Attention all readers of fiction! This is something you
really want to hear. This hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge
devotes itself to some of the great reads of the last year. Colum McCann
talks about his National Book Award-winning novel, and we'll hear from
fellow finalist Jayne Anne Phillips. We'll also explore Barcelona, the
African immigrant experience and hear about Henry the 8th's "fixer".
In an excerpt from a 1991 interview, Philippe Petit
talks about his experience walking on a tightrope between the Twin Towers
of the World Trade Center in 1974. Then, Colum McCann, whose
novel "Let the Great World Spin" takes place on the day of
Petit's adventure, talks with Steve Paulson. McCann was born in Dublin
but lives now in New York. His father-in-law escaped from the first
tower hit on 9/11. "Let the Great World Spin" just won the
National Book Award for Fiction.
Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of several
novels and two collections of widely anthologized short stories. Her
novel "Lark & Termite" was also a finalist for the National
Book Award. She reads an excerpt and talks with Jim Fleming about her
love of children and her interest in communicating our perceptions of
the many levels of reality we all live on. Also, Hillary Mantel
won Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize for her book "Wolf Hall."
She tells Anne Strainchamps that Henry the Eighth needed a "fixer"
to make his break from the Church of Rome and his many marriages legal
in England. That man was Thomas Cromwell and Hilary Mantel tells his
story in her book.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon is the author of "The
Shadow of the Wind" and now, "The Angel's Game." He tells
Jim Fleming that both books are part of a sort of Chinese box set of
four inter-related novels involving the same characters and his native
city of Barcelona. Also, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie splits her
time between the U.S. and her native Nigeria. She talks with Steve Paulson
about her early days as a writer and her experience as an immigrant
from Africa. Her latest book is called "The Thing Around Your Neck."
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