Saturday, December 19, 2009

Podcast - Anne Byrn


Susan Gray talks to Anne Byrn about easy and delicious desserts from The Cake Mix Doctor Returns.

Podcast - Todd Wilbur



Stephen Usery talks to Todd Wilbur about his latest interpretation of brand name foods in Top Secret Recipes Unlocked.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Podcast - Madison Smartt Bell


Stephen Usery interviews Tennessee native Madison Smartt Bell about his first novel in five years, Devil's Dream. Devil's Dream is fevered telling of twenty years in the life of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. We also talk about the appropriateness of Confederate memorials and his return to writing fiction.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Podcast - Lisa Patton


Courtney Santo talks to Memphis native Lisa Patton about her debut novel Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter. The podcast features ten minutes of extra conversation, including parallels to The Wizard of Oz.

Podcast - Alice Randall


Stephen Usery interviews Alice Randall, author of The Wind Done Gone, about her new novel Rebel Yell which looks back at the life of a conservative African-American government operative. The podcast includes fifteen minutes of extra conversation; especially interesting are the parts about food. Download it today!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Podcast - R.J. Ellory


Stephen Usery interviews British crime fiction sensation R.J. Ellory about his first novel to be published in the United States, A Quiet Belief in Angels.

Podcast - Haywood Smith


Host Linda Lloyd talks to Haywood Smith about her latest hilarious novel set in the South , Ladies of the Lake.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Podcast - Jeff Martin



Stephen Usery talks to Jeff Martin about his book My Dog Ate My Nobel Prize: The Fabricated Memoirs of Jeff Martin.

Podcast - Kaylie Jones



Stephen Usery interviews Kaylie Jones about her memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me about the legacy of growing up as famed writer James Jones's daughter and the toll alcoholism took on the family.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Podcast- Roy Blount Jr.



Stephen Usery talks to writer, raconteur, and humorist Roy Blount, Jr. about his hilarious, idiosyncratic dictionary, Alphabet Juice ,which is new in paperback. File under"P", for podcast.

Podcast - Robert Olen Butler


Stephen Usery interviews Pulitzer-Prize winner Robert Olen Butler about his newest novel Hell which follows TV News anchor man Hatcher McCord trying to extract himself from the inferno. Download the podcast today!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Podcast - Douglas Robinson and Svetlana Ilinskaya


Stephen Usery talks to translators Douglas Robinson and Svetlana Ilinskaya about their work on the new collection Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia. The podcast has 36 minutes of extra conversation over the broadcast! Download the interview and hear what you missed!

Podcast - Joseph Kanon



Stephen Usery interviews Joseph Kanon about his newest period mystery novel, Stardust, which is set in Hollywood right after the end of World War II. (Joseph was Stephen's very first Book Talk interview back in 2002.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Book Talk Guest Richard Bausch Wins The Dayton Literary Peace Prize


University of Memphis professor and writer extraordinaire Richard Bausch has won the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for his novel, Peace. Take a half-hour and listen to Bill Wilson's interview with Richard.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Podcast - The Pinch Fall 2009



Stephen Usery talks to Professor Kristen Iversen and the student editors of the University of Memphis's literary journal, The Pinch, about the Fall 2009 issue.



Podcast - Jill McCorkle


Stephen Usery interviews one of the masters of the American short story, Jill McCorkle, about her fourth collection, Going Away Shoes.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Book Talk guest Lydia Peelle named to NBF's 5 Under 35

Congratulations to Book Talk guest and Nashville resident Lydia Peelle for being named to the National Book Foundation's 2009 5 Under 35 program. Past Book Talk guests who have been honored are Fiona Maazel (2008) and ZZ Packer (2006).



Stephen Usery interviews Lydia about Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, her first collection of award-winning short stories. Download the podcast today!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Podcast - Mark Greaney

Stephen Usery talks to Memphis author Mark Greaney about his debut international thriller starring Court Gentry entitled The Gray Man.

Podcast - Robert Hicks


Stephen Usery interviews Robert Hicks about his latest novel A Separate Country which follows the life of Confederate General John Bell Hood through his astonishing life after the Civil War in New Orleans.Download the podcast today!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Podcast - Southern Festival of Books


Stephen talks to Michael Osborn about the upcoming Southern Festival of Books in Nashville.

Podcast - Timothy Hallinan


Stephen Usery interviews Timothy Hallinan about his newest novel, Breathing Water: A Bangkok Thriller. Breathing Water is the third book starring American expat journalist Poke Rafferty, his Thai wife, Rose and their adopted daughter Miaow.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Podcast - Eric Jerome Dickey


Stephen Usery interviews best-selling author and Memphis native Eric Jerome Dickey about his fourth novel featuring the assassin Gideon, Resurrecting Midnight. Download the podcast today.

