This series opens up a world of ideas through host Terry Tazioli's discussions of the latest books and his conversations with noted authors. Following each interview, Seattle Timesbook editor Mary Ann Gwinn (former VP of the National Book Critics Circle) joins Tazioli to explore the literary themes of that week's book and to recommend related authors and other reading material.
Well Read Previous Broadcasts
Terrance Hayes' How to Be Drawn (Episode #429)
KQED World: Fri, Jul 24, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
In How to Be Drawn, his daring fifth collection, Terrance Hayes explores how we see and are seen. While many of these poems bear the clearest imprint yet of Hayes's background as a visual artist, they do not strive to describe art so much as inhabit it. Thus, one poem contemplates the principle of blind contour drawing while others are inspired by maps, graphs, and assorted artists. The formal and emotional versatilities that distinguish Hayes's award-winning poetry are unified by existential focus. Simultaneously complex and transparent, urgent and composed, How To Be Drawn is a mesmerizing achievement.
- KQED World: Fri, Jul 24, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Frank Bruni's Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be (Episode #428)
KQED World: Fri, Jul 17, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
The bestselling author and columnist for the New York Times provides a new perspective on the brutal, deeply flawed competition of college admissions and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. That belief is wrong. It's cruel. And in Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be, Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on the brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.
- KQED World: Fri, Jul 17, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Neal Stephenson Seveneves (Episode #427)
KQED World: Fri, Jul 10, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer-Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood-she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Heart-wrenching and humorous, Macdonald provides an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer's eccentric falconry.
- KQED World: Fri, Jul 10, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant (Episode #426)
KQED World: Fri, Jul 3, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
A Booker Prize winner, author Ishiguro's first novel in a decade tells a luminous story, set 15 centuries ago, that is sometimes savage, sometimes mysterious, but always intensely moving. The Romans have long since departed and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them to set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember.
- KQED World: Fri, Jul 3, 2015 -- 10:00 AM