(This program originally aired live on October 17, 2017)
Elizabeth Strout is Tom's guest in this archive edition of Midday. Strout is the author of six novels and many short stories; her most recent book is a series of linked tales called Anything is Possible. Linking stories together was a structural device that Ms. Strout also employed in what is perhaps her most well-known work, Olive Kitteridge. The book earned her the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction , and Frances McDormand starred in an adaptation of the story for HBO that won eight Emmy Awards.
Strout writes about people with big hearts who often live in small towns: A disgruntled former school teacher, Somali immigrants, a school janitor, a successful writer who returns to rural Illinois to reunite with her estranged siblings. We meet these and many, many more complicated and brilliant and flawed and eloquent characters who are powerfully and compellingly portrayed by a writer whose tremendous gifts of observation and explication are imbued with great magnanimity and compassion.
Elizabeth Strout was a guest speaker at Goucher College hours after our show and again later the same evening. For more information, click here or contact the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at email@example.com.