Book Talk Guest Simon Van Booy Wins the Frank O'Connor Award



British writer Simon Van Booy has won the 2009 Frank O'Connor Award for his second collection of short stories Love Begins in Winter. The O'Connor is the most lucrative short story prize in the world, worth 35,000 Euros. Previous winners include Haruki Murakami and Jumpa Lahiri. This is quite an honor, and Book Talk congratulates Simon and thanks him again for sharing Love Begins in Winter with us earlier this year. You can download his interview with Stephen Usery below.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Podcast - Ron Hall




Podcast - Dan Chaon



Stephen Usery interviews Dan Chaon, winner of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature, about his critically-acclaimed second novel Await Your Reply which weaves together three plots about identity theft.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Book Talk Podcast - Clay Travis


Bill Wilson talks to guest Clay Travis about On Rocky Top, his investigation of the calamitous 2008 season for the Tennessee Volunteers football team that lead to the firing of Coach Phillip Fulmer. This podcast boasts an extra ten minutes of conversation looking at the prospects for the team under new head coach Lane Kiffin.

Book Talk Podcast - Eric Barnes



Stephen Usery interviews the publisher of The Daily News, Eric Barnes, about his debut literary tech thriller, Shimmer.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Book Talk Podcast - Lydia Peelle



Stephen Usery interviews Nashville resident Lydia Peelle about Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, her first collection of award-winning short stories. Download the podcast today!

Book Talk Podcast - Robert Dalby



Linda Lloyd talks to Robert Dalby about the third installment of his series set in Second Creek, Mississippi A Piggly Wiggly Wedding.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Book Talk Podcast - David O. Stewart


Stephen Usery interviews David O. Stewart about his book Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy. It's a fascinating look into the event that presaged the squandered hope of Reconstruction following the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Download the podcast today!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Book Talk Podcast - ReShonda Tate Billingsley



Susan Gray talks to one of America's most successful inspirational fiction writers ReShonda Tate Billingsley about her new novel The Devil is a Lie.

Book Talk Podcast - Megan Abbott



Stephen Usery interviews Edgar Award winner and reigning crown princess of noir Megan Abbott about her latest look at the seamy side of the human experience, Bury Me Deep.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Book Talk Podcast - Gin Phillips



Host Carolyn Gibson talks to Gin Phillips about her debut novel The Well and the Mine, which looks at the complicated familial and racial relationships in the coal mining area of northern Alabama in the 1930s.

Book Talk Podcast - Attica Locke



In this podcast, Stephen Usery interviews Attica Locke about her debut novel, Black Water Rising, which is set in Houston, Texas's oil boom in the early 1980s as the legacy of racism and corporate greed come to a head.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Book Talk Podcast - Sam Haskell


Stephen Usery interviews Sam Haskell about his book, Promises I Made My Mother. It's a memoir that tracks the moral grounding Haskell's mother gave him and how it helped in his personal life and his career as the head of television for the legendary William Morris talent agency. Download the podcast today!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Book Talk Podcast - Frank McNair



Stephen Usery talks to Frank McNair about The Golden Rules for Managers: 119 Incredible Lessons for Leadership Success, his collection of pithy maxims for managers new and experienced.

Book Talk Podcast - Simon Van Booy



In this episode of Book Talk, Stephen Usery interviews British writer Simon Van Booy about his second collection of short stories Love Begins in Winter.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Author E. Lynn Harris Passes Away at 54



One of Arkansas's and America's most successful writers, E. Lynn Harris died Thursday, July 23rd.

Fayetteville (AR) Flyer article on his passing.

Here is Stephen Usery's 2008 interview of bestselling author E. Lynn Harris about his novel set in the world of college football, Just Too Good to Be True .


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Book Talk Podcast - Neil White



Stephen Usery interviews Neil White about his memoir, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts. It's an extremely moving telling of White's time in a federal prison for bank fraud in Carville, Louisiana which in the early 1990s shared facilities with the last American colony for survivors of leprosy, which is now known as Hansen's disease. The podcast has 17 extra minutes of conversation!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Book Talk Podcast - Mary Kay Andrews



Linda Lloyd talks to Mary Kay Andrews about her latest, juicy slice of southern hi jinks in The Fixer Upper. Download, listen, enjoy!

Book Talk Podcast - John Hart



Stephen Usery interviews Edgar Award-winning author John Hart about his latest thriller, The Last Child, in which a teenage boy searches for his sister a year after her abduction. Download the podcast today!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Book Talk Podcast - Izzy Rose



Stephen Usery talks to Izzy Rose about her memoir The Package Deal: My (not-so) Glamorous Transition from Single Gal to Instant Mom. Download the podcast today!

Book Talk Podcast - Karen Essex



Stephen Usery interviews Karen Essex about her latest historical novel, Stealing Athena which looks at women involved in the creation of the Parthenon and the British removal of many statues from there in the early 19th century.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Book Talk Podcast - Barry Mazor


Tune in to Book Talk this Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. as Stephen Usery interviews Barry Mazor about his new book Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: How America's Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century. Mississippi native Rogers was one of the world's most popular recording artists in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and has been elected to the Rock 'n' Roll, Blues, and Country Halls of Fame. Download the podcast while you're waitin' on a train.

Saturday, June 20, 2009