Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 4 - Adam Johnson

The New York Times called Adam Johnson's latest novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, “a daring and remarkable novel, a novel that not only opens a frightening window on the mysterious kingdom of North Korea, but one that also excavates the very meaning of love and sacrifice.” Johnson is also author of Emporium, a short-story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us, and teaches at Stanford University. He is recorded live at Tosca Café, in conversation with Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware. Co-presented by Green Apple Books.

Direct download: 04_Litquake_Adam_Johnson.mp3
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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 3 - Carolyn Burke

Carolyn Burke celebrates release of her recent book No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf, which captures the iconic French singer’s immense charisma along with the time and place that gave rise to her international career. Burke is also author of two other critically acclaimed biographies, Lee Miller: A Life, and Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy. Accompanied by live music from Betty Roi, an authentic Parisian chanteuse whose training has taken her from Spain to Israel, Paris to San Francisco. Recorded live at Tosca Café. Co-presented by City Lights Books.

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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 2 - Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels and six other nonfiction books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The winner of a Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award, Dyer is a regular contributor to many publications in the US and UK, and his latest book is Zona. He lives in London. Dyer is in conversation here with David Thomson, a film critic and historian based in the United States and the author of more than 20 books, including The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. Recorded live at San Francisco's Tosca Café. Co-presented by Green Apple Books and The Believer.

Direct download: 02_Litcast_Geoff_Dyer.mp3
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Litquake's Lit Cast Episode 1 - Peter Carey

Peter Carey is a literary chameleon, whose nine works of long-form fiction have spanned the stylistic gamut from speculative to historical to epistolary. He's written the fictionalized story of his native Australia's most famous antihero (Ned Kelly) and turned the British classic Great Expectations on its head. In addition, he's written short stories, nonfiction, and work for film, having adapted his novel, Bliss, for that medium and writing a screenplay for the German director and playwright Win Wenders, Until the End of the World. He is one of only two authors to have won the Man Booker Prize twice (J. M. Coetzee is the other), in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda and in 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang. Carey's new novel, The Chemistry of Tears, focuses on a clockwork automaton and its particular fascination for a grieving woman. In conversation with Litquake's Elise Proulx. Recorded live at San Francisco's Tosca Café. Co-presented by City Lights Books.

Direct download: 01_Litcast_Peter_Carey.mp3
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