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  In her latest novel, After Birth, Elisa Albert writes about motherhood and friendship. The book tells the story of Ari who lives in a town in upstate New York and is supposed to be working on a Ph.D. in women’s studies but she has major postpartum depression.

The book issues a wake-up call to a culture that turns its new mothers into exiles and expects them to act like natives.

  From Shirley Jackson, the peerless author of "The Lottery" and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," comes a new volume of unpublished and uncollected stories, essays, lectures, letters and drawings.

Let Me Tell You brings together the deliciously eerie short stories Jackson is best known for with frank and inspiring lectures on writing; comic essays she wrote about her large, rowdy family; and revelatory personal letters and drawings.

The collection is edited by Jackson's children, Laurence Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman DeWitt. Laurence joins us for this interview.

  Best known for The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The success of his first novel made him famous and let him marry the woman he loved, but he later descended into drinking and his wife had a mental breakdown.

Following the unsuccessful Tender is the Night, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood and became a scriptwriter. He died of a heart attack in 1940, at age 44, his final novel only half completed. Today marks the 75th anniversary of his death.

In her book, So We Read On, Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan offers a fresh perspective on what makes Gatsby great – and utterly unusual.

    Best known for The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The success of his first novel made him famous and let him marry the woman he loved, but he later descended into drinking and his wife had a mental breakdown.

Following the unsuccessful Tender is the Night, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood and became a scriptwriter. He died of a heart attack in 1940, at age 44, his final novel only half completed. Today marks the 75th anniversary of his death.

In novelist Stewart O' Nan’s latest novel, West of Sunset, he imagines F. Scott Fitzgerald's final years, which he spent in Hollywood. He is living in an apartment, in poor health, struggling with alcoholism, and is increasingly despondent over his declining literary reputation.

  Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 24 novels. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled "Chick Wit" which is a fun take on life from a woman's perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, have been collected in six books including their most recent, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?

Lisa reviews popular fiction and non-fiction, and her reviews have appeared in New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, "Justice and Fiction" at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater.

Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in over 35 countries. The new novel is Corrupted.

  Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 50  books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays including Cat's Eye, Alias Grace, and A Handmaid’s Tale. Her latest, The Heart Goes Last, is a funny disturbing tale about a new future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free.

  Twenty-five years after its original publication, Do I Have To Say Hello? Aunt Delia’s Manners Quiz For Kids And Their Grownups is back.

In a series of light-hearted multiple choice quizzes, alternative scenarios, and true-or-false questions, Delia Ephron and Edward Koren, the author and illustrator team who brought us the best-selling How to Eat Like a Child, depict a range of possibilities that reflect life as it is as well as life as it ought to be. The book covers table manners, car manners, video game manners, school manners, soccer manners and more.

Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her movies include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You’ve Got Mail, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael.

  

  Life in the Mohawk Valley today is vastly different from generations ago. Long gone are the factory whistles calling workers to their shifts in old mill towns. Fort Plain still benefits from little-known inventor William Yerdon, and Utica baseball player George Burns was so skilled that fans called left field Burnsville.

Few realize that a local artist shared a special bond with John Philip Sousa, one of the nations greatest musicians. The Tamarack Playhouse was once the venue of spectacular theatricals, and as time goes on, there are fewer alumni to remember Amsterdams Bishop Scully High School.

Local author and local broadcasting legend Bob Cudmore shows that while lost, these and other compelling stories no longer need be forgotten.

  Award-winning author Brian Selznick will be at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on Sunday at 3pm for a special multi-media presentation talk, Q&A, and signing event with his newest illustrated novel, The Marvels.

In 2008, Selznick’s groundbreaking book The Invention of Hugo Cabret was awarded the Caldecott Medal. It was nominated for a National Book Award and was the basis for Martin Scorsese's Oscar winning film Hugo. His follow up illustrated novel, Wonderstruck, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

  Robert Goolrick’s most recent novel, The Fall of Princes, is set in 1980’s New York City, a time when Wall Street ruled, drugs were in constant supply, and jockeying for power was the name of the game. We meet Rooney, who tells the story of how he and a group of other young Princes made it to the top and then, one by one, took a fall.

