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July 18, 2014

Cannolis and Carroll

In Ann Hood’s “The Occasional Pignoli Tart” a mother and daughter dream of life beyond the bakery where they work. Amber Tamblyn reads. And Christopher Lloyd plays all the parts in Lewis Carroll’s “A Mad Tea Party.” Robert Sean Leonard hosts.

July 11, 2014

Peas, Pancakes, and Pretensions

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents food-related fictions, including his own reading of Lydia Davis’s “Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer,” Nora Ephron’s “Serial Monogamy: A Memoir,” read by Mary Kay Place, and an excerpt from Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert read by Christina Pickles.

July 4, 2014

Dogs and Dates

On this program, John Lithgow reads Lydia Millet’s charming “Sir Henry,” about a dignified dachshund, his aloof dog walker, and his celebrity owner (think Baywatch). And Rick Moody accomplishes the nearly impossible—a love story told in tweets. Aya Cash and Mike Birbiglia read “Some Contemporary Characters”, and Parker Posey is our guest host.

June 27, 2014

A Tribute to David Rakoff

Guest host David Sedaris presents a program celebrating the late David Rakoff, and praising him as a great reader and lover of language. Rakoff reads Leonard Michaels’ “Cryptology” in which a neurotic mathematician has a strange encounter, and Roberto Bolano’ s “Gomez Palacio,” which is a dead-end town where a young man’s life nevertheless takes a turn for the better.

June 20, 2014

Love and Longing

Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents readings of three love stories. In Rick Bass's "Fires" a recluse in ignited by a long-distance runner. Ted Marcoux reads. In Willa Cather's "A Singer's Romance," a diva has never known true love. Marian Seldes performs. "What Do We Have in Our Pockets" is Etgar Keret's guide to love--just carry everything you'll need. David Rakoff reads.