Late Night Lit: Seth Meyers & 2020 Literary Reflections


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To end 2020, Late Night Lit concluded that only one guest would be suitable to reflect on the year in books and how literature has nourished us during the pandemic. Luckily, Seth Meyers said yes. Late Night producer Sarah Jenks-Daly talks to Seth about the role of authors on Late Night. Plus, they pay tribute to one of Seth's favorite authors, the late John le Carré.

Then, she talks to Late Night researchers Matt Reimann and Kat Spillane, who help out with all things related to literature on the show. They discuss what they've caught up on in 2020.

Mentioned in this episode:

Yaa Gyasi (who appeared on Late Night for "Transcendent Kingdom" and "Homegoing")

"A Brief History of Seven Killings" by Marlon James

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

"Blacktop Wasteland" by S.A. Cosby

"Mirror & The Light" by Hilary Mantel

"Monogamy" by Sue Miller

"The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett

"Sea Wife" by Amity Gaige

"Writers & Lovers" by Lily King

"Missionaries" by Phil Klay

"The Night Manager" by John le Carré

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" by John le Carré

"Slough House" by Mick Herron

Ta-Nehisi Coates (who has appeared many times on Late Night)

"The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen

George Saunders (who appeared on Late Night for "Lincoln in the Bardo")

Helen Oyeyemi (who appeared on Late Night for "What Is Not")

"Democracy in America" by Alexis de Tocqueville

"The Labyrinth of Solitude" by Octavio Paz

"The Theory of Moral Sentiments" by Adam Smith

"Emma" by Jane Austen

"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen

"Persuasion" by Jane Austen

"Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling

"Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville

"Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee

"Memorial" by Bryan Washington

"Motherhood" by Sheila Heti

“Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut's letter to his daughter Nanette (referenced on Gaslit Nation)

"Fake Accounts” by Lauren Oyler

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