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Hosted by Maris Kreizman, cultural critic and author of the bestselling Slaughterhouse 90210, talks to authors you should know about their own books and the books they love, the shows and films they’ve watched, the music they’ve listened to, and the links they’ve clicked.

The Maris Review Maris Kreizman

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    • 4.7 • 136 Ratings

Hosted by Maris Kreizman, cultural critic and author of the bestselling Slaughterhouse 90210, talks to authors you should know about their own books and the books they love, the shows and films they’ve watched, the music they’ve listened to, and the links they’ve clicked.

    Episode 157: Elif Batuman

    Episode 157: Elif Batuman

    Elif Batuman's first novel, The Idiot, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction in the UK. She is also the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. She has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010 and holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. Her second novel is called Either/Or.
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    • 40 min
    Episode 156: Annie Hartnett

    Episode 156: Annie Hartnett

    Annie Hartnett is the author of Rabbit Cake, which was listed as one of Kirkus Reviews‘s Best Books of 2017 and a finalist for the New England Book Award. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She studied philosophy at Hamilton College, has an MA from Middlebury College, and an MFA from the University of Alabama. When she began writing Unlikely Animals, she was living in the groundskeeper’s house in a cemetery. She now lives in a small town in Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and darling border collie, Mr. Willie Nelson.
    Recommended Reading:
    Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter by E. B. Bartels · How High We Go In the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu · Notes On an Execution by Danya Kukafka
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    • 36 min
    Episode 155: Michelle Hart

    Episode 155: Michelle Hart

    Michelle Hart's fiction has appeared in Joyland and Electric Literature, and she has written nonfiction for Catapult, NYLON, The Rumpus, and The New Yorker online. Previously, she was the Assistant Books Editor at O, the Oprah Magazine and Oprah Daily. She received her MFA from Rutgers-Newark and lives in New Jersey. Her debut novel is called We Do What We Do In the Dark.
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    • 44 min
    Episode 154: Vauhini Vara

    Episode 154: Vauhini Vara

    Vauhini Vara has worked as a Wall Street Journal technology reporter and as the business editor for The New Yorker. Her fiction has been honored by the O. Henry Prize and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. From a Dalit background, she lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her debut novel is called The Immortal King Rao.
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    • 30 min
    Introducing Storybound

    Introducing Storybound

    Now celebrating its fifth season, Storybound is a radio theater program designed for the podcast age. Hosted by 2021 KCRW Radio Race winner Jude Brewer, Storybound presents the voices of today’s best writers reading accomplished works of fiction and non-fiction. You’ll also hear original music specially composed for the respective text. Needless to say, it’s an immersive storytelling experience.
    The episode we’re sharing today features Lauren Groff reading “Flower Hunters” from her collection Florida.  Lauren doesn’t need an introduction, but just in case: She’s the universally acclaimed and bestselling author of Matrix and Fates and Furies. Lauren is also, of course, a past guest of The Maris Review. 
    If you enjoy what you hear, make sure to follow Storybound (for free) wherever you get your podcasts.


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    • 26 min
    Episode 153: Chantal V. Johnson

    Episode 153: Chantal V. Johnson

    Chantal V. Johnson is a tenant lawyer and writer. A graduate of Stanford Law School and a 2018 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellow, she lives in New York. Her debut novel is called Post-Traumatic.
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

loctastic ,

Great podcast!

Love the format, the content, and Maris is a great interviewer!

RickReilly16 ,

The Best!!!!

This is a must-listen for anyone who loves books. Maris brings such depth, warmth, and thoughtfulness to every interview, and it clearly brings such insight and passion out of the guests.

In particular, I ended up putting Cleanness at the top of my list after listening to Garth Greenwell’s incredible interview, and it was my favorite book I’ve read in the past year. After reading it, I even went back to the episode and listened again, and realized there was so much more there for me to appreciate.

Thank you Maris (and all involved) for giving us so many great recommendations and for making us love books even more than we already do!!!

FrenchToastEmergency ,

The Best Book Podcast, No Question

There are a lot of excellent literary podcasts out there right now, but The Maris Review is in a class all its own. Maris is a great host and a great interviewer, but her most extraordinary gift is her ability to make a space where her guests can shine. And her guests are amazing!

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