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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Monday, July 14, Bastille Day - Michelle Latiolais

My guest today is Michelle Latiolais, whose new novel A Proper Knowledge arrives from Bellevue Literary Press, an imprint of NYU’s School of Medicine, this ostensibly due to the book’s portrayal of the science that informs the life and therapeutic practice of a Los Angeles psychiatrist specializing in treating autism patients. But Latiolais’s elegant and empathetic characterizations of the doctor’s patients, of the doctor himself and her telling of a variety of love story arrive from a very careful writer’s careful observations, what Elizabeth Tallent calls “A thousand things noticed that you won’t have seen in fiction before.” Latiolais is Associate Professor at UC Irvine and co-director of its Programs in Writing, the graduate fiction workshop which has produced so many excellent writers including herself. She is author of many short stories, published most recently in Western Humanities Review and Green Mountains Review, as well as a novel, Even Now, which won the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. She is an amazing teacher, a friend and mentor to many writers.

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