Literary New England

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Yeah, Roz Chast!

Super big congrats to Connecticut cartoonist and author Roz Chast, whose memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (Bloomsbury) is the first book by a cartoonist to be a finalist for a National Book Award! Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction will be announced Oct. 15 on NPR’s Morning Edition. Roz will be one of the guests on this coming Monday’s Literary New England Radio Show (8 pm Sept. 22), so make plans to listen!

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Audrey Magee, Ellen Cooney, Tana French & Susanna Kearsley on tonite’s Literary New England Radio Show

Author Ursula K. LeGuin said, “There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” The power of stories is one of the topics we explore tonight at 8 p.m. on the Literary New England Radio Show as we speak with authors:

  • Audrey Magee on The Undertaking
  • Ellen Cooney on The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances
  • Tana French on The Secret Place
  • Susanna Kearsley on Season of Storms

Listeners can win copies of each of these titles! Please join us!

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Delia Ephron, Matthew Thomas, William Giraldi & Jessie Burton on tonight’s #LitNewEngland Radio Show!

We have a lineup of literary rock stars, whose stories are as relevant as they are riveting. Join us on the Literary New England Radio Show tonight at 8 for interviews and book giveaways as we feature:

  • Delia Ephron on Sister Mother Husband Dog
  • Matthew Thomas on We Are Not Ourselves
  • William Giraldi on Hold the Dark
  • Jessie Burton on The Miniaturist

If you can’t listen live, remember that this episode—like all we’ve aired since starting December 2011—can be found in the Literary New England Radio Show archives. Scroll through previous shows and enjoy!


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Win #HelpForTheHaunted at our super-fun #LNEChat w/John Searles!

Back in 2013 when John Searles’s Help for the Haunted was first published as a hardcover, we were soooo excited to have him as a guest on the Literary New England Radio Show! Like host Cindy Wolfe Boynton, John grew up in Connecticut, went to college at Southern Connecticut State University and has always been fascinated with internationally known ghost hunters and Connecticut residents Ed and Lorraine Warren. Cindy wrote about them several times as a reporter. And for John, they became the inspiration for Help for the Haunted's story line. So many similarities between the two! And most important, John wrote a kickin' novel that we couldn't wait to read and tell others about! So when we heard that Help for the Haunted was being released in paperback this past July, our first thought was: TWEET CHAT!!!!

From 8-9 pm this Wednesday, Sept 3, we’ll be hosting a live Tweet chat with John and giving away 3 copies of Help for the Haunted. Please join us!! Use the #LNEChat hashtag to take part, and tell everyone you know to do the same: It’s going to be terrific!

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Katy Simpson Smith, J.P. Francis, Darcie Chan & Carmela Cattuti tonite at 8 pm!

It’s new fiction hot off the press! Listen at 8 p.m. tonight, Aug 25, to win these news releases, as well as to hear the stories behind them. And if you can’t be there when we first air live, remember you can always listen to past shows in the Literary New England Radio Show archives. Our guests this week are:

  • Katy Simpson Smith on The Story of Land and Sea
  • J.P. Francis on The Major’s Daughter
  • Darcie Chan on The Mill River Redemption
  • Carmela Cattuti on Between the Cracks

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Josh Weil, Lev Grossman, Amy Belding Brown, Kristen Harnisch on the Aug 11 #LitNewEngland Radio Show!

A magical episode of the Literary New England Radio Show brought to you not from our home studio in Milford, Conn., but from the magical island of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass! Settle in at 8 pm Monday, Aug. 11, for conversations with:

  • Josh Weil on The Great Glass Sea
  • Lev Grossman on The Magician’s Land
  • Amy Belding Brown on Flight of the Sparrow
  • Kristen Harnisch on The Vintner’s Daughter

Listeners can win each of these novels!