Showing posts with label interview. Show all posts
Showing posts with label interview. Show all posts

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Podcast - Peter Heller "The Dog Stars"

Stephen Usery interviews Peter Heller about his book, The Dog Stars. A New York Times bestseller, the novel focuses on Hig, a survivor of the superflu which eliminated most of humankind. He flies his 1956 Cessna with his dog Jasper in Colorado. The pair forge an uneasy alliance with the killer Bangley and try to navigate their way through this new world.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Podcast - Daniel Friedman "Don't Ever Get Old"

 Stephen Usery interviews Memphis native Daniel Friedman about his debut mystery novel, Don't Ever Get Old. It stars the 87 year-old retired police detective Baruch "Buck" Schatz, who along with his grandson, tries to hunt down the Nazi prison camp officer who tortured him during World War II.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Podcast - Geraldine Brooks "Caleb's Crossing"

Stephen Usery interviews Pulitzer Prize-winner Geraldine Brooks about her novel Caleb's Crossing which is now available in paperback. Drawing inspiration from the life of the first Native American graduate of Harvard, Caleb's Crossing tells the tale of young Bethia Mayfield, daughter of a Calvinist minister trying to bring Christianity to the Wampanoag people on Martha's Vineyard in the mid-17th century.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Podcast - Charlaine Harris "Deadlocked"

Stephen Usery interviews Charlaine Harris about the latest installment to her Sookie Stackhouse series, Deadlocked. The series, which is the inspiration for the television program True Blood, is ramping up for a conclusion next year, as human, vampire, shapeshifter and fairy worlds vie for the services of Sookie, whose psychic abilities are belied by her small-town waitress exterior.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Podcast - Heidi Julavits "The Vanishers"

Stephen Usery interviews Heidi Julavits, an editor of The Believer Magazine. She has recently published her fourth novel, The Vanishers, which is the story of a young woman who attempts to develop her psychic abilities and is sucked into a web of deceit and confusion where an academic is searching for a believed-to-be-dead filmmaker and there is no such things as coincidence.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Podcast - Ron Rash "The Cove"

Stephen Usery interviews Ron Rash about his new novel, The Cove. Coming on the heels of winning the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, Rash's novel is set in rural North Carolina during World War I, as an adult brother and sister deal with distrust of the people who live in town and a curious, mute stranger who has appeared in this seemingly-cursed area known as The Cove.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Podcast - Lauren Groff "Arcadia"

Stephen Usery welcomes Lauren Groff back to the program. Following up on the success of her New York Times best-selling debut, Groff has just published her second novel, Arcadia. It's the story of the littlest hippie named Bit Stone who grew up on a utopian commune in upstate New York and his life beyond the idealistic community known as Arcadia.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Podcast - Amy Franklin-Willis "The Lost Saints of Tennesee"

Stephen Usery interviews Amy Franklin-Willis about her debut novel, The Lost Saints of Tennessee. Zeke Cooper is a Hardeman County, Tennessee native who is having a hard time in the mid-1980s. His marriage has fallen apart, much as he did after his twin brother died ten years earlier. Desperate, he drives east looking for a way out of the regret for a tough past and a life of unfulfilled potential. Plus, a live performance by Andrew Castro, who wrote an album based on the book!

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.

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.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Podcast - Gin Phillips "Come In and Cover Me"

Stephen Usery interviews Gin Phillips, acclaimed author of The Well and the Mine. Her new novel, Come in and Cover Me, is the story of archaeologist whose study of early Southwest cultures is complicated by her own past.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Podcast - Kim Edwards "The Lake of Dreams"

Stephen Usery interviews Kim Edwards (The Memory Keeper's Daughter) about her latest novel, The Lake of Dreams, which is now available in paperback. Lucy Jarrett returns home to upstate New York after working in Asia for almost a decade. Family secrets new and old surface as Lucy is pulled at by loves old and new.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Podcast - Joshilyn Jackson "A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty"

Stephen Usery interviews Joshilyn Jackson about her fifth novel, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. It's an funny yet tense story of three generation of Slocumb women, eldest Ginny, Liza, and youngest Mosey, who have to deal with secrets coming to light after Liza has a stroke and a mysterious silver box is found in their backyard, exposing many lies in the process.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Podcast - Adam Johnson "The Orphan Master's Son"

Stephen Usery interviews Adam Johnson about his critically-acclaimed second novel, The Orphan Master's Son. It's the story of Pak Jun Do, a young man thought to be an orphan, and the incredible path his life takes inside the repressive and mysterious political system of North Korea. It's a harrowing tale that also allows room for love and humanity to bloom in the cracks of this totalitarian regime.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Podcast - John M. Barry "Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul"

Stephen Usery interviews John M. Barry, the New York Times best-selling author of Rising Tide and The Great Influenza. Barry's new book is Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty, which traces America's approach to freedom of religion back to Williams's reaction to supression of Puritans by the English crown and his banishment by early Massachusetts colonists.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Podcast - Margi Preus "Heart of a Samurai"

Stephen Usery interviews Margi Preus about her debut novel, Heart of A Samurai. This Newberry Honor winner is now in paperback and is based on the true story of John Manjiro, a 14 year-old Japanese boy who survived a shipwreck in 1841 and led to adventures leading him farther away from home than he could have ever imagined.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Podcast - Stuart Dill "Murder on Music Row"

Stephen Usery interviews Stuart Dill about his debut thriller, Murder on Music Row. Drawing on over two decades of artist management, Dill has created a tense, behind-the-scenes look at the country music industry as someone is trying to kill the biggest star in Nashville, Ripley Graham. 23-year-old intern Judd Nix has gotten in over his head and is as concerned about his own survival as solving the mystery.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Podcast - Hillary Jordan "When She Woke"

Hillary Jordan comes back to the program to talk about her new novel When She Woke. In a near, dystopian future, Hannah Payne awakes and finds her skin colored red for a committing a crime, which today would be perfectly legal. It's a bit of a riff on The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne that also investigates how our information technology could conspire to deprive us of our basic freedoms.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Podcast - William B. Jones, Jr. "Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History"

Stephen Usery interviews William B. Jones, Jr. about his new book, Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History. More than just a beautiful coffee table book, Jones traces the history of Classics Illustrated from their pre-World War II beginnings through through peak of popularity in the 1950s, until their end in the 1960s, and subsequent attempts to revive bringing the great books to young and older readers alike in comic book form.