Readerly Report Book Club: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
The Readerly Report
On this episode of The Readerly Report podcast, Gayle and Nicole talk about the myth (?) of the sophomore writing slump and our admiration for authors who can write a book while doing another job. We also talk backlist love and hold our book club discussion about The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker. We thought this would be a short-ish show, but it turns out that we had a lot to say!Books/articles discussed on today’s episode:The Myth Of The Consistently Great Writer by Carrie MullinsLook How Happy I’m Making You by Polly RosenwaikeWide Sargasso Sea by Jean RhysBlood Orange by Harriet Tyce99 Percent Mine by Sally ThorneThe Hating Game by Sally ThorneCost by Roxana RobinsonSparta by Roxana RobinsonThe Silent Wife by A.S.A. HarrisonThe Dreamers by Karen Thompson WalkerThe Age Of Miracles by Karen Thompson WalkerHow are we doing?As a big favor to us and the growth of our podcast, please take a few minutes to leave a review and/or rating for the podcast on iTunes, a comment on Soundcloud or interact wherever you listen to podcasts and talk about books. *Books linked above are our affiliate links. There’s no additional expense you, but if you make a purchase through us a small portion of that contributes to the costs associated with making our podcast. Thanks so much for listening and for your support!Connect With UsWe’d love to hear from you at any and all places that you love to talk about books. You can find us at the spaces below.Nicole Bonia: Nicole’s Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | GoodreadsGayle Weiswasser: Gayle’s Website | Twitter | Facebook | InstagramThe Readerly Report: Facebook |Instagram | (New!) Join Our Facebook GroupIf you enjoy our show, books (literary fiction in particular—yay for navel gazing!), us as a collective or singly as Gayle or Nicole, please share us with your friends, family and fellow book lovers by letting them know about us. They can subscribe to The Readerly Report: iTunes|Android|Email|RSS|
"How can we tell the difference between fears worth listening to and all the others?" Bio Karen Thompson Walker is a New York Times bestselling author. She wrote her first book The Age of Miracles while she was still working as an editor in NY on the subway to and from work. The Age of Miracles has been translated into 27 languages, and was named one of the best books of the year by People, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Financial Times, among others. Her new book The Dreamers illuminates the mundane moments of life through the lens of a small-town catastrophe (a sleeping epidemic). Her TEDTalk (called "What Fear Can Teach Us") has over two million views. Highlights In this episode, we talk about when to use anxiety and fear to your advantage, what Karen's daily writing process looks like, and how she balances her input (reading) and her output (writing). Behind The Scenes I met Karen at a local bookclub and got to know her for a few months before I knew about any of her accomplishments or accolades. I found it fascinating that she didn't lead with these things, so we began the conversation by discussing how she views her success and how it defines her personally. Who Should Listen? If you're struggling to stay consistent with your creative habits, or paralyzed by the fear of sharing your work with a larger audience, have a listen. If you'd like to submit your own questions and hear them answered on the show, visit TheBetterQuestions.com.
Writer Karen Thompson Walker, assistant professor of Creative Writing at the University of Oregon, is author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Age of Miracles and most recently The Dreamers, which was published in January 2019. Thompson Walker reads from The Dreamers and discusses her writing.
106: Karen Thompson Walker (THE DREAMERS) & Kazuo Ishiguro's NEVER LET ME GO
So Many Damn Books
Karen Thompson Walker drops in to dream a little dream with Christopher and Drew in the dreamy Damn Library to discuss her new novel, The Dreamers. They discuss outbreak fiction, writing about college, and what-if scenarios, as well as Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, which prompts a discussion of writing about sci-fi premises through non sci-fi means. And so much more!contribute! https://patreon.com/smdbfor drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.commusic: Hotel HiouchiTwitter/Insta/Facebook: @HotelHiouchiSoundcloud: Hotel Hiouchi Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Karen Thompson Walker was born and raised in San Diego, California, where The Age of Miracles is set. She studied English and creative writing at UCLA, where she wrote for the UCLA Daily Bruin. After college, she worked as a newspaper reporter in the San Diego area before moving to New York City to attend the Columbia University MFA program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Karen Thompson Walker believes that fear is here to teach us. We often think of fear as something to avoid, but what if we could learn to view fear as a kind of harbinger to creativity and risk? Meaning, fear will almost always be partnered with the two. I’m not talking about things we should be afraid of such as putting ourselves in harm’s way like walking down a dark and dangerous street late at night. I’m talking about something else: the kind of necessary fear we encounter when we try something new or challenge ourselves to be more, better, and even the best version of who we are. My guest today is the bestselling author Karen Thompson Walker, who is here to show us how fear can actually propel our imagination, as it forces us to imagine a different, possible future and how to cope with the fear that instills in us. In her own creative life, Karen has not only embraced her fear, but she’s even allowed it to inspire her recent New York Times bestseller, "The Age of Miracles." And in her popular TED Talk “What Fear Can Teach Us,” she explores the wisdom to be gained from fear. I'm not talking about the irrational kind, but the kind that acts as guardrails or warning signals as we find our way through the world. Whether or not you consider yourself a creative person, we have all experienced a resistance to fear in our lives in one way or another. And as the old saying goes, if we can’t go around it, we must go through it. Maybe creativity and fear are “conjoined twins”--like Elizabeth Gilbert suggests--so you can’t have one without the other. Maybe the point is...if we spend all of our energy trying to become fearless, we will miss the lesson of what our fear has to teach us. Anyone of us who is willing to move beyond their comfort zone will certainly feel it. Karen is doing meaningful work in revealing fear’s surprising wisdom, and we now have the opportunity to hear more about her unique perspective.
Interview with Karen Thompson Walker, author of "The Age of Miracles"
The Avid Reader Show
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.
Q&A: KAREN THOMPSON WALKER - Author, THE AGE OF MIRACLES
Free Forum with Terrence McNally
Aired 07/08/12I seldom interview writers of fiction, but the debut novel THE AGE OF MIRACLES got my attention. It's being heavily promoted as one of THE books of the summer. Enough so that I read the first couple of pages and I really like the writing. It's about how one family in Southern California responds to a global crisis, the slowing of the earth, and the lengthening of days and nights. The writer, KAREN THOMPSON WALKER joins me for a delightful interview.http://www.theageofmiraclesbook.com/