An Interview with Margaret Atwood, a master of the dystopic future

Yesterday on the CBC’s evening program “Q,” Margaret Atwood, award-winning Canadian author, spoke with program hatwood_670ost Jian Ghomeshi about her new book MaddAddam, third in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. The first and second titles in the trilogy are Oryx and Crake (2003) and The Year of the Flood (2009). Their conversation focused on the fact that Atwood chose to create an earth destroyed, or nearly so, by mismanagement of advances in science that arose from our own times. Atwood commented, “Although MaddAddam is a work of fiction, it does not include any technologies or biobeings that do not already exist, are not under construction or are not possible in theory.” Click here for the full interview.

Barbara L.

Stephen King discusses his new book “11/22/63”

Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC’s “Q” radio talk show, aired an exclusive interview with master storyteller Stephen King Thursday evening. King discussed his soon-to-be-released novel “11/22/63,” which explores what our world would be like if Jack Kennedy had not been assassinated on that eponymous date. Ghomeshi is a top-notch interviewer and King offered insightful answers in the lively discussion. Even if you’re not a Stephen King fan, you have probably been aware of his huge contribution to the genres of horror and psychological thriller and caught one or two of the films based on his works.

Early reviews of the book are calling it a winner. NPR’s Alan Cheuse gave the new book a hearty “thumbs up” in his recent review.

Barbara L.

Some books make you laugh, some make you cry. This one makes you…itch!

Writer  Ben H. Winters, the sci-fi author who brought us Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, has a new book out titled Bedbugs in which a young couple find their dream apartment in New York city.  The rent is low, the location perfect. Sure, the landlady is little eccentric and the super mumbled something about a problem in the basement, but, hey, the deal was just too great to pass up. As you can imagine from the title, the dream becomes a nightmare.

Winters was interviewed yesterday on CBCRadio “Q” by host Jian Ghomeshi. The conversation and chat that follows is fascinating in that this relatively harmless insect (i.e., bedbugs do not cause lethal diseases like mosquitoes do) has become the archetypal symbol of urban paranoia. Needless to say, I’m itchin’ to read this one (groan).

Barbara L.