The brief silence explained

For 15 minutes today I spoke by phone with British author A. S. Byatt in London.  Preparations for the interview — lots of reading — consumed the blogging time this week. Hence, no new entry since Monday.

I learned that A. S. Byatt is to be addressed “Dame Antonia” and that if she wins this year’s Man Booker Prize for The Children’s Book (something I’ve blogged about in previous posts), she’ll be the first woman to win the prize two times. 

You’ll be able to hear about this and more when the interview is posted next week on the WOSU Arts Blog (currently scheduled for Monday, Sept. 28) and airs on the Friday WOSU 820 AM/89.7 FM Friday arts feature at 8:50 am (currently scheduled for October 2). Thanks to the wonderful Christopher Purdy, who made it happen and produced the segment. I’ll update this post with specifics when I get them.