Flammable Fiction

August 21, 2016

What's the hot new thing in fiction? Fire! Today, novelists Jesse Ball and Joe Hill talk about their incendiary new fiction. And we meet a pyromaniac-turned-firefighter who can really light up a page. Join us for an hour of flammable fiction.

  1. Death by Spontaneous Combustion

    Joe Hill is the son of a writer you've probably heard of -- Stephen King. And Hill is following in his father's footsteps by writing the same kind of bone-chilling horror that his Dad is famous for. Hill's latest novel is called "The Fireman" and it's burning up the best-seller charts.

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  2. Fighting Wildland Fires

    Mary Pauline Lowry has been obsessed with fire since she was a child. And she's pursued this obsession throughout her life -- by working as a member of a hotshot crew fighting wildland fires and writing a novel called "Wildfire" based on her experience.

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  3. The Politics of Arson

    Jesse Ball's new novel is called "How to Set a Fire and Why." The protagonist is a teenage girl who joins a secret Arson Club at her new school.

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  4. Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past

    Cultural critic Chuck Klosterman takes thinking about the future to a whole new level with his new book, "But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past." In the book, he conducts mind-bending thought experiments like which rock and roller will people still know, five hundred years from now.

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