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Floating the Dope

Veteran radio journalist Victoria Lautman is no stranger to the drawn-out pleasures of the symposium. She’s the Chicago Humanities Festival’s go-to interviewer and has recorded tete-a-tetes with literary bigwigs like Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, and Martin Amis. Nevertheless, before sitting down with Amitav Ghosh last Sunday, she confessed to a full house at Mandel Hall that she was more nervous than she’d ever been before meeting an author.