This edition of the fiction podcast will take a break from the regular format and will feature Colum McCann reading his own story "Transatlantic." The regular format will resume at the beginning of May, with Matthew Klam reading Charles D’Ambrosio’s "The Point." "Transatlantic" was published in the April 16, 2012, issue of The New Yorker. McCann is the author of two collections of stories and five novels, including the National Book Award-winning "Let the Great World Spin."
Colum McCann discusses his new novel, TransAtlantic. It tells three parallel stories of ocean crossings—set in Newfoundland in 1919, Dublin in the 1840s, in New York in 1998. The novel tells the stories of iconic crossings connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in history.
Thomas McGuane reads James Salter’s short story “Last Night,” and discusses it with The New Yorker’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman.
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ZZ Packer reads Stuart Dybek’s "Paper Lantern," and discusses it with The New Yorker’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman. "Paper Lantern" was published in the November 27, 1995, issue of The New Yorker, and was reprinted in "The Best American Short Stories 1996." ZZ Packer is the author of the short-story collection "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere."