Sloane Crosley's funny, confessional essay collection, "I Was Told There'd Be Cake," was nominated for a Thurber prize. Her follow-up, "How Did You Get This Number," was a New York Times bestseller. Her first novel, "The Clasp." is out on October 6. She shares an excerpt.
Kelly Carlin, daughter of late great comedian George, shares a piece of her new memoir "A Carlin Home Companion" (out this week). It's about the time her father thought that the sun exploded...or as she told us, "A little story that we used to like to tell at cocktail parties."
The Houston writer shares an excerpt from his new novel, "The Hundred Year Flood," in which a Korean-American adoptee heads to Prague in an attempt to forge an identity of his own.
Amelia Gray was shortlisted for the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2012 for her novel "THREATS." The Los Angeles-based writer returns to the Dinner Party Download to read an excerpt from her recently released collection of short stories called, "GUTSHOT."
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.