Every week co-hosts Isobel Abulhoul and Annabelle Corton are joined by an ever-changing cast of guest reviewers from the UAE’s reading community. Listen live or catch up with our podcast for literary anecdotes and news to give you an edge at dinner parties, fiction and non-fiction reviews and suggestions, writing and publishing tips, interviews with some of today’s greatest authors, debates about the best/worst of the book world, and music inspired by literature.
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As the U.S. Postal Service officially designated April National Card and Letter Writing Month in 2001, we thought we’d put our email and social media apps aside for an hour and celebrate the art of the handwritten note on Talking of Books.
A nod to its American origins, tune in for our review of To Obama: With Love, Joy, Hate and Despair by Jeanne Marie Laskas, which is an in-depth account behind the scenes of the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence, featuring interviews with the former President, the letter-writers themselves and White House Staff. If you like a bit of an argument, you can stay tuned for our Book Off debate to decide the best-written letter of all time, plus you’ll have a chance to hear one writer’s moving response to a beloved book that isn’t without its controversies, live on air.
We also recommend and review a stack of fiction that will make you think, we find out why a cat has turned into a vampire in our Story Corner, and how do you make a book go viral? We’ll discuss some of the best and worst examples of clever book marketing.
If you have an opinion on the best-written letter of all time, or a book that uses the medium of letter-writing to its advantage, you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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