I missed Barbara Kingsolver, a few weeks back and am still kicking myself.
I caught Zainah Nawawi interviewing Ishmael Beah on Hardtalk. (Though her questions made me scream with frustration as I knew many of the answers before he opened his mouth because they're in the book!)
Our friend Hari Kunzru was interviewed on Gavin Esler about the politics of identity, and perceptions of "multi-culturalism"in Britain, and of course on how freedom of expression is vital to society. On the Rushdie debate he said that he is scared of:
... the certainty that brooks no debate or othernessand that:
... I don't believe that there is a right not to be offended.Last Friday I caught the interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who was of course talking about the Western stereotype of Africa as a basket case (and having left a big part of my heart in Nigeria, I have to agree with her) and how she finds herself increasingly forced to become a spokesperson for things African in the media even though she doesn't see herself as political.
I have to say ... I think she is stunningly beautiful ... intelligence on a face is the best cosmetic.
(You can watch the interviews of all the on the BBC website, and Adichie's is also here.)
And there's another treat this week when another of my favourite authors, Pat Barker, is interviewed.
Really a big thank you, BBC.