Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Favored to Win the Nobel Prize

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The Guardian reports that Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has become a favorite for the Nobel Prize in literature, which will be announced later this week. In this Granta interview, the author discusses his early life and his latest book, Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir, published this year.

Jorie Graham With Michael Silverblatt

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“The work of most poets whom I admire requires an apprenticeship to the language of that particular poet.” Jorie Graham speaks about reading habits, influence, and accessibility to a wider audience as a poet in this 1999 interview with Michael Silverblatt, host of the long-running KCRW series Bookworm, produced by the Lannan Foundation.

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Stephen King’s Favorite Stories

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“I remembered something that Raymond Chandler said, ‘When you don’t know what do to next, bring on the man with the gun,’” says Stephen King in this interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, in which he discusses experiencing writer’s block and shares the top five favorites stories he’s written.

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Margaret Atwood on Worth Quoting

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“There’s nothing in this book that hasn’t happened already,” says Margaret Atwood in this 1986 interview for the “Worth Quoting” series sponsored by Florida State College at Jacksonville, in which she discusses the release of her award-winning dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, and the historic and current events that influence her writing.

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A Conversation With Robert Frost

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“I got something out of being a teacher, I had to make things understood, and that put me in the class of poets who wanted to be understood,” says Robert Frost in this rare 1952 interview for NBC with Bela Kornitzer, in which the renowned poet speaks about his childhood, early publishing career, and the development of his craft, and reads two of his poems: “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “The Drumlin Woodchuck.” 

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