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Literary Affairs presents Beyond the Book
69 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
CAROL EDGARIAN on VERA
This Beyond the Book interview with Carol Edgarian was recorded at an online Books & Bathrobes event in April 2021. The in-depth book club style discussion about her most recent novel Vera is an exploration of the aftermath of a catastrophe as we ourselves are emerging from the isolation of a global pandemic. Julie Robinson and Carol talk about the overarching themes of home, of being the outsider and survival.
75 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
VIET THANH NGUYEN on THE COMMITTED
This Beyond the Book interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen was recorded in April 2021 at an online Books & Bathrobes event to benefit Stop AAPI Hate. The in-depth book club style conversation about The Committed was a wonderful continuation of the discussion Julie Robinson had with Viet about his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer. Readers will appreciate the insight into the continued confessional writing of his unnamed narrator, the long term cost of colonialism on individuals and cultures, and contextualizing philosophical texts through lived experience.
69 minutes | May 30, 2021
ANNA SOLOMON on THE BOOK OF V.
This Beyond the Book interview with Anna Solomon was recorded in May 2020 at an online Books & Bathrobes event. In celebration of the paperback release, we are sharing this conversation about The Book of V. Read the book, then enjoy this in depth book club-style conversation with Anna Solomon and Julie Robinson.
67 minutes | May 4, 2021
KILEY REID on SUCH A FUN AGE
This Beyond the Book interview with Kiley Reid was recorded in May 2020 at an online Books & Bathrobes event. In celebration of the paperback release, we are sharing this conversation about Such a Fun Age. Read the book, then enjoy this in depth book club-style conversation with Kiley Reid and Julie Robinson.
71 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
JANELLE BROWN on PRETTY THINGS
This Beyond the Book interview with Janelle Brown was recorded in May 2020 at an online Books & Bathrobes event. In celebration of the paperback release, we are sharing this conversation about Pretty Things. Read the book, then enjoy this in depth book club-style conversation with Janelle Brown and Julie Robinson.
61 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
YAA GYASI on TRANSCENDENT KINDOM
In this episode we welcomed back Medici Book Club Prize winner Yaa Gyasi to discuss her latest novel Transcendent Kingdom. In this book club style conversation, Yaa talks about the shifts she had to make to create a completely different novel from her debut. She also told us what she read before and during the writing process that impacted her craft and how she approached race, culture and geography in her work.
67 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
LISA SEE on THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN
This Beyond the Book interview with Lisa See was recorded April 2020 at an online Books & Bathrobes event. In celebration of Women’s History Month we are publishing Lisa’s discussion about The Island of Sea Women. The in depth book club-style conversation with Julie Robinson focused on female friendships, loss, resilience and forgiveness.
56 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
LILY KING on WRITERS AND LOVERS
This Beyond the Book interview with Lily King was recorded at our first online Books & Bathrobes event. Lily discussed her novel Writers and Lovers in an in depth book club style conversation with Julie Robinson. We are releasing this fun and informative talk in celebration of the paperback publication of Writers and Lovers. We know it will appeal to writers, readers and lovers alike as we are still experiencing life in a pandemic.
90 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
INAUGURAL POET RICHARD BLANCO
We ended our conversation last April hoping for another inaugural poet to speak to our nation and we were gifted with that and more. In celebration we are releasing our private America’s Food Fund fundraising event, with inaugural poet Richard Blanco in conversation with Julie Robinson, talking all things poetry and inclusive of poetry readings by Blanco.
91 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
AYAD AKHTAR on HOMELAND ELEGIES
An online Books & Bathrobes conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar about his novel Homeland Elegies. In this in-depth book club style conversation with Julie Robinson, Ayad discusses his delight in heightened language and takes us through this fascinating, brilliant and deeply personal novel and how it reflects the post 9/11 American landscape.
84 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
MARGOT LIVESEY on THE BOY IN THE FIELD
A Beyond the Book interview with the always charming Margot Livesey recorded at an online Books & Bathrobes event. Margot discussed her novel The Boy in the Field in an in depth book club style conversation with Julie Robinson. Margot gave a lot of insight into her characters, her writing process, and her luminous body of work.
