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The New Yorker: Fiction

A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.

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André Alexis Reads Italo Calvino

André Alexis joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Waiting for Death in a Hotel,? by Italo Calvino, translated, from the Italian, by Martin McLaughlin, which was published in The New Yorker in 2006. Alexis?s novels include ?Childhood,? ?Days by Moonlight,? and ?Fifteen Dogs,? which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2015.

2022 © Italo Calvino, performed with permission of The Wylie Agency LLC.

2022-08-05
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Akhil Sharma Reads Joyce Carol Oates

Akhil Sharma joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Zombie,? by Joyce Carol Oates, which was published in The New Yorker in 1994. Sharma is the author of the novels ?Family Life? and ?An Obedient Father,? which will be reissued in a revised version this month.

2022-07-01
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Rachel Kushner Reads Edna O?Brien

Rachel Kushner joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Come Into the Drawing Room, Doris,? by Edna O?Brien, which was published in The New Yorker in 1962. Kushner is the author of three novels and most recently the essay collection ?The Hard Crowd,? which was published last year.

2022-06-01
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Camille Bordas Reads Saul Bellow

Camille Bordas joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?A Father-to-Be,? by Saul Bellow, which was published in The New Yorker in 1955. Bordas?s novel ?How to Behave in a Crowd,? was published in 2017

2022-05-01
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Sherman Alexie Reads Raymond Carver

Sherman Alexie joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Where I?m Calling From,? by Raymond Carver, which was published in The New Yorker in 1982. Alexie is the author of nineteen books of fiction and poetry, including ?Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories? and the novel ?Flight.?

2022-04-01
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Gish Jen Reads Grace Paley

Gish Jen joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Friends,? by Grace Paley, which was published in The New Yorker in 1979. Jen is the author of nine books, including the novel ?The Resisters? and the story collection ?Thank you, Mr. Nixon,? which was published in February.

2022-03-01
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Alejandro Zambra Reads Bruno Schulz

Alejandro Zambra joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Loneliness,? by Bruno Schulz, translated from the Polish by Celina Wieniewska, which was published in The New Yorker in 1977. Zambra is a Chilean poet, novelist, and story writer whose most recent novel, ?Chilean Poet,? will be published in English this month.

2022-02-01
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Kevin Barry Reads V. S. Pritchett

Kevin Barry joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?A Family Man,? by V. S. Pritchett, which was published in The New Yorker in 1977. Barry is a winner of the International Dublin Literary Award and the author of six books of fiction, most recently the story collection ?That Old Country Music,? which came out in 2020.

2022-01-01
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Will Mackin Reads George Saunders

Will Mackin joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?The Falls,? by George Saunders, which was published in The New Yorker in 1996. Mackin?s first book, ?Bring Out the Dog,? was published in 2018 and won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection.

2021-12-01
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Ben Lerner Reads Julio Cortázar

Ben Lerner joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?In the Name of Bobby,? by Julio Cortázar, translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa, which was published in The New Yorker in 1979. Lerner is the author of seven books of fiction and poetry, including the novels ?10:04? and ?The Topeka School,? which was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. 

2021-11-01
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Donald Antrim Reads Donald Barthelme

Donald Antrim joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?The Balloon,? by Donald Barthelme, which was published in The New Yorker in 1966. Antrim is the author of three novels and the story collection ?The Emerald Light in the Air.? His memoir, ?One Friday in April: A Story of Suicide and Survival,? will be published this month.

?The Balloon? (c) 1966, by Donald Barthelme, performed with permission of the Wylie Agency, LLC.

2021-10-01
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Rebecca Curtis Reads Haruki Murakami

Rebecca Curtis joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey,? by Haruki Murakami, which was published in The New Yorker in 2020. Curtis is the author of the story collection ?Twenty Grand: and Other Tales of Love and Money.?

2021-09-01
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Ann Patchett Reads Maile Meloy

Ann Patchett joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?The Proxy Marriage,? by Maile Meloy, which was published in The New Yorker in 2012. Patchett is the author of eight novels, including ?Commonwealth? and ?The Dutch House,? which was a finalist for last year?s Pulitzer Prize.

