Saturday, March 31, 2012

Podcast - Alex George "A Good American"

Stephen Usery interviews English expat Alex George about his new novel, A Good American, which follows Frederick and Henriette Meisenheimer as they emigrate from Germany to the United States in 1903. The story of the family's relationship with their new home in central Missouri spans almost a century, and the many upheavals in their lives mirror America's tumultuous history. many upheavals in their lives mirror America's tumultuous history.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Podcast - Eugenia Bone "Mycophilia"

 Stephen Usery interviews Eugenia Bone about her book Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms. In it we learn about the essential roll of fungi in all areas of life on earth, the wonderful diversity of edible wild mushrooms that one can pick, and the scientific discoveries about the nutritional and medicinal values of the humble mushroom.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Podcast - Taylor M. Polites "The Rebel Wife"

Stephen Usery interviews Taylor M. Polites about his debut novel, The Rebel Wife. Set in Alabama in the mid-1870s, reconstruction is coming to an end as Augusta "Gus" Branson's husband Eli lies dying from a mysterious hemorrhagic fever. Pressure mounts on the family as money grows tight and panic over the disease spreads.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Podcast - Patrick deWitt "The Sisters Brothers"

Stephen Usery interviews Patrick deWitt about his bestselling and critically-acclaimed novel, The Sisters Brothers. Set in the midst of the California gold rush, professional killers Charlie and Eli Sisters make their way from Oregon to San Francisco aiming to eliminate a miner who has crossed their powerful employer, The Commodore. Hilarious and melancholy, The Sisters Brothers won two major awards in deWitt's native Canada.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Podcast - L.A. Weatherly "Angel Burn" and "Angel Fire"

Stephen Usery talks to author L.A. Weatherly about her young adult series about angels who have invaded earth and the teenagers who are fighting back against them. The conversation starts with the first book, Angel Burn, and segues into Angel Fire, which was just released in the U.S. in hardcover.

Podcast - Paul and Angela Knipple "The World in a Skillet"

Stephen Usery interviews Paul and Angela Knipple about their first book The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover's Tour of the New American South. More than just a tour, it looks a immigrants from around the world who have moved to the South and how their cultures and cuisines have influenced and been influenced by their new home.