A tale of suffering and survival While researching her best selling book "Seabiscuit," Laura Hillenbrand stumbled across an article on Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who endured incredible hardships during World War II. She reached out to him and forged a connection that she chronicles in her latest book.Midmorning, May 30, 2011
A new spin on the vampire legend Vampires are popular these days. But author Justin Cronin, whose previous books have been literary novels, tries to go beyond myth and make his vampires as scientifically plausible as possible. He joins Midmorning to talk about the first book in his vampire trilogy.Midmorning, May 19, 2011
Revisiting Jane Eyre After more than 160 years, Charlotte Bronte's classic novel Jane Eyre remains incredibly popular and influential. We discuss the enduring appeal and relevance of Jane Eyre.Midmorning, May 11, 2011
Who is your favorite literary character? Every book lover has a favorite literary character, but what if you had to be stranded on a desert island with that character? Who would it be, and why?May 9, 2011
Novelist illuminates a special time in Rome David Bezmozgis sets his new novel "The Free World" in the late 1970s, when many Soviet Jews fleeing communist Russia ended up in Rome. There they waited to learn where they would end up: the USA, Canada, Australia, or Israel.May 4, 2011
Revisiting 'Jane Eyre' After more than 160 years, Charlotte Bronte's classic novel "Jane Eyre" remains incredibly popular and influential. We discuss the enduring appeal and relevance of "Jane Eyre."May 2, 2011
In Arthur Phillips' new novel, the play is the thing In his new novel, Arthur Phillips spins a tale within a tale about a novelist named Arthur Phillips, and his discovery of a long-lost play by Shakespeare. Is Phillips writing about himself, and is the play the real thing? Find out on Midmorning.Midmorning, April 26, 2011
Novel explores notions of desire Best selling author Meg Wolitzer says for her new novel "The Uncoupling," she wanted to examine some old notions in a new way. The book tells the story of a 21st century community where all the women fall under a spell.
"Often in a novel, a character is explored through sex. But here it's explored through the taking away of sex."
Wolitzer says the story allowed her to explore modern ideas about intimacy.April 25, 2011
The importance of a good sentence In his new book, Stanley Fish celebrates the craft of writing a great sentence, and the pleasure of reading one. He joins Midmorning to discuss the art of the sentence.Midmorning, April 21, 2011
Montana launches investigation into Mortenson's charity The development comes on the heels of investigations by "60 Minutes" and author Jon Krakauer into inaccuracies in the book "Three Cups of Tea" and how money donated to the Bozeman, Mont.-based Central Asia Institute was spent.April 19, 2011
The cultural context of the Middle East uprisings In her bestselling memoir "Reading Lolita in Tehran," Azar Nafisi described her experience living and working as a secular women in Iran. She joins Midmorning to provide some perspective on the cultural forces at work in the Middle East uprisings.Midmorning, April 19, 2011