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Conversations: Fredrik Backman, "Anxious People"

On this edition of Conversations, Fredrik Backman talks with host Dan Skinner about his latest novel, "Anxious People." Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous books including “A Man Called Ove,” “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry,” “Britt-Marie Was Here,” “Beartown” and “Us Against You."


Conversations: John Kenney, "Love Poems for Anxious People"

On this edition of Conversations, John Kenney talks with host Dan Skinner about his latest collection of poetry, “Love Poems for Anxious People.” Kenney is the New York Times bestselling author of the humorous poetry collections “Love Poems for Married People” and “Love Poems for People with Children.” His novels include “Talk to Me” and “Truth in Advertising,” which won the Thurber Priz

Conversations: Emily Flake, "That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug"

On this edition of Conversations, Emily Flake talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest book, That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug. Her cartoons and humorous essays run regularly in The New Yorker, The Nib and many other publications. She’s written and illustrated two books: These Things Ain’t Gonna Smoke Themselves and Mama Tried.


Conversations: Dan Zevin, "Very Modern Mantras: Daily Affirmations for Daily Aggravations"

On this edition of Conversations, Dan Zevin shares Very Modern Mantras: Daily Affirmations for Daily Aggravations. Zevin is a Thurber Prize-winning humorist whose books include Dan Gets a Minivan and The Day I Turned Uncool. He’s been an award-winning humor columnist for the New York Times, and a contributor to print and digital editions of The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Salon, The Wall Street Journal and others.


Conversations: John Kenney, "Love Poems for People with Children"

On this edition of Conversations, John Kenney talks about Love Poems for People with Children. Kenney is the New York Times bestselling author of the humorous poetry collection Love Poems for Married People, and the novels Talk to Me and Truth in Advertising, which won the Thurber Prize for American Humor.


Conversations: A. B. Jewell, "The Man Who Wouldn't Die"

On this edition of Conversations, A. B. Jewell talks about his humorous tech/noir debut novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Die. A. B. Jewell is the pseudonym for a Pulitzer Prize-winning technology reporter. The author behind the author has written numerous books including fiction and non-fiction, but using a pseudonym allows him to enter a new genre without readers having preconceived notions of what they will find.


Conversations: Matt Geiger, "Astonishing Tales: Stories and Essays (Your Astonishment May Vary)"

On this edition of Conversations, Matt Geiger joins us to talk about the collection of humorous yet emotionally powerful stories and essays you’ll find in his latest book, Astonishing Tales! (Your Astonishment May Vary).Geiger is an award winning essayist and journalist, who is frequently heard on public radio.


Conversations: Al Gini, "The Importance of Being Funny"

Al Gini is a professor of business ethics and the author of numerous books on issues in contemporary American culture. For over 27-years he has been the “Resident Philosopher” on Chicago’s public radio station, WBEZ and he can also be heard on WGN in Chicago. On this edition of Conversations, he joins me to talk about his latest book, The Importance of Being Funny: Why We Need More Jokes in our Lives.

Conversations: Carl Hiaasen, "Razor Girl"

On this edition of Conversations, I’ll talk with Carl Hiaasen about his novel, Razor Girl, which is now out in paperback. NPR Books referred to Razor Girl as “Vintage Hiaasen, in the very best way: darkly funny, unapologetically crazy, and more Florida than a flamingo eating a Cuban sandwich while singing a Jimmy Buffet song.” Hiaason is the best-selling author of 13 previous novels and 5 best-selling children’s books. He’s also a columnist for The Miami Herald.


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