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In this hour, Nicholson Baker's latest novel is called The Anthologist. Baker tells Anne Strainchamps the book's about a writer who longs to be a poet. Baker shares his character's passion for verse and quotes several examples to illustrate his points about, for example, the problem with "iambic pentameter."

Next, Daniyal Mueenuddin divides his time between the United States and Pakistan, where his family owns a farm. His collection of short stories, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, a Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award. He talks with Steve Paulson.

After that, rocker Nick Cave of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds has written his second novel. It's called The Death of Bunny Munro. He talks with Steve Paulson about the relative freedom of writing prose versus song-writing, and disputes the conventional wisdom that performers can't get any new, creative work done while they're on the road.

Following that, Keith Miller is a novelist for whom libraries function as a muse. He reads an essay about the library he knew as a child in Africa then talks with Jim Fleming about the importance of libraries for him. His novels are called The Book of Flying and The Book of Fire.

Finally, Jane Hamilton is the author of several well-respected and thoughtful novels. Her latest is a departure: a satire called Laura Rider's Masterpiece. Hamilton tells Anne Strainchamps the inspiration for the book came when she was teaching a writing workshop on a cruise ship. [Broadcast Date: April 22, 2011]

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  • The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker
  • In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
  • The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave
  • Laura Rider's Masterpiece by Jane Hamilton
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