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Kate Sullivan interviews Christopher Sten, a Washington, D.C. literary pundant and professor of English at George Washington University.

In his new collection (Literary Capital: A Washington Reader/The University of Georgia Press 2011), he skillfully blends the contemporary with the classic in this collection of short stories, essays, and excerpts from novels that focus on the landscape and people of this political town.

From the compelling Edward P. Jones who won a Pulitzer for The Known World, to classic works from Alexis de Tocqueville, with a quick dip into the wit of Mark Twain and the acerbic Norman Mailer, LITERARY CAPITAL, is a must read for anyone interested in the life and times of writers who were drawn to Washington, D.C. for the work, the intrique, and the momentum of life in that power-based village.

Tune in to the fun. Listen Sunday afternoons for the WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast. Recent guests include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Geraldine Brooks, Jane Smiley, Elizabeth Strout, and Edward P. Jones. Debut novelists Leslie Daniels (Cleaning Nabokov's House), Maggie Pouncey (Perfect Reader), Andrew Trees (Club Rules), Nancy Horan (Loving Frank), and National Book Award honorees appear to discuss the launch of their new novels and short story collections.

These storytellers engage in lively and entertaining discussions about the people, the books, and the business of writing.

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