Start with Gatsby | Ann Patchett

Author Ann Patchett talks to host Mary Laura Philpott about COMMONWEATH, life before and after BEL CANTO (and Parnassus Bookstore), and making right reading choices. Ann Patchett recommends: WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi THE …

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Hard Harmony | Louise Erdrich

National Book Award winning author Louise Erdrich has been credited with helping to create a “Native American Renaissance” in American literature. In this episode, she talks to host Mary Laura Philpott about her latest novel …

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Old Soul | Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay

Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, Nashville’s 2015 and first Youth Poet Laureate, talks to host Mary Laura Philpott about poetry and being the voice of youth in her city. Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay recommends: THIS SIDE OF PARADISE by F. …

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The Equestrian | Jane Smiley

A Word on Words host Mary Laura Philpott talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley about the unconventional structure of THE LAST HUNDRED YEARS trilogy and the appeal of farms as a setting. Jane Smiley …

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