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Armistead Maupin; Folio Prize shortlist; Her; Raphael Wallfisch

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 10 February 2014

With John Wilson.

Armistead Maupin discusses The Days of Anna Madrigal, the ninth (and possibly final) instalment of his celebrated Tales of the City series of novels. Madrigal is reunited with the former tenants of 28 Barbary Lane, San Francisco, as they prepare to spend time at Burning Man, the avant-garde festival in Nevada. Transgender Anna is now 92, and determined 'to leave like a lady', and embarks on a road trip to the desert - to the brothel where she lived as a teenage boy.

Her is the romantic tale of a man (played by Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with the voice of his computer's operating system (the voice provided by Scarlett Johansson). Complications ensue when his feelings are reciprocated. Novelist Toby Litt delivers his verdict on this latest idiosyncratic movie from Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze.

The inaugural shortlist of The Folio Prize was announced today. Chair of Judges, Lavinia Greenlaw, discusses the eight shortlisted books in the running for the £40,000 prize, which celebrates the best English-language fiction from around the world, regardless of form, genre, or the author's country of origin.

Cellist Raphael Wallfisch discusses his new CD of Jewish music, including Schelomo by Bloch, which he has dedicated to his grandparents who died in the Holocaust, and to his mother Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who survived Auschwitz by playing the cello in the Auschwitz Women's Orchestra.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

Chapters

4 items
  • Armistead Maupin

    Armistead Maupin, writer of the Tales of the City novels set in San Francisco, discusses the latest book in the series, The Days of Anna Madrigal. Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane.
  • Her

    Her is the romantic tale of a man (played by Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with the voice of his computer's operating system (the voice provided by Scarlett Johansson). Novelist Toby Litt delivers his verdict on this latest idiosyncratic movie from Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze.

  • The 2014 Folio Prize

    The inaugural shortlist of The Folio Prize was announced today. Chair of Judges, Lavinia Greenlaw, discusses the eight shortlisted books in the running for the £40,000 prize.
  • Raphael Wallfisch

    John talks to the cellist Raphael Wallfisch about his new CD of Jewish music, including Schelomo by Bloch. Raphael has dedicated to his grandparents, who died in the Holocaust, and to his mother Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who survived Auschwitz by playing the cello in the Auschwitz Women’s Orchestra.  

Credits

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John Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Armistead Maupin
Interviewed Guest
Toby Litt
Interviewed Guest
Lavinia Greenlaw
Interviewed Guest
Raphael Wallfisch
Producer
Jerome Weatherald

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