2021-08-01
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Susan Choi Reads Jennifer Egan

Susan Choi joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Found Objects,? by Jennifer Egan, which was published in The New Yorker in 2007. Choi is the author of five novels, including ?My Education? and ?Trust Exercise,? which won the National Book Award in 2019.

2021-07-01
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Ben Okri Reads Franz Kafka

Ben Okri joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?The Rescue Will Begin in Its Own Time,? four short fiction pieces by Franz Kafka, translated from the German by Michael Hofmann, which were published in The New Yorker in June of 2020. Okri is the author of two dozen books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including the novels ?The Famished Road,? which won the Booker Prize in 1991, and ?The Freedom Artist,? which was published in 2019.

2021-06-01
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Téa Obreht Reads Thomas McGuane

Téa Obreht joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Gallatin Canyon,? by Thomas McGuane, which appeared in a 2003 issue of the magazine. Obreht is the author of two novels, ?The Tiger's Wife? and ?Inland.?

2021-05-01
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Weike Wang Reads Lara Vapnyar

Weike Wang joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Katania,? by Lara Vapnyar, which appeared in a 2013 issue of the magazine. Wang's first novel, ?Chemistry,? won the PEN/Hemingway Award in 2018.

2021-04-01
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Douglas Stuart Reads Kevin Barry

Douglas Stuart joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Fjord of Killary,? by Kevin Barry, which appeared in a 2010 issue of the magazine. Stuart?s first novel, ?Shuggie Bain,? won the Booker Prize in 2020.

2021-03-01
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Hisham Matar Reads Colm Tóibín

Hisham Matar joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?One Minus One,? by Colm Tóibín, which appeared in a 2007 issue of the magazine. Matar?s most recent book, the memoir ?A Month in Siena,? came out last year.

2021-02-01
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Chang-rae Lee Reads Steven Millhauser

Chang-rae Lee joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Coming Soon,? by Steven Millhauser, which appeared in a 2013 issue of the magazine. Lee?s sixth novel, ?My Year Abroad,? will be published in February.

2021-01-01
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Samantha Hunt Reads Yiyun Li

Samantha Hunt joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?A Sheltered Woman,? by Yiyun Li, which appeared in a 2014 issue of the magazine. Hunt?s four books of fiction include the story collection ?The Dark Dark,? which was published in 2017, and ?The Seas,? for which she won the National Book Foundations?s 5 Under 35 Award in 2006.

2020-12-01
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Elizabeth Strout Reads William Trevor

Elizabeth Strout joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Bravado,? by William Trevor, which appeared in a 2007 issue of the magazine. Strout?s most recent book, ?Olive Again,? an Oprah?s book-club pick, was published in 2019. 

2020-11-01
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ZZ Packer Reads Lesley Nneka Arimah

ZZ Packer joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Who Will Greet You At Home,? by Lesley Nneka Arimah, which appeared in a 2015 issue of the magazine. Packer?s story collection, ?Drinking Coffee Elsewhere,? was published in 2003.

2020-10-01
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David Gilbert Reads Samantha Hunt

David Gilbert joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Three Days,? by Samantha Hunt, which appeared in a 2006 issue of the magazine. Gilbert is the author of two novels, ?& Sons? and ?The Normals.?

2020-09-01
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Tommy Orange Reads Louise Erdrich

Tommy Orange joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?The Years of My Birth,? by Louise Erdrich, which appeared in a 2011 issue of the magazine. Orange?s first novel, ?There There,? was published in 2018 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

2020-08-01
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Allegra Goodman Reads Eudora Welty

Allegra Goodman joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?No Place for You My Love,? by Eudora Welty, which appeared in a 1952 issue of the magazine. Goodman?s books include ?The Family Markowitz? and ?The Chalk Artist.? 

2020-07-01
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Bryan Washington Reads Haruki Murakami

Bryan Washington joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?U.F.O. in Kushiro,? by Haruki Murakami, which first appeared in a 2001 issue of the magazine and was then republished in 2011, after an earthquake and tsunami devastated northern Japan. Washington?s début story collection, ?Lot,? was published last year, and his first novel, ?Memorial,? will come out in October. 

