literature

Culture
3:47 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Ralph Ellison: No Longer The 'Invisible Man' 100 Years After His Birth

Ralph Ellison in 1957, four years after his novel Invisible Man won the National Book Award. Ellison died in 1994.
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Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 6:07 pm

A monument outside 730 Riverside Drive in Harlem, N.Y. — writer Ralph Ellison's longtime home — commemorates his life and his work. The marker, and many biographical sources, list his birth date as being 1914. But in fact, he was born a year earlier.

Still, events in Oklahoma City — his birthplace — and New York City, where he spent most of his life, are celebrating the centennial of his birth this year.

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Culture
4:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

Would time spent with Anton Chekov, famed for his subtle, flawed characters, make you a better judge of human nature?
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Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 8:33 am

Your ability to "read" the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read.

That's the conclusion of a study in the journal Science that gave tests of social perception to people who were randomly assigned to read excerpts from literary fiction, popular fiction or nonfiction.

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The Jim Engster Show
11:49 am
Thu August 1, 2013

FRIDAY: LA Democrats' Stephen Handwerk, Novelist George Bishop

Stephen Handwerk
Credit Kevin Gallagher

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.

Novelist George Bishop on his latest work, "The Night of the Comet"

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The Jim Engster Show
12:39 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

WEDNESDAY: Seafood Marketer Chris Nelson, Blogger Tom Aswell, Author Victoria Sweet

Jim talks with Chris Nelson, with the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition, about the state of his industry--three years after the BP oil spill.

Journalist and political blogger Tom Aswell, of "Louisiana Voice", talks about his ongoing battle with Jindal Administration department heads over transparency.

Author Victoria Sweet discusses her latest book, "God's Hotel"


The Jim Engster Show
11:48 am
Wed January 23, 2013

THURSDAY: Politico Ray Strother, U.S. Energy Policies, Author Wiley Cash

Jim talks with veteran Democratic political consultant Ray Strother about President Obama's second term, Hillary in 2016, women in combat and more.

Former White House energy advisor Jack Refuse discusses federal energy policies; what will work and what may not.

Author Wiley Cash talks about his book, "A Land More Kind Than Home"

What We're Reading
5:10 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Author Pens Stories of African American Life in Rural North Carolina

Stephanie Powell Watts, 2012 recipient of the Ernest J. Gains Award for Literary Excellence presented by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Credit Stephanie Powell Watts

Stephanie Powell Watts will be accepting this year’s Ernest Gains Award for Literary Excellence from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

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.

Watts writes from experience. 


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The Jim Engster Show
10:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Gus Weill, Swine Palace, Jerrelle Kraus, Adelaide Russo

Veteran political consultant Gus Weill notes Gov. Bobby Jindal's post-election turn on Mitt Romney.

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.

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."

And, from LSU's Comparative Literature program, Dr. Adelaide Russo visits, along with guest speakers poet Olivia Claire and writer Barlen Pyamootoo.


Books
12:00 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Dinaw Mengestu Wins Ernest Gaines Literary Award

Author Dinaw Mengestu (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

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.

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.


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