May 16, 2014 Martha Woodroof talks to first novelists including Chad Harbach (The Art Of Fielding) about how it feels to gut out the unlikely path that takes a book from idea to publication.
May 9, 2012 It's a rich week for fiction, with new novels from Ann Patchett and Jennifer Weiner, and a debut by Chad Harbach that marries a literary sensibility with a love of baseball — plus Jorie Graham's new poetry collection. In nonfiction, Erik Larson is back with the story of an American ambassador in Germany in 1933.
December 19, 2011 Chad Harbach's debut novel, The Art of Fielding, is as much about literary fiction as it is about baseball. The book follows a talented college shortstop destined for big-league stardom — until a routine throw goes wrong and his life starts to fall apart.
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December 14, 2011 2011 was a terrific year for fiction — both from first-time novelists and much-decorated veterans. Maureen Corrigan's recommendations range from Karen Russell's dazzling debut, to David Foster Wallace's posthumously published novel, to what may be the Sept. 11 novel.
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December 1, 2011 This year, the best books are those that remain with readers long after they turn the last page. Whether a sprawling nonfiction narrative, a riveting first novel or a wrenching memoir, these keepers are unforgettable.
November 29, 2011 Critic Alan Cheuse likes his books thoughtfully plotted — and 2011 has made him a happy reader. A tiger haunts, a teen flees, ballplayers dream and vampires reign in beautifully conceived stories from new and distinguished authors.
October 1, 2011 Chad Harbach's acclaimed debut novel, The Art Of Fielding, is full of wins and losses. But when a star player chokes, the book raises big questions about the things we chase in life — and what happens when we fall short.
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August 31, 2011 There's more to The Art of Fielding than the art of fielding; Chad Harbach's smart and human debut novel weaves together portraits of camaraderie and love, betrayal and victory.
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