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American Audio Prose Library

Overview
Works: 353 works in 522 publications in 1 language and 6,610 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Biography  Folklore 
Classifications: PS379, 813.54
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Publications by American Audio Prose Library
Most widely held works by American Audio Prose Library
Interview by Toni Morrison( Sound Recording )
49 editions published between 1974 and 1986 in English and held by 633 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
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 422 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( Sound Recording )
5 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 126 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
James Baldwin reads from Just above my head by James Baldwin( Sound Recording )
4 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in English and held by 86 libraries worldwide
Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris interview with Kay Bonetti by Louise Erdrich( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 84 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
Ray Carver read[s] three short stories by Raymond Carver( Sound Recording )
6 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 84 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
Maxine Hong Kingston interview with Kay Bonetti by Maxine Hong Kingston( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 83 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( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 82 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
Maxine Hong Kingston reads excerpts from The woman warrior and China men (with Earll Kingston) by Maxine Hong Kingston( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 81 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
Grace Paley reads "A conversation with my father" and "Friends" short stories from her collection Later the same day by Grace Paley( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 74 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 reads Arrow of God and Anthills of the savannah (excerpts) by Chinua Achebe( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 69 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( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 68 libraries worldwide
Presents Gloria Naylor reading excerpts from two of her novels
Tillie Olsen interview by Tillie Olsen( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 68 libraries worldwide
Interview covers Olsen's theme of "silences," the "ministry of art," and continuing problem of gaining mainstream acceptance for writing now "ghettoized" into black studies, women's studies, etc
Chinua Achebe interview with Kay Bonetti by Chinua Achebe( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 67 libraries worldwide
Presents an interview with Chinua Achebe made by Kay Bonetti during the author's residence at the University of Mass
Toni Morrison reads from Tar baby by Toni Morrison( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 66 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
Ernest Gaines reads excerpts from A gathering of old men by Ernest J Gaines( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 64 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
Paule Marshall interview with Kay Bonetti by Paule Marshall( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 61 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
Toni Morrison reads Tar baby (excerpts) by Toni Morrison( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 59 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
Grace Paley interview with Kay Bonetti by Grace Paley( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 59 libraries worldwide
After a brief introduction to her life and work, Grace Paley speaks about her social/political consciousness, her feminine sensibilities, and about her work as a writer and a teacher of writing. She stresses the need for stories to be read aloud since storytelling is an oral/aural art
Alice Munro interview with Kay Bonetti by Alice Munro( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 58 libraries worldwide
Canadian author Alice Munro talks about writers who have influenced her, her relationship with feminist critics, new Canadian literature, and the problems and advantages of women writers
 
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