The Callie Crossley Show

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Tues., 12/20/11
Keeping Up With Tayari Jones

Keeping Up with Tayari Jones
We talk with novelist Tayari Jones. Born in the south, Jones has been "fast defining middle-class black Atlanta the way Cheever did Westchester," according to the Village Voice. Though Jones hasn’t lived in Atlanta for years, it’s where she grounds her work. As she puts it, when it comes to American culture, the urban south is where the rubber hits the road. We'll talk with Jones about her latest book, Silver Sparrow, along with the power of place, Jones’ insane love for Toni Morrison, and her latest work, which she’s researching at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Guests:
   Tayari Jones, novelist whose latest work is Silver Sparrow
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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. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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