Episode 64 - Laura Lippman reads from Wilde Lake


As a trailer for the next guest on This Writing Life Podcast, the wonderful American crime writer Laura Lippman reads from her new novel, Wilde Lake.

Parental advisory notice: there is a gratuitous mention of a de-trousered Bill Clinton.

Part one of three to follow.

Episode 63 - Vendela Vida on why Fargo beats Parenthood


In this second Writing Life Podcast Extra, Vendela Vida offers some TV recommendations and asks the questions for a change. Your host blethers on...

Episode 62 - Vendela Vida on the real and fictional Patti Smith(s)


In this first of two Writing Life Podcast extras, Vendela Vida recalls meeting the real rock star Patti Smith - who appears as herself in The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty. Vida also discusses how Dave Egger's A Hologram for a King changed her last novel.

Episode 61 - Vendela Vida: Part 4


The final part of ThisWriting Life's cheerful conversation with Vendela Vida begins with wondering whether writing is a form of narcissism and ends with a discussion of parenthood. Keep reading →

Episode 60 - Vendela Vida Readng from The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty: Part 2


Vendela Vida reads a second passage from her excellent new novel, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty. It begins after a little banter and a glass of water.

Episode 59 - Vendela Vida: Part 3


In part three of This Writing Life's chat with American writer Vendela Vida about her latest novel The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty, we begin by asking: 'Why Casablanca?'
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Episode 58 - Vendela Vida on Joan Didion, and Interviews


In this mini-podcast, Vendela Vida explains why Joan Didion is a formative literary hero, and why long-form interviews are great. Phew.

Part three to follow.

Episode 57 - Vendela Vida: Part 2


Part 2 of Vendela Vida's Writing Life podcast begins with a discussion of performance: parenthood as performance, self as performance, acting as performance. Keep reading →

Episode 56 - Vendela Vida: Part 1


Vendela Vida is a novelist, editor (of The Believer magazine), screenwriter, literacy advocate (via 826 Valencia). She is also a wife, of the similarly busy writer Dave Eggers, and mother. Keep reading →

Episode 55 - Vendela Vida: Reading from The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty


As a trailer for the next subject on This Writing Life, Vendela Vida reads from her latest novel, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty - just released in paperback via Atlantic Books in the United Kingdom.

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