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American Audio Prose Library

Overview
Works: 358 works in 529 publications in 1 language and 6,153 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Biography  Folklore 
Classifications: PS379, 813.54
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Most widely held works by American Audio Prose Library
Conversations with American novelists : the best interviews from the Missouri review and the American Audio Prose Library( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readers of fine novels cherish the opportunity to hear their favorite novelists speak directly, without commentary or interpretation, about how their lives and concerns drive their fiction writing. For twenty years The Missouri Review has brought these readers some of the most compelling and thought-provoking literary interviews in print. In this collection of fifteen in-depth interviews with contemporary novelists, the authors discuss the style and themes of their work, their writing habits, their cultural and social backgrounds, and larger aesthetic issues with refreshing insight about themselves and their art
Alice Walker reads "Nineteen fifty-five" by Alice Walker( Recording )

5 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following a brief introduction to her life and work, author Walker reads her short story, Nineteen fifty-five, which is a fictional account of the exploitation of Black music by white musicians
Maxine Hong Kingston reads excerpts from The woman warrior and China men (with Earll Kingston) by Maxine Hong Kingston( Recording )

4 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After an introduction to her life and work, author Kingston reads excerpts from her work The woman warrior, the memoirs of a young Chinese-American girl. Her husband, Earll Kingston, concludes with readings from China men, which shows Maxine H. Kingston's portrayal of Chinese-American culture
James Baldwin reads from Just above my head by James Baldwin( Recording )

3 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maxine Hong Kingston interview with Kay Bonetti by Maxine Hong Kingston( Recording )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After an introduction to her life and work, author Kingston discusses the structures and manner of compositions in her works The woman warrior and China men. She reveals how each work portrays the Chinese-American experience with a poetic blend of myth, legend, oral history, factual narrative, fiction, memoir, and autobiography
Alice Walker interview with Kay Bonetti by Alice Walker( Recording )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author Walker talks about her work, her early literary models and influences, and what she wants her writing to be. She discusses racism, particularly in music, and comments on what she sees as a too narrow focus of some white women writers
Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris interview with Kay Bonetti by Louise Erdrich( Recording )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Husband and wife Michael Dorris and Louise Erdrich share the nature of their writing collaboration. Even though the words on the page are usually Erdrich's, they have worked out a unified vision based on their shared backgrounds as mixed-blood native Americans. Includes brief biographical sketches of both authors
Interview by Toni Morrison( Recording )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author Morrison talks about her roots in an integrated mill town in the Midwest, along with her search for a craft and voice which would adequately embody her vision and address the Black people for whom she writes. She also discusses women writers and the art of Black storytelling, which she tries to transfer to novel form
Interview by Alice Walker( Recording )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author Walker talks about her work, her early literary models and influences, and what she wants her writing to be. She discusses racism, particularly in music, and comments on what she sees as a too narrow focus of some white women writers
Interview by James Baldwin( Recording )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr. Baldwin discusses his current stands on some of the issues mentioned in his essays, including the role of the artist in Western culture
Grace Paley reads "A conversation with my father" and "Friends" short stories from her collection Later the same day by Grace Paley( Recording )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a brief biographical sketch, Paley reads two of her short stories, which bring the sound of Paley's native New York City idiom to life. She prefaces each reading with facts about her life and her relationship with her family
Chinua Achebe interview with Kay Bonetti by Chinua Achebe( Recording )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an interview with Chinua Achebe made by Kay Bonetti during the author's residence at the University of Mass
Interview by Raymond Carver( Recording )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raymond Carver talks about his life as a recovered alcoholic, why he focused on the short story format, and the happy effects of success on his writing
Toni Morrison reads from Tar baby by Toni Morrison( Recording )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following a brief introduction to her life and work, author Morrison reads excerpts from her novel, Tar baby, which is about a wealthy white New England family and their Black servants
Chinua Achebe reads Arrow of God and Anthills of the savannah (excerpts) by Chinua Achebe( Recording )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents Chinua Achebe reading excerpts from two works. He reads chapter three from the Arrow of God, a tale of the colonial and missionary encroachment upon traditional Ibo culture, and excerpts from Anthills of the savannah, a novel about the making of a dictator in contemporary Africa
Gloria Naylor reads The women of Brewster Place and Mama Day (excerpts) by Gloria Naylor( Recording )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents Gloria Naylor reading excerpts from two of her novels
Paule Marshall interview with Kay Bonetti by Paule Marshall( Recording )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paule Marshall discusses the creative process as it applies to her own work and her thoughts on the relationship between one's social vision and art
Ernest Gaines reads excerpts from A gathering of old men by Ernest J Gaines( Recording )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following a brief introduction to his life and work, author Ernest Gaines reads excerpts from his novel A gathering of old men, which deals with the Black tenant farmers in a rural area east of Baton Rouge, La. He introduces the characters Snookum, Janey, Miss Merle, and Rufe in this reading
Toni Cade Bambara interview with Kay Bonetti by Toni Cade Bambara( Recording )

6 editions published between 1981 and 1987 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following introductory comments about the author's life and work, Toni Cade Bambara reads her short story about Atlanta's Black community and an activist's political and social concerns
Ray Carver read[s] three short stories by Raymond Carver( Recording )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first story, the author reads his melancholy tale about a boy's pride in catching an enormous fish. The second story deals with a man's futile attempts to be reconciled with his wife. In the third story, a well- mannered, but grossly overweight man consumes a large meal at a restaurant
 
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Conversations with American novelists : the best interviews from the Missouri review and the American Audio Prose Library
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English (46)

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Ray Carver read[s] three short stories