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Fresh Air Weekend: Colson Whitehead; S.A. Cosby

S.A. Cosby's previous books include <a href="https://www.npr.org/2021/07/06/1012647702/two-fathers-risk-it-all-to-avenge-their-murdered-sons-in-this-new-thriller">Razorblade Tears</a><em> </em>and<em> <a href="https://www.npr.org/2020/07/19/892331415/take-a-dangerous-ride-through-blacktop-wasteland">Blacktop Wasteland</a>.</em>
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S.A. Cosby's previous books include Razorblade Tears and Blacktop Wasteland.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Colson Whitehead channels the paranoia and fear of 1970s NYC in 'Crook Manifesto': "My early '70s New York is dingy and grimy," the Pulitzer Prize-winning author says. Whitehead's sequel to Harlem Shuffle centers on crime at every level, from small-time crooks to Harlem's elite.

Crime writer S.A. Cosby loves the South — and is haunted by it: Cosby's novel All the Sinners Bleed centers on a Black sheriff in a small Southeast Virginia county. The novel was inspired by his own experiences growing up in the shadow of the Confederacy.

You can listen to the original interviews and review here:

Colson Whitehead channels the paranoia and fear of 1970s NYC in 'Crook Manifesto'

Crime writer S.A. Cosby loves the South — and is haunted by it

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