American Literature

StudioTulsa
12:58 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

"Watergate: A Novel" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Friday, July 5th.

(Please note: This program originally aired earlier this year.) On this installment of our show, we speak by phone with the writer, critic, and journalist Thomas Mallon, whose critically acclaimed novels include "Henry and Clara" and "Dewey Defeats Truman." Mallon frequently writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic, and his newest novel, now out in paperback, is "Watergate." Hailed as "wildly entertaining from beginning to end" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and "a brilliant presentation, subtle and sympathetic but spiked with satire" (The Washington Post), th

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StudioTulsa
1:21 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Nimrod International Journal Presents "Lasting Matters: Writers 57 and Over"

Aired on Thursday, June 27th.

Nimrod International Journal, founded in 1956 here at TU, is a well-respected, twice-a-year literary publication that's been dedicated to printing work by writers both emerging and established for more than half a century. Our guest is Francine Ringold, editor-in-chief of Nimrod, who describes the latest issue, which is just out now. This issue's theme is "Lasting Matters: Writers 57 and Over" --- and as Fran adds, there will be a special, free-to-the-public reading from this issue tonight (Thursday the 27th) at 7:30pm in the Meinig Recital Hall at TU's Lorton Performing Arts Center.

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StudioTulsa
2:32 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The Acclaimed Novelist Nathaniel Rich Offers "Odds Against Tomorrow"

Aired on Monday, May 20th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with the widely celebrated young writer Nathaniel Rich (born 1980), whose essays and short stories have appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and elsewhere, and whose latest novel is called "Odds Against Tomorrow." Late last week, Rich did a Book Smart Tulsa reading and signing in connection with this book; while he was here in town, we spoke with him. Set in a New York City of the very near future, the novel tells the story of one Mitchell Zukor, a gifted young mathematician who works for a financial consulting firm called FutureWorld.

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StudioTulsa
4:05 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Book as a Work of Art --- Philbrook Presents "Artists' Books: Works and Pictures"

Aired on Thursday, May 16th.

On this installment of ST, a discussion of both the art and craft of making books. Our guest is Jody Williams, a Minneapolis-based book artist, printmaker, teacher, and writer. The (mostly miniature-sized) books that she creates as individual works of art appear under the name Flying Paper Press; books created by Williams have appeared in exhibits all over the country, and some are included in a group show currently on view at the Philbrook Museum of Art (through July 21st) called About Bookworks III.

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StudioTulsa
4:43 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

"50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School"

Aired on Wednesday, May 15th.

Sure, you loved "The Catcher in the Rye" at the age of 16...but would you still love it? You appreciated "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Cannery Row" way back when, but would that still be the case today? And on the other hand, if the plays of Ibsen or Shakespeare didn't exactly knock you out during that long-ago sophomore year of college, do you think they'd still miss the mark? Or might they be worth another shot?

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StudioTulsa
3:21 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

"True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat"

Aired on Tuesday, April 30th.

Food, glorious food --- it's so much more, of course, than what we eat. Food is memory, food is family, food is love, food is culture, and food is community.

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StudioTulsa
3:32 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

"Imaginary Oklahoma" --- A New Collection of Short Fiction Edited by Jeff Martin

Aired on Wednesday, April 24th.

On this installment of ST, we're joined by our old friend and colleague, Jeff Martin, a local writer who's also the coordinator and creator of the popular Book Smart Tulsa reading series, the fiction editor at This Land, and an occasional commentator for this program. Jeff's newest book, just out, is an fun-to-read trade-paperback collection that brings together many works of short (make that "very short") fiction exploring "an Oklahoma of the mind," so to speak.

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StudioTulsa
6:21 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

WEB EXCLUSIVE: A Discussion with the Late American Composer Robert Ward (from the ST Archives)

Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd; originally aired in February of 1995.

Robert Ward, the highly acclaimed American composer, died today at age 95. Ward won the Pulitzer Prize for his opera "The Crucible" --- based on the classic Arthur Miller play, with a libretto adapted by Bernard Stambler --- which was commissioned by the New York City Opera and had its premiere in 1961.

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StudioTulsa
4:49 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Discussing the Much-Praised "Watergate: A Novel" with Its Author

Aired on Friday, March 29th.

On this installment of our show, we speak by phone with the writer, critic, and journalist Thomas Mallon, whose critically acclaimed novels include "Henry and Clara" and "Dewey Defeats Truman." Mallon frequently writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic, and his newest novel, just out in paperback, is "Watergate." Hailed as "wildly entertaining from beginning to end" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and "a brilliant presentation, subtle and sympathetic but spiked with satire" (The Washington Post), this novel was named a New York Times Notable Book as well as a S

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StudioTulsa
1:05 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

"A Map of Tulsa" --- A Widely Praised First Novel from Benjamin Lytal

Aired on Tuesday, March 26th.

Today on ST we speak by phone with Benjamin Lytal, who grew up in Tulsa and now resides in Chicago, and who has written for The Wall Street Journal, The London Review of Books, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Sun, The Believer, McSweeney's, and other publications. Lytal's first novel, "A Map of Tulsa," has just been published, and he'll be doing a free reading/signing in connection with this book tonight (Tuesday the 26th) at the Harwelden Mansion here in Tulsa at 7pm.

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