Saturday, October 25, 2014

Podcast - Reed Farrel Coleman




Reed Farrel Coleman. Reed is best known for his Moe Prager private detective series which concluded earlier this year with the ninth book in the series,The Hollow Girl. Reed is well-respected having won Macavity, Anthony and three Shamus Awards. The Robert B. Parker estate recently asked him to pick up the Jesse Stone series, and today we'll talk about his first entry into it, Blind Spot, and it's published by Putnam.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Podcast - Stephen Schottenfeld




Stephen Schottenfeld is a professor of English at the University of Rochester, and his short fiction has appeared in Virginia Quarterly, New England Review, and Best American Short Stories. Bloomsbury has recently published his debut novel, Bluff City Pawn, the story of Huddie, a pawnshop owner in Memphis who is struggling with bad business and his two brothers.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Podcast- Barbara Shoup


Barbara Shoup is the executive director of the Indiana Writers Center. She's published two books on writing as well as eight novels for young and old adults alike. Her newest novel, Looking for Jack Kerouac, is the first book of the new imprint, Lacewing Books, which is dedicated to bringing literary fiction to the young adult audience. It's the story of two young men recently graduated from high school who travel to meet their literary hero, and one of them learns more about himself the further he gets from home.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Podcast - Angela Pneuman

Stephen Usery welcomes Angela Pneuman back to the program to talk about her debut novel, Lay it on My Heart. 13 year-old Charmaine Peake is starting junior high when her father returns home from the Middle East. Their home of East Winder, Kentucky has never agreed on if he is the prophet he has claimed to be, and his grip on sanity has slipped considerably since visiting the Holy Land. Charmaine's mother struggles with keeping the family afloat as Charmaine endures puberty while her world is turning upside down.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Podcast - Ann B. Ross



Linda Lloyd talks to Ann B. Ross about the first spin-off novel from her Miss Julia series, Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day.  Get a different, but equally hilarious view of Abbottsville, NC as Etta Mae Wiggins tries to move from the trailer park to a mansion by marrying the elderly Howard Connor, and his adult children are not happy about the potential nuptials.

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Podcast - Hampton Sides


Hampton Sides is a journalist and author known for his best-selling nonfiction titles like Hellhound on His Trail and Blood and Thunder. His new book is In the Kingdom of Ice:The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette, about an 1879 expedition attempting to reach the North Pole via the Pacific Ocean.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Podcast - C.J. Box


C.J. Box is and Edgar-winning novelist best known for his Joe Pickett series, which started in 2001 with Open Season, and the fourteenth one, Stone Cold, was published earlier this year. He's also started a series of stand alone novels, in which a different character carries over to the next book. We'll be talking about his first collection of short stories, Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Picket Country, and it's available from Putnam.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Podcast - Earl Swift


Earl Swift is a veteran journalist and author of non-fiction books. His latest book Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream, had its genesis as a feature piece he wrote in 2004 about the many owners of a 1957 Chevrolet station wagon. The outlaw motorhead in question is one Tommy Armey, whose tumultuous upbringing contributed to his being the meanest brawler in the Virginia Beach metro area, as well as an entrepreneur whose regard for legal restrictions was minimal at best.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Podcast - Terry McMillan



Best-selling author Terry McMillan to talk about her most-recent novel, Who Asked You?, which is now available in paperback. Told with a wide range of first-person narrators, it is at its essence the story of a woman nearing retirement in Southern California who takes on the responsibility of raising her two grandsons, but her children's, sisters' and her neighbors' lives also complicate matters as much as they give her support.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Podcast - Courtney Miller Santo




Courtney Miller Santo recently returned to the Book Talk studio to talk about her second novel, Three Story House. Three cousins in their late 20s convene in Memphis to rehabilitate an old house as well as their own lives.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Podcast - Smith Henderson



Smith Henderson has won a 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award for fiction and a Pushcart Prize. Ecco/Harper Collins recently published his debut novel, Fourth of July Creek, the story of a Montana social worker who faces a crumbling personal life while he's trying to help the young son of a religious survivalist living in the hills above his small town.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Podcast - Lisa Howorth




Lisa Howorth is co-owner of Square Books in Oxford, MS, which was named Bookstore of the Year by Publisher's Weekly in 2013. However, in this interview, we'll be talking about her debut novel Flying Shoes, which is available from Bloomsbury. It's the story of Mary Bird Thornton, who in the winter of 1996 learns of new information about the murder of her step-brother some 30 years prior, all while having a really bad week. It's a raucous, affirming novel which proves that life goes on, even if we are haunted by loss.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Podcast - Charles Graeber





Charles Graeber  is an award-winner magazine writer, whose credits include Wired, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and National Geographic. His debut book, The Good Nurse: The True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder was a finalist for the Mystery Writer's of America Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book,

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Podcast - Lisa Turner




Lisa Turner's first novel A Little Death in Dixie featured police detective Billy Able searching for a missing socialite. Her new novel, The Gone Dead Train, has detective Able back on the track looking for the person responsible for the suspicious deaths of two musicians.

