Brooklynite Naomi Jackson drew upon her family's roots in Barbados, to write her acclaimed new debut novel. But she says, "The most interesting parts are fiction." Today we overhear an excerpt from "The Star Side of Bird Hill."
Writer Rebecca Makkai's short fiction appeared in "The Best American Short Stories" anthology for four consecutive years. This week, she released her first story collection -- it's called "Music for Wartime." She reads an excerpt about a fantasy life with Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
Before his big break in cinema, the director once believed his career was doomed from the start... all because of a visit to New York City's Feast of San Gennaro.
"Girls" actor Alex Karpovsky reads an excerpt from the author's memoir, "The Seven Good Years."
The author, who was born in the Philippines and raised in Bahrain and the United States, reads an excerpt from her upcoming collection of globe-trotting short stories.
The author remembers a time when he dared to turn the tables on school bullies and chats with our hosts about Hollywood and Jamaican geek subcultures.
Comedian Maz Jobrani takes us back to the time when he landed a dream gig, with a nightmarish asterisk. The story comes from his new book "I'm Not a Terrorist, but I've Played one on TV."
Pen/Faulkner Award finalist Amelia Gray reads a dark new parable from her new collection "GUTSHOT."
Mary Norris has spent over three decades working as a copy editor at The New Yorker. She shares a tale from her new memoir, "Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen," about a love note passed to her by her literary crush.