Saturday, September 17, 2016

Podcast - Odie Lindsey

Odie Lindsey's writing has appeared in numerous outlets including Iowa Review and Best American Short Stories. 2016 sees the publication of his debut, a short story collection called We Come to Our Senses, available from W.W. Norton and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Podcast - Alex Bledsoe

Alex Bledsoe is a veteran writer of horror and fantasy novels like The Memphis Vampire series and the Eddie LaCrosse series. Although born and raised in west Tennessee and living in Wisconsin, Alex has a contemporary fantasy series set in the hills of east Tennessee about a mysterious group of people known as the Tufa. The previous entries were The Hum and the Shiver, Wisp of a Thing, Long Black Curl, and today we'll talk about the world of the Tufa and the fourth book in the series called Chapel of Ease.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Podcast - Jason Miller

Jason Miller is a noted Twitter funny person and contributor to the RiffTrax movie satire series. Jason first appeared on Book Talk in 2015 to talk about the first book in his Slim in Little Egypt mystery series, Down Don't Bother Me. 2016 brings book two in the series set in southern Illinois coal country, Red Dog.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Podcast - Morgan Matson

Linda Lloyd talks to Morgan Matson about her fourth novel for young adults, The Unexpected Everything. Andie is a rising high school senior whose politician father's scandal has scuttled her summer internship. For a teenager who had her future planned out, she is now scrambling for a summer job which will lead her to change the way she thinks about her family, past and future.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Podcast - Donald Ray Pollock

Donald Ray Pollock came to writing later in life after having worked 30+ years in a paper mill in central Ohio. His first published book was a collection of short stories called Knockemstiff, followed by the novel, The Devil All the Time. 2016 sees the release of his second novel, The Heavenly Table, which is published by Doubleday.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Podcast - Brad Taylor - Ghosts of War

Brad Taylor retired as lieutenant colonel from the United States Army after over 20 years of service, including time in what is popularly known as Delta Force. He then began writing thrillers about a shadowy special forces unit called The Taskforce, starring operator Pike Logan. The first book in the series was One Rough Man, and now in the summer of 2016, we have the tenth book in the series, Ghosts of War, which is published by Dutton.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Podcast - Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins used to be a crime reporter down in Tampa, Florida, but turned to the world of fiction with his New Orleans set Nick Travers series. He then wrote four critically acclaimed historical novels based on true crimes. His currently writing two series. One is continuing the Spenser series for the Robert B. Parker estate, and his own Quinn Colson series, set in northern Mississippi, about an Army Ranger who retires back to his hometown and takes over as sheriff. Today we'll talk about the most recent book in the series, The Innocents.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Podcast - Whitney Terrell

Whitney Terrell has written three novels, The Huntsman, The King of Kings County, and today we'll be talking about his most recent, The Good Lieutenant, about a U.S. Army lieutenant named Emma Fowler who is involved in a horrible incident in war-torn Iraq and is told in reverse chronology.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Podcast - Melissa Ginsburg

Melissa Ginsburg teaches English and creative writing at the university of Mississippi, having received her MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop. As a writer, she is a poet and a novelist having published the collection of poems, Dear Weather Ghost, and Ecco/Harper Collins has recently published her debut novel, Sunset City.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Podcast - Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda has enjoyed a lot of success in writing novels for young adults like Hysteria, Fracture, and The Safest Lies. Today we'll be talking about her first novel for the adult market, All the Missing Girls, about a woman returning to her small North Carolina hometown to face a new mystery and some old lies.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Podcast - John Hart

John Hart is a former criminal defense attorney who turned into one of America's most popular and respected writers of literary crime fiction. 2006 saw the publication of his debut novel, The King of Lies, his next two novels 2007's Down River and 2009's The Last Child each won the Edgar Award for Best novel, and Iron House followed in 2011. 2016 sees the publication of his fifth novel, Redemption Road, which is published by Thomas Dunne Books.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Podcast - Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Rheta Grimsley Johnson has received the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award and the National Headliner Award for her newspaper work. She's also written five books, including a biography of Charles Schultz and a trio of memoirs: Poor Man's Provence: Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana, Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming, and in this episode, she and Linda Loyd will be talking about the newest of the three, The Dogs Buried over the Bridge: A Memoir in Dog Years.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Podcast - Richard Zacks

Richard Zacks has been writing lively non-fiction for over 20 years now with books like History Laid Bare, An Underground Education, The Pirate Coast, and Island of Vice. This time around, Richard takes an in-depth look at Mark Twain's final international lecture tour in Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Podcast - Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo to the program today. She is one of America's most successful writers of children's literature, having won two Newberry Medals, one for  and the other for Flora and Ulysses.  Her novels and chapter books for younger reader are perennial best sellers. And her most recent novel, Raymie Nightingale, debuted at number one on the New York Times best-sellers list for children.

