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Great Writers is back!

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 4, 2007 11:20 AM

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Author Michael Thomas, photographed in Allston, where he was born. He moved to Newton in the fifth grade and graduated from Newton North High School.
(Globe Staff photo by Suzanne Kreiter)


The Great Writers Podcast is back, with a new episode this week featuring a reading at Newtonville Books by Newton North High School grad Michael Thomas from his critically-acclaimed novel "Man Gone Down."

The podcast was on hiatus for two months due to the sale of the bookstore, but a full slate of live-recorded author events is on tap for the next several months. Next week: Jodi Picoult, author of the acclaimed and controversial "Nineteen Minutes."

"Man Gone Down" is the first novel for Thomas, who now lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Hunter College. It's the story of a young African-American husband and father, down on his luck, desperately trying to make enough money to hold his family together while battling traumatic memories of childhood and witnessing the Sept. 11 attacks.

In a featured review, the New York Times Book Review called Thomas's work "an impressive success."

You can listen to the podcast on Boston.com's Podcast Page or subscribe to the series via RSS or iTunes. You can also read more about Thomas in David Mehegan's recent profile in the Globe's Living/Arts Section.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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