84 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
NICK HORNBY on JUST LIKE YOU
An online Books & Bathrobes conversation with international best selling author Nick Hornby about his novel Just Like You. This conversation with Julie Robinson and Nick Hornby is insightful, interesting, and just plain fun.
87 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
COLUM MCCANN on APEIROGON
An online Books & Bathrobes conversation with Colum McCann about his New York Times bestselling and Booker Prize shortlisted novel Apeirogon. In this in-depth book club style conversation with Julie Robinson, Colum discussed visiting the Middle-East, meeting Palestinian Bassam Aramin and Israeli Rami Elhanan, and how their shared grief and friendship led to him creating this unique hybrid of fact and fiction.
82 minutes | Aug 29, 2020
BRIT BENNETT on THE VANISHING HALF
An online Books & Bathrobes conversation with Brit Bennett about her New York Times and L.A. Times bestselling novel The Vanishing Half. In this in-depth book club style conversation with Julie Robinson, Brit discussed colorism, mother-daughter relationships, the bonds of sisterhood, and the past and contemporary representation of racial constructs in America.
51 minutes | Apr 19, 2020
LIZ MOORE on LONG BRIGHT RIVER
A Beyond the Book interview with Liz Moore recorded live at a Books and Breakfast event in Beverly Hills. Liz Moore discussed her New York Times best-selling literary thriller Long Bright River in an in depth book club style conversation with Julie Robinson. Liz gave a lot of insight into the development of her characters, overarching themes, and the impact of our nation wide opioid epidemic on families, individuals, and the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.
57 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
SUSAN ORLEAN on THE LIBRARY BOOK
A Beyond the Book interview with Susan Orlean recorded live as a fundraiser for The Friends of The Beverly Hills Public Library. This is a freewheeling conversation between Julie Robinson and Susan Orlean about her bestselling work, The Library Book. Her book has touched many hearts and minds as all readers have a deep history with our public libraries. Susan Orlean expanded on the stories in her book and her own experiences as a daughter, mother, reader, writer, and journalist.
55 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
LAILA LALAMI on THE OTHER AMERICANS
A Beyond the Book conversation with Laila Lalami recorded live at Koutoubia, a Moroccan restaurant in Los Angeles. Julie Robinson and Laila Lalami discussed with a book club audience her acclaimed novel The Other Americans. Laila offers a great deal of insight into the far-reaching themes in her novel, the architecture required to balance her multiple narrative threads and the importance of minority voices being heard. It was recorded in May 2019.
46 minutes | Jun 23, 2019
WHITNEY SCHARER on THE AGE OF LIGHT
This very special Beyond the Book conversation with Whitney Scharer was recorded live at ROSEGALLERY in Santa Monica, California. Julie Robinson and Whitney Scharer engaged in a book club style discussion about Whitney's novel, The Age of Light, followed by a brief Q & A. Their conversation covered Lee Miller's life and photography of course but also food, art, and love. Recorded live April 2019.
51 minutes | May 31, 2019
PAULA MCLAIN on LOVE AND RUIN
A Beyond the Book interview with Paula McLain recorded live at The Literary Escape at Miraval Tucson. Paula McLain and Julie Robinson talked to a book club audience about Paula’s latest novel Love and Ruin, that led to a conversation about The Paris Wife, Martha Gellhorn and of course lots and lots about Ernest Hemingway. It was recorded in March 2019.
61 minutes | Mar 14, 2019
MEDICI PRIZE WINNER MIN JIN LEE on PACHINKO
A Beyond the Book interview with Min Jin Lee recorded live at The Beverly Hills Literary Escape. Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko was awarded the 2018 Medici Book Club Prize and she joined Julie Robinson on stage for a freewheeling book club style conversation about her novel, libraries, books and more. This is the first in a series of podcasts from the yearly book festival to be released. It was recorded on November 3, 2018.
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