Host Megan Labrise shares her favorite interviews in time for the holidays.
Happy holidays, listeners! On this special episode, Fully Booked host Megan Labrise looks back on the year in podcasting and reintroduces two of her favorite conversations from 2021:
In March, Kazuo Ishiguro joined us to discuss his latest novel, Klara and the Sun (Knopf, March 2), his first novel since winning the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Marking a return to dystopian ground, Klara and the Sun stars an uncommonly perceptive solar-powered robot—an “AF,” or “Artificial Friend”—who becomes the companion of a privileged teen in a highly stratified near-future world.
Ishigruo and Labrise discussed how much plot to divulge to potential readers, Klara’s special relationship with the sun, 2016 as a challenging year for liberal democracies, writing from the perspective of a character who processes visual information differently from humans, Cubism, and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band.
In September, Mary Roach joined us to discuss Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law (Norton, Sept. 14), a rollicking examination of the curious collisions between wildlife and human law.
Roach and Labrise discussed whether she prefers her four-letter books (Bonk, Gulp, Fuzz) to her five-letter books (Stiff, Spook, Grunt); animalistic verbs; how she always manages to get her interview, even when initially rebuffed; what characterizes the offices of people who work in wilderness-orientated professions; the translocation of bears and cougars; what happens when a cougar bites a human head; the role of public opinion in mitigating species designated as “pests” (and why we shouldn’t designate species as “pests”); and how researching the book changed the way Roach moves through the world.
Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.