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The Sound of Books

Each Wednesday morning on The Sound of Books award-winning producer and interviewer Fred Kasten talks to the author — or occasionally editor — of a new or recently-published book that Fred judges to be both well written and of likely interest to WWNO listeners. Writers covered on The Sound of Books range from such internationally acclaimed authors as Pulitzer Prize- and MacArthur Grant-winning fiction writer Junot Diaz — and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey — to emerging writers worthy of wider recognition, such as novelists Skip Horack and Amor Towles. The Sound of Books covers work in a variety of genres, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

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New Novel From Stephen Maitland-Lewis A Timely, Compelling Financial Thriller

Ambition , t he third novel from award-winning author and part-time New Orleanian Stephen Maitland-Lewis — is a timely financial thriller inspired by an actual multi-million dollar investment banking ripoff Maitland-Lewis got wind of while working on Wall Street in the late 1980s. To learn more about Stephen Maitland-Lewis and Ambition — please click here http://maitland-lewis.com/read-me/

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30 Jul 2013

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"Who Was Dracula?" — A New Investigation By Acclaimed Historian Jim Steinmeyer

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book by acclaimed stage and magic historian Jim Steinmeyer: Who Was Dracula? Bram Stoker's Trail of Blood .

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17 Apr 2013

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Poet Rodney Jones' Ninth Volume Explores "Imaginary Logic"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the latest volume from award-winning poet Rodney Jones — Imaginary Logic .

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11 Apr 2013

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Page-Turning Debut Novel About Race in 1960s Alabama

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the acclaimed debut novel from prize-winning historian Robert J. Norrell: Eden Rise .

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3 Apr 2013

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Top Marks for New Mohsin Hamid Novel — "How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely-praised and highly recommended new novel by Mohsin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia .

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27 Mar 2013

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Susan Straight's Highly Recommended New Novel "Between Heaven and Here"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new novel from award-winning author Susan Straight — Between Heaven and Here .

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21 Mar 2013

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Timely New Book from Pulitzer Prize Winner Garry Wills, "Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book by New York Times- bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills, Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition .

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5 Mar 2013

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Hanna Rosin's New Book Explores "The End of Men"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the latest book from award-winning journalist and author Hanna Rosin, The End of Men: and the Rise of Women .

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26 Feb 2013

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Well Crafted Thriller from Novelist Stephen Maitland-Lewis: "Emeralds Never Fade"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the recent novel by soon-to-be part-time New Orleanian Stephen Maitland-Lewis, Emeralds Never Fade .

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6 Feb 2013

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Evocative New Work From Alabama Writer Frye Gaillard: "The Books That Mattered"

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from journalist and author Frye Gaillard, The Books That Mattered: A Reader's Memoir .

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30 Jan 2013

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