Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Program: 
Between the Covers
Air date: 
Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Bone Clocks is the much anticipated, dazzling new novel from David Mitchell, the author of Cloud Atlas.  At once a metaphysical thriller, a meditation on mortality and a chronicle of our self-devouring times, this kaleidoscopic novel crackles with the invention and wit that have made David Mitchell one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. Here is fiction at its most spellbinding and memorable best.  Bone Clocks is a nominee for the 2014 Man Booker prize.

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Program: 
Between the Covers
Air date: 
Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine, chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, speaks about her much awaited follow-up to her groundbreaking work Don't Let Me Be Lonely.   A provocative meditation on race, Citizen: An American Lyric recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.

The Peripheral by William Gibson

Program: 
Between the Covers
Air date: 
Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Peripheral by William Gibson

Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran’s benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC’s elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there’s a job he’s supposed to do—a job Flynne didn’t know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her. The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building. Little buglike things turn up. He’s supposed to get in their way, edge them back. That’s all there is to it. He’s offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What she sees, though, isn’t what Burton told her to expect. It might be a game, but it might also be murder.

William Gibson is the author of NeuromancerCount ZeroMona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual LightIdoruAll Tomorrow’s PartiesPattern RecognitionSpook CountryZero History, and Distrust That Particular Flavor. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.

 

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