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The Writers Club

Soundcheck showcases some of the show's favorite conversation with novelists and writers about music, and musicians about literature.

Soundcheck's Writers Club is a week-long series showcasing some of our favorite interviews with novelists and writers who are inspired by music, and musicians who are inspired by literature. 

The series includes conversations with novelists Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan, Khaled Hosseini, Colum McCann, Jonathan Lethem and Michael Chabon; short story writer George Saunders; Scottish crime novelist Ian Rankin; British writer Nick Hornby; New York restaurateur Eddie Huang; and musicians like Bettye Lavette, Patti Smith, Martha Redbone and Ben Folds.

Recently in The Writers Club

A Karaoke-Soaked Memoir: Rob Sheffield's 'Turn Around Bright Eyes'

Monday, August 05, 2013

Karaoke and the idea of becoming whole again are at the heart of Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield’s newest memoir, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke.

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Soundcheck Writers Club: Bettye Lavette, Michael Chabon

Friday, July 05, 2013

In this episode: Singer Bettye Lavette has chronicled the rough side of the '60s soul scene in a memoir called A Woman Like Me. The Detroit native gives her brutally honest take on he...

Soundcheck Writers Club: Colum McCann, George Saunders, NYPL's Musical Summer Reads

Thursday, July 04, 2013

In this episode: Author Colum McCann talks about his new novel TransAtlantic, and tells us about the music that he listens to while writing. George Saunders discusses his latest colle...

Soundcheck Writers Club: Khaled Hosseini; Patti Smith; Martha Redbone; Jonathan Lethem

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

In this episode: Author Khaled Hosseini talks about one of his favorite musicians of all time: Ahmad Zahir, the so-called “Elvis of Afghanistan.” Musician Patti Smith talks about her ...

Soundcheck Writers Club: Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan, Ben Folds & Nick Hornby, Eddie Huang

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

In today's episode: Author Junot Diaz shares his Pick Three; Jennifer Egan talks about her rock novel A Visit From the Goon Squad; writer Nick Hornby and singer-songwriter Ben Folds d...

New York Public Library's Musical Summer Reads

Monday, July 01, 2013

All week, Soundcheck is featuring conversations with authors about music (and musicians about books) in our Writers Club. Staff members from the New York Public Library for the Perfor...


Soundcheck Writers Club: Crime Novelist Ian Rankin's Pick Three

Monday, July 01, 2013

In this episode: Crime novelist Ian Rankin talks about how his latest crime novel, Standing in Another Man's Grave, was inspired by a misheard song lyric. He explains and weighs in wi...