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Russell Banks: Voyager & Lost Memory of Skin

We spend the hour with acclaimed author Russell Banks, first talking about his new book, Voyager, a travel and personal memoir. Then we re-air our 2011 interview with him about his novel Lost Memory of Skin.

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Russell Banks, A PERMANENT MEMBER OF THE FAMILY & George Saunders (encore), TENTH OF DECEMBER

Russell Banks
Russell Banks
George Saunders
George Saunders

Novelist and short story writer Russell Banks talks about his new collection of stories, A PERMANENT MEMBER OF THE FAMILY. And George Saunders just received the National Book Award for his story collection, TENTH OF DECEMBER. We re-play Writers Voice associate producer Drew Adamek’s February 2013 interview with Saunders in the second half of the show.

 

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Novelists Russell Banks and Valerie Martin & biologist Michael Wojtech

Russell Banks

Russell Banks talks his acclaimed new novel, LOST MEMORY OF SKIN; Michael Wojtech tells how to identify trees in BARK and novelist Valerie Martin weighs in on writing fiction.

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Russell Banks and Tahmima Anam

Russell Banks

Acclaimed novelist Russell Banks tells Writer’s Voice about his new novel, THE RESERVE. We also talk with Tahmima Anam about her terrific debut novel, A GOLDEN AGE.

Russell Banks

Russell Banks’s new novel THE RESERVE is “part love story, part murder mystery”. Taking place in 1936, not long before the World War II, the novel explores questions of class, politics, art, love, and madness. Set in an exclusive wilderness enclave held by families of New York’s highest society as a vacation playground, the novel’s action follows what happens when two intertwined couples violate social conventions and their own morals to follow the dictates of their hearts. Russell Banks is one of America’s best known novelists. He’s the author of many books, including Affliction, Cloudsplitter, and The Sweet Hereafter, which was made into a movie directed by Atom Egoyan. He’s a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his work has received numerous international prizes and awards. He lives in upstate New York.

Tahmima Anam

Tahmima Anam

When Tahmima Anam went back to her native Bangla Desh to do research for her doctoral thesis in anthroplogy, she gathered testimony from scores of survivors of Bangla Desh’s 1971 War of Independence from Pakistan. The conflict occurred four years before she was born, and she left the country at the age of two, living in Europe and America and eventually attending Mount Holyoke College right here in western Massachusetts. Her novel, A GOLDEN AGE, returns to Bangla Desh’s struggle to become independent to tell the story of one family: a mother and her two children, both on the brink of adulthood. Rehana Haque is drawn by her children into the struggle, partly to pay off a decade old-debt to them. A debt incurred, Rehana feels, when she had to give them up for several years after she was widowed. The novel is a sensitive foray into the bonds of family and patriotism, in the best sense of the word, and how they intersect.