Celia Rivenbark is Southern, Sassy – and Slightly Profane

As a professional purveyor of Southern sass, nationally-syndicated humor columnist and best-selling author Celia Rivenbark has no compunction about telling the world what she thinks. Armed with her new etiquette manual, she tells our listeners how to behave (bless their hearts).

Better Living Through Zsuzsi

Canadian writer Zsuzsi Gartner is known for her dark comic skewering of modern life. Her story collection “Better Living Through Plastic Explosives” was shortlisted for the Giller Prize - Canada’s highest for fiction. Today we overhear her read an artful passage.

Nigel Slater and His Sentimental Pans

Nigel Slater is among the most famous and beloved food writers in the world - but, he tells us, he's neither chef nor celebrity.

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Elizabeth Gilbert ‘Loves’ a Party

Elizabeth Gilbert, the woman who launched a thousand book clubs with her 2006 best-seller "Eat, Pray, Love," is back with a new novel, "The Signature of All Things," set in the world of nineteenth century elites.

Margaret Atwood Laughs in the Face of Apocalypse

Margaret Atwood has published 21 novels, 11 non-fiction books, and 15 collections of poetry, including "The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Blind Assassin." Her newest novel, "MaddAddam" is the conclusion of a dystopian trilogy that integrates her real-life environmental activism into her fictional world.

Tough-as-Nails Heroes from Lee Child

With the *eighteenth* installment in the best-selling "Jack Reacher" thriller series hitting bookshelves this month, we asked the author to list a few fictional tough-guys who inspired his protagonist.