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Your Favorite Book with Morgan Talty

Your Favorite Book with Morgan Talty

Welcome to another installment of a collaboration between the Chicago Review of Books and the Your Favorite Book podcast. Malavika Praseed, frequent CHIRB contributor and podcast host, seeks to talk to readers and writers about the books that light a fire inside them. What’s your favorite book and why?

Our guest this week is Morgan Talty, author of the debut short story collection Night of the Living Rez. Morgan shares his insights on his low residency MFA program, his approach to book structure and generating ideas, and how he writes intergenerational trauma from a Native American perspective, along with much more. For this episode, Morgan chose the 1991 novel The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp, and we dive into a novel that defies stereotype as young adult literature with its darker themes and unique prose and structure. There are no spoilers for this episode of Your Favorite Book, as always.

A Death in the Family by James Agee (with Jean Thompson, Author of The Poet's House) Your Favorite Book

Welcome to the Season 4 finale! Our guest is Jean Thompson, author of many novels, former National Book Award finalist, and most recently the author of The Poet's House. This book explores the sordid lives and falsehoods of poets in California through the eyes of a young admirer, a woman entrenched in blue-collar life but fascinated by poetry. The book takes on the blurred lines of mentorship, the elitism of poetry, and the differences between loving writing and writers themselves. Jean chose a book first and foremost for its prose style, so unique and unlike a great deal of contemporary writing. James Agee's A Death in the Family, his posthumous Pulitzer prize winning masterpiece, takes the simple and magnifies it to Biblical proportions. The death of a family patriarch shatters the suburban ideals within, and we witness the internal and external carnage in one way or another. This is our season finale, but Your Favorite Book will be back in mid-august with more interviews. Stay tuned! Follow the show on instagram and twitter @yfbpodcast Buy Jean's book: https://bookshop.org/books/the-poet-s-house-9798200880980/9781643751566
  1. A Death in the Family by James Agee (with Jean Thompson, Author of The Poet's House)
  2. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (with Natalka Burian, Author of The Night Shift)
  3. The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp (with Morgan Talty, Author of Night of the Living Rez)
  4. Short Story Book Club: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (with Anna Johnson)
  5. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (with Kristina Forest, author of Zyla and Kai)

Listen to this episode of Your Favorite Book at the link above, and stay tuned for more episodes with other writers in the weeks to come. If you enjoy this episode, check out other episodes of Your Favorite Book on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or other major podcast platforms. Reviews on Apple Podcasts and other platforms are also very much appreciated.

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