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Syndication

Patrick and Justin -- having traveled the world -- are back to talk books, including Justin's trips to San Francisco and New York, Louise Penny, Otessa Moshfegh's Eileen and the new giant Alan Moore novel.

Direct download: 10_Episode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:15pm PDT

After a long hiatus, Patrick and Justin return to talk Paul Auster, Svetlana Alexievich's Secondhand Time, travel nightmares, vacations, Heda Margolius Kovaly's Innocence, Scholastique Mukasonga's Cockroaches, Harry Crews, Barry Gifford and much, much more. 

Direct download: 09_Episode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm PDT

Patrick and Justin talk Argentine book culture, what we look for in a bookstore, Javier Marias, our love of Jose Eduardo Agualusa's A General Theory of Oblivion, Maggie Nelson's The Red Parts and Scott McClanahan and Ricardo Cavolo's graphic novel The Incantations of Daniel Johnston. 

Direct download: 08_Episode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39am PDT

Unknown Binding, Ep. 7: My Mind Weird

In no particular order, Patrick and Justin talk Alvaro Enrigue's Sudden Death, Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life, Virginie Despentes, intense air hockey duels, answer some questions, discuss how they're unable to properly pronounce anyone's name and much, much more.

Direct download: 07_Episode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm PDT

Joshilyn Jackson & Sara Gruen Event

Long time writing friends Joshilyn Jackson and Sara Gruen will discuss their recent books and how their writing group has shaped their work and careers.

Joshilyn Jackson’s new novel, The Opposite of Everyone, is the tale of Atlanta lawyer Paula Vauss, née Kali Jai, born to an eccentric storyteller mother who went to prison and has now disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Gruen praises The Opposite of Everyone as “inevitable, surprising, and beautifully layered.” Jackson is also the New York Times-bestselling author of seven novels, including gods in Alabama and Someone Else's Love Story. Sara Gruen, best known for her novel Water for Elephants, is the author most recently of At the Water’s Edge, now out in paperback. The story of a young woman who follows her husband to Scotland during WWII and finds herself questioning her life choices, it is “a page-turner of a novel that rollicks along with crisp historical detail,” according to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.

Direct download: Sara_Gruen-Joshilyn_Jackson_v3.mp3
Category:Authors -- posted at: 11:57am PDT

Kevin Hearne Event

Join us for an evening with bestselling fantasy author Kevin Hearne, whose new book, Staked, is an entry in his wildly popular Iron Druid Chronicles, a series praised as “outrageously fun,” “razor-sharp,” and full of “zap-pow-bang fighting!” This book finds dreamy Irish hero Atticus O’Sullivan, a 2,000-year-old Druid, saving the world from vampires. It’s all in a day’s work for our heartthrob protagonist, who is celebrated as “one of the best main characters currently in the urban fantasy genre.”

Direct download: Kevin_Hearne.mp3
Category:Authors -- posted at: 10:56am PDT

Patrick and Justin discuss the ABA's Winter Institute, Amazon, Oscar Martinez's A History of Violence, hot dogs, unfortunate Twitter handles, chili, Åsne Seierstad's One of Us, the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile and Nicola Gardini's Lost Words.

Direct download: 06_Episode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm PDT

Ellen Malphrus Event

South Carolina author Ellen Malphrus's novel Untying the Moon introduces us to Bailey Martin, a heroine "in motion, lighting out for the territory ahead." Ellen's own love for the South Carolina Lowcountry and her "lush, lyrical language" infuse the novel with the marvelous as Bailey journeys down the East Coast, tracing the outline of her life's past and possibilities. Ron Rash celebrates the book's "kinetic heroine," and hails Ellen as "an exciting new voice in Southern fiction." Ellen splits her time between South Carolina and the Montana mountains, and she teaches at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Direct download: Ellen_Malphrus.mp3
Category:Authors -- posted at: 11:45am PDT

Catherynne Valente Event

Catherynne Valente, author of the beloved Fairyland books, has brings her new novel, Radiance, to Malaprop’s. The book is already receiving praise as a “strange and wonderful” work. Kirkus Reviews hails it as “a heady, strange, and beautifully written novel.” It’s the tale of a Severin Unck, a heroine from an alternate solar system who disappears after going to Venus to film a documentary about a vanished colony. Valente’s boundless imagination manifests itself through her lush writing as she takes us on a dizzying journey from Venus to a captivating Golden Age Hollywood. It’s a “celluloid fairy tale,” a meta-fictional tour-de-force of dreamlike power.

Direct download: Catherynne_Valente.mp3
Category:Authors -- posted at: 2:17pm PDT

Leonard Pitts, Jr. Event

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and the man Travis Smiley has called “the most insightful and inspiring columnist of his generation.” Leonard Pitts, Jr. will discuss his new novel, Grant Park, with us. The novel arcs between the Civil Rights era and the recent past as two “sharply etched” characters, both Chicago reporters, negotiate the roles they have played in politics, history, and life. Moving between the final days of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, life and the early days of Barack Obama’s presidency, it’s a revelatory take on race and social justice in the long twentieth century. Booklist praises it as a work that is “as significant as it is engrossing.” He is also the author of Freeman, Becoming Dad, Forward from the Moment, and others.

Direct download: Leonard_Pitts_Jr.mp3
Category:Authors -- posted at: 2:09pm PDT

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