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Rivka Galchen: Everybody Knows Your Mother is a Witch

LA Review of Books

Kate Wolf and Medaya Ocher are joined by Rivka Galchen, whose new novel, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch, is set in the Holy Roman Empire in 17th-century Germany, amid the plague and the Thirty Years’ War. It fictionalizes the real-life story of Katharina Kepler, the mother of astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler. Katharina, an elderly widow who seems to care most for her cow Chamomile, is accused of being a witch by another woman in the small town of Leonberg. Soon everyone in town is testifying to Katharina’s wickedness. Her own side of the story is told by her neighbor, Simon, who acts as her guardian — but as a bookseller later tells him, “People don’t like an old lady’s story.” The novel is told through both fictional testimonials as well as actual translated historical documents.Also, Zakiya Dalila Harris, author of The Other Black Girl, returns to recommend Raven Leilani’s acclaimed first novel, Luster.

39mins

23 Jul 2021

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Rivka Galchen: Everybody Knows Your Mother is a Witch

LARB Radio Hour

Kate Wolf and Medaya Ocher are joined by Rivka Galchen, whose new novel, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch, is set in the Holy Roman Empire in 17th-century Germany, amid the plague and the Thirty Years’ War. It fictionalizes the real-life story of Katharina Kepler, the mother of astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler. Katharina, an elderly widow who seems to care most for her cow Chamomile, is accused of being a witch by another woman in the small town of Leonberg. Soon everyone in town is testifying to Katharina’s wickedness. Her own side of the story is told by her neighbor, Simon, who acts as her guardian — but as a bookseller later tells him, “People don’t like an old lady’s story.” The novel is told through both fictional testimonials as well as actual translated historical documents. Also, Zakiya Dalila Harris, author of The Other Black Girl, returns to recommend Raven Leilani’s acclaimed first novel, Luster.

39mins

23 Jul 2021

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Rivka Galchen

Thresholds

In this episode, Jordan talks to Rivka Galchen about the projects she never finishes, how hard it is for her to stay in love with an idea, and how often she throws projects away. They also talk about her most recent novel, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch, which Galchen says came out in a big “love-affair style rush.”Rivka Galchen is the author of Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch and is the recipient of a William Saroyan International Prize for Fiction and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, among other distinctions. She writes regularly for The New Yorker, whose editors selected her for their list of 20 Under 40 American fiction writers in 2010. Her debut novel Atmospheric Disturbances (2008) and her story collection American Innovations were both New York Times Best Books of the Year. She has received an MD from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Galchen lives in New York City.Thanks to Our Sponsors! Try MUBI for 30 Days at MUBI.com/Thresholds. For more Thresholds, visit us at www.thisisthresholds.com -- and be sure to subscribe and review the show on your podcast platform! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48mins

21 Jul 2021

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Episode 110: Rivka Galchen

The Maris Review

Rivka Galchen is the recipient of a William Saroyan International Prize for Fiction and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, among other distinctions. She writes regularly for The New Yorker, whose editors selected her for their list of 20 Under 40 American fiction writers in 2010. Her debut novel Atmospheric Disturbances (2008) and her story collection American Innovations were both New York Times Best Books of the Year. She has received an MD from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Galchen lives in New York City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28mins

1 Jul 2021

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Joshua Cohen | The Netanyahus with Rivka Galchen | Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

Free Library Podcast

Joshua Cohen's acclaimed novels include Moving Kings, Witz, and Book of Numbers, ''a fascinating look at the dark heart of the Web'' and ''one of the best novels ever written about the Internet'' (Rolling Stone). One of Granta's Best of Young American Novelists in 2017, Cohen is the author of the short story collection Four New Messages and the book of essays Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction. Cohen has contributed nonfiction to The New York Times, Harper's, and n+1. Blurring the line between the real and the imagined, The Netanyahus follows a Jewish historian who unexpectedly must play host to an exiled Israeli historian and his family on a wintry 1959 upstate New York college campus. Books with signed book plates available from the Joseph Fox Bookshop Rivka Galchen is the author of Atmospheric Disturbances, a comical mystery that follows a doctor who believes his wife has been replaced with a duplicate. The recipient of an MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Galchen also earned an MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Robert Bingham Fellow. She was also the recipient of a 2006 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award and published a popular essay on the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics in The Believer. A combination of history and fiction, Galchen's latest novel tells the tale of Katharina Kepler, a 17th century widow accused of witchcraft who seeks help from her son, the renowned mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler. Books with signed book plates available from the Joseph Fox Bookshop (recorded 6/28/2021)

1hr 7mins

29 Jun 2021

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Rivka Galchen’s reimagining of a 17th century witch trial is a story that speaks to our time

Writers and Company from CBC Radio

The Canadian-born American novelist talks about magic and science and her new book about the real-life witch trial of the mother of 17th century astronomer Johannes Kepler.

52mins

20 Jun 2021

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Rivka Galchen

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1min

20 Oct 2020

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Episode QS4: Katy Simpson Smith + Rivka Galchen (May 28, 2020)

The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast

Novelist Rivka Galchen interviews Katy Simpson Smith about her new novel The Everlasting, a portrait of the "Eternal City," Rome, over four centuries. The two authors explore the freedom fiction allows to explore marginalized peoples whose voices history has erased or ignored, the ways in which faith and love intertwine, and the disgusting and miraculous thing that is the human body. (Recorded April 15, 2020)

53mins

28 May 2020

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Read By: Rivka Galchen

92Y's Read By

Rivka Galchen on her selection: I chose this story because it deals with anxieties both rational and irrational. I love the way the narrator of this story works so hard to be cheerful. We see the labor, sometimes absurd, sometimes heroic, that goes into feeling okay with the basics of the world: that time moves, that calamities happen, that our hearts are unreasonable and panicked. Also Cheever describes California palm trees as "disheveled and expatriated" and like "rank upon rank of wet mops"—those incidental accuracies and pleasures are (for me) sunshine. I admire the story for offering a moment of grace—an almost silly one—that I can believe in. At least briefly. The Stories of John Cheever at Bookshop.org Music: "Shift of Currents" by Blue Dot Sessions // CC BY-NC 2.0

23mins

28 May 2020

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April 27 & May 4 episodes- OMNIBUS! We tackle two issues of the mag, including work by Rivka Galchen, Naomi Fry, Emily Nussbaum, Allan Gurganus & more!

Dan & Eric Read The New Yorker So You Don't Have To

34mins

4 May 2020

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