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Armistead Maupin; Folio Prize shortlist; Her; Raphael Wallfisch

John Wilson talks to American writer Armistead Maupin about his new Tales of the City book; Lavinia Greenlaw on the Folio Prize shortlist; new film Her; cellist Raphael Wallfisch.

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.

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Chapters

  • Her

    Toby Litt reviews Her - the new film from Spike Jonze

    Duration: 04:51

  • Armistead Maupin

    Writer Armistead Maupin discusses his latest novel The Days of Anna Madrigal

    Duration: 08:57

  • The 2014 Folio Prize for Literature nominations

    Head of judging panel Lavinia Greenlaw discusses the shortlist

    Duration: 05:04

  • Raphael Wallfisch

    Cellist Raphael Wallfisch discusses his new album, Voice in the Wilderness

    Duration: 08:50

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

Role Contributor
Presenter 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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  • Mon 10 Feb 2014 19:15

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