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Life Pig

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In two new books, writer and professor Alan Shapiro explores themes of convention, pain and self-expression. “Life Pig” (University of Chicago Press/2016) is his latest book of poetry and “That Self-Forgetful Perfectly Useless Concentration” (University of Chicago Press/2016) is a new collection of essays. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Shapiro, the William R. Kenan Jr. distinguished professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,  about family, poetry and the relationship between art and suffering. Shapiro will be discussing both books at two upcoming readings: Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill ​and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. at Malaprop’s Bookstore  in Asheville.

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.