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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.

    ‘A War I Saw Unfolding Firsthand’: Héctor Tobar Reflects on the 30th Anniversary of the L.A. Riots

    ‘A War I Saw Unfolding Firsthand’: Héctor Tobar Reflects on the 30th Anniversary of the L.A. Riots

    Novelist and journalist Héctor Tobar joins Fiction/Non/Fiction hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell to talk about the articles he wrote on the L.A. riots both as they took place in 1992 and this year on the 30th anniversary. Tobar also reads from his 2020 novel The Last Great Road Bum, and discusses how his fiction writing and journalism have informed each other.
    This podcast is produced by Anne Kniggendorf.
     Selected Readings:
     Héctor Tobar
    ●    The Last Great Road Bum
    ●    Deep Down Dark
    ●    The Tattooed Soldier
    ●    Translation Nation
    ●    The Barbarian Nurseries
    ●    “The L.A. Riots Were 30 Years Ago. I’m Still Trying to Understand Them,” by Héctor Tobar
    ●    “COLUMN ONE : South L.A. Burns and Grieves : Life has been hard in the neglected area for years. But now, as self-inflicted wounds mount, residents fear for the future,” by Hector Tobar and Jonathan Peterson
    ●    “Tape of L.A. Police Beating Suspect Stirs Public Furor,” by Hector Tobar and Leslie Berger
     
    Others:
    ●    James Alan McPherson
    ●    Ralph Ellison
    ●    David Foster Wallace
    ●    Roger Ebert
    ●    Don Quixote, Cervantes
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    • 48 min
    The Prose Version of That Blue Steel Look From Zoolander: V.V. Ganeshananthan Dishes on Blurbs, Jacket Copy, Cover Art, and All the Dark Arts of Publishing a Book

    The Prose Version of That Blue Steel Look From Zoolander: V.V. Ganeshananthan Dishes on Blurbs, Jacket Copy, Cover Art, and All the Dark Arts of Publishing a Book

    Novelist and Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-host V.V. Ganeshananthan talks to co-host Whitney Terrell about what happens to a book between writing and publication. Ganeshananthan’s second novel, Brotherless Night, about a young woman in the early years of Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war, will be released by Random House in January of 2023. Ganeshananthan describes the editorial process, selecting and approaching other writers about writing blurbs, selecting jacket art, and writing cover copy. 
    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 versions of our interviews on the Fiction/Non/Fiction Instagram account, the Fiction/Non/Fiction YouTube Channel, and our show website: https://www.fnfpodcast.net/.
    This podcast is produced by Anne Kniggendorf.
    Selected Readings:
    V.V. Ganeshananthan

    Brotherless Night 

    Love Marriage


    Others:

    Celeste Ng

    Sara Nović

    Brit Bennett

    Danielle Evans

    Marilynne Robinson

    Ann Patchett

    Emily Barton

    Jonathan Escoffery

    Thomas Pynchon


    Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Rick Riordan

    Granta

    New York Observer

    “Bartleby, the Scrivener”

    The Land Before Time

    Reese Witherspoon Book Club

    Zoolander

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom


    “Writers, Protect Your Inner Life,” by Lan Samantha Chang, Literary Hub, August 7, 2017


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    • 52 min
    ‘Gun Violence Has Traumatized All of Us’: Amye Archer on the Long History of Mass Shootings

    ‘Gun Violence Has Traumatized All of Us’: Amye Archer on the Long History of Mass Shootings

    Writer and educator Amye Archer joins co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell to discuss her 2019 anthology, If I Don't Make It, I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings, co-edited with Loren Kleinman. Archer explains how hearing the heartbreaking details of loss can prevent us from glossing over the staggering trauma of these events. Archer also reads from the anthology’s section on the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and questions why, as a nation, we haven’t changed the Second Amendment in response to modern weapons. 
    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 versions of our interviews on the Fiction/Non/Fiction Instagram account, the Fiction/Non/Fiction YouTube Channel, and our show website: https://www.fnfpodcast.net/.
    This podcast is produced by Anne Kniggendorf.
    Selected Readings:
    Amye Archer


     If I Don't Make It, I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings (pre-order paperback)

    “Holding the Pain,” Longreads, July 2019


    Others:

    Gun Violence Archive

    “What to Know About the School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas,” | The New York Times | May 30, 2022

    “Medical Worker Rushed to Escape 'Labyrinth' of Offices in Tulsa,” by Alex Traub | The New York Times | June 2, 2022

    “Gunman Kills 10 at Buffalo Supermarket in Racist Attack,” | The New York Times | May 17, 2022 

    “California Church Shooting Was 'Hate Incident,' Sheriff Says,” by Livia Albeck-Ripka, Shawn Hubler and Eduardo Medina | The New York Times | May 16, 2022



    Full Transcript: Biden's Speech on Gun Control - The New York Times 

    “From Sandy Hook to Uvalde, the Violent Images Never Seen,” by Elizabeth Williamson | The New York Times | May 30, 2022


    “For Uvalde, Caskets Adorned in Childhood Dreams,” by Emily Rhyne and Mark Abramson | The New York Times | June 2, 2022

    “The Fourth State of Matter,” by Jo Ann Beard | The New Yorker, June 17, 1996


    Elephant (2003) dir. Gus Van Sant


    “Gun Violence, #NeverAgain and the Power of Teenage Protest,” Jim Shepard and Danielle Evans, Fiction/Non/Fiction Season 1, Episode 12

