To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
He was the most surprising Booker Prize winner in
years. D.B.C. Pierre had been a con man and a drug addict before
he became a writer. Now he's won one of the world's great literary
prizes. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll
talk with some award-winning writers including D.B.C. Pierre and
Ian McEwan. Also, a behind the scenes look at the National Book
D.B.C. Pierre won this year's Booker Prize
for his novel, "Vernon God Little." Pierre reads from
the book and talks with Jim Fleming about it and about his own
tangled past. Pierre was once a drug addict who made his living
as a con man. His book concerns a teenager caught up in the media
frenzy following a Columbine-type shooting rampage.
Steve Paulson profiles British novelist Ian McEwan,
who's also a Booker Prize winner. His novels include "Atonement,"
"Amsterdam" and "Enduring Love." McEwan describes
and reads from several of his books. We also hear from some of
McEwan's friends and peers, including Michael Frayn, Julian
Barnes, Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis. And,
a bit of Monty Python.
Novelist Jacqueline Mitchard was one of the
judges for the 2002 National Book Awards. She tells Anne Strainchamps
about the experience. Also, Toni Morrison may be a Nobel
Laureate, but she still gets labeled a "Black woman writer."
She talks with Steve Paulson about her childhood and how the Civil
Rights Movement magnified class differences. And she talks about
the impact of winning the Nobel Prize.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-12-07-A.
- Ian McEwan, Atonement
- Ian McEwan, Enduring Love (Anchor
- Toni Morrison, Love (Knopf)
- D.B.C. Pierre, Vernon God Little
- After the Return:
Joe Henderson w/ "McNeil Island" on "The Blue Note
Years" Blue Note
- After DBC Pierre:
Jim Hall w/ "Quadrologue" on "Textures" Telarc
- Monty Python skit "Bookshop" from Monty
Python Instant CD Collection,Volume 5
- After Monty Python skit:
Joe Henderson w/ "Idle Moments" on "The Blue Note
- After Jackie Mitchard:
Fun Lovin' Criminals w/ "I'm Not in Love" on "Lounge-a-Palooza"
- After Toni Morrison:
Joe Henderson w/ "Mamacita" on "The Blue Note Years"
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