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Joy Radio is proud to support Words & Music-A Literary Feast in New Orleans – Nov. 28 – Dec. 2. On 10.18 at 12:30 pm, ET we will be interviewing Adam Johnson. He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Associate Professor who teaches writing at Stanford University. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harper's, and The Paris Review. He is the author of Emporium, a short story collection and the novel, Parasites Like Us, which won the California Book Award. His new novel, The Orphan Master's Son, is set in a country that, along with Iran, is one of the planet's foremost pariah states, North Korea. Johnson approached North Korea as inspiration for short storias about the comic opera sort of life led by the "Dear Leader." Then became fascinated by all of the people of North Korea, both the oppressors and the oppressed, of this ultimate closed society and the need to tell the stories of a people who could neither write nor tell their story. After six years of difficult research, the book was born. The Orphan Master's Son was published a month after the December death of longtime dictator, Kim Jong ll, an event that heightened interest in the book. And The Orphan Master's Son hit the New York Times bestseller list almost immediately after it was launched.
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