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Prize-winning novelist Heidi Durrow

From: New Letters on the Air
Length: 29:00

First-time novelist Heidi Durrow talks about her prize-winning book, THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY, and how she intertwined a newspaper story with her own personal narrative to create this gripping, coming-of-age novel about American culture, family and race.

Durrowprx_small Author Heidi Durrow, much like the heroine in her book-club favorite novel THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY, grew up in a bi-racial household.  She talks about the odd dichotomy of being both African-American and Danish, and the impact of her mixed heritage. Durrow also discusses the long road she took to write this novel that ended up being published in 2010 as the winner of the Bellwether Prize for Literature and Social Change, an award established by Barbara Kingsolver.

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Piece Description

Author Heidi Durrow, much like the heroine in her book-club favorite novel THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY, grew up in a bi-racial household.  She talks about the odd dichotomy of being both African-American and Danish, and the impact of her mixed heritage. Durrow also discusses the long road she took to write this novel that ended up being published in 2010 as the winner of the Bellwether Prize for Literature and Social Change, an award established by Barbara Kingsolver.

Broadcast History

This program originally uplinked to PRSS' Content Depot on June 24, 2011 for delivery to member stations.

Timing and Cues

PROMO: This week on NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR… Fiction writer Heidi Durrow discusses her novel, THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY, a coming-of-age story about a girl with an African-American father and a Danish mother, who survives a tragic event. Based on a newspaper story and some of the author's own narrative, this transformational novel won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Literature and Social Change. Listen to Heidi Durrow and THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY next time on NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR.
UPLINK DATE: 02/03/2012
PROGRAM LENGTH: 29:00 minutes
INCUE: (music) "THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY. That's the..."
OUTCUE: "...Thanks for listening to NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR."

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Artifacts Kevin MacLeod royalty free production music. incompetech.com 2000 :00

Additional Credits

New Letters on the Air is a production of the quarterly literary magazine, New Letters, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Partial financial support comes from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Related Website

www.newletters.org/radio