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Best Author Interviews from 2014

These topics air Tuesday December 30, 2014 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA.

We’re looking back at some of our favorite author interviews from 2014.


In 1996 Olympic wrestling gold medalist Dave Schultz was shot to death by millionaire John du Pont on the Foxcatcher Farms estate in Southeast Pennsylvania. A movie about these events, called “Foxcatcher,” was recently released in theaters. It’s based on a book by Schultz’s brother and fellow gold medalist Mark Schultz. We spoke with Mark Schultz in November about the true story behind his brother’s murder.

The Signature of All Things

Before Elizabeth Gilbert wrote her best-selling memoir "Eat, Pray, Love" she was known for novels about travel, adventure, and characters that defy convention. Elizabeth came to town for the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Monday Night Speaker Series in November to talk about her latest novel, "The Signature of All Things" and her return to fictional storytelling.

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Pittsburgh based author Jonathan Auxier writes books for ages 8 to 14. He’s visited our show a number of times in the past year to review the works of other children’s book authors. You'll hear our first interview with Auxier back in February, when he described his new book, “Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes” featuring a small blind orphan who happens to be the greatest thief who ever lived.

Tomorrow & Tomorrow

“Tomorrow & Tomorrow” is a science fiction novel set in Pittsburgh, or rather a full scale computer simulation of Pittsburgh, created in the aftermath of a terrorist attack that has destroyed the city. The book came out this summer and received great early reviews. It's been an auspicious start to the literary career of cyber-punk author Thomas Sweterlitsch, a long-time Pittsburgher. Hear an interview with him, conducted by Morning Edition host Josh Raulerson. 

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