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Podcast - Anna Drezen and Todd Dakotah Briscoe

Anna Drezen and Todd Dakotah Briscoe are actors and entertainers in New York who had day jobs as concierges at hotels in Manhattan. They started a blog recounting some of the weird and hilarious interactions with hotel guests called How May We Hate You, and now there is a companion book which is filled with these interactions, as well as brand new exclusive content not available online. 


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Podcast - William Joyce

William Joyce is an extraordinarily talented writer and artist. His illustrations have appeared in multiple publications, including several covers for the New Yorker. He's worked extensively in film and television, and his picture books and novels for younger readers, including the best-selling Guardians of Childhood series, have captured imaginations all around the world. Today we'll be talking about his newest book, Ollie's Odyssey, where a young boy and his favorite stuffed animal become separated, and they must undertake perilous journeys to find each other again.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Podcast - Stuart Gibbs

Stuart Gibbs is a veteran screenwriter who has moved to the world of fiction for younger readers. He started off with the Last Musketeer series, and is now juggling three different series, Fun Jungle, Spy School, and Moonbase Alpha. Today Stuart and I will talk about the second entry into the Moonbase Alpha mystery series, Spaced Out.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Podcast - Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera's debut novel More Happy Than Not was first published in 2015 to glowing reviews from seemingly every publication, it hit the New York Times Bestsellers list for Young Adult fiction, and also made the New York Times list of the 100 notable books of the year. More Happy Than Not just came out in paperback on SOHO Teen.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Podcast - Chris Offutt

Chris Offutt has written short stories, novels, screenplays, as well as three memoirs. In this episode, we'll be talking about the most recent of these memoirs, in which he examines the impact of his own father's literary work, My Father the Pronographer. 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Podcast - Jeff Crook

Jeff Crook is a veteran writer of fantasy novels, but in 2011 he broke into crime fiction scene with The Sleeping and the Dead, a novel starring a heroin addicted crime scene photographer who got her hands on a haunted camera. 2016 sees the publication of the second book in the series, The Covenant, published by Minotaur.

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Podcast - V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab writes for the YA market as Victoria Schwab. Her first novel for adults, Vicious, was published in 2013 under the name V.E. Schwab. In 2015 she introduced us to worlds of magic stacked onto London with the book A Darker Shade of Magic. Tor Books has recently published the second book in the series, A Gathering of Shadows, which debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Podcast - Julia Claiborne Johnson

Julia Claiborne Johnson is a former journalist for Glamour and Mademoiselle. She's recently published her hilarious debut novel, Be Frank with Me, in which a publishing industry assistant is dispatched to Los Angeles to keep an eye on a reclusive genius author and her unusual son, Frank.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Podcast - Jesse Holland

Jesse J. Holland is a political reporter for the Associated Press in Washington. He's written two books, the first, Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History in and around Washington, D.C. and today we'll be discussing his latest history title, The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African-American Slaves in the White House, which is published by Lyons Press.

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Podcast - Katy Simpson Smith

Katy Simpson Smith received rave reviews for her debut novel set in coastal Carolina during the Revolutionary War, The Story of Land and Sea, when it was published in 2014. 2016 welcomes the publication of her second novel, Free Men, set in the 1780s in what would become the state of Alabama.

Free Men is published by Harper. 
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Podcast - Rashod Ollison

Stephen Usery talks to Rashod Ollison about his memoir, Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl. Ollison, the critic for The Virginian Pilot, and veteran of The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Baltimore Sun, writes candidly about growing up gay in a working-class African-American family in Arkansas and the music that his father gave him when his parents divorced.

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