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Mitchell Kaplan has been a bookseller and has owned the independent bookstores Books & Books for over 35 years. He is also co-founder of the acclaimed Miami Book Fair. If you love books, writers or are a passionate reader, this podcast is for you. Enter The Literary Life where every Friday you’ll hear candid conversations with Mitchell and his guests.

The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan Mitchell Kaplan

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    • 4.8 • 181 Ratings

Mitchell Kaplan has been a bookseller and has owned the independent bookstores Books & Books for over 35 years. He is also co-founder of the acclaimed Miami Book Fair. If you love books, writers or are a passionate reader, this podcast is for you. Enter The Literary Life where every Friday you’ll hear candid conversations with Mitchell and his guests.

    Ottessa Moshfegh: Why Do I Write About Such Darkness?

    Ottessa Moshfegh: Why Do I Write About Such Darkness?

    On today’s episode of The Literary Life, at a live event at Books & Books, special guest Amanda Keeley is joined by Ottessa Moshfegh to discuss her latest novel, Lapvona, out now from Penguin Press.
    Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Death in Her Hands, her second and third novels, were New York Times bestsellers. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World and a novella, McGlue. She lives in Southern California.
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    • 56 min
    Mark Kurlansky: Why Short Stories are Pure Storytelling

    Mark Kurlansky: Why Short Stories are Pure Storytelling

    On today’s episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan is joined by Mark Kurlansky to discuss his latest book, The Importance of Not Being Ernest: My Life with the Uninvited Hemingway, out now from Books & Books.
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    Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of Milk!, Havana, Paper, The Big Oyster, 1968, Salt, The Basque History of the World, Cod, and Salmon, among other titles. He has received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Bon Appétit‘s Food Writer of the Year Award, the James Beard Award, and the Glenfiddich Award. He lives in New York City.
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    • 52 min
    Hernan Diaz: Why Are Novels About Wealth Almost Absent From the Literary Canon?

    Hernan Diaz: Why Are Novels About Wealth Almost Absent From the Literary Canon?

    On today’s episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan is joined by Hernan Diaz to discuss his latest book, Trust, out now from Riverhead Books.
    Hernan Diaz is the author of two novels translated into more than twenty languages. His first novel, In the Distance, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. He has also written a book of essays, and his work has appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, Playboy, The Yale Review, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and a fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
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    • 37 min
    Alexander Maksik No Longer Condemns Metafictional Novels

    Alexander Maksik No Longer Condemns Metafictional Novels

    On today’s episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan is joined by Alexander Maksik to discuss his latest book, The Long Corner, out now from Europa Editions.
    Alexander Maksik is the author of three previous novels: You Deserve Nothing (Europa, 2011), a New York Times and IndieBound bestseller; A Marker to Measure Drift, which was a New York Times Notable Book; and Shelter in Place (Europa, 2016), named one of the best books of the year by the Guardian and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and the Andrew Lytle Prize, as well as fellowships from the Truman Capote Literary Trust and the Corporation of Yaddo.


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    • 47 min
    Steve Almond on the Myth of Reaganism

    Steve Almond on the Myth of Reaganism

    On today’s episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan is joined by Steve Almond to discuss his latest book, All the Secrets of the World, out now from Zando.
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    Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. He teaches Creative Writing at the Neiman Fellowship at Harvard and Wesleyan, as well as Hugo House, Grub Street, and numerous literary conferences. His essays and reviews have been widely published in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, Poets & Writers, Tin House, and Ploughshares. His journalism has received numerous awards including the top national prize for feature writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. His short stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, Best American Mysteries, Best American Erotica, and The Pushcart Prize. He serves as a literary correspondent for WBUR and appears on numerous podcasts. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.
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    • 50 min
    Don Winslow Is Hopeful For the Future

    Don Winslow Is Hopeful For the Future

    On today’s episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan is joined by Don Winslow to discuss his latest book, City on Fire, out now from William Morrow.
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    Don Winslow is the author of twenty-two acclaimed, award-winning international bestsellers, including the New York Times bestsellers The Force and The Border, the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages, and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a feature film by three-time Oscar-winning writer-director Oliver Stone. The Power of the Dog, The Cartel, and The Border sold to FX to air as a major television series, and The Force is soon to be a major motion picture from 20th Century Studios. A former investigator, antiterrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California and Rhode Island.
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
181 Ratings

181 Ratings

l love it but l want an update ,

Pretty good 👍

Listened to AMOR TOWLES interview, and I like it so much, I’m really excited for his next work, anyway I’m glad to find you, great podcast 👍⭐️keep going! (But don’t talk about politics; please keep away of it).

CityGirl61 ,

Love the show

Stumbled onto this show by accident. But so happy I did. Really learn something every time I listen. The theme music is beautiful also. But all in all great show.

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Mitchell, host of the Literary life with Mitchell Kaplan podcast, highlights all aspects of books, writing and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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