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Nom de Plume

Nom de Plume

In her new book Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms, writer Carmela Ciuraru looks at a handful of authors who have written under the protection of a pen name. For the sisters Bronte, hiding behind another identity was a way to get published, allowing them to break through gender barriers. For other writers, creating an alter ego gives them license to write outside the literary box they’ve penned themselves into. This hour we’ll look at what’s in a name and the relationship between self creation and creating.

Guests:
Carmela Ciuraru, author of Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms.
Joshua Gaylord, author of Hummingbirds under his birth name, wrote The Reapers Are the Angels under the pseudonym Alden Bell.
Deborah Reed, author of Carry Yourself Back to Me under her birth name and A Small Fortune under her pseudonym Audrey Braun.
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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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  Walter Mosley: writer

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