Hemmed in by what she ‘should’ be writing, Clare Beams turned a corner by freeing herself to write what would become the title story in her phenomenal collection WE SHOW WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED. James was fortunate enough to edit one of Clare’s stories for ONE STORY, and they discuss that experience as well as putting her collection together, how she ignored advice to maintain a consistent level of weird, and exploring the limitlessness of short fiction. Plus Emily Smith, publisher at Lookout Books, describes the unique program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Clare Beams

Clare and James discuss:

Columbia University

“The School” by Donald Barthelme

Kelly Link

Aimee Bender

Alice Munro

Hannah Tinti

Annie Hartnett

HAYDEN’S FERRY REVIEW

ECOTONE

LOOKOUT BOOKS

THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY

THE NEW YORKER

ONE STORY

Beth Staples

Emily Smith

Erin Kottke

BINOCULAR VISION by Edith Pearlman

PEN: Robert Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

Young Lions Fiction Award

Lookout Books

Emily and James discuss:

The Sewanee Writers’ Conference

Michelle Brower

ECOTONE

National Endowment for the Arts

Association of Writing Programs

David Gessner

Jeff Sharlet

The Publishing Laboratory

Stanley Colbert

THE BOTTLE CHAPEL AT AIRLIE GARDENS: A TRIBUTE TO MINNIE EVANS

BACKYARD CAROLINA by Andy Wood

THE HATTARASMAN by Ben Dixon MacNeill

BINOCULAR VISION by Edith Pearlman

GOD BLESS AMERICA by Steve Almond

Beth Staples

Anna Lena Phillips Bell

Melissa Crowe

BELOIT POETRY JOURNAL

HONEY FROM THE LION by Matthew Neill Null

South Arts

“Granna” by Clare Beams

“We Show What We Have Learned” by Clare Beams

Ben George

WHEN ALL THE WORLD IS OLD: POEMS by John Rybicki

RIVER BEND CHRONICLE by Ben Miller

MADRAS PRESS

Sumanth Prabhaker

Corinne Manning

THE JAMES FRANCO REVIEW

PLOUGHSHARES

REDIVIDER

ONE STORY

INSURRECTIONS by Rion Amilcar Scott

After a series of tragedies, Hannah Tinti figured out what she truly cares about, and in doing so, rediscovered the spark in her writing, resulting in her brilliant and immensely entertaining new novel, THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY. She and James discuss finding community in the lonely business of writing, immediately knowing which pieces of a book belong, using roadsigns to create tension, and having the audacity to write about whales. They also discuss Hannah’s incredible work in co-creating and editing the literary magazine ONE STORY.

Hannah Tinti

Hannah and James Discuss:

Daniel Wallace

American Short Fiction

Sewanee Writers’ Conference

Maribeth Batcha

“Villanova” by John Hodgman

NYU

Writers House, A Literary Agency

Devin Emke

THE AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE by John Hodgman

THE BOSTON REVIEW

ATLANTIC MONTHLY

C. Michael Curtis

THE NEW YORKER

HARPER’S

PLOUGHSHARES

THE PARIS REVIEW

McSWEENEY’S

Samuel French

THE KENYON REVIEW

TIN HOUSE

GRANTA

REDIVIDER

“World’s End” by Clare Beams

Victor Kiam

The One Story Debutante Ball

The Fray

Margo Rabb

“Fear Itself” by Katie Coyle

“The Strings Attached” (unfortunately not entitled “Banjo”) by James Scott

ANIMAL CRACKERS by Hannah Tinti (2004, The Dial Press)

Winston Churchill

LENNY

Hedgebrook Writers in Residence Program

Alfred Hitchcock

Annie Hartnett

50 Cent

Greg Mollica

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Matthew Cheney

Jim Shepard

E.L. Doctorow

Advice from a psychic led Annie Hartnett to the residency that helped her finish her fantastic novel, RABBIT CAKE. She and James talk about spending time in cemeteries, writing in yards, giving a good reading, and how to sprinkle naked mole rat facts throughout to make the best fiction. Then, Masie Cochran from Tin House Books talks about discovering RABBIT CAKE and her route to becoming an editor.

