03/24/14 - Monday's Topical Currents: George Saunders has been called one of America’s greatest short story writers. His work astounds readers with its effortless mix of humor and horror. A brilliant satirist, he delights in skewering the foibles of our corporate-driven, consumer-based society. But beneath the fun and games lies a profound wellspring of compassion for his fellow man.
02/03/14 - 1:30 -Literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez with Native American writer Sherman Alexie. He’s praised for his prolific production of both poetry and fiction. His latest publication is BLASPHEMY, a collection of his short stories
12/31/13 - Tomorrow’s Topical Currents is an interview with novelist Salman Rushdie, by literary contributor Ariel Gonzalez. Rushdie, of course, authored Satanic Verses in 1988. It enraged Muslim clerics, and Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called for his death.
The latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of stories linked by recurring characters. Last month, it was nominated for a National Book Award. Less than two weeks later, Diaz won a coveted MacArthur "genius" grant (half-a-million dollars over five years). He also teaches writing at MIT.