Saturday, August 30, 2014
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.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
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.
Friday, August 22, 2014
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.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
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.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
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.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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,
Saturday, July 19, 2014
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.
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.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
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.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
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.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
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.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
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.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
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 .
Thursday, June 12, 2014
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.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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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
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.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
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.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
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.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
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Ace will be at The Booksellers at Laurelwood on Thursday, May 15th at 6:00 p.m. to sign books.
Friday, May 9, 2014
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The legend goes that the second time Memphis native Alex Chilton ever sang into a microphone was when he recorded "The Letter" for The Box Tops. A massive hit which spent four weeks at number one on the pop charts, "The Letter" would prove to be Chilton's biggest hit. While he reached his commercial peak when he was 16 years old, his artistic peak would come later.
Chilton passed away unexpectedly at age 59 in 2010, and his legacy was further bolstered by last year's documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, Holly George-Warren's biography A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man looks at the man in full, from the tragic drowning of his older brother, to his bohemian upbringing in Midtown Memphis, to stardom transitioning to critical darling, to his tumultuous early solo career and as a dishwasher in New Orleans, and finally to his becoming one of the most-respected interpreters of American music.
Holly George-Warren is a veteran music journalist having written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and The Oxford American, among many others. She has also edited and authored many books including Public Cowboy No.1 :The Life and Times of Gene Autry and Honky-Tonk Heroes and Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country & Western Music. She has won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award and has been twice nominated for a Grammy for her liner notes.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Linda Lloyd talks to Ashton Lee about The Reading Circle, the second novel in his Cherry Cola Book Club series. Mary Beth Mayhew is trying to save the library from the funding chopping block, and the men in the club are wanting their tastes represented in the club's selections. Humorous and heart-warming, The Reading Cicle invites you into small-town life in contemporary Mississippi.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Dane Huckelbridge's fiction and essays have appeared in publications such as The New Republic and Tin House. William Morrow has recently published his intoxicating non-fiction book debut, Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Tova Mirvis's two previous novels The Ladies Auxiliary and The Outside World were published to much critical acclaim. Her new novel, the first in ten years, is called Visible City, and it is available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It's the story of two families in Manhattan and the windows into their souls.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Jessica Khoury's first novel Origin had a shadowy biotech company genetically engineering immortality and the teenager who was the result of the research. Her new novel, Vitro, published by Razorbill/Penguin, has a different cast of characters, but the same company is manipulating humanity itself for their own ends. 17-year-old Sophie Crue returns to the South Pacific to search for her estranged mother and discovers the truth about the research facility where her mother has been working.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Amy Greene's first novel Bloodroot was a critical and commercial success when it was published in 2010. 2014 brings her sophomore effort, Long Man, about the people who stayed behind in a small Appalachian town on the verge of being flooded by the TVA in an effort to bring electricity and stability to the people of east Tennessee.