homie. Smith talks to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about the isolating effect COVID-19 has had on black communities, using space on the page inventively, and writing about money. This episode is presented in conjunction with the Loft Literary Center’s literary festival, Wordplay, which this year is a virtual event.
    To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast 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.
    This episode was produced by Andrea Tudhope. This week's sponsor is the University of Colorado's Master of Arts in Journalism Entrepreneurship program. Learn more at ce.colorado.edu/tellthestory to invent your future in journalism today. 
    Poetry, Blackness, and Friendship: Danez Smith on Language, Connection, and ‘Homie’ from The Virtual Book Channel on Vimeo.
    Guests:
    Danez Smith

    Selected readings for the episode:
    Danez Smith

    Homie

    Don’t Call Us Dead

    Two Poems

    what was said on the bus stop: a new poem by Danez Smith

    my president


    VS podcast, from the Poetry Foundation, hosted by Danez Smith and Franny Choi

    Others 

    Corona Correspondences: #28 by Danielle Evans (The Sewanee Review)

    Review: ‘Homie,’ a Book of Poems That Produces Shocking New Vibrations by Pahrul Sehgal

    Frank O’Hara

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

    Angel Nafis

    Hieu Minh Nguyen

    Douglas Kearney


    1977: Poem for Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer by June Jordan

    Recordings of June Jordan from Harvard Library Digitized recordings and more digitized recordings



    ‘Feet’ and ‘Spoon’ from Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay


    Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano


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    • 49 min
    S3 Ep. 14: Alternate Histories and Silenced Women: Sue Monk Kidd on Her New Novel The Book of Longings

    S3 Ep. 14: Alternate Histories and Silenced Women: Sue Monk Kidd on Her New Novel The Book of Longings

    In this episode, New York Times bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd discusses her upcoming novel The Book of Longings, which is from the point of view of Ana, the wife of Jesus. Kidd talks to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about how alternate histories can be vehicles for silenced voices of the past, and how our present might be different if Jesus being married was part of the Bible’s story. Kidd also talks about her research process and writing the character of Judas Iscariot. 
    To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast 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.
    Alternate Histories and Silenced Women: Sue Monk Kidd on her Novel The Book of Longings from The Virtual Book Channel on Vimeo.
    Guests:
    Sue Monk Kidd

    Selected readings for the episode:
    Sue Monk Kidd

    The Book of Longings

    The Secret Life of Bees

    The Invention of Wings

    The Dance of the Dissident Daughter


    Traveling With Pomegranates (with Ann Kidd Taylor)

    Others

    Others 

    The work and teachings of psychoanalyst Carl Jung


    The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick


    The Plot Against America by Philip Roth


    The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


    Empire City by Matt Gallagher


    Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld (forthcoming)


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    • 47 min
    S3 Ep. 13: Literature in the Face of COVID-19: Rigoberto González and Deb Olin Unferth on Writing and Teaching in a Time of Crisis

    S3 Ep. 13: Literature in the Face of COVID-19: Rigoberto González and Deb Olin Unferth on Writing and Teaching in a Time of Crisis

    In this episode, poet Rigoberto González and novelist Deb Olin Unferth discuss how literary life has altered under COVID-19. González, director of the MFA program at Rutgers University-Newark, talks to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about the struggles universities face in the transition to online classes, and also reads from his latest collection, The Book of Ruin; Unferth speaks about her new novel, Barn 8, its disrupted book tour, and what we can learn from animals and nature as we navigate a global pandemic. 
    To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast 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. And this episode, for the first time, we feature video excerpts of our interviews. See LitHub’s Virtual Book Channel and Fiction/Non/Fiction’s YouTube Channel for more.
    Guests:

    Rigoberto González

    Deb Olin Unferth


    Selected readings for the episode:
    Rigoberto González

    The Book of Ruin

    from "Apocalipsixtlán" [5. Signs of the End of the World] by Rigoberto González - Poems

    Butterfly Boy


    Deb Olin Unferth

    Barn 8: A Novel


    Deb Olin Unferth Didn’t Expect to Be Writing From the Point of View of a Chicken (LitHub)


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    S3 Ep. 12: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman: Rebecca Solnit on Her Memoir Recollections of My Nonexistence

    S3 Ep. 12: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman: Rebecca Solnit on Her Memoir Recollections of My Nonexistence

    In this episode, writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit reflects on her new memoir Recollections of My Nonexistence. Solnit talks to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about the deep impact of gendered violence on daily life and what it means to be treated as unreliable witnesses to our own individual and collective experiences, as well as how her activism arose out of a deep love and what she calls “a positive engagement with uncertainty.” She also reminisces about her earliest writing spaces and formative experiences in political and artistic communities.
    To hear the full episode, subscribe to the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast 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.
    Guests:
    Rebecca Solnit

    Selected readings for the episode:
    Rebecca Solnit

    Recollections of My Nonexistence

    Hope in the Dark

    Men Explain Things To Me

    Other books


    My dream candidate exists – and her name is Elizabeth Warren (The Guardian)


    Rebecca Solnit: When the Hero is the Problem (LitHub)


    Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump (LitHub)


    How Rebecca Solnit Became the Voice of the Resistance (New York Times)

    Others 


    The Walk by William deBuys


    Jia Tolentino and Claire Vaye Watkins Talk Abuse, Harassment, and Harvey Weinstein (Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast Season 1, Episode 2)

    Roxane Gay narrates an ad for Elizabeth Warren


    The Public Voice of Women by Mary Beard


    The Odyssey by Homer


    On the Road by Jack Kerouac


    Opinion | Elizabeth Warren Has a Poet on Her Team. Here’s Why That’s a Good Idea. (New York Times)


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    • 59 min

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