  A swimming pool in the Kalahari Desert, the ice skates of a boy in a wheelchair, and a midnight train ride in the cool African night form the backdrop of the eight – quite diverse - stories in the new story collection, Swimming.

Some of the stories take place in Africa, others in the United States, but in all of them, the characters confront cultural and racial differences, both historically and in the present.

Karl Luntta is the author of the novel Know It by Heart as well as numerous travel books. His stories have appeared in International Quarterly, Talking River, and Baltimore Review.

  Spencertown Academy Arts Center’s Festival of Books, the annual extravaganza of all things literary, takes place over Labor Day weekend, September 4 through 7, 2015. The Festival features a giant used book sale, two days of readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, and a children’s program.

One of this year's participating authors is Alex Kershaw. His new book (also featured on WAMC's The Book Show this week) Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris - recounts the story of one family’s heroic efforts to defeat the evil in their midst.

He will participate in the discussion "Heroes and Spies, Real and Imagined" at the Festival of Books on Saturday afternoon at 1:30.

  On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives.

Don Brown tells the story through words and illustration in Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans.

  Over the course of more than three decades, Sandra Brown has become one of the best-known suspense writers in the world. She has sixty-seven New York Times bestsellers to her credit and over eight-million copies in print worldwide. 

In 2011 Sandra went on a week-long USO tour to Afghanistan meeting with service members on numerous bases. In 2012 she was president of the Mystery Writers of America. 

Her latest thriller is called Friction.

  Brian Panowich is a firefighter and former musician. He grew up in Europe until his family settled in East Georgia.

His debut novel, Bull Mountain, takes place in that region. Spanning decades, the story is told from alternating points of view and evokes the atmosphere of the mountain and its inhabitants: forbidding, loyal, gritty, and ruthless. It is a story of family, the lengths men will go to protect it or - in some cases - destroy it.

  Longtime local journalist Thomas Dimopoulos has a new book out this summer, Saratoga Stories: Magic and Loss.

It is a collection of short stories and photographs that weaves in an exclusive timeline of Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to tell the story of Saratoga.

Dimopoulos has worked as a journalist in Saratoga since 1998, including more than a decade as an award-winning staff writer at The Post-Star, The Saratogian and Saratoga Wire.

 Jackie Mercurio lives with her husband, five children, and black Lab in New York. She was recently named Winner of the Good Housekeeping Memoir Contest (2014). Her website iswww.jackiemercurio.com

  Sara Paretsky revolutionized the mystery world in 1982 with the introduction of private eye V.I. Warshawski in Indemnity Only. V.I. – tough, credible, street-smart, and feminine – challenged the stereotypes of women in fiction as victims or vamps and Paretsky made it possible for a new generation of crime writers to thrive.

In her new novel, Brush Back, Paretsky continues to use real-world issues to fuel her prose, when V.I. Warshawski confronts crooked politicians and buried secrets from her own Chicago past.

Like her celebrated protagonist, Sara Paretsky is a crusader for social justice and an advocate for those on society’s margins. Paretsky is currently president of the Mystery Writers of America.

  On the eve of the publication of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman, we speak with Marja Mills about her book, The Mockingbird Next Door.

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best loved novels of the twentieth century. But for the last fifty years, the novel’s celebrated author, Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where she has lived part of the year with her sister Alice for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills.

  Debut novelist Sabaa Tahir tells the thrilling, heart-wrenching story of two unforgettable characters willing to sacrifice everything for the chance to write their own destinies in her book, An Ember in the Ashes.

In a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality, seventeen-year old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him.

  David Gates was anointed by New York magazine as “a true heir to both Raymond Carver and John Cheever.”

He now has a new collection of stories and a novella. A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me includes eleven stories and the novella, Banishment. The collection is his first in 15-years.

  The New York Times Book Review has called author Mary-Beth Hughes “a writer of dexterity and imagination.” In her new novel The Loved Ones, Hughes explores deep into the secret places between men and women to give an incisive portrayal of one family's struggle to stay together against stacked odds of deception, adultery, and loss.

Hughes is the author of the bestselling novel Wavemaker II, a New York Times Notable Book, and the acclaimed collection Double Happiness, which earned a Pushcart Prize.

The Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, VT will be hosting a reception for the new book from 6 -7 PM. with a reading and audience discussion to follow.

