Thursday, January 30, 2014

Literary Links: In Conversation

Do you ever catch yourself eavesdropping on someone's conversation?  Generally that's not considered socially acceptable, but we've found some links that allow you to do just that.  Whether it's Judy Blume and Lena Dunham talking about books, current chart-topper Lorde having a casual confab with the editor of Rookie, or a chance to watch the librarian with the mostest interview some great authors, we hope you'll find something you'll enjoy eavesdropping on!

Judy Blume and Lena Dunham Curate a Reading List for You
"Dunham and Blume spoke about many topics, like growing up, sexuality, feminism, writing, being frightened, and respecting childhood. But the real highlight is when they talk about reading. The two speak about how writing has influenced their coming of age in the world, and their description of books is delightful."

Super Heroine: An Interview with Lorde [Rookie interview with editor Tavi Gevinson]
"In which we talk about songwriting, Tumblr, Taylor, Beyoncé, Kanye, Raymond Carver, haircare, clothes, insecurity, crying on planes, and…pretty much everything."

Every year, the Lannan Foundation does their Readings & Conversations series, which "brings nationally and internationally recognized poets and writers to Santa Fe to read and discuss their work in a public setting".  Past events have featured Michael Ondaatje with Carolyn Forché, Lydia Davis with Ben Marcus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with Binyavanga Wainaina, and Don DeLillo with Mark Danner.  You can find this year's schedule on their website.

Selected Shorts: The Stories of Alice Munro
Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood in conversation via Google+ Hangout On Air.

Book Lust with Nancy Pearl
"Seattle's own 'action figure librarian' and best-selling author Nancy Pearl sits down each month with top writers from around the country for conversations about books and the process and art of writing."

'The Wall Street Journal' Launches Book Club
"The Wall Street Journal has introduced a book club that is led by authors. Every month a guest host picks a book by another author and then acts as a guide for readers on Twitter. Book club participants can ask questions through the social network using the hashtag #WSJbookclub."

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