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Thurs., May 26
Author Vincent Panella

Vincent Panella knows what it means to be a writer. He's clocked years teaching the craft, thinking about and talking others through the process. And lo, at long last, he's turned to his own life, to his Italian roots, to his upbringing in an Italian enclave in 1950s Queens, to cull material from, to bang out in front of a typewriter in a writing shed in Vermont.

What's come of it is his new book, Lost Hearts, a series of vignettes tracing native Sicilians from the homeland all the way through to the sticky, melting-pot streets of mid-century New York. The stories are fictional but the experience -- first blush of a hardscrabble life in the New World -- is real. We talk with Vincent Panella today about his new stories.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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