literature http://wrkf.org en Ralph Ellison: No Longer The 'Invisible Man' 100 Years After His Birth http://wrkf.org/post/ralph-ellison-no-longer-invisible-man-100-years-after-his-birth A <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ralph_Ellison_Monument_2013.jpg">monument</a> outside 730 Riverside Drive in Harlem, N.Y. — writer Ralph Ellison's longtime home — commemorates his life and his work.<em> </em>The marker, and many biographical sources, list his birth date as being 1914. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Tom Vitale 27368 at http://wrkf.org Ralph Ellison: No Longer The 'Invisible Man' 100 Years After His Birth Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction http://wrkf.org/post/want-read-others-thoughts-try-reading-literary-fiction Your ability to "read" the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read.<p>That's the conclusion of a <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2013/10/02/science.1239918.abstract">study</a> in the journal <em>Science</em> that gave tests of social perception to people who were randomly assigned to read excerpts from literary fiction, popular fiction or nonfiction.<p>On average, people who read parts of more literary books like <em>The Round House</em> by Louise Erdrich did better on those tests than people who read either nothing, read nonfiction or Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 17056 at http://wrkf.org Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction FRIDAY: LA Democrats' Stephen Handwerk, Novelist George Bishop http://wrkf.org/post/friday-la-democrats-stephen-handwerk-novelist-george-bishop <p></p><p></p><p>A visit with Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk talks about the current state of, and the future of, the Democrats in our state.</p><p>Novelist George Bishop on his latest work, "The Night of the Comet"</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><em> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:49:04 +0000 Jim Engster 14158 at http://wrkf.org FRIDAY: LA Democrats' Stephen Handwerk, Novelist George Bishop WEDNESDAY: Seafood Marketer Chris Nelson, Blogger Tom Aswell, Author Victoria Sweet http://wrkf.org/post/wednesday-seafood-marketer-chris-nelson-blogger-tom-aswell-author-victoria-sweet <p>Jim talks with Chris Nelson, with the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition, about the state of his industry--three years after the BP oil spill.</p><p>Journalist and political blogger Tom Aswell, of "Louisiana Voice", talks about his ongoing battle with Jindal Administration department heads over transparency.</p><p>Author Victoria Sweet discusses her latest book, "God's Hotel"</p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:39:31 +0000 Jim Engster 9335 at http://wrkf.org THURSDAY: Politico Ray Strother, U.S. Energy Policies, Author Wiley Cash http://wrkf.org/post/thursday-politico-ray-strother-us-energy-policies-author-wiley-cash <p>Jim talks with veteran Democratic political consultant Ray Strother about President Obama's second term, Hillary in 2016, women in combat and more.</p><p>Former White House energy advisor Jack Refuse discusses federal energy policies; what will work and what may not.</p><p>Author Wiley Cash talks about his book, "A Land More Kind Than Home"</p><p></p><p><em> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:48:17 +0000 Jim Engster 5161 at http://wrkf.org Author Pens Stories of African American Life in Rural North Carolina http://wrkf.org/post/author-pens-stories-african-american-life-rural-north-carolina <p>Stephanie Powell Watts will be accepting this year’s Ernest Gains Award for Literary Excellence from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.</p><p>Watts is being recognized for her collection of 10 stories, “We Are Taking Only What We Need," chronicling the lives of African Americans in rural North Carolina.</p><p>Watts writes from experience.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:10:32 +0000 Ashley Westerman 4609 at http://wrkf.org Author Pens Stories of African American Life in Rural North Carolina Gus Weill, Swine Palace, Jerrelle Kraus, Adelaide Russo http://wrkf.org/post/gus-weill-swine-palace-jerrelle-kraus-adelaide-russo <p>Veteran political consultant Gus Weill notes Gov. Bobby Jindal's post-election turn on Mitt Romney.</p><p>From LSU's Swine Palace, Reeva Wortel and Leigh Fondakowski talk about the play "SPILL", based on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.</p><p>Jerrelle Kraus discusses her experiences working with luminaries like Hunter S. Thompson and Richard Nixon as the art director of the New York Times, chronicled in her book, "All The Art That's Fit To Print."</p><p>And, from LSU's Comparative Literature program, Dr. Adelaide Russo visits, along with guest speakers poet Olivia Claire and writer Barlen Pyamootoo.</p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Jim Engster 2482 at http://wrkf.org Dinaw Mengestu Wins Ernest Gaines Literary Award http://wrkf.org/post/dinaw-mengestu-wins-ernest-gaines-literary-award <p><span class="BodyCopy">The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has announced the winner of this year's Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, which is designed to inspire and recognize rising African-American writers in honor of the renowned Louisiana author. </span></p><p class="BodyCopy">Dinaw Mengestu will accept the award for his novel, How to Read the Air. WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked to him about the challenges of writing fiction and the underlying message in his novel.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 06:00:00 +0000 Tegan Wendland 2743 at http://wrkf.org Dinaw Mengestu Wins Ernest Gaines Literary Award