2020-06-01
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Kristen Roupenian Reads Shirley Jackson

Kristen Roupenian joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Afternoon in Linen,? by Shirley Jackson, which appeared in a 1943 issue of the magazine. Roupenian?s début story collection, ?You Know You Want This,? was published last year, and was just released in paperback under the title ?Cat Person and Other Stories.? 

2020-05-01
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Deborah Treisman Reads David Foster Wallace

Deborah Treisman reads and discusses ?Good People,? by David Foster Wallace, which appeared in a 2007 issue of the magazine. David Foster Wallace, who died in 2008, was the author of three short-story collections and three novels, including ?Infinite Jest,? and ?The Pale King,? which was published posthumously, in 2011, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. 

2020-04-01
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Greg Jackson Reads Ann Beattie

Greg Jackson joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Where You?ll Find Me,? by Ann Beattie, which appeared in a 1986 issue of the magazine. Jackson is the author of ?Prodigals,? a story collection published in 2016, for which he won the Bard Fiction Prize and the National Book Foundation?s 5 Under 35 Award. 

2020-03-01
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David Rabe Reads John Updike

David Rabe joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?The Other Side of the Street,? by John Updike, which appeared in a 1991 issue of the magazine. Rabe, a fiction writer, playwright, and screenwriter, is the author of more than a dozen plays, including the Tony Award-winning ?Sticks and Bones,? ?In the Boom Boom Room,? and ?Hurlyburly.? He received the PEN/Laura Pels Theatre Award as a Master American Dramatist in 2014. His novels include ?Recital of the Dog? and ?Girl by the Road at Night.? 

2020-02-01
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Andrea Lee Reads Haruki Murakami

Andrea Lee joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Barn Burning,? by Haruki Murakami, which appeared in a 1992 issue of the magazine. Lee?s books of fiction include ?Sarah Phillips,? ?Interesting Women,? and ?Lost Hearts in Italy.? A new book, ?Red Island House,? will be published by Scribner in 2021. 

2020-01-01
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Ann Beattie Reads Mavis Gallant

Ann Beattie joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Dédé,? by Mavis Gallant, which appeared in a 1987 issue of the magazine. Beattie has published eleven story collections and nine novels, including ?Mrs. Nixon? and this year?s ?A Wonderful Stroke of Luck.? She was also a winner of the 2005 Rea Award for the Short Story, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award. She has been publishing fiction in The New Yorker since 1974. 

2019-12-01
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Garth Greenwell Reads Jean Stafford

Garth Greenwell joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?The Shorn Lamb,? by Jean Stafford, which appeared in a 1953 issue of the magazine. Greenwell is a fiction writer, poet, and critic. His first novel, ?What Belongs to You,? was published in 2016, and won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year. A new book of fiction, ?Cleanness,? will be published in January. 

2019-11-01
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Jhumpa Lahiri Reads Primo Levi

Jhumpa Lahiri joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Quaestio De Centauris," by Primo Levi, translated, from the Italian, by Jenny McPhee, which appeared in a 2015 issue of the magazine. Lahiri is the author of four books of fiction, including the story collection "Interpreter of Maladies," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, and the novel "The Lowland." She is the editor of "The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories," which was published in September.

2019-10-01
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Etgar Keret Reads Janet Frame

Etgar Keret joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "You Are Now Entering the Human Heart," by Janet Frame, from a 1969 issue of the magazine. Keret has published several short-story collections, including "The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God," "The Girl on the Fridge," "Suddenly, a Knock on the Door," and "Fly Already." His memoir, "The Seven Good Years," was published in 2015.

2019-09-01
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Margaret Atwood Reads Alice Munro

Margaret Atwood joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Corrie," by Alice Munro, from a 2010 issue of the magazine. Atwood is the author of numerous collections of poetry, stories, and novels, including "The Handmaid's Tale," "The Blind Assassin," which won the Booker Prize in 2000, and "Stone Mattress." A winner of the Franz Kafka Prize and the Governor General's Award, among others, she will publish "The Testaments," a sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale," in September.

