Saturday, May 25, 2013

Podcast - Vince Vawter

Stephen Usery interviews Memphis native Vince Vawter about his semi-autobiographical novel, Paperboy. July 1959 is a pivotal month for a young boy, who has a prominent stutter and takes over a friend's paper route. He gets to know some of the customers on his route and learns lessons that he will carry the rest of his life.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Podcast - Daniel Wallace

Stephen Usery welcomes Daniel Wallace to the program to talk about his new novel, The Kings and Queens of Roam. Helen and Rachel McCallister are inseparable adult sisters who cannot outrun the evil done by their great-grandfather Elijah McCallister when setting up his silk-worm empire in the remote, magical town of Roam. Sins of previous generations are compounded by more recent misdeeds and do not bode well for them or their hometown.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Podcast - Joel Harrington

Tune into Book Talk this week as Stephen Usery interviews Vanderbilt history professor Joel Harrington about his new book The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century. Frantz Schmidt was the master executioner of Nuremberg in the late 1500s. His father was forced into the execution profession, and Frantz had little choice but follow, yet he worked tirelessly to restore the family's honor. Joel Harrington on this week's Book Talk, Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on FM89.3 WYPL Memphis.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Podcast - Jill McCorkle

Stephen Usery interviews Jill McCorkle about her first novel in 17 years, Life After Life. It's the story of the patients, employees, and neighbors of the Pine Haven Retirement Center in Fulton, North Carolina. Each character is at a major transition point in life, and it forces them to reflect on the choices they made in their past and deal with the regrets that plague us all.

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