    New York Times Sunday Review tweet of gun violence graphic


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    • 48 min
    ‘Let Me Say It With All My Heart: This is Such B******t’: Shelly Oria and Kristen Arnett on the Reproductive Rights Crisis

    ‘Let Me Say It With All My Heart: This is Such B******t’: Shelly Oria and Kristen Arnett on the Reproductive Rights Crisis

    Editor and writer Shelly Oria and novelist Kristen Arnett join co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell to discuss the reproductive rights crisis through the lens of art, specifically through the stories, plays, essays and poems that comprise McSweeney’s new anthology, I Know What’s Best for You, edited by Oria. In the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the conversation teases out how, through art, charged political issues like abortion take on a specificity that they don’t in basic reporting or debate. The writers speak about misinformation and crisis pregnancy centers, as well as what a post-Roe future might hold. Arnett reads from her story, “The Babies,” and Oria reads from hers, “We Bled All Winter.”
    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 versions of our interviews on the Fiction/Non/Fiction Instagram account, the Fiction/Non/Fiction YouTube Channel, and our show website: https://www.fnfpodcast.net/.
    This podcast is produced by Anne Kniggendorf.
    Selected Readings:
    Shelly Oria

    I Know What’s Best for You: Stories on Reproductive Freedom

    Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the Me Too Movement

    New York 1, Tel Aviv 0


    Kristen Arnett

    With Teeth

    Mostly Dead Things

    Felt in the Jaw


    Others:


    “Key Passages from the Leaked Supreme Court Draft Opinion”, Maria Cramer


    “CNN Poll: The Supreme Court’s draft opinion on Roe v. Wade hasn’t shaken the mid-term landscape”, Jennifer Agiesta and Ariel Edwards-Levy


    The Brigid Alliance


    Select contributors:

    R.O. Kwon

    Deborah Landau

    Deb Olin Unferth

    Rachel Eliza Griffiths

    Donnetta Lavinia Grays

    Hannah Lillith Assadi

    Alison Espach

    Tommy Orange

    Riva Lehrer

    Cade Leebron


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    • 49 min
    A Change of Fortune: Sunila Galappatti on the #GotaGoHome Protests in Sri Lanka

    A Change of Fortune: Sunila Galappatti on the #GotaGoHome Protests in Sri Lanka

    Editor, dramaturg, and author Sunila Galappatti joins co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell to discuss why protesters across Sri Lanka are calling for the resignation of their once-popular president, Gotabaya “Gota” Rajapaksa. Galappatti reads from her recent article in The Hindu about what the protests look like firsthand, and also talks about how brutal economic conditions are driving people of different class and ethnic backgrounds—including Gota’s primarily Sinhalese base—to unite in unexpected ways; the growing space for critical political speech; and what the international media is missing about the protests.
    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 versions of our interviews on the Fiction/Non/Fiction Instagram account, the Fiction/Non/Fiction YouTube Channel, and our show website: https://www.fnfpodcast.net/
    This podcast is produced by Anne Kniggendorf.
    Selected Readings:
    Sunila Galappatti

    A Long Watch: War, Captivity and Return in Sri Lanka


    “Seeking Refuge in ‘GotaGoGama’ – a Partial Journal of Protest,” The Hindu, May 16, 2022 


    Others:


    “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell


    Capital by Rana Dasgupta


    “Majoritarianism and Minorities in Asia,” Fiction/Non/Fiction Season 1, Episode 13


    John Peel: Margrave of the Marshes by John Peel, Sheila Ravenscroft, and Jack White

    Mueller Report


    Himal Southasian podcast

    Meera Srinivasan


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    • 46 min
    Live from Unbound: Steve Paul and Henry Schvey on How Evan S. Connell and Tennessee Williams Never Really Left Missouri

    Live from Unbound: Steve Paul and Henry Schvey on How Evan S. Connell and Tennessee Williams Never Really Left Missouri

    Journalist and biographer Steve Paul and writer and Washington University professor Henry Schvey join host Whitney Terrell live from the Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Missouri, to discuss their books on novelist Evan S. Connell and Tennessee Williams, respectively. Each of the old masters was from Missouri—Connell from Kansas City and Williams from St. Louis. Paul and Schvey talk about how, though neither man was happy about his city of origin, those locations factored importantly into their work. Finally, they take questions from the live audience at Unbound. 
    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 versions of our interviews on the Fiction/Non/Fiction Instagram account, the Fiction/Non/Fiction YouTube Channel, and our show website: https://www.fnfpodcast.net/
    This podcast is produced by Anne Kniggendorf.
    Selected Readings:
    Steve Paul

    Hemingway at Eighteen

    Literary Alchemist: The Writing Life of Evan S. Connell


    Henry Schvey
    Blue Song

    Others

    Tennessee Williams

    Ernest Hemingway


    Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell


    Mr. Bridge, Connell


    The Patriot, Connell


    Son of the Morningstar, Connell


    The Diary of a Rapist, Connell


    The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams


    A Streetcar Named Desire, Williams


    Night of the Iguana, Williams

    Anne Lamott

    Paris Review

    Max Steele

    The New Republic


    Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (film)


    Wallace Stegner


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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

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69 Ratings

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Entertaining and thoughtful

Every episode a great listen

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Such a fun and thought-provoking podcast

A must listen

UWSTB ,

Boring, Off Topic

This podcast is really boring and they don’t talk about what the title says they will. Plus the male host’s banter is annoying. I feel like these people just stole an hour of my life.

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