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  1. Selected Shorts: John Updike Redux - A Celebration

    The American master John Updike uncovered the extraordinary in the ordinary in stories written over 50 years. In “Unstuck” a minor mishap strengthens a young couple’s marriage. Guest host Jane Kaczmarek is the reader. Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field reads Updike’s “Playing with Dynamite,” in which an aging man looks back on his life and loves.

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  2. Adam Johnson at the Commonwealth Club

    Adam Johnson, Associate Professor, Stanford University; Author, The Orphan Master’s Son and Fortune Smiles Kathryn Ma, Author, The Year She Left Us and All That Work and Still No Boys; Jury Member, The Commonwealth Club’s California Book Awards — Moderator

    This program is part of the Good Lit series underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed and bestselling novel The Orphan Master’s Son, Johnson is one of America’s most provocative and powerful authors. In his latest novel, Fortune Smiles, he continues to give voice to characters rarely heard from while offering something we all seek from fiction: a new way of looking at our world. In six masterly stories, Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal. Unnerving, riveting and written with a timeless quality, these stories confirm Johnson as one of America’s greatest writers and serves as an indispensable guide to our new century.

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  3. Selected Shorts - The Sun and the Moon

    Fantasy writer Italo Calvino offers a fable about love on and off the moon. “The Distance of the Moon” is read by Broadway star Liev Schreiber. And sci-fi master Ray Bradbury imagines life on a sunless Venus, where it has rained for seven years. Michael Cerveris reads “All Summer in a Day.”

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  4. Selected Shorts: Dreams and Schemes (with Stephen Colbert and Leonard Nimoy)

    Dreams and Schemes

    Guest host Guest host Neil Gaiman introduces two American classics. In Ray Bradbury’s futuristic “The Veldt,” a virtual reality nursery turns on its owners. The reader is Stephen Colbert. In James Thurber’s “The Catbird Seat,” a mild-mannered employee plots revenge. Leonard Nimoy performs.

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  5. Richard Ford reads ‘The Student’s Wife’ by Raymond Carver

    "The Student’s Wife" is from Raymond Carver’s first story collection, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please, published in America in 1976. You could say it’s from Ray’s "early period" – written possibly as early as the late 60s, when he was one side or the other of 30 years old. Its verbal resources are spare, direct, rarely polysyllabic, restrained, intense, never melodramatic, and real-sounding while being obviously literary in intent. (You always know, pleasurably, that you’re reading a made short story.) These affecting qualities led some dunderheads to call his stories "minimalist", which they are most assuredly not, inasmuch as they’re full-to-the-brim with the stuff of human intimacy, of longing, of barely unearthable humour, of exquisite nuance, of pathos, of unlooked-for dread, and often of love – expressed in words and gestures not frequently associated with love. More than they are minimal, they are replete with the renewings and the fresh awarenesses we go to great literature to find. When they were first published in Britain by Collins Harvill, they made a great sensation that quickly spread all over the world, and made Ray (who was lovable, anyway) adored as the great story writer of his generation. Which he was. And is.

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  6. KQED Forum: Junot Diaz

    Junot Diaz burst onto the literary scene with "Drown," a collection of short stories voiced by Yunior, a tough-talking Latino struggling to make his way on the streets of New Jersey. Diaz has revived Yunior for his latest book, "This Is How You Lose Her." Only this time, Yunior is juggling multiple women, and figuring out how to be faithful to his fiancee. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author joins us to talk about the book, and what it takes to be faithful.

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  7. A Touch of Magic - Selected Shorts

    Tony-winner James Naughton reads Andrew Lam’s “The Palmist,” in which a teenage boy learns about his future, on a bus. The English humorist Saki depicts upper-class horticultural snobbery in “The Occasional Garden.” Daniel Gerroll reads. Donald Barthelme’s surreal story “The Balloon” describes its sudden appearance in the sky over Manhattan. Maria Tucci reads with wry charm. The program closes with Haruki Murakami’s unsettling tale “The Little Green Monster,” which faces a repressed housewife with a deceptively nightmarish creature.

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  8. PRI Selected Shorts: What Is Real?

    First, James Lasdun’s "A Woman at the Window," is a cautionary tale for men who want to rescue damsels in distress. The reader is Leenya Rideout. Next, the late Ukranian-born writer Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky has invented a substance that expands apartments, and wreaks havoc on the life of his main character. "This American Life" commentator David Rakoff provides the nicely melancholy reading. Finally, Leenya Rideout returns for "Flight," in which a scatter-brained, lonely woman "borrows" her addled neighbor.

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  9. PRI Collected Shorts - Family Matters

    Four stories about families and children by classic and contemporary writers. "Charles" is a surprisingly light-hearted tale by Shirley Jackson ("The Lottery") read by Lois Smith. Next, Israeli writer Etgar Keret’s "Pride and Joy," in which a childhood prodigy takes a toll on his parents. The reader is Tony Award- winner Robert Sean Leonard. In Jeanne Dixon’s "Blue Waltz with Coyotes," a brother and sister have an adventure in the wild—and get to know each other. The reader is Mia Dillon. Finally, Rick Moody’s poignant story, "Boys," poetically chronicles the life of two brothers from birth to adulthood. The reader is Broadway and television star B.D. Wong.

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  10. Mary Gaitskill | Don’t Cry: Stories

    The stories in Don’t Cry share the psychological intensity and dramatic denouement of her earlier collection, Bad Behavior. Michiko Kakutani, writing for the New York Times, remarks, ”Gaitskill writes with such authority, such radar-perfect detail, that she is able to make even the most extreme situations seem real.” Gaitskill’s previous books include the National Book Award-nominated novel Veronica and the PEN/Faulkner Award-nominated story collection Because They Wanted To; her stories often appear in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Best American Short Stories series.

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