Annie Hartnett

Annie and James Discuss:

“Refresh, Refresh” by Benjamin Percy

GOSSIP GIRL

Newtonville Books

Tin House Books

Hamilton College

Bread Loaf School of English

University of Alabama

Grub Street

Boston Public Library

Kellie Wells

Kobo

The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Mike Scalise

Alex Awards

THE KEPT

REDIVIDER

FIND ME by Laura van den Berg

THE FAMILY FANG by Kevin Wilson

SWAMPLANDIA by Karen Russell

Aimee Bender

Samantha Hunt

THE WILDS by Julia Elliott

Mary Cotton

Jaime Clarke

George Saunders

Tin House Books

Masie and James Discuss:

(intro)

SWIMMING LESSONS by Claire Fuller

OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS by Claire Fuller

GHOST SONGS by Regina McBride

THE OTHER SIDE by Lacy Johnson

DRYLAND by Sara Jaffe

RELIEF MAP by Rosalie Knecht

(talk)

Katie Grimm of Don Congdon Associates

Michael Farris Smith

Nanci McCloskey

Sabrina Wise

TIN HOUSE

Tin House Writers’ Workshop

Win McCormack

Richard Pine

Inkwell Management

GEEK LOVE by Katherine Dunn

99 STORIES OF GOD by Joy Williams

Jim Shepard

Michael Farris Smith and James figured out pretty early on in the conversation that they were cut from the same cloth. Michael is the author of THE HANDS OF STRANGERS, RIVERS, and his latest novel, DESPERATION ROAD, is out now. He and James discuss following the story, not thinking too hard, realizing something is boring, and how the rise and fall of music can serve as a model for fiction. Then, Steve Iwanski, manager of Turnrow Book Co., talks about his store and recommends books.

Michael Farris Smith:

https://michaelfarrissmith.com/

Michael and James discuss:

THE MAID’S VERSION by Daniel Woodrell

The Southern Festival of the Book

Square Books

Lemuria Books

Ann Patchett

Newtonville Books

Brookline Booksmith

Porter Square Books

Mississippi Book Festival

Somerset Review

CLMP

Manhattan Public Library

The Pushcart Prize

The Center for Writers at Ole Miss

Publisher’s Weekly

Carolina Wren Press

Hannah Tinti

One Story

Frederick Barthelme

Steven Barthelme

The New Yorker

Jason Isbell

“Fire Away” by Chris Stapleton

Steve Earle

“Breaker’s Roar” by Sturgill Simpson

“You Want it Darker” by Leonard Cohen

Turnrow Book Co: http://turnrowbooks.com/

James and Steve Discuss:

COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett

Lady Gaga

Jamie Kornegay

FURIOUS COOL: RICHARD PRYOR AND THE WORLD THAT MADE HIM by David Henry and Joe Henry

The Alabama Booksmith

Wiley Cash

William Faulkner

Eudora Welty

THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan

The Greenwood Shakespeare Project

DESPERATION ROAD by Michael Farris Smith

THE STRAYS by Emily Bitto

THE HISTORY OF WOLVES by Emily Fridlund

THE MIDNIGHT COOL by Lydia Peele

Ketch Secor

Old Crow Medicine Show

THE WORLD UNDONE by GJ Meyer

THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD by Douglas Preston

THE LOST CITY OF Z by David Grann

ICE GHOSTS by Paul Watson

THE WORLD TO COME by Jim Shepard

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders

SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward

MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward

SING, UNBURIED, SING by Jesmyn Ward

In her harrowing novel, OUR HEARTS WILL BURN US DOWN, Anne Valente creates a portrait of trauma and the grief that follows. She and James discuss depicting violence, point of view, why drawer novels should never be published, the moments when they wondered if they should pursue something other than writing, and how music tastes may reveal more about characters than anything else. Plus, Emily Nemens talks about her work as co-editor and prose editor at THE SOUTHERN REVIEW.

