The new winter series of our podcast is here!


The new winter series of our podcast is here!

February 14, 2024

The new winter series of our podcast launches February 7!

Part of our ongoing partnership with literary website Lit Hub, the new episodes feature Windham-Campbell Prize alumni: Yiyun Li, Creative Writing Professor at Princeton University (Fiction, 2020); John Keene, award-winning novelist of Counternarratives and Rutgers University-Newark chair of African Studies (Fiction, 2018); Tessa Hadley, fellow of the Royal Society of Literature with a reputation as one of England’s finest contemporary writers (Fiction 2016); and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins whose Obie Award-winning play Appropriate is currently making its debut on Broadway (Drama, 2016).

Hosted by prize director Michael Kelleher, each episode will take as its starting point a work selected by the recipients:

  • Yiyun Li discusses the French classic tale of tragic solitude Mouchette by Georges Bernanos (translated by J. C. Whitehouse), the source of the celebrated film by director Robert Bresson
  • Branden Jacobs-Jenkins chooses the drama Far Away by Caryl Churchill, which explores a futuristic world of dominating governmental control and loss of personal freedoms
  • John Keene selects the gripping mystery The Most Secret Memory of Men by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr (translated by Lara Vergnaud), which examines the desire to transcend the divide between Africa and the West
  • Tessa Hadley considers First Love, the legendary Russian novella by Ivan Turgenev (translated by Isaiah Berlin) depicting the complex nature of adult love

To celebrate, we're giving our listeners (and readers!) the chance to win a set of the four books chosen by our guests. Follow our Instagram page @windhamcampbell for details on how to enter.