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Sunday 16:00-16:30, repeated Thursday 16:00-16:30, except first Sunday in the month when it is replaced by Book Club.
Open Book spotlights new fiction and non-fiction, picks out the best of the paperbacks, talks to authors and publishers, and unearths lost masterpieces.
This week
Thursday 14th June 
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Michael Chabon

Pulitzer Prize winner, Michael Chabon, talks about Yiddish detectives and comic books.
Michael Chabon

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon imagines a Jewish homeland in Alaska in his latest book, The Yiddish Policemen's Union. Written in the style of a 1940's detective noir, his cop hero Meyer Landsman has to investigate the death of a lonely drug addict, an investigation which takes him deep into the heart of the orthodox community to unravel conspiracy theories and uncover long buried secrets.

The Yiddish Policeman's Union – Michael Chabon
Publisher: Fourth Estate

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon
Publisher: Fourth Estate

Wonderboys – Michael Chabon
Publisher: Fourth Estate

A Novel in a Year

Louise Doughty has written a how-to guide to becoming an author, based on her recent newspaper columns about the novelist’s art. She talks to Mariella about her advice and why, she believes, all writers should be happy to help those trying to get published.

And first timer Dayo Forster describes her journey from first draft to publication.

A Novel in a Year - Louise Doughty
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd

Reading the Ceiling – Dayo Forster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd

North East teenagers

Writers Richard Milward and Ellen Phethean, and Claire Malcolm from New Writing North discuss the fictional depiction of teenagers on Tyneside as hard living and hard drinking.

Apples - Richard Milward
Publisher: Faber and Faber

Wall - Ellen Phethean
Publisher: Smokestack Books

The Madolescents – Chrissie Glazebrook
Publisher: Arrow

The Season Ticket - Jonathan Tulloch
Publisher: Random House

The Taxi Driver's Daughter - Julia Darling
Publisher: Penguin Fiction
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