Lisa will be signing The Gone Dead Train at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis, TN on Tuesday, July 22 at 6:00 p.m.

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Podcast - Karen White


Karen White is the author of the successful Tradd Street series set in Charleston, South Carolina as well stand alone novels like The Beach Trees and After the Rain.  In this episode, we'll be talking about her newest book, A Long Time Gone, which follows several generations of women in the Mississippi Delta who run away from home and how they find their ways back.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Podcast - Peter Heller


Peter Heller's written several books of non-fiction in addition to many years of fine writing for magazines. When last on the program, we spoke about his debut novel, The Dog Stars, and in this episode, we'll talk about his new one, The Painter, about an artist with a violent temper who has to deal with the life or death consequences of his actions.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Podcast - Aaron Gwyn


Aaron Gwyn's stories have appeared in publications such as Esquire and McSweeney's, and several were gathered into the collection, Dog on the Cross. His first novel, The World Beneath was released in 2009, and his newest one, Wynne's War, follows a Army Ranger from Oklahoma who gets sucked into intrigue while serving under a mysterious Special Forces captain in Afghanistan.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Podcast - Daniel Friedman




I last talked to Daniel Friedman about the novel Don't Ever Get Old, featuring the retired octogenarian Memphis police detective Baruch "Buck" Schatz. This time we talk about the second entry into the series, Don't Ever Look Back, which is published by Minotaur/St. Martins.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Podcast - Megan Abbott




Megan Abbott is an Edgar-winning novelist who started her career writing classic noir stories like Bury Me Deep and The Song is You, but has moved her focus to more contemporary setting for her last three novels, The End of Everything, Dare Me, and the brand new one,The Fever, about a mysterious illness causing violent seizures among high school girls in a tight-knit community.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Podcast - Kevin Brockmeier




Kevin Brockmeier has appeared on Book Talk three times prior to talk about his short story collection, The View from the Seventh Layer, as well as his novels A Brief History of the Dead and The Illumination. This time he will be discussing his new memoir, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip about his experiences in seventh grade while growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas in the 1980s .

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Podcast - Eric Jerome Dickey



Memphis native Eric Jerome Dickey recently stopped by the Book Talk studios to talk about his newest international thriller, A Wanted Woman, which introduces a new series starring the beautiful but deadly assassin known as Reaper.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Podcast - Michael Pollan

photo by Ken Light

Michael Pollan is most likely the biggest voice in food writing in America, especially when it comes to economic and sociological aspects of the business of food production. In his book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, he examines four styles of food prep and how older, slower styles contrast against modern food processing.






Saturday, May 31, 2014

Podcast - Keith Thomson



Keith Thomson blogs about national security matters for the Huffington Post. In addition to his journalistic duties, he's also a screenwriter and has written several novels. He's appeared on book talk to discuss Once a Spy and Twice a Spy about a retired CIA agent with Alzheimer's, but today we about his new one, Seven Grams of Lead, where a journalist learns too much and goes on the run to discover the truth and save his ow life.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Podcast - Scott Phillips




Scott Phillips stopped by last year to talk about his novel Rake, in which an amoral American soap opera actor becomes a star on French television and attempts to make a movie while dealing the shadiest sides of the Parisian wealthy. His new western novel, Hop Alley, sees the return of Bill Ogden, who was introduced in the novel Cottonwood. Ogden is a good-natured sociopath who skates through life with little thought to consequences in the American Wild West.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Podcast - Greg Iles

 
Greg Iles is a superstar thriller writer who has sold millions of books around the world. In 2011, he was grievously injured in a car crash. He's worked hard to recover and has just released his fourth novel to star Penn Cage, a former writer and prosecutor who is the mayor of Natchez, Mississippi. The new book, Natchez Burning, the first of a trilogy, looks at how the crimes of a domestic, racist terror group in the 1960s have affected contemporary Mississippi and Louisiana.

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