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Susan Rich has a new book of poetry out, called CLOUD PHARMACY. Great title, right? We talk about her work, as well as her career in humanitarian work (Peace Corps, Amnesty International, etc.), and then I ask some hopefully-not-too-dumb questions about poetry. We had fun! 

Direct download: WAYR_50_RICH.mp3
Category:Books & Reading -- posted at: 4:30 PM

This week, novelist/editor/professor Mary Anne Mohanraj joins Matt for a discussion of sci-fi, world literature, and the extensive planning involved in writing erotic choose-your-own-adventure books. Is this all as good as it sounds? Better! Enjoy!

Direct download: WAYR_49_MOHANRAJ.mp3
Category:Books & Reading -- posted at: 4:25 AM

Joe Randazzo is here! He's the creative director for AdultSwim.com, and the former editor of The Onion, where, in addition to day-to-day funniness, Joe oversaw two book publications: Our Dumb World and Our Front Pages. He's at work on a book of his own now, a nonfiction book about comedy called Funny On Purpose, featuring interviews and insights from Judd Apatow, Joan Rivers, and many more. That'll be out later in 2014. In the meantime, find Joe on Twitter.

Direct download: WAYR_48_RANDAZZO.mp3
Category:Books & Reading -- posted at: 5:00 AM

Dr. Rachael Woldoff is a sociologist and associate professor at West Virginia University. Want to hear us talk about the effects of sports stadiums on cities? Check. The complicated lives of urban neighborhoods? Check. The pleasures and pains of reading New York Times wedding announcements aloud? Check!

 

Go get Rachael's book, White Flight/Black Flight: The Dynamics of Racial Change in an American Neighborhood, and read this great interview with her here. And as always, you can find past episodes of WAYR on iTunes, Stitcher, your favorite podcast app, or at http://whatareyoureading.libsyn.com

Direct download: WAYR_47_WOLDOFF.mp3
Category:Books & Reading -- posted at: 4:16 PM

Hey! Super-cool one this week. Author/Cartoonist/Screenwriter/Do-er Ariel Schrag talks about her work as a comics memoirist, about alllll the inappropriate reading she did at an early age (a WAYR hallmark), and about her new novel ADAM, which is about a straight cisgender teenager who allows a lesbian he's interested in to believe he's a transgender guy. If you want to read a sample chapter, check it out here. But first: listen to my fun chat with Ariel!

Direct download: WAYR_46_SCHRAG.mp3
Category:Books & Reading -- posted at: 4:37 PM

Novelist Eric Raymond is back! The author of Confessions From A Dark Wood has a new novella appearing in installments on Medium. (Find it HERE.) The book is set in the early '80s world of text-based computer adventure games, so we talk a bit about the days when people read games on their computers. There's also more heroin-talk than you'd expect. Enjoy!

Direct download: WAYR204520RAYMOND.mp3
Category:Books & Reading -- posted at: 4:00 AM

Did you watch David Letterman on television anytime between 1980 and 2004? Then you saw the work of Gerard Mulligan, who served in the capacities of writer, producer, head writer, and occasional on-air talent through that almost quarter-century of comedy. Prior to his television career, Gerard was a college English professor, as well as a poet.

Direct download: WAYR204420MULLIGAN.mp3
Category:Books & Reading -- posted at: 4:00 AM

MIKE LISK, whom you know from his years on-air with the much-mourned THE BEST SHOW on WFMU, is also a longtime publishing professional. This being a book show, you'd think we'd use this opportunity to talk about how the publishing industry works, etc., but NO. Mike and I spend a good amount of time talking about The Grateful Dead, a band I've hated all my life yet have recently come, against all my will and expectations, to love. I don't get it, I'm a little ashamed about it, but Mike is a massive source of comfort and perspective here. We do talk about books, FYI, just not as much as usual. Enjoy!

Direct download: WAYR_43_LISK.mp3
Category:Books & Reading -- posted at: 2:25 PM

Author SARAH DARER LITTMAN joins us for an in-studio discussion about her young adult novels, the differences between YA and "adult" literature, and writing about the tricky stuff -- a particularly timely conversation, given we recorded this just days ahead of the controversy over an assigned YA book in Gilford, NH, and just days after the "YikYak" (slam-book app) controversy in my town of Westport, CT. Enjoy!

Direct download: WAYR_42_LITTMAN.mp3
Category:Books & Reading -- posted at: 10:56 AM

The worst-sounding WAYR yet? Totally my fault! But hey, this is cool: adult readers and reviewers of Young Adult fiction! Wendy Darling and Kate Bond (and associates) run the huge site The Midnight Garden, where they review YA books for adult readers. A huge portion of YA readers are adults, and Wendy and Kate will help us navigate the world of YA fiction. Plus: listener mail!

Direct download: WAYR_41_MIDNIGHT.mp3
Category:Books & Reading -- posted at: 3:39 PM