American Literature

StudioTulsa
4:36 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Rilla Askew's Latest Novel Mixes Reality with Fiction, and Illegal Immigration with Rural Oklahoma

Aired on Monday, January 20th.

(Please note: This interview first aired about a year ago.) We are happy to welcome the acclaimed author (and fifth-generation Oklahoman) Rilla Askew back to our show. Askew received a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and she is a three-time recipient of the Oklahoma Book Award. Her latest novel, "Kind of Kin," is now being published in paperback; it first appeared in hardback in early 2013. Askew joins us to chat about this work.

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StudioTulsa
11:46 am
Tue January 14, 2014

"America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Monday, January 13th.

(Note: This program first aired last year.) On our show today, we speak by phone with David Skinner, an editor and writer whose work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, The New Atlantis, Slate, The Washington Times, and other publications.

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StudioTulsa
5:38 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Susan Nussbaum Offers the Moving, Challenging, and Dramatic "Good Kings Bad Kings: A Novel"

Aired on Wednesday, December 18th.

On this installment of ST, we speak by phone with Susan Nussbaum, an accomplished playwright, first-time novelist, and longtime disabilities-rights advocate. Nussbaum tells us about her widely acclaimed and award-winning debut novel, "Good Kings Bad Kings," which is just out in paperback, and which a critic for The Los Angeles Review of Books has called "a knockout.... Nussbaum possesses an astonishing ear for idiosyncratic voices, and a talent for creating characters who appear in full bloom within a few sentences.

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StudioTulsa
4:22 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

KWGS Host, Private-Eye Enthusiast, and Author John Wooley Delivers "Hard-Boiled Christmas Stories"

Aired on Tuesday, December 17th.

On today's show, we speak with John Wooley, host of the popular "Swing on This" program here on Public Radio 89.5, which airs every Saturday night at 7pm. Wooley is also a prolific and longtime writer/critic/advocate/fanboy concerning many various facets of American pop culture: horror movies, Western Swing music, comic books, pulp fiction, Oklahoma music and filmmaking, etc.

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StudioTulsa
12:50 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

"Blue Plate Special" -- A Memoir of Food, Comfort, and Comfort Food...and More (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Wednesday, November 27th.

(Please note: This show first aired earlier this year.) Our guest is the writer Kate Christensen, whose six novels include "The Great Man," which won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award. Her reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Elle, and elsewhere --- and her popular blog can be accessed here. Her latest book is "Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites," an acclaimed memoir, which she discusses with us on today's ST.

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StudioTulsa
4:36 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

TU's Presidential Lecture Series Welcomes the Award-Winning Playwright Tony Kushner

Aired on Monday, November 11th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who's well-known and widely celebrated for his drama, "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," which first appeared in the early 1990s, and which was thereafter converted into an HBO-TV miniseries  that was directed by Mike Nichols.

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StudioTulsa
4:05 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Author and PRT Host Richard Higgs Offers "Then There Is No Mountain: An American Memoir"

Aired on Thursday, October 24th.

Today on StudioTulsa, we're joined by our friend and colleague Richard Higgs, a local writer who's well-known as one of the co-hosts of Folk Salad, the long-running folk & blues & Red Dirt (& alt-country & Americana & singer-songwriter & what-not) radio show heard Sunday evenings at 7pm here on Public Radio 89.5. Higgs has a new book out, "Then There Is No Mountain: An American Memoir," which he discusses with us today.

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StudioTulsa
4:35 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

"Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Tuesday, October 22nd.

(Please note: This show first aired earlier this year.) Our guest is the celebrated American author, Philip Caputo, who was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist in Chicago before going on to write several notable works of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, including 1977's "A Rumor of War," one of the most highly praised and widely read volumes ever published on the Vietnam War.

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StudioTulsa
12:31 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Jon Katz, the Popular Author and Blogger, on Why Dogs Matter to Us (and How They Make Us More Human)

Aired on Friday, October 18th.

Tomorrow, Saturday the 19th, the annual Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers will happen here on the TU campus; it's a day-long writing-and-editing symposium presented by Nimrod International Journal, running from 9:30am to 4:30pm and offering workshops in fiction, poetry, memoir, YA fantasy, writing queries and synopses for literary agents, and more.

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StudioTulsa
2:20 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

A Chat with Mary Kay Zuravleff, Author of "Man Alive!"

Aired on Tuesday, October 1st.

Today we speak with Mary Kay Zuravleff, an acclaimed author with Oklahoma roots who's now based in Washington, D.C., where she serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She'll be in Tulsa tonight (Tuesday the 1st) to participate in a "Book Smart Tulsa BBQ" at Harwelden Mansion, which begins at 6pm.

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