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Max Porter, Folk Resurgence In Literature, Angie Thomas On Hip Hop2019031720190321 (R4)Max Porter discusses his new novel Lanny, the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut Grief is the Thing with Feathers.

Max and writer Zoe Gilbert, whose novel Folk is a series of linked folk tales set on a fictional island, reflect on why myths are enjoying a literary resurgence.

Best-selling YA author Angie Thomas talks about her love of hip hop and how it inspired her to write.

And Indonesian writer Intan Paramaditha discusses her short story collection Apple and Knife.

Max Porter discusses his new novel Lanny.

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Siri Hustvedt, Witches In Fiction, British Library's Erotica Collection2019032420190328 (R4)Booker nominated author Siri Hustvedt discusses Memories of the Future, a new novel disguised as a memoir by a writer called SH.

Why are witches casting a spell over contemporary fiction? Stacey Halls, author of the best-selling The Familiars and Marion Gibson of Exeter University discuss.

The Palestinian Icelandic author Mazen Maarouf has just been nominated for the International Booker Prize for his short story collection Jokes for the Gunmen. He writes Open Book a literary postcard from his adopted hometown of Reykjavik.

As The British Library digitises its Private Case Collection of sexually explicit material, writer Saskia Vogel and curator Maddy Smith join Mariella to take a look at some of the highlights.

Siri Hustvedt discusses her new novel Memories of the Future

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Taylor Jenkins Reid, Older Characters In Fiction, Baseball Books20190331American author Taylor Jenkins Reid talks about her latest novel Daisy Jones & The Six. A fictional biography of a fictional band, the book charts the turbulent relationships, both on and off stage, of a group of musicians in the late 70s who bare an uncanny resemblance to Fleetwood Mac.

Why are older characters so often either invisible or caricatured in fiction? Paul Bailey and Emma Healey discuss books which depict old age in a sensitive, humorous or more nuanced way.

An unusual Reading Clinic, in which a caller seeks suggestions for a penpal in Texas on death-row. Benjamin Markovits recommends books about baseball and thrilling Westerns.

And an Editor's Tip with Virago Chair Lennie Goodings, who is captivated by new social history about Victorian life and pleasure.

Taylor Jenkins Reid talks about her latest novel Daisy Jones & The Six.

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What Makes A Jewish Book, Colm Toibin On Natalia Ginzburg, Censorship In Kuwait2019031020190314 (R4)As Jewish Book Week comes to an end, novelists Charlotte Mendelson and Nathan Englander reflect on what makes a Jewish book, and whether the experience of being a Jewish writer differs between the US and UK.

Colm Tóibín offers a reader's guide to the Italian writer Natalia Ginzburg whose books are gaining fans beyond Italy, thirty years after her death.

Kuwaiti writer Layla AlAmmar discusses her debut novel The Pact We Made and reflects on a recent controversy over censored books in her home country.

And comedian and presenter Dara O'Briain explains why his copy of Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time is the book he'd never lend.

Novelists Charlotte Mendelson and Nathan Englander discuss what makes a book Jewish.

Programme looking at new fiction and non-fiction books