  She is called in book circles - the reigning queen of the summer beach book -- Elin Hilderbrand -- is coming to Oblong Books and Music on Thursday, June 25, to talk about her new novel, The Rumor.

The longtime Nantucket resident has set all of her books on that beautiful Massachusetts island, and her annual June publication date has made her a beach-bag perennial since 2000. Hilderbrand has found a whole world in her restricted setting, covering everything from the complexities of running a successful resort restaurant, to the ways that summer beach vacations change as families grow apart.

The 15th Hilderbrand novel, "The Rumor" follows the relationship between blocked writer Madeline King and her best friend Grace, who is spending a summer transforming her garden with the help of a handsome landscape architect.

BIFF - The Paper Trail

May 28, 2015

  The Paper Trail is screening at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA as part of the Berkshire International Film Festival on Sunday, May 3st at 1:30pm.

The documentary is about writers and people in the literary world talking about what they do, how they do it, what it means to them - and the future of writing and publishing. The talking-head style doc features luminaries and authors who are just starting out.

We are joined by the film’s director, Kelly Carty, and the co-director,  writer, and producer, Jonathan Bee.

Felix Clay / http://www.theguardian.com/

  British mystery and crime writer, Ruth Rendell, one of the most prolific authors in the genre with more than 60 novels, died at the age of 85 on May 2nd following a stroke in January.

We remember her, and her popular protagonist Chief Inspector Wexford, on this week’s Book Show.

  Tomorrow at 11 a.m., Images Cinema in Williamstown, MA will present a screening of the 1982 Rankin and Bass animated film - The Last Unicorn.

It tells the story of The Unicorn, believing she is the last of her kind, leaving the forest where she lives in an attempt to find others. Along the way she is kidnapped by Mommy Fortuna, freed by the bumbling magician, Schmendrick - and then re-imprisoned by him when he turns her into a human in an effort to save her. Adored by everyone she meets including the brave and sad Molly Grue, the miserable King Haggard and his adopted son, the valiant Prince Lir - she must fight The Red Bull and return home.

The screenplay is by Peter S. Beagle based on his 1968 novel of the same name. Peter has been touring with the film for a few years, meeting fans and being celebrated for his most celebrated work. The Last Unicorn has also been adapted into a beautiful graphic novel.

The film boasts the voice talents of Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee and music by Jimmy Webb, performed by America. The Last Unicorn is one of those pedestal films for fantasy fans and 80s kids.

Peter Beagle will introduce the film tomorrow in Williamstown and participate in a Q&A and signing afterward.

Felix Clay / http://www.theguardian.com/

  British mystery and crime writer Ruth Rendell - one of the most prolific authors in the genre, with more than 60 novels - has died at age 85 following a stroke in January.

Rendell was best known for creating Inspector Reginald Wexford, a character that was later translated for television, becoming a popular series on British and American TV. She brought a psychological depth to the class mystery that gave readers unusual access to the emotional makeup of seeming ordinary people capable of foul deeds.

In an unaired interview we did with her in November of 2014 for her most recent novel, The Girl Next Door, we spoke about how she thought she'd grown as a writer over the course of her career.

  Mary Higgins Clark has been publishing bestsellers for 40 years. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Where are the Children?, the book that launched her career. She is celebrating by releasing a record-breaking three books beginning with the novella, Death Wears A Beauty Mask.

The book is a compilation that revisits the short stories from Clark’s career, from her first-ever published story – 1956’s “Stowaway” – to classic tales featuring Alvirah and Willy, My Gal Sunday and more.

  Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse fantasy/mystery series (the inspiration behind the hit HBO series True Blood), the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series, and Midnight Crossroad, the first Midnight, Texas, novel.

Now, in book 2, Day Shift, she returns to the one-traffic-light town you see only when you’re on the way to someplace else.

  

  Courtney Maum splits her time between the Berkshires, New York City, and Paris, working as a creative brand strategist, corporate namer, and humor columnist. Her debut novel, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You is out in paperback this week.

She will be at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA on 4/8 and will participate in Literary Death Match at The Mount in Lenox, MA on 4/24.

On her book tour, Courtney will conduct interviews what people have learned about long-term love. People can participate using the hashtag #lovenotes - Courtney will share content on her Tumblr and her Facebook author page.

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