Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Podcast - Ed Tarkington




Ed Tarkington is a teacher and writer from Nashville whose work has appeared in the Nashville Scene, The Commercial Appeal, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, and The Southeast Review. Algonquin has recently published his debut novel, Only Love Can Break Your Heart.

Ed will be reading from his debut novel on Thursday, February 11 at Crosstown Art Story Booth at 6:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Podcast - Stewart O'Nan





Stewart O'Nan is known for his many novels like Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, and Last Night at the Lobster, but he's also written a couple of non-fiction books, including one done with Stephen King, Faithful : Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season. Penguin has released his most recent novel in paperback, which mixes in liberal amounts of fact about F. Scott Fitzgerald's last years alive in Hollywood, West of Sunset.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Podcast - Chris Bohjalian





Chris Bohjalian is prolific, best-selling author having enjoyed much success, commercial and critical, with novels like Midwives, The Double Bind, and The Sandcastle Girls. Doubleday has recently published his seventeenth novel, The Guest Room, about a horrific bachelor party and its effect on one family and also the young women forced into the sex trade far from home.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Podcast - Heidi Pitlor



Stephen Usery talks to Heidi Pitlor about her second novel, The Daylight Marriage, which is new in paperback. It's the story of a woman who goes missing, and then we see timelines of how her disappearance affects her husband and children, as well as how they became a couple and the events of the day leading up to her going missing.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Podcast - Vickie Fee




Linda Lloyd talks to former Memphian Vickie Fee about debut novel, Death Crashes the Party, the first of the new Liv and Di in Dixie cozy mystery series. Liv, a party planner, and Di, a letter carrier, are best friends who investigate the murder of two men to help clear the names of those closest to them.

Vickie will be signing her book at The Booksellers of Laurelwood in Memphis on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Podcast - Ashton Lee




Linda Lloyd interviews Ashton Lee about his latest installment in the Cherry Cola Book Club series, A Cherry Cola Christmas, in which business opportunities to help save the town, as well as a country superstar are considering coming to Cherico, Mississippi to help the struggling town.

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Podcast - Lori Wilde


Linda Lloyd interviews superstar romance author Lori Wilde about the latest and festive entry into her Twilight Texas series, I'll Be Home for Christmas.

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Podcast - Claire Vaye Watkins


Claire Vaye Watkins's story collection, Battleborn, won many prizes including the Story Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. In this episode, we discuss her debut novel, Gold Fame Citrus, in which the southwest United States has been devastated by a long term drought and those who stayed behind are struggling to survive.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Podcast - Leonard Pitts, Jr.




I'm honored to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. to the program. In addition to his award-winning syndicated columns, which originate with the Miami Herald, he also writes acclaimed novels like Freeman and Before I Forget. In this episode we discuss his latest novel, Grant Park, in which a newspaper columnist and his editor are already having a horrible day when they become entangled with two white-supremacist, wannabe terrorists.

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Podcast - Stephan Pastis





Stephan Pastis is best known for his award-winning daily comic strip, Pearls Before Swine, which has a new treasury available, entitled, Pearls Gets Sacrificed. But today, we'll begin the conversation talking about Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protectionthe fourth entry in his series about the less-than-great, grade-school detective.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Podcast - Nicola Yoon



Nicola Yoon talks about her debut Novel, Everything Everything, which debuted at number one on the New York Times Young Adult bestseller list. It's the story of an 18 year old girl who has been stuck at home her entire life because of her severely compromised immune system and what she will do for the sake of love.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Podcast - Sloane Crosley


Sloane Crosley has enjoyed a great deal of success for her humorous essays, including being a finalist for The Thurber Prize. Her collections, I Was Told There Would Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number were both NY Times bestsellers. Today, we'll be talking about her debut novel, The Clasp, which was inspired by the Guy de Maupassant short story, "The Necklace."

