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Sunday, April 12, 2009
Monday, April 13 - Paule Marshall
Monday at noon I am so very pleased to welcome a writer whose lifetime of creativity and engagement with people and history has earned her a MacArthur genius grant, all the prizes there are, and a place in contemporary letters which she pretty much created for herself, filling it with five novels and two short story collections and more. As it happens, Paule Marshall’s 1959 first novel Brown Girl, Brownstones attracted the attention of the writer who became a mentor to her, the legendary Langston Hughes. In her new memoir, Triangular Road, Ms. Marshall revisits journeys in life and art which demarcate that road, beginning with a singular trip accompanying Hughes on a State Department tour of Europe in 1965. The publication of her memoir, based on talks given at HarvardUniversity on the theme of “Bodies of Water” and their impact on black history and culture in America is a real occasion --- the book a startling, honest, evocative and provocative telling of a life and lives. Listen in at noon, Monday on KPFK 90.7 FM.
Al Young, Judith Freeman, Terese Svoboda, Daniel Olivas, Reyna Grande, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Toni Mirosevich, Katha Pollit, Diane Lefer, Dagoberto Gilb, Rueben Martinez, Campbell McGrath, Helena Viramontes, David Ulin, Suzanne Kamata, Vicki Forman, Michael Berube, James D. Houston, Meg Wolitzer, Susan Jacoby, Jim Krusoe, Daniel Tiffany, Michelle Latiolais, Louis B. Masur, Matt Taibbi, Geoff Bouvier, Jeffrey Harrison, Paul Auster, Rick Wartzman, Gustavo Arellano, Janelle Brown, Laura Amy Schlitz, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Ron Koertge, Larry Beinhart, Jonathan Miles, Win McCormack, Brian Turner, Paul Buhle, Kay Ryan, Colette LaBouf Atkinson, Marilyn Chin, Christopher Buckley, J. Mark Smith, Kevin Young, Deanne Stillman, Julia Mickenberg, Philip Nel, Robin Romm, J. Robert Lennon, Blake Bailey, Jon Bekken, Phillip Lopate, Eula Biss, Paule Marshall, Trinie Dalton, Stephanie Brown, Allison Benis White, William O'Daly, Lynn Freed, Sarah Schrank, Rae Armantrout, Victoria Patterson, Bob Cowser, Jr., Luis Urrea, Mary Gaitskill, Marilyn Nelson, Greil Marcus, Dylan Landis, Brenda Hillman, Percival Everett, Stanley Crawford...
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