Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20161202, 20160311
Pulitzer Prize winning fiction writer, Geraldine Brooks talks about the 2015 book, The Secret Chord, her historical novel about the Biblical King David and the women and men who surrounded him as told from the perspective of Nathan, a member of David's court, whose writings are now lost. Brooks recounts the lessons learned from her earlier career as an investigative journalist, her conversion from Catholicism to Judaism before her marriage to fellow writer, Tony Horwitz, how her two sons play a part in this fifth novel, and why riding a camel is a waste of time when attempting to relate to Israel's Second Iron Age.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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