Mark Brazaitis, a professor in the Department of English at West Virginia University, will appear on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show at 11 a.m., March 26, in a segment called “Why Fiction Matters.”

The Diane Rehm Show is produced at WAMU 88.5 (Washington, D.C.) and distributed by National Public Radio, NPR Worldwide, and SIRIUS satellite radio. It reaches an audience of more than 2.4 million people and its guests have included President Bill Clinton, General Tommy Franks, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actress Julie Andrews and author Toni Morrison.

Brazaitis will be joined on the show by Rebecca Mead, a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of “My Life in Middlemarch,” and Monica Hesse, a writer for The Washington Post and the author of “Burn.”

Brazaitis’ latest books are the novel “Julia & Rodrigo,” a Romeo-and-Juliet story set during the Guatemalan Civil War, and “The Incurables,” a collection of stories. For the latter book, Brazaitis was also interviewed on The Diane Rehm Show, a podcast for which can be found at:

The Diane Rehm Show is broadcast on several public radio stations in Pennsylvania, including WESA (90.5 FM) in Pittsburgh, and via a live audio stream at the show’s Web site:



CONTACT: Mark Brazaitis, WVU Professor of English

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