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February 27, 2009

Off the Shelf - Episode 6: Thrity Umrigar and "The Weight of Heaven"

The Weight of Heaven

I'm thrilled to welcome friend, author and associate professor of English Thrity Umrigar for episode 6 of Off the Shelf. In this episode, we discuss Professor Umrigar's newest novel The Weight of Heaven, which will be published by Harper Collins Publishing in April, 2009. I believe that Off the Shelf has a scoop here, with Professor Umrigar's first media appearance in conjunction with the publication of this novel.

The Weight of Heaven is the story of Frank and Ellie Benton, a happily married Midwestern couple whose young son Benny dies of a sudden illness. In their quest to come to terms with what life will be like without their beloved son, Frank accepts a post from his employer in rural India. The novel concerns itself with how Ellie and Frank deal with their grief and try to regain a sense of who they are, both individually and as man and wife, at the same time that they alternatively discover, appreciate and wrestle with life in India.

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February 10, 2009

Preview: Erik Satie with Mary Davis

Be sure to tune in later this week for episode 6. Or better yet, subscribe to Off the Shelf's updates by email or via RSS using the links on the right side of this page so that you will be notified whenever I add to this site.

In episode 6, I'll be talking with Mary Davis, associate professor and chair of CWRU's Music Department about her biography of French composer Erik Satie. Coupled with episode 5, it's like a mini-theme centered on fin de siecle Paris!

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February 04, 2009

Off the Shelf - Episode 5: Proust's Deadline with Christine Cano

Proust's Deadline

Joining me for this episode of Off the Shelf is Associate Professor of French Christine Cano from CWRU's Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. We discuss her book Proust's Deadline, which was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2006. The book presents a concise history of the publishing and reception of Proust's multi-volume masterpiece In Search of Lost Time.

The podcast can be heard by clicking on the player below.

In addition, the podcast can be downloaded as an mp3 file or iTunes-friendly m4a version. To download either file, right-click (control-click on the Mac) the link below the player and select "save file as..." When the file is downloaded, you can listen to it with the audio playing software or device of your choice.






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