Joanne Harris, Aarathi Prasad and Karin Kukkonen interviews

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In this edition of the Book Talk podcast Ryan Van Winkle interviews bestselling Chocolat author Joanne Harris, biologist and science writer Aarathi Prasad and Dr Karin Kukkonen, an academic specialising in the history of graphic novels. 

Peaches for Monsieur le Curé is the third in Joanne Harris's series of books about Vianne Rocher, the chocolatier first introduced in her bestseller Chocolat. Joanne talks to Ryan about the challenges of revisiting a familiar character and explains why "if you want to create characters that people believe in then they can't be immune to life". She also gives a brilliant reading that exemplifies the sensory quality of her writing.

Shortlisted for Salon's Transmission prize, Aarathi Prasad's first book Like A Virgin: How Science is Redefining the Rules of Sex provoked headlines when it was first published, due to its suggestion that technology could be making males unnecesarry in the reproductive process. She explains the quite startling details behind the headlines in this fascinating interview, describing just what it means to be "exploring the frontiers of conception".

And finally we have a different kind of evolution, as the academic and author of Reading Comics, Dr. Karin Kukkonen, goes toe-to-toe with Ryan in a wide-ranging discussion about graphic novels through history, and picks the five essential graphic novels you need to read.

Podcast Contents

00:00-01:00 Intro
01:05-10:30 Joanne Harris interview
10:30-20:55 Aarathi Prasad on Like A Virgin: How Science is Redefining the Rules of Sex
20:55-31:40 Karin Kukkonen on graphic novels

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Listen to our earlier interview with acclaimed graphic novelist Joe Sacco here.

Joanne Harris's website

Aarathi Prasad's website

Book Talk is produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions

Filed In: Book Talk, Interviews Tags: authors, fiction, non-fiction, graphic novel