American Literature

StudioTulsa
5:15 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Meet Wendell Berry, Winner of the 2012 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award

Aired on Wednesday, December 5th.

On this edition of our program, we speak with Wendell Berry, who's worked as a prolific and highly principled writer of fiction, essays, and poetry for the past 50 years. Mr. Berry has been named the Tulsa Library Trust's 2012 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author, and he'll be in town to accept this honor later this week. Indeed, he'll give a free-to-the-public presentation at 10:30am on Saturday the 8th at the TCCL's Central Library, at Fourth Street and Denver Avenue in Downtown Tulsa.

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StudioTulsa
1:12 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

"Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore"

Aired on Wednesday, November 28th.

On this edition of our show, we speak with the Bay Area-based writer Robin Sloan, whose smart, tech-savvy, entertaining, and decidedly adventure-driven debut novel, "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore," has been drawing some rave reviews. As critic Janet Maslin has noted in The New York Times, this book is a "slyly arch novel about technology and its discontents.... The culture clash at work here --- Google aces wielding the full, computer-assisted strength of their collective brainpower, one scholar fiddling with a quaint astrolabe --- has a topicality that works to this novel's advantage.

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StudioTulsa
1:19 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

"Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch"

Aired on Thursday, November 1st.

On this installment of our show, better living through savvy verb deployment. Our guest is Constance Hale, the bestselling author of "Sin and Syntax" and other books on language, writing, and word choice. A veteran journalist and teacher, Hale has a new book out called "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing." It's a work in four chapters, each as informative as it is entertaining, and it's that rare example of a "how to" book on English usage that's genuinely accessible from start to finish.

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StudioTulsa
4:15 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Joy Harjo and "Crazy Brave"

Aired on Monday, October 1st.

On this installment of ST, we're pleased to welcome Joy Harjo, the prolific and widely acclaimed poet, musician, and author. Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She's won a great many awards and accolades for her writing over the years, and has recorded five CDs thus far in her thriving musical career.

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StudioTulsa
6:33 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Kurt Andersen, Bestselling Author and Host of Public Radio's Studio 360, Reflects on His New Novel

Aired on Monday, September 17th.

Today we speak by phone with Kurt Anderson, the widely acclaimed writer whose novels include "Heyday" and "Turn of the Century," among other books. Andersen writes for television, film, and the stage, contributes to Vanity Fair, and hosts the PRI program Studio 360 (which is heard every Thursday at 8pm on Public Radio 89.5-1 KWGS).

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StudioTulsa
1:17 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Novelist and Scholar (and Former Tulsan) Michael Hightower on His New Novel: "The Pattersons"

Aired on Friday, August 3rd.

On today's edition of StudioTulsa, we're pleased to welcome back an old friend, Michael Hightower, who lived and worked in Tulsa for about two decades, starting in 1980, and who, for most of that time, owned and presided over Council Oak Books. Now based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Hightower joins us to talk about his new novel, "The Pattersons," a work of historical fiction as well as modern-day sociological commentary that occasionally draws on Hightower's own life story.

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StudioTulsa
5:27 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

A Glimpse Inside the Department of Special Collections at TU's McFarlin Library

Aired on Monday, July 23rd.

Earlier this month, in the pages of The New York Times Book Review, the acclaimed American historian Douglas Brinkley and the accomplished Hollywood actor Johnny Depp offered a co-written essay that made at least two rather surprising announcements.

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StudioTulsa
3:54 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Nancy Pearl Offers Her Summer Reading List

Aired Monday, June 18th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, Nancy Pearl, our longtime book expert and the author of four "Book Lust" volumes of recommended reading --- and now, also, the curator of Amazon.com's new series of reprints of classic, out-of-print books --- offers her summer reading list. (Summer arrives, officially, on Wednesday the 20th!) Here is Nancy's list:

"A Partial History of Lost Causes" by Jennifer Dubois

"After Life" by Rhian Ellis

"The Forgotten Waltz" by Anne Enright

"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" by Ben Fountain

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

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StudioTulsa
2:39 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Jeff Martin, Book Smart Tulsa, and 100 Cool (and Local) Literary Events (and Counting)

Aired on Tuesday, June 12th.

On this edition of our show, we speak with our old friend Jeff Martin, who occasionally contributes commentaries to ST, works as the Online Communities Manager at Philbrook Museum of Art, and is the founder/mastermind behind the ongoing (and non-profit) Book Smart Tulsa series of readings/signings. This always-active, ever-engaging literary series --- which has been popular with Tulsa book-lovers of all sorts since its inception three years ago (or so) --- will present its 100th event tonight, Tuesday the 12th, at 7pm at Dwelling Spaces in downtown Tulsa.

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StudioTulsa
3:33 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

A Chat with Lisa See, Author of "Dreams of Joy" and Other Bestselling Novels

Aired on Thursday, June 7th.

On this edition of ST, we listen back to a show that first aired in March, when we spoke by phone with Lisa See, the bestselling author of "Shanghai Girls," "Peony in Love," "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," "Dragon Bones," and other novels, as well as an acclaimed memoir, "On Gold Mountain." See's latest book, now in paperback, is a novel called "Dreams of Joy" --- this is the book that she tells us about on today's program.

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