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Yann Martel: "The High Mountains of Portugal"

The best-selling author of "Life of Pi” on his new novel. Three connected tales set decades apart in Portugal about love, grief and faith. A quest to find an old crucifix, a surreal ghost story, and a fable about a chimpanzee.

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Neil Gaiman: "Trigger Warning" (Rebroadcast)

A conversation with best-selling author Neil Gaiman on his latest collection of short fiction and poems. He warns his new anthology could trigger flashbacks and anxiety. Known for his eerie tales including “Coraline” and “The Graveyard Book,” the author explains why he thinks fiction is dangerous.

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Simon Van Booy: "Tales Of Accidental Genius" (Rebroadcast)

The best-selling author of "The Illusion of Separateness" on his latest collection of short fiction. Through characters ranging from a Beijing street vendor to a retired British body guard, writer Simon Vay Booy writes tales about unusual friendships and acts of compassion.

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Roger Angell: "This Old Man: All In Pieces"

Roger Angell, senior fiction editor of and longtime contributor to The New Yorker, discusses his latest book, "This Old Man: All In Pieces," a collection that includes commentary, letters, jokes and his reflections life in the 10th decade.

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Simon Mawer: "Tightrope"

The heroine of the World War II novel "Trapeze" returns in a new historical thriller about divided loyalties in postwar London. A former special operations officer searches for her identity as the Cold War reshuffles old alliances.

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Readers' Review: "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante

"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is the first of the mysterious Italian author's Neapolitan novels. The series tells the story of a life-long friendship between two working class girls in Naples. Critics have called Ferrante “one of the greatest novelists of our time.” Yet nobody knows her true identity. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “My Brilliant Friend.”

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Simon Van Booy: "Tales Of Accidental Genius"

The best-selling author of "The Illusion of Separateness" on his latest collection of short fiction. Through characters ranging from a Beijing street vendor to a retired British body guard, writer Simon Vay Booy writes tales about unusual friendships and acts of compassion.

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Isabel Allende: The Japanese Lover

Isabel Allende's new novel is a love story about a Jewish girl and a Japanese-American boy torn apart by war, race and class. The best-selling author on love, loss and passion – in fiction and real life.

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Kevin Costner And Jon Baird: "The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage To Shambhala"

Kevin Costner is best known for his roles in films like "Field of Dreams" and "Dances with Wolves." Now, he has written a book with co-author Jon Baird. It's an adventure story called "The Explorers Guild," that takes readers back to World War I and a mysterious golden city of Buddhist myth.

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Readers' Review: "The Haunting Of Hill House" By Shirley Jackson

For our October Readers' Review, a discussion of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House." It's considered to be one of the best literary ghost stories of the 20th century.

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