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Wednesday, Nov. 17
Haiti Through The Artists' Lens

Novelist Edwidge Danticat left Haiti for the United States when she was 12, but her focus as an writer remains trained on her roots. In her latest book “Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist At Work," she explores the relationship between the immigrant artist and her homeland. In the wake of January's tragic earthquake and its ramification, that relationship is as important, and complex, as ever. We'll ask her what it means to create dangerously, and at what point horrible realities allow, or call for, a fictional interpretation.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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