Thursday, November 1, 2012
Craig Nova Writes From The Heart
Craig Nova, Guest
Hosted and Produced by Michael Silverblatt
Thursday 11.1.12; 2:30 PM PT
KCRW.com and KCRW 89.9 FM (LA area)
Craig Nova's fourteenth novel conveys readers into dark and discomforting realms of the unseen, where human organs are harvested for sale on the black market.
A noir for the present, The Constant Heart (Counterpoint) is that rarest of things: a metaphysical thriller.
But can constancy of any sort -- of the heart or otherwise -- have traction in our world, or even in the world of a novel?
What does it mean to be a decent man? To love well, with fidelity and constancy? These are the lessons that Jake's father, a wildlife biologist, tries to impart to his son, often on fishing trips to their beloved Furnace Creek.
Bound up in the laws of Einstein's theories, these lessons will ultimately influence Jake's own career as an astronomer. Out on the creek, both father and son conquer their greatest challenges: marital infidelity, professional setbacks, and Jake's long term, passionate obsession with his childhood crush.
The Constant Heart is a potent, and moving book that utilizes the laws of nature and science to illuminate what it means to be a man today. It is an inspiring book that most immediately celebrates the bonds of father and son while exploring the beauty and intensity of love and the profound attachments between human beings, even in the face of great disease and danger.
Craig Nova discusses his work with Host Michael Silverblatt on Thursday's (11.1.12) Bookworm Radio Program.
Bookworm can be heard on www.kcrw.com or in the Los Angeles area on KCRW 89.9 FM. We have also provided a link to the show on our Bosco Radio News and Information Channel (in the sidebar).
Craig Nova is the award-winning author of twelve novels and one autobiography. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, and Men's Journal, among others.
He has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2005 he was named Class of 1949 Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.