Episode 11 of our podcast features acclaimed novelist, short fiction writer, and literary critic Alan Cheuse and Alyson Foster, an emerging author whose debut novel and story collection will both be published in 2014. Unlike our previous episodes—which come from PEN/Faulkner reading series events and award ceremonies at the Folger Shakespeare Library—this reading marked the debut of a new collaborative venture: The Hill Center Reading Series Presented by PEN/Faulkner. The Hill Center Reading Series features new and established authors and takes place at Hill Center, an community space located in the renovated Old Naval Hospital in the heart of D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. This particular event took place on Sunday, Dec. 2nd, 2012, and the reading begins with opening remarks by Emma Snyder, Executive Director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.
Alan Cheuse is the author of the novels The Bohemians, The Grandmothers’ Club, The Light Possessed, and the award-winning To Catch the Lightning, plus several collections of short fiction. Cheuse has been a regular contributor to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered since 1982 and his short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Southern Review, The Antioch Review, and elsewhere. His latest book is a trio of novellas published under the title Paradise, Or, Eat Your Face.
Alyson Foster recently received her MFA from George Mason University where she was a Completion Fellow. Her fiction has appeared in publications including The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, and Glimmer Train. In 2014, her novel, God is an Astronaut, and her short story collection, The Place of the Holy, will be published by Bloomsbury. She works for the National Geographic Society and lives with her husband in Takoma Park.
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