In Episode 65, we're tackling the complex, haunting stories of the Rust Belt and the American Midwest. We discuss our current reads, Stephen Markley's OHIO and Celeste Ng's LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE. And we're talking about National Novel Writing Month! Are you participating? How's it going, and are you in need of tips, techniques, and moral support? Then don't miss this episode!
Happy Halloween, listeners! We've saved one of our favorite pieces from the latest FEAR issue of Two Cities to read and discuss today. Philip Ivory reads his classic spine-tingling ghost story "Dr. Marsh's Final House Call." This is a great one to listen to as you're handing out candy tonight!
This week's episode is a really special one, listeners. This time, we're in conversation with each other, and we're talking about the launch of Blair's debut novel, THE DEVOTED. Listen as we dive deep into the novel's journey from very ragged first draft to published book! Olivia was there at the earliest stages, and she'll be asking me all about the inspiration for the book, and the process of revision, rejection, and acceptance.
Did you miss us? We're back, listeners, in time to start gearing up for Halloween, with stories from our special FEAR issue of Two Cities. This week, Robin Greene reads her dark memoir of a run-in with a disturbing stranger in "The Winter of East 81st Street." This week's episode contains some adult themes and may not be suitable for younger listeners, so please use your discretion.
We're back to our regular podcast schedule, listeners, and we're very excited to present our interview with writer Willie Davis about his debut novel, NIGHTWOLF. Willie chats with us about creating fictional spaces, the underside of superheroes and myths, and the characters that inspired this darkly comic novel.
In this episode, we're thinking about what it means to live in a human body, and how stories and poems can confront and make meaning out of illness and death. We read and discuss Two Cities author Charlene Langfur's poem "All of it Returns".
Then we discuss some of our favorite recent reads that tackle the difficult subjects of illness and the inevitable passage of time. Books discussed include My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, and Atul Gawande's Being Mortal.
It's the summer reading episode, listeners! First, we hear a story from the issue; Mary Ann Presman reads her funny, poignant story "Picking up the Pieces."
Then we discuss some of our favorite reads of the summer so far: Shanti Sekaran's Lucky Boy, and Tommy Orange's There There.
Be sure to check out more great pieces from our current issue at Two Cities Review’s current issue page.
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Summer reading and the power of books. Kennedy Sievers reads her piece "The Answers are Written in the Book" from our blog. Also, hear us talk about The Orphan Master's Son and The Book That Matters Most.
We are excited that the June issue of Two Cities Review is out! Hear a poem from the new issue, Echo of Myself by Rebecca Beardsall, and learn what Blair and Olivia are reading this summer, including books that haven't come out yet or were written years ago and forgotten...