Anne Valente

Anne and James Discuss:

Aimee Bender

Haruki Murakami

The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction

Dan Wickett

DARK SHADOWS dir by Tim Burton

Jamie Quatro

AND THEN WE CAME TO THE END by Joshua Ferris

Steve Bartman

Nine Inch Nails

The Pixies

The Cure

KILL BILL, VOL. 1

The Dave Matthews Band

Blues Traveler

The Clash

Widespread Panic

The Southern Review 

Emily and James discuss:

Bret Lott

Jeanne Leiby

The Center For Architecture

Cara Blue Adams

Jill McCorkle

James Lee Burke

“Solee” by Crystal Hana Kim

PEN AMERICA BEST DEBUT SHORT STORIES 2017

In part 2 of their conversation, James and Mike Scalise, author of the memoir THE BRAND NEW CATASTROPHE, discuss an old wound, social media, and how winning the Center for Fiction’s Christopher Doheny Award let to the incredible sequence of events surrounding the sale of Mike’s book. Then, Sarabande Director of Marketing and Publicity/ Mike’s editor/ excellent writer Ariel Lewiton joins James to discuss her many roles and how she got to where she is.

 

Mike Scalise: http://mikescalise.tumblr.com/bnc

Mike and James Discuss:

THREE FEET HIGH AND RISING by De La Soul

Laura van den Berg

Urban Waite

The Dzanc Prize

“The Root” by Kim Deal

Grub Street

Christopher Castellani

Janet Silver

Zachary Shuster Harmsworth

WILD by Cheryl Strayed

Emerson College

Book Court

Paul Dano

Rachel Cantor

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Center for Fiction Christopher Doheny Award

Franz Kafka

Housing Works Brooklyn

David Tomas Martinez

Sarabande Books

Ariel Lewiton

Paul Yoon

Ariel Lewiton: http://www.ariellewiton.com/new-page/ 

Ariel and James discuss:

Sarah Gorham

ON IMAGINATION by Mary Ruefle

Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction

Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature

Kristen Radtke

McGraw-Hill Education

CHINA DAILY

The University of Iowa

GUERNICA

HIM, ME, MUHAMMAD ALI by Randa Jarrar

BUZZFEED

BLUETS by Maggie Nelson

THE ARGONAUTS by Maggie Nelson

AUDIBLE

IN FULL VELVET by Jenny Johnson

ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES by Elena Passarello

In part one of the TK One Year Anniversary Jubilee, Mike Scalise discusses his phenomenal memoir, BRAND NEW CATASTROPHE. He talks with James about being diagnosed with the hormonal disorder acromegaly, the difficulties he encountered writing about it, the blind spots of memoir, what it’s like to be a public representative of a rare condition, and the complexities of ordering middle grade Bobby “The Brain” Heenan bios through university inter-library loan. Will they discuss Mike’s beloved Steelers? (Spoiler: No)

Mike and James Discuss: 

Sarabande Books

THE TWO KINDS OF DECAY by Sarah Manguso

Eddie Carmel

Rondo Hatton

Andre the Giant

Tony Robbins

Agni

Yaddo

Ninth Letter

George Mason University

Bucknell University

Susan Orlean

Michael Paterniti

SEEK: REPORTS FROM THE EDGES OF AMERICA & BEYOND by Denis Johnson

American Short Fiction

One Story

BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS

ANDRE THE GIANT: LIFE AND LEGEND by Box Brown

AS YOU WISH: INCONCEIVABLE TALES FROM THE MAKING OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE by Cary Elwes

Philip Roth

Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Rick Flair

The Fabulous Moolah

Porochista Khakpour

G.C. Waldrep

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FACE by Lucy Grealy

HAPPY: A MEMOIR by Alex Lemon

PATRIMONY: A TRUE STORY by Philip Roth

STOP-TIME: A MEMOIR by Frank Conroy

SPEAK, MEMORY: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY REVISITED by Vladimir Nabokov

Laura van den Berg

Jim Shepard

HALF A LIFE: A MEMOIR by Darin Strauss

Screenwriter and BILLIONS co-creator Brian Koppelman arranged a life surrounded by writers before he realized he wanted to become one. He and James talk about his career, what it’s like writing with a partner, how characters live on the page and screen, his love of ‘insular worlds with their own language’, and Dylan. Then, H. Perry Horton discusses the five scripts he thinks someone should read to get started writing for film.