2019-08-01
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Kirstin Valdez Quade Reads John L'Heureux

Kirstin Valdez Quade joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "The Long Black Line," by John L'Heureux, from a 2018 issue of the magazine. Quade is the author of the story collection "Night at the Fiestas," which won the National Book Critic Circle's John Leonard Prize and a "5 Under 35" award from the National Book Foundation.
2019-07-01
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Andrew Sean Greer Reads Dorothy Parker

Andrew Sean Greer joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "I Live on Your Visits," by Dorothy Parker, from a 1955 issue of the magazine. Greer is the author of six books of fiction, including "The Confessions of Max Tivoli," "The Story of a Marriage," and "Less," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018. 

2019-06-03
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Emma Cline Reads Miranda July

Emma Cline joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "The Metal Bowl," by Miranda July, from a 2017 issue of the magazine. Cline's first novel, "The Girls," was shortlisted for the John Leonard Award from the National Book Critics Circle and the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize.

2019-05-01
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Marisa Silver Reads Daniyal Mueenuddin

Marisa Silver joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Nawabdin Electrician," by Daniyal Mueenuddin, from a 2007 issue of the magazine. Silver is the author of two short-story collections and four books of fiction, including "The God of War" and "Little Nothing."

 

2019-04-01
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Joy Williams Reads Don DeLillo

Joy Williams joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "The Itch," by Don DeLillo, from a 2017 issue of the magazine. Williams is the author of four novels and five story collections, including "The Quick and the Dead," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and "Ninety-Nine Stories of God." Her most recent book is "The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories."

2019-03-01
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Joseph O'Neill Reads Nadine Gordimer

Joseph O'Neill joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "The Pet," by Nadine Gordimer, from a 1962 issue of the magazine. O'Neill's four novels include "The Dog" and "Netherland." His most recent book, the story collection "Good Trouble," was published last year.

2019-02-01
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Orhan Pamuk Reads Jorge Luis Borges

Orhan Pamuk joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Ibn Hakkan Al-Bokhari, Dead in his Labyrinth," by Jorge Luis Borges, from a 1970 issue of the magazine. Pamuk's novels include "Snow," "My Name is Red," and "The Museum of Innocence." He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006.

2019-01-02
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Dave Eggers Reads Sam Shepard

Dave Eggers joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Indianapolis (Highway 74)," by Sam Shepard, from a 2009 issue of the magazine. Eggers is the author of twelve books, including the novels "Heroes of the Frontier," "The Circle," and "The Wild Things." A new novel, "The Parade," will be published in March.

 

2018-12-01
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Stuart Dybek Reads Steven Millhauser

Stuart Dybek joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Miracle Polish," by Steven Millhauser, from a 2011 issue of the magazine. Dybek is a poet and fiction writer, whose story collections include "Paper Lantern: Love Stories" and "Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Short Stories." He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007.

2018-11-01
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Roddy Doyle Reads Lorrie Moore

Roddy Doyle joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "Community Life," by Lorrie Moore, from a 1991 issue of the magazine. Doyle is the author of two story collections - "The Deportees and Other Stories" and "Bullfighting" - as well as eleven novels for adults, including "Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha," which won the Booker Prize in 1993, and eight children's books. His most recent novel, "Smile," was published in 2017.

2018-10-01
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Tessa Hadley Reads John Updike

Tessa Hadley joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "New York Girl," by John Updike, from a 1996 issue of the magazine. Hadley is the author of nine books of fiction, including the story collection "Bad Dreams and Other Stories," which was published last year. She won the Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction in 2016 and has been publishing in The New Yorker since 2002.

2018-09-03
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Kate Walbert Reads Stuart Dybek

Kate Walbert joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss ?Pet Milk,? by Stuart Dybek, from a 1984 issue of the magazine.

2018-08-01
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Ottessa Moshfegh Reads Sheila Heti

Ottessa Moshfegh joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss "My Life Is a Joke," by Sheila Heti, from a 2015 issue of the magazine.

 

2018-07-02
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