JAM SESSION with Dennis Bock

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DENNIS BOCK is a Canadian novelist and short story writer, whose books include Olympia, The Ash Garden, and Going Home Again, shortlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize and winner of China’s 21st Century Best Foreign Novel Award. His latest novel is The Good German.

MICHAEL MERSCHEL hosts this Jam Session with DENNIS BOCK about his latest novel, The Good German. Set in an alternative reality, anti-fascist Georg Elser succeeds in his assassination attempt against Hitler, leading to devastating outcomes. Göring, Hitler’s master strategist, accedes to the German Chancellery and maneuvers the U.S. out of the war. Getting to the atomic bomb first, the landscape of the future is altered forever.

The New York Times calls Bock a “novelist of considerable gifts and ambitious imagination.”  Margaret Atwood calls The Good German “A cunning, twisted, compelling tale of deeply unexpected consequences.”

This thoughtful and playful interview examines the origins and success of this “page-turning” novel, the craft of writing, sociological and political parallels, and our ongoing fascination with alternative realities. Streamed live on Halloween, because seriously, what’s scarier than Nazis having won WWII?

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Michael Merschel

Michael Merschel's three decades in journalism include 12 years as Books Editor for The Dallas Morning News . where he conducted onstage interviews with Khaled Hosseini, Kwame Alexander, and Susan Orlean. Also a novelist, his Revenge of the Star Survivorswon the Texas Institute of Letters’ award for best middle-grade book in 2018. Before that, he contributed to public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion and composed an out-of-office reply that was mentioned in The New York Times and featured on NPR. Learn more at http://www.merschel.net.