Writers on a New England Stage

Nina Subin

The leadership of Winston Churchill and life in London during The Blitz will be explored at the next installment of Writers on a New England Stage. The #1 New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson comes to The Music Hall stage March 26 to discuss his new book, The Splendid and the Vile.

[NOTE: Brian Greene has canceled his February 20 visit to The Music Hall due to scheduling issues. Contact The Music Hall box office for questions.]   

International bestselling author and renowned physicist Brian Greene will discuss his highly-anticipated new book Until the End of Time at the next installment of Writers on a New England Stage. In his latest work, Greene takes readers on a journey across time, offering a breathtaking exploration of the cosmos and humanity’s quest to understand it.

Acclaimed author David Blight will discuss his award-winning biography Frederick Douglass at the next installment of Writers on a New England Stage

Arguably, Douglass is considered the most important African American of the 19th century as a famed orator, writer and leading abolitionist during a turbulent period in American history. The biography traces his life from his beginnings as a slave to his later years as a widely traveled orator, activist and patriot. 

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International bestselling author Michael Connelly is the guest for the next installment of Writers on a New England Stage.

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NHPR and The Music Hall in Portsmouth present Writers on a New England Stage with international bestselling author and podcast host Malcolm Gladwell, who sat down with Peter Biello to discuss his new book, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know.

Writers On a New England Stage - Replay of 2008 Conversation with Cokie Roberts to Air Thursday, September 19. 

Writers on a New England Stage: Tommy Orange

Jul 5, 2019
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NHPR and The Music Hall in Portsmouth present Writers on a New England Stage with author Tommy Orange.  He spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello about his debut novel,  There, There, in which Orange depicts the lives of a dozen different Native characters. Orange, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, grew up in Oakland California and spent time working there in a Native community before writing his novel.  

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NHPR and The Music Hall in Portsmouth present Writers on a New England Stage with author Jared Diamond. A noted scholar and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Diamond discusses his latest work, Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis. The book is an exploration of the role of selective change in history's most resilient countries. It blends psychology with history, economics and geography. 

This interview was recorded May 9, 2019 at The Music Hall.

Writers on a New England Stage: Lidia Bastianich

Jul 3, 2019
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NHPR and The Music Hall in Portsmouth present Writers on a New England Stage with author Lidia Bastianich. She spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello about her latest book, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food. 

In her memoir, Bastianich explores her relationship to Italian cuisine, describes her upbringing in communist Yugoslavia, her time as a refugee in Italy, and her experience living and working in New York City, where she discovered her passsion for food. 

Host of the cooking show, Lidia's Kitchen, Bastianich owns four restaurants in New York City and is co-founder of the Italian marketplace chain, Eataly.  

This interview was recorded March 12, 2019 at The Music Hall.

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NHPR and The Music Hall in Portsmouth present Writers on a New England Stage with author Steven Pinker. He spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello about his latest book, Enlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.

Pinker explores the positive theory that the world is actually getting better - with happier, healthier people living longer lives. Backed with extensive research and illustrated with informational graphs, Pinker outlines the promising forecast on the human condition. 

This interview recorded Jan. 30, 2019 at The Music Hall.

One of America’s foremost historians, a culinary trailblazer and an up and coming Native American author will discuss recent literary works during a special series of broadcasts on The Exchange.

The week of Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 5, New Hampshire Public Radio will broadcast five recent Writers on a New England Stage events. Recorded at The Historic Theater at The Music Hall in Portsmouth over the past few months, each event features a literary conversation with an NHPR host.

Photo of Tommy Orange by Elena Seibert

With a dazzling debut novel and a wave of critical accolades to his name, Tommy Orange comes to New Hampshire to share stories of the Native American experience in contemporary times.

In his acclaimed bestseller, There There, Orange traces the lives of a dozen different Native characters as they travel to Oakland, California, for a powwow. His literary observations are based on experience: Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He grew up in Oakland, and spent time working there in the Native community before crafting his novel.

Writers on a New England Stage: Jared Diamond

Apr 15, 2019

Join NHPR’s Peter Biello for a literary conversation with author Jared Diamond for the latest edition of Writers on a New England Stage, a partnership between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio. 

Writers on a New England Stage: Lidia Bastianich

Feb 13, 2019

Peter Biello hosts the next installment of Writers on a New England Stage—a partnership between The Music Hall and NHPR—with guest author, chef and television personality Lidia Bastianich.

Writers on a New England Stage: Steven Pinker

Dec 14, 2018

Join New Hampshire Public Radio’s Peter Biello as he hosts a literary conversation with author Steven Pinker at the next edition of Writers on a New England Stage—a partnership of The Music Hall and NHPR.

Join NHPR's Lauren Chooljian as she hosts the next edition of Writers on a New England Stage, a partnership of The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio. 