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Podcast - Lauren Groff



Lauren Groff has been on Book Talk twice before to talk about her previous novels, The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia. Today we'll be discussing her latest novel Fates and Furies, which has already been named a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Podcast - Matthew Guinn





When last in our studio, Matthew Guinn and I talked about his debut novel, The Resurrectionist, which went on to be a finalist for the Edgar Award for best first novel. W.W. Norton has recently published his second novel, The Scribe, where a madman terrorizes the African-American citizens of Atlanta in the early 1880s.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Podcast - Garth Stein


Playwright and best-selling novelist Garth Stein recently stopped by the Book Talk studios. Garth is probably best known for his smash best-seller, The Art of Racing in the Rain. We start the conversation with his most recent novel, A Sudden Light, which was recently released in paperback by Simon and Schuster.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Podcast - Dennis Bryon


Dennis Bryon first tasted pop chart success as the drummer for the Welsh blue-eyed soul band The Amen Corner. A few years later, he joined another band and got to travel the world and enjoy incredible success, which he writes about in his memoir You Should Be Dancing: My Life with the Bee Gees.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Podcast - Andrew Malan Milward



Andrew Malan Milward, who is the editor-in-chief of Mississippi Review and professor of creative writing at the University of Southern Mississippi. His first collection of short stories, The Agriculture Hall of Fame won the Juniper Prize, and his second collection, I Was a Revolutionary, was recently published by Harper.

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Podcast - Tiffany Quay Tyson


Linda Lloyd talks to Mississippi native Tiffany Quay Tyson about her debut novel Three Rivers. Melody Mahaffey is unsatisfied as a keyboard player in a Christian pop band. She returns home to Mississippi as her mother abandons Melody's dying father and handicapped brother. A local man Obi tries to outrun a terrible mistake, and as the rivers rise, the stories converge.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Podcast - John Scalzi





John Scalzi is a journalist, blogger and writer of non-fiction, and he has enjoyed a great deal of success as a science fiction novelist. He's written several stand-alone novels, like the Hugo Award-winning Redshirts, but today we talk about the sixth entry into his Old Man's War series, The End of All Things.

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Podcast - Adam Johnson


Credit: Tamara Beckwith
Adam Johnson back to the program today. Adam was last on Book Talk for his novel, The Orphan Master's Son which would go on to win the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and well as the Dayton Peace Prize. He's also previously published the novel Parasites Like Us, and the short story collection, Emporium. Today we discuss his success as well as his new collection of short stories, Fortune Smiles, which is published by Random House.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Podcast - Barry Wolverton


Barry Wolverton enjoyed a good deal of success for his debut novel for younger readers, Neversink. On this episode, we talk about the first book in his new series Chronicles of the Black Tulip. Book one is The Vanishing Island, and it's published by Walden Pond Press.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Podcast - Amy Stewart



Amy Stewart might be best known as a writer of lively non-fiction about the natural world, with several books including Flower Confidential, Wicked Plants, and The Drunken Botanist, but today we talk about her fiction debut, Girl Waits with Gun, which is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Podcast - Katy Simpson Smith





Katy Simpson Smith earned a Ph.D in history from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an MFA from Bennington. She's published one non-fiction work, We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835, and last year her debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea was released, and is now available in paperback from Harper Perennial.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Book Talk Schedule for the Week of August 24, 2015

M-F at 12:30 p.m.

Mon, August 13 - Jacqueline Winspear "Elegy for Eddie"
Tue, August 14 - Donald McCaig "Rhett Butler's People"
Wed, August 15 - Carrie Bebris "The Sedition at Sanditon"
Thu, August 26 - Karen Essex "Stealing Athena"
Fri, August 27 - R.J. Ellory "A Quiet Belief in Angels"

Saturday, August 29

6:00 p.m. - Katy Simpson Smith "The Story of Land and Sea"
6:30 p.m. - Barry Wolverton "The Vanishing Island"

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Podcast - Carrie Bebris



Carrie Bebris is the author of the seven book series of mystery novels starring Elizabeth and Mister Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the newest of which is The Suspicion at Sanditon, set in the world of Sanditon, the unfinished novel Austen had had worked on just prior to her death.

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