Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Podcast - Jesse Holland

Jesse J. Holland is a political reporter for the Associated Press in Washington. He's written two books, the first, Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History in and around Washington, D.C. and today we'll be discussing his latest history title, The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African-American Slaves in the White House, which is published by Lyons Press.

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Podcast - Katy Simpson Smith

Katy Simpson Smith received rave reviews for her debut novel set in coastal Carolina during the Revolutionary War, The Story of Land and Sea, when it was published in 2014. 2016 welcomes the publication of her second novel, Free Men, set in the 1780s in what would become the state of Alabama.

Free Men is published by Harper. 
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Podcast - Rashod Ollison

Stephen Usery talks to Rashod Ollison about his memoir, Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl. Ollison, the critic for The Virginian Pilot, and veteran of The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Baltimore Sun, writes candidly about growing up gay in a working-class African-American family in Arkansas and the music that his father gave him when his parents divorced.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Podcast - Michael Bible

Michael Bible's work has appeared in Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, Al Jazeera America, and ESPN: The Magazine. In this episode, we'll talk about his novella Sophia, where a Mississippi man of god is having all sorts of problems.

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Podcast - Bob Mehr

Bob Mehr is the music writer for The Commercial Appeal. He has also written for the Chicago Reader, Spin, and The Village Voice. Da Capo Press has just published his book, Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements, about the legendary 1980s indie rock band who were known for shambolic performances, incredible songs, and self-destruction.

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