Marianne Barisonek speaks with Chitra Banerjee
Divakaruni about her new novel, The Palace of Illusions, which recasts the
Indian epic Mahabharata from the perspective of Princess Panchaali and offers a
vivid and inventive companion to the renowned poem.
Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Jane Smiley. Her best seller A Thousand Acres was made into a movie by the same name. In her latest novel, Ten Days in the Hills,
a group of family, friends, lovers, former lovers and future lovers
gathers in the Pacific Palisades just as the 2003 invasion of Iraq
Bruce Silverman presents another installment in his
"Answers Series." The topic is Hippo Water Rollers. Dirty water is the
number one cause of death and disease in the world. But many people
have to travel far to get clean water, and water is heavy to carry.
We'll hear about two ingenious, low-tech inventions to solve the
Host Dmae Robert's topic is "Gaytino" by Dan Guerrero at Milagro Theatre. A father/son relationship and a
treasured boyhood friendship drive this 75-minute autobiographical play through
decades of Chicano history and the gay experience from a unique and personal
Host Jim Schumock presents an extended interview with Tobias Wolff. His latest book is Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories, which
contains 10 new stories collected with 21 stories from Wolf's previous
collections. Wolff is also the author of two widely praised memoirs, This Boy's Life and In Pharoah's Army.
Wolff is Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at
Stanford University, where he has taught classes in English and
creative writing since 1997.