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Author of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, Historical Novelist Hilary Mantel (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Friday July 19, 2019

As readers anxiously await the final volume of Hilary Mantel's trilogy on novels on the life of 16th Century royal advisor Thomas Cromwell, we bring you a conversation from December 2018, when Mantel received the Peggy V Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. She talks about her fascination with Cromwell, the advisor and confidant to Cardinal Wolsey and King Henry VIII, as well as her most recent collection of short stories, including her provocative title story, "The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher." Her earlier books on Cromwell, "Wolf Hall" and Bring Out the Dead" both won the Mann Booker Prize, and became the basis for a popular BBC-Masterpiece mini-series starring Mark Rylance. Her final book in the trilogy, "The Mirror and the Light" is due out in March 2020.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.