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New Fiction from Paul Auster and Jennifer Haigh; Michael Klare on Russia-Georgia War

Host Francesca Rheannon talks with acclaimed novelist Paul Auster about his new work of fiction, MAN IN THE DARK.
Also, Jennifer Haigh tells us about her new novel, THE CONDITION.
And we’ll also air an excerpt from an interview we did last year with Michael Klare about his book, RISING POWERS, SHRINKING PLANET, THE NEW GEOPOLITICS OF ENERGY. He predicted at that time that the next resource war could be between Georgia as a US client state and Russia.


Paul Auster says that “writing is no longer a matter of free will for him–it’s a matter of survival”. His new novel MAN IN THE DARK deals with issues of survival in a post 9/11 America — the survival of hope, of connection with others, of choice in the face of evil And, finally, of the stories that knit families together. Auster is the author of numerous novels, screenplays, and works of non-fiction, including Travels in the Scriptorium, The Invention of Solitude, and The Brooklyn Follies. He’s also a poet, translator and film director.

Jennifer Haigh likes to write about families. In her new novel, THE CONDITION, she turns her attention to a family from the Boston area. The parents, Paulette and Frank, are divorced. Although their marriage had multiple strains, it came apart over the diagnosis of their daughter Gwen with a rare genetic condition called Turner’s Syndrome when she was 12 years old. Now their three children are grown and all five members of the family live in isolation from each other. But they are connected by the powerful undercurrents of the emotional bonds they carry. Haigh’s previous novels are Mrs. Kimble and Baker Towers.

Last year, we spoke with energy security expert Michael Klare about his book RISING POWERS, SHRINKING PLANET, THE NEW GEOPOLITICS OF ENERGY. When he told WV at that time that the next resource war could be between US-backed Georgia and Russia, it sent a chill down my spine. We hear and excerpt from that May 2007 interview.

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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer’s Voice, she’s a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.

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