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A Conversation With Jonathan Lethem

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Jonathan Lethem

Thursday, Doug sat down with novelist Jonathan Lethem as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival. It’s hard to pin him down to one genre, but Lethem’s wry humor and stinging social commentary have earned him accolades like a MacArthur “genius” grant. His new novel follows a handsome, international backgammon gambler who is, in Lethem’s words, “being reworked by life.” Friday, we’re airing our conversation with Jonathan Lethem about his artistic journey, and why it is he’s never read one of his own books.

Jonathan Lethem's 10th novel is called The Gambler’s Anatomy and it's available at Weller Book Works in Trolley Square or online [Indiebound|Amazon]. Our thanks to Weller's and to the Utah Humanities Book Festival.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.