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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
17 August 2008
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Owen Sheers and Paul Auster

Owen Sheers, presenter of this week's Open Book, with the novelist Paul Auster in his home in New York. Photo courtesy of Thomas Morris.
Owen Sheers visits the New York borough of Brooklyn to find out how it has succeeded Manhattan as the heart of the city’s literary scene.

He talks to some of its leading writers, including Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt, the husband and wife novelists known as literary Brooklyn’s first couple.

Owen walks through the old industrial heartland of Brooklyn to see how one of New York's hottest literary journals, edited by the novelist Hannah Tinti, operates out of a disused can factory.

And he visits the Brooklyn Inn to talk to two writers who drink there – and hears how in the last ten years novelists, not muggers, have become the people you least want to encounter on the street.

His guests include the novelists Suketu Mehta, Wesley Stace and David Grand, and the critic John Freeman.
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