 

Brian and James Discuss:

SAMARKAND by Amin Maalouf

Kurt Vonnegut

Joseph Heller

Gary Gulman

Amy Koppelman (TK guest ep 22)

THE USUAL SUSPECTS (d)irected by Bryan Singer (s)cript by Christopher McQuarrie

ROUNDERS d John Dahl s Brian Koppelman & David Levien

David Levien

Quentin Tarantino

Scott Rosenberg

Callie Khouri

KNOCKAROUND GUYS d,s Koppelman & Levien

OCEAN’S THIRTEEN d Steven Soderbergh s Koppelman & Levien

Bill Buckner

Ken Norton

Duane Bobick

David Mamet

Barry Levinson

Coen brothers

Spike Lee

DINER d,s Levinson

SOLITARY MAN d Koppelman & Levien s Koppelman

Michael Douglas

BILLIONS

Paul Giamatti

Damian Lewis

Maggie Siff

HEAT d s Michael Mann

Robert DeNiro

Al Pacino

Bob Dylan

“Highlands” from TIME OUT OF MIND by Bob Dylan

“My Heart’s in the Highlands” by Robert Burns

Neil Young

Haruki Murakami

Perry and James Discuss: 

CHINATOWN d Roman Polanski s Robert Towne

TAXI DRIVER d Martin Scorsese s Paul Schrader

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS d James Foley s David Mamet

PULP FICTION d Quentin Tarantino s Tarantino & Roger Avary

SE7EN d David Fincher s Andrew Kevin Walker

THE SOPRANOS

BREAKING BAD

Daniel Craig as JAMES BOND

SHORT CUTS d Robert Altman s Altman & Frank Barhydt based on the short stories of Raymond Carver

MAGNOLIA d s Paul Thomas Anderson

SOLACE d Afonso Poyart s Sean Bailey & Ted Griffin

ALIENS3 d Fincher s David Giler, Walter Hill, & Larry Ferguson

“Express Yourself” “Vogue” by Madonna, videos d Fincher

“Janie’s Got a Gun” by Aerosmith, video d Fincher

JUNO d Jason Reitman s Diablo Cody

LITTLE WOMEN d Gillian Armstrong s Robin Swicord

Kathryn Bigelow

Jeff Nichols

Steven Spielberg

MUD d s Nichols

TAKE SHELTER d s Nichols

Terrence Malick

DAYS OF HEAVEN d s Malick

CONTROL d Anton Corbijn s Matt Greenhalgh book by Deborah Curtis

David Lynch

After embracing her desire to write in her thirties and putting herself on a steep learning curve, Rachel Cantor found her voice with two lively and funny novels, A HIGHLY UNLIKELY SCENARIO and GOOD ON PAPER. She and James debate whether it’s harder to make people laugh or bring them to tears, and she details the difficulties of translation and the Arnold Schwarzenegger approach to novel writing. Plus, Meredith Scott describes the great work of the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) and, finally, her daughter, Zoey Irwin, talks about her book club and why reading is important for kids.

 

 

Rachel and James Discuss:

James Joyce

T.S. Eliot

Agatha Christie

Tim Burton (film director)

WAR AND PEACE by Leo Tolstoy

Ross Macdonald

THE ARTIST’S WAY by Julia Cameron

WHAT IF? WRITING EXERCISES FOR FICTION WRITERS by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter

Leslie Epstein

Theo Epstein

CASABLANCA (film)

REDIVIDER

ONE STORY

Matthew Salesses

Melville House

Italo Calvino

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA)

EILEEN by Ottessa Moshfegh

HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD: STORIES by Ottessa Moshfegh

Katie Kitamura

WE, THE DROWNED by Carsten Jensen

The Bronte siblings

Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

Meredith and James discuss:

We Need Diverse Books

First Book

The Eric Carle Museum

Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems

Everybody Wins

 

Zoey and James discuss:

The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

THE LAND OF STORIES by Chris Colfer

SHILOH by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

 

As he prepares to follow up his novels A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME and THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY, Wiley Cash tells James how touring, independent booksellers, and sales reps worked together to make him a success. They talk about Southern fiction, writing about place, and the subject of his next book, due out Fall 2017. Then, past guests give recommendations for 2016.

 

Wiley and James discuss:

The Odyssey Bookshop

BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter

BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK by Ben Fountain

BRIEF ENCOUNTERS WITH CHE GUEVARA by Ben Fountain

Thomas Wolfe

Charles Chesnutt

Nat Sobel (agent)

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW

ELLEN FOSTER by Kaye Gibbons

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

I AM ONE OF YOU FOREVER by Fred Chappell

Ernest Gaines

Clyde Edgerton

Jill McCorkle

Woody Guthrie

Ella May Wiggins

Pete Seeger

James Fenimore Cooper

Frank Norris