Author, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin returns to The Music Hall to discuss her latest work, Leadership: In Turbulent Times.

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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth.

Egan has written several novels and a collection of short stories. Jennifer Egan's novel A Visit From the Goon Squad won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize. 

Not only a writer of fiction, Egan is an accomplished journalist and has written frequently for the New York Times Magazine.

Join NHPR's Peter Biello as he hosts the next edition of Writers on a New England Stage, a partnership of The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio. 

Jennifer Egan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, returns to The Music Hall as part of the Writers on a New England Stage series to talk about her New York Times bestseller, MANHATTAN BEACH. 

NHPR and The Music Hall Present Writers on a New England Stage with Katy Tur. Tur's memoir, Unbelievable, recalls the relentless pace of reporting on the unprecedented Trump presidential campaign for NBC and MSNBC. Tur became a fixation for Trump as he ratcheted up hostility against the media. Tur stood up to Trump's taunting on Twitter and his calling her out at rallies.

Writers on a New England Stage: Jojo Moyes

Feb 23, 2018
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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with romance author and screenwriter Jojo Moyes, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. 

Writers on a New England Stage: Dan Brown

Nov 22, 2017
Sara Plourde

NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Dan Brown, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Dan Brown is the author of bestselling thrillers like The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno. 

Writers on a New England Stage: Atul Gawande

Sep 29, 2017
Sara Plourde

NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Atul Gawande recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. He is a surgeon, public health researcher, and has written four New York Times bestsellers including most recently, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Writers on a New England Stage: Diane Rehm

May 12, 2017
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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Diane Rehm recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. The Peabody Award-winning public radio host of The Diane Rehm Show has written four books, including one with her husband, John Rehm, about the rewards and challenges of a long marriage.

Writers on a New England Stage: Anthony Doerr

Apr 21, 2017
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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Anthony Doerr, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See tells the stories of two teenagers swept up in the brutality of World War II. Much has been made of the fact that the book was a ten-year journey for Doerr, but during our conversation, it became clear that that novel was just one facet--and one result--of his free-range inquisitiveness and sense of wonder. Anthony Doerr stood to one corner of the stage with an excitable restlessness, beside a giant screen and a variety of slides, which he used to help tell the story of how his ten-year novel came to be.

Writers on a New England Stage: Krista Tippett

Mar 24, 2017
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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Krista Tippett recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. She’s the New York Times best-selling author of Einstein's God and more recently Becoming Wise, and host of the public radio show and podcast On Being. Since the program launched in 2003, she's spoken to hundreds of activists, scientists, scholars, religious leaders and spiritual seekers. Becoming Wise draws from that store of accumulated knowledge to reveal creative, original thinking and approaches to living a whole-hearted, hopeful life. 

Writers on a New England Stage: Mario Batali

Nov 30, 2016
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Today, NHPR and the music hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Mario Batali recorded live at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. Batali is a celebrity chef, entrepreneur, restaurateur, television star and passionate advocate for simple, regional food. He is author, or co-author, of 7 cookbooks on Italian food, wine and culture, one on Spanish specialties, and three of American recipes, including his most recent Big American Cookbook.

Writers on a New England Stage: Jodi Picoult

Oct 26, 2016
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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Jodi Picoult recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. 

Picoult is a phenomenally successful novelist, with more than 14 million books in print worldwide. Small Great Things is her most recent. Like previous books, it debuted at number one on best-sellers lists.

Picoult devotees will recognize the relatable, everyday characters thrashing through controversial ethical issues seemingly ripped from the headlines. But for her, Small Great Things was different. It’s about racism, white privilege and the inherited inequities of America’s past and present. She says it was one of the hardest books to write. The Washington Post called it her most important

Writers on a New England Stage: Justice Stephen Breyer

Oct 12, 2016
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Today, NHPR and the Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Stephen Breyer, recorded live at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. Breyer was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1994. He is now 78 and author of several books throughout his distinguished career. Some are academic, others displaying his unbridled enthusiasm for the democratic system and belief that it is the court’s job is to make government work for real people living today.

Writers on a New England Stage: Judy Blume

Jul 25, 2016
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Today on Word of Mouth, a conversation with Judy Blume, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth for Writers on a New England Stage, a partnership between NHPR, and The Music Hall. 

Judy Blume was one of the first authors to write frankly about the confusing, and often humiliating transition from childhood to adolescence. Her best known books were published in the 1970s. Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Deenie, Blubber, and Forever offered young readers plain language and shame-free stories about periods, bullying, sexual urges and, even “doing it”. 

Writers On A New England Stage: Grace Helbig

Jun 16, 2016
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On today's show, it's Writers on a New England Stage with Grace Helbig, recorded live at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. Helbig is everything you’d expect in an internet superstar: funny, extremely photogenic, self-deprecating, and little known to people over 30. 

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