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From the archives: Lauren Groff discusses 'Matrix' at Talking Volumes

MPR News with Kerri Miller

Maggie O’Farrell’s last novel, “Hamnet,” the fictional story of William Shakespeare’s son who died at age 11, was an international best-seller. Her new novel, “The Marriage Portrait” also delves into history. O’Farrell was struck by Robert Browning’s poem, “My Last Duchess,” which itself was inspired by a painting of a young Italian woman who died in 1561, at the age of 16, just a year after she was married to the Duke of Ferrara. But did she die? Or was she poisoned? “The Marriage Portrait” reminded us of Lauren Groff’s 2021 hit, “Matrix,” set in medieval France. So for this week’s deep track, we thought we’d bring you the Talking Volumes interview MPR News host Kerri Miller did with Groff on the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater last year, where Groff describes the history, the art and the music that inspired her writing. Guest: Lauren Groff is the author of six books. “Matrix” is her most recent, released in 2021. To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above. Subscribe to the MPR News with Kerri Miller podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or RSS. Subscribe to the Thread newsletter for the latest book and author news and must-read recommendations.

1hr 4mins

20 Sep 2022

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Lauren Groff Reads “To Sunland”

The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker

Lauren Groff reads her story “To Sunland,” from the July 4, 2022, issue of the magazine. Groff has published four novels, including “Fates and Furies” and “Matrix,” which came out last year. Her second story collection, “Florida,” which was published in 2018, won the Story Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. 

34mins

27 Jun 2022

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Lauren Groff

City Arts & Lectures

Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalist and the author of four novels and two collections of short stories.  The relatively young author gathered major attention for her novel Fates and Furies – from literary awards to a nod from President Barack Obama.  Her newest novel, Matrix, imagines the life of Marie du France, a medieval writer who became France’s first woman poet. Her work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and elsewhere, and she was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists. On April 12, 2022, Lauren Groff came to the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco to talk about Matrix with Isabel Duffy.  The two also discussed the utterly unique way in which Groff writes her novels.  After copious research, she writes a complete first draft, tosses that away without reviewing it, writes a new draft, and repeats the process again. With Matrix, she went through eight full drafts before arriving at the final version.

1hr 10mins

24 Apr 2022

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Season 5, Episode 1: LAUREN GROFF

A Mighty Blaze Podcast

Lauren Groff was positively ebullient when she visited A Mighty Blaze to talk with fellow bestselling author and AMB cofounder Caroline Leavitt. The two writers talked about their mutual fascination with nuns (among other weird things) and of course about Lauren's latest blockbuster of a novel: MATRIX. Hosted by Trisha Blanchet

48mins

13 Feb 2022

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Lauren Groff Reads “Annunciation”

The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice - New Fiction from The New Yorker

Lauren Groff reads her story “Annunciation,” from the February 14 & 21, 2022, issue of the magazine. Groff has published four novels, including “Arcadia,” “Fates and Furies,” and most recently “Matrix,” which came out last year. Her second story collection “Florida,” which was published in 2018, won the Story Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. 

55mins

7 Feb 2022

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#15 Fiction Book of the Year 2021 with Lauren Groff

The YourShelf Podcast

The YourShelf Podcast returns for three very special episodes celebrating our Books of the Year 2021! In episode fifteen, YourShelf's chief curator Juliano Zaffino (Jay) interviews Lauren Groff (one of his favourite ever writers), to discuss YourShelf's Fiction Book of the Year 2021, Matrix. They explore ideas of utopia, reclamation through historical fiction, and lesbian rebel nuns, as well as book recommendations (and more) from Lauren. For full show notes, see here: https://podcast.yourshelf.uk/episodes/15.Thanks for listening, and thanks to Lauren for such a brilliant conversation!LinksInstagramTwitterPodcastYourShelfEpisode NotesJay quizzes Lauren on her bookshelves, the books that made her and more.Lauren shines a light on her dazzling novel Matrix, and its roots in the Eve narrative and  obscure twelfth-century French poetry. Lauren discusses reclamation and modern commentary through historical fiction, the meaning of utopia, and the glory of lesbian rebel nuns.Jay wraps up the interview by asking Lauren about her favourite things from 2021 and what she's looking forward to in 2022.Check out episodes thirteen and fourteen for our poetry and non-fiction books of the year, with interviews from Naomi Morris and Michelle Orange.Thank you to Sound Editor, Toby Ollis-Brownstone.

56mins

28 Jan 2022

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Lauren Groff in Conversation with John Freeman

Books & Ideas Audio

Of all the attributes Lauren Groff possesses, range is surely one of them. Her “all-conquering” 2015 novel, Fates and Furies, was a literary masterpiece about a modern day marriage, creativity, and perception. Florida brought storms, snakes, and sinkholes to lurk at the edges of everyday life in strange, affecting stories. And her latest work, Matrix, a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award, explores the raptures and hardships of life in a 12th century convent, as told by seventeen-year-old Marie de France. USA Today called it "a relentless exhibition of Groff’s freakish talent." Hear from this fascinating mind—and one of our finest writers today—in a sold out conversation with author, poet, and editor John Freeman from the 2021 Vancouver Writers Fest. 

