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Full Show: American Red Cross Response To Harvey, And Writer Rodrigo Hasbún (Sept. 8, 2017)

Posted on · On Friday's edition of Houston Matters: We learn more about American Red Cross relief efforts in Greater Houston. Our non-experts discuss The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week's news. And writer Rodrigo Hasbún talks about his novel Affections.

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Irish Author Colm Tóibín Leaves ‘Brooklyn’ Behind to Write About Ancient Greece

Posted on · (Above: Irish novelist Colm Tóibín. Photo Courtesy: Jesse Costa/WBUR) Award-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín is probably best known for his novel Brooklyn, about an Irish girl who emigrates to New York. In 2015, it was turned into a movie starring Saorise Ronan. His latest novel, House of Names, is a departure from Brooklyn – and […]

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Richard Russo Revisits Fictional Blue-Collar New York Town in ‘Everybody’s Fool’

Posted on · Author Richard Russo is known for his novels, such as Empire Falls, which won him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2002. His third novel, Nobody’s Fool (1993), took place in North Bath, N.Y., a blue-collar, Rust Belt town. But Russo just couldn’t stay away from North Bath and its citizens and denizens. And so, decades […]

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A Novel About Forgetting and Remembering: Rabih Alameddine Discusses ‘The Angel of History’

Posted on · The Angel of History is a book about remembering and forgetting – and the tension between the two. The novel is the latest by author Rabih Alameddine, who has written novels such as An Unnecessary Woman, for which he was named a finalist for the National Book Award. Alameddine will discuss his latest work, along […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for October 8, 2016

Posted on · Recently, News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter noted how often she hears folks ask “why can’t Houston be more like” a city where they used to live, particularly when it comes to transportation and mass transit. We talk about such examples with Gail, as well as the city’s planning director Patrick Walsh, and Ryan Holeywell from the […]

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Here I Am: Author Jonathan Safran Foer Discusses Latest Novel

Posted on · Author Jonathan Safran Foer is perhaps best known for his novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which became a best seller and was made into an Oscar-nominated film. He also wrote Everything Is Illuminated. As a writer, his work’s been compared to Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, and his latest book, titled Here I Am, explores […]

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Houston Writer Charts Her Own Path Outside the World of Academia

Posted on · Houston’s Miah Arnold is a different kind of writer. Many folks of the literary mindset opt for a career in academia to earn a living while honing their craft. But Arnold’s path took a different turn. She’s created her own writing studio, called Grackle & Grackle, to help others find their literary voice. In a recent […]

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Why Is It So Hard for Novelists to Get Houston Right?

Posted on · From time to time on Houston Matters, we talk with writers who are either from Houston or who write about Houston (and sometimes both). And recently, there have been a handful of novels set in Houston getting critical praise, from The After Party, to Sunset City, to A Wife of Noble Character – among others. […]

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A Conversation with Houston Native, Novelist and Screenwriter Attica Locke

Posted on · Houston native Attica Locke has written three crime novels and 50 screenplays. But her biggest claim to fame so far has come as a writer for the Fox television series Empire. We talk with Locke about the series and about efforts to engage viewers on important subject matter in the context of a primetime soap […]

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You Will Know Me: Novel Looks Inside the World of Competitive Gymnastics

Posted on · The opening ceremonies are tonight (Aug. 5, 2016) for the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There are several Houston-area athletes involved in the games in a variety of sports, including gymnast Simone Biles, the Hurley sisters in fencing, swimmer Cammile Adams, marksman Glen Eller and Steven Lopez in Tae Kwon Do. […]

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‘The French War Bride’ — Novel Looks at the Unique Challenges of One Particular Type of Wartime Love Story

Posted on · The French War Bride is a new book from Houston author Robin Wells. It’s a fictional story of how a young woman was able to escape Nazi-occupied France during World War II by marrying an American Army doctor and coming to America as a war bride. Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin sat down with Wells to […]

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Novel Paints a Picture of 1950s River Oaks

Posted on · The 1950s could be defined as an era of prosperity in America. In River Oaks, it was even more so, as author Anton DiSclafani illustrates in her new book The After Party. She tells Maggie Martin how the Houston neighborhood made such an impression on her at a young age. And she says more fiction […]

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The Sadness: A Novel About Film & Failure

Posted on · Among the many authors we interview on Houston Matters, we connect with quite a few of them through Houston’s Brazos Bookstore and, in particular, their marketing manager Ben Rybeck. Now, Rybeck has written a book of his own, a novel called The Sadness. Michael Hagerty talked with Rybeck, who says the book’s about something different […]

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Move Over LA: ‘Sunset City’ Uses Houston as Noir Crime Setting

Posted on · When you think of noir crime novels, Los Angeles often comes to mind as a setting. But author Melissa Ginsburg has set her new crime noir novel Sunset City in Houston. That’s because she’s from here. Ginsburg lived in Houston through most of her 20s. Sunset City — her debut novel — is a story about two […]

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Happiness for Beginners: Looking to Nature to Rebuild a Life

Posted on · Houston author Katherine Center is in the process of finishing her sixth novel, which goes on sale next year. And her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, is being made into a movie. Sandwiched between those is her most current novel, Happiness for Beginners. It’s about a woman whose marriage falls apart and to help her recover her […]