For the first time in 35 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Baltimorean Anne Tyler sat down for an in-person interview that aired this morning, to discuss the upcoming release of her newest novel, The Beginner's Goodbye.
The novel, which Baltimore previewed with an excerpt in our March issue, chronicles the experiences of one handicapped man after the death of his wife. Tyler wrote the book almost 12 years after the passing of her own husband, having had a chance to reflect and learn for herself how this affects someone.
In the interview with NPR Tyler discusses her affection for Baltimore (the setting of may of her books, and her place of residence) and dances around with the idea of death, not just in her writing but her own life as well. (Tyler is writing her next novel from end to beginning so that it could still be published in the event she dies before its completion.) To listen to the interview click here.
NPR also sent Baltimore photographer Chris Hartlove out to capture "Anne Tyler's Baltimore." The interactive map of Roland Park/Charles Village/Waverly features photos of Tyler-esque locations with corresponding text from her novels. It's nice visual window into Tyler's mournful world of middle-class ennui. View that, here.
This post was written by spring editorial intern Jocelyn Murray.
Image: screenshot from npr.org.