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WORDS ON A WIRE: J.L. Powers (extended)



   Ben & Daniel talk with J.L. (Jessica) Powers, author of the novel "This Thing Called the Future."  Jessica talks about what led her from UTEP's MFA program to become an Africanist.  Her interest in Africa led her to extensively study Zulu and live with a host family in South Africa, which is where "This Thing Called the Future" is set.  Jessica talks about the stigma often associated with being a white writer talking about the black experience.  Plus, she explains why she goes by the professional name "J.L." as opposed to her first name, Jessica.  In this online-only extended interview, Jessica talks more about being a white writer writing about South African characters, and why her book "Amina" is only available in Australia and the U.K.

Aired Sept. 8, 2013.