1hr 21mins

27 Jan 2022

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Novelist Lauren Groff on the other Matrix

The Gray Area with Sean Illing

Vox's Constance Grady talks with novelist Lauren Groff about her latest book, the National Book Award finalist Matrix, before a virtual audience for the Vox Book Club. They discuss the enigmatic historical figure at the center of the novel, the politics of women-led power structures, and the pros and cons of writing a good sex scene.Host: Constance Grady (@constancegrady), staff writer, VoxGuests: Lauren Groff (@legroff), authorReferences: Matrix by Lauren Groff (2021; Riverhead) "In Lauren Groff's Matrix, medieval nuns build a feminist utopia" by Constance Grady (Oct. 15, 2021; Vox) Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (2016; Riverhead) The Lays of Marie de France (tr. Eugene Mason) Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman (2019; Norton) Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore (2014; Vintage) Arcadia by Lauren Groff (2012; Voice) Enjoyed this episode? Rate Vox Conversations ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and leave a review on Apple Podcasts.Subscribe for free. Be the first to hear the next episode of Vox Conversations by subscribing in your favorite podcast app.Support Vox Conversations by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcastsThis episode was made by:  Producer: Erikk Geannikis Editor: Amy Drozdowska Engineer: Paul Robert Mounsey Deputy Editorial Director, Vox Talk: Amber Hall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

47mins

13 Jan 2022

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Lauren Groff on Matrix

Shakespeare and Company: Writers, Books and Paris

This week Adam is joined by Lauren Groff, whose latest novel Matrix an extraordinary story of transformation, visions, leaps of faith, vicious battles, friendship, and creativity, as well as — to cite USA Today — “a character study to rival Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell”. Matrix is a true original, unlike any literary experience you will have this year, probably one of the many reasons for which it was selected as a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award.Buy Matrix here: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/I/9781785151910/matrix-the-new-york-times-bestsellerBrowse our online store here: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/15/online-store/16/bookstoreBecome a Friend of S&Co here: https:/.friendsofshakespeareandcompany.com*Seventeen-year-old Marie, too wild for courtly life, is thrown to the dogs one winter morning, expelled from the royal court to become the prioress of an abbey. Marie is strange - tall, a giantess, her elbows and knees stick out, ungainly.

At first taken aback by life at the abbey, Marie finds purpose and passion among her mercurial sisters. Yet she deeply misses her secret lover Cecily and queen Eleanor.

Born last in a long line of women warriors and crusaders, women who flew across the countryside with their sword fighting and dagger work, Marie decides to chart a bold new course for the women she now leads and protects. She will bring herself, and her sisters, out of the darkness, into riches and power.

MATRIX is a bold vision of female love, devotion and desire from one of the most adventurous writers at work today.
*Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalist and The New York Times–bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won The Story Prize, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and elsewhere, and she was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and sons.Adam Biles is Literary Director at Shakespeare and Company. Buy a signed copy of his novel FEEDING TIME here: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/S/9781910296684/feeding-timeListen to Alex Freiman’s Play It Gentle here: https://open.spotify.com/album/4gfkDcG32HYlXnBqI0xgQX?si=mf0Vw-kuRS-ai15aL9kLNA&dl_branch=1

54mins

2 Dec 2021

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Lauren Groff on Matrix

Shakespeare and Company: Writers, Books and Paris

This week Adam is joined by Lauren Groff, whose latest novel Matrix an extraordinary story of transformation, visions, leaps of faith, vicious battles, friendship, and creativity, as well as — to cite USA Today — “a character study to rival Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell”. Matrix is a true original, unlike any literary experience you will have this year, probably one of the many reasons for which it was selected as a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award.Buy Matrix here: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/I/9781785151910/matrix-the-new-york-times-bestsellerBrowse our online store here: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/15/online-store/16/bookstoreBecome a Friend of S&Co here: https:/.friendsofshakespeareandcompany.com*Seventeen-year-old Marie, too wild for courtly life, is thrown to the dogs one winter morning, expelled from the royal court to become the prioress of an abbey. Marie is strange - tall, a giantess, her elbows and knees stick out, ungainly.

At first taken aback by life at the abbey, Marie finds purpose and passion among her mercurial sisters. Yet she deeply misses her secret lover Cecily and queen Eleanor.

Born last in a long line of women warriors and crusaders, women who flew across the countryside with their sword fighting and dagger work, Marie decides to chart a bold new course for the women she now leads and protects. She will bring herself, and her sisters, out of the darkness, into riches and power.

MATRIX is a bold vision of female love, devotion and desire from one of the most adventurous writers at work today.
*Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalist and The New York Times–bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won The Story Prize, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and elsewhere, and she was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and sons.Adam Biles is Literary Director at Shakespeare and Company. Buy a signed copy of his novel FEEDING TIME here: https://shakespeareandcompany.com/S/9781910296684/feeding-timeListen to Alex Freiman’s Play It Gentle here: https://open.spotify.com/album/4gfkDcG32HYlXnBqI0xgQX?si=mf0Vw-kuRS-ai15aL9kLNA&dl_branch=1 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54mins

2 Dec 2021

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