Nov 10, 2018

Hampton Sides - On Desperate Ground

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Hampton Sides is a best-selling author of non-fiction titles like Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, and In The Kingdom of Ice. Today we'll be talking about his latest book, On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle, which is published by Doubleday.

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Oct 27, 2018

Loren Long - There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake

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Loren Long is a writer and illustrator of children's book who may be be best known for his Otis The Tractor series, but he has also illustrated classic stories like The Little Engine That Could, as well books written by Frank McCourt and Barack Obama. He has had two books released in 2018, Love which was written by Matt de la Pena, and There's A Hole in a Log on the Bottom of the Lake which is published by Philomel.


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Oct 20, 2018

Amy Stewart - Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit

 
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Amy Stewart's had several hit non-fiction books about the natural world including The Drunken Botanist. Recently, she's turned her attention to novels with a series of books based on the true-life exploits of one of America's first women deputy sheriff's, Constance Kopp, as well as her sisters Norma and Fleurette.  The first book was Girl Waits with Gun, followed by Lady Cop Makes Trouble, Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions, and today we'll talk about the fourth installment, Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit, which is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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Oct 13, 2018

Stephen Markley - Ohio

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Stephen Markley has enjoyed success with a pair of non-fiction titles, Publish This Book, and Tales of Iceland. Today we're going to talk about his debut novel which was recently published to glowing reviews. It is called Ohio, and it is available from Simon & Schuster.

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Oct 6, 2018

Sheila Turnage - The Law of Finders Keepers

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Sheila Turnage has written several non-fiction books, but has found great success with her Mo and Dale middle grade novel series. The first, Three Times Lucky was a Newberry Honor book and an Edgar finalist. It was followed by The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, The Odds of Getting Even, and today we'll talk about book four, The Law of Finders Keeperswhich is published by Kathy Dawson Books.
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Sep 29, 2018

Reed Farrel Coleman - Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind

 

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Reed Farrell Coleman is a novelist and poet who has won many awards including four Shamus awards and a Barry, a Macavity, and an Anthony, and has written several series including his much lauded Mo Prager series, and the recent Gus Murphy series. Today, we'll be talking about the fifth Jesse Stone novel that he as written for the Parker estate; it's called Robert B. Parker's Colorblind.

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Sep 22, 2018

Rea Frey - Not Her Daughter

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Linda Lloyd talks to Rea Frey about her debut novel, Not Her Daughter. Rea is a successful nonfiction author, but she challenged herself to write a novel in just a few weeks. Revisions took a bit longer, but what emerged is a tale of a kidnapping that is complicated by emotions that aren't typical for the stories we've already read about child abduction.

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Sep 15, 2018

Inman Majors - Penelope Lemon: Game On!

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Inman Majors is a novelist originally from Knoxville, TN who is now a professor at James Madison University in Virginia. His novels are Swimming in the Sky, Wonderdog, The Millionaires, Love's Winning Plays, and the recently released Penelope Lemon: Game On! which is available from Yellow Shoe Fiction, a series from LSU Press. We recorded the interview in his brother's back yard in Nashville, TN, so don't alarmed when you hear sounds both natural and man-made in the background.

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Sep 8, 2018

Jeremy Finley - The Darkest Time of Night

 

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Jeremy Finley is an investigative reporter for a television station in Nashville, TN, but today we're going to be talking about his debut novel, The Darkest Time of Night, which is the story of a woman desperately trying to find her abducted grandson without revealing to people the otherworldly culprits she believes to be responsible.

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Sep 1, 2018

Vince Vawter - Copyboy

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Vince Vawter has over forty years experience in the newspaper industry. In 2013, he published his first autobiographically inspire novel Paperboy, which was widely acclaimed and won a Newberry Honor. Today we'll be talking about its sequel, Copyboy, which is published by Capstone. His protagonist, Victor Vollmer has a stutter, much like Vince has. In order to honor Vince and Victor's situation, I won't be editing our conversation as I normally do. It has only been cut for length. You'll hear Vince in his true voice, and you'll hear me in mine.

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Aug 25, 2018

Debby Schriver - Whispering in the Daylight

 

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Debby Schriver to the program today. Debby is a writer of nonfiction who lives in Knoxville, TN and her previous books include, To Read My Heart, the Journal of Rachel Van Dyke 1810-1811, In the Footsteps of Champions: The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, the First Three Decades, Ice ’n’ Go: Score in Sports and Life,co-written with noted athletic trainer, Jenny Moshak. Today we'll be talking about her most recent book, Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo’s Christian Ministry and Their Journey to Freedom, which looks at the religious cult started by Tony and Susan Alamo in the late 1960s in Southern California and expanded to Western Arkansas in the mid 1970s and continued to exploit adults and children alike for five decades.

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Aug 18, 2018

Lisa Patton - Rush

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Lisa Patton is a native Memphian and the author of the novels, Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter, Yankee Doodle Dixie, and Southern as a Second Language. Today we'll be talking about her new novel, Rush, which follows three different women in the world of a southern university sorority.

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Aug 11, 2018

Beatriz Williams - The Summer Wives

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Beatriz Williams left behind the world of international corporate consulting to become a best-selling writer of historical fiction. Her books include A Certain Age, The Wicked World, and Cocoa Beach known collectively as The Jazz Age Novels. Her The Schuyler Sisters Novels are: Along the Infinite Sea, Tiny Little Thing, and The Secret Life of Violent Grant. She has also penned three stand-alones, A Hundred SummersOverseas, and today we'll be talking about the third, her newest one, The Summer Wives, which is set over the course of three summers in three different decades on an exclusive summer vacation island located off the northeast tip of Long Island.

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Jul 28, 2018

Jo Watson Hackl - Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

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Joe Watson Hackl is an attorney in South Carolina, but today we'll be talking about her debut novel for younger readers and up, which is set in her native state of Mississippi. While not autobiographical in terms of plot, Jo's love of the Mississippi countryside is one of the major aspects of Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe.

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Jul 21, 2018

Kimberly Belle - Three Days Missing

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Linda Lloyd talks to Kimberly Belle about her fourth novel, Three Days Missing.(Park Row Books) 

From the publisher: It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: the call that comes in the middle of the night. When Kat Jenkins awakens to the police on her doorstep, her greatest fear is realized. Her nine-year-old son, Ethan, is missing—vanished from the cabin where he’d been on an overnight class trip. Shocked and distraught, Kat rushes to the campground, but she’s too late; the authorities have returned from their search empty-handed after losing Ethan’s trail in the mountain forest.

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Jul 14, 2018

Caleb Johnson - Treeborne


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Caleb Johnson has worked as a small-town newspaper reporter, an early-morning janitor, and a whole-animal butcher, among other jobs, but today we'll be talking about his debut novel, Treeborne,(Picador) which is the story of the Treeborne family, spanning three generations in a small Alabama town and the countryside land that they hold dear.

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Jul 7, 2018

Hannah Pittard - Visible Empire

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Hannah Pittard is the head of the creative writing program at the University of Kentucky. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Oxford American, McSweeney's among many others. She is the winner of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award. Her novels are, Reunion, The Fates, Listen to Me, and in this episode, we talk about her fourth published novel, Visible Empire, available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It's the story of grieving, greed, and racial oppression in Atlanta in the aftermath of Airfrance Flight 007 which crashed in Paris and killed over 100 of the richest white Atlantans of the early 1960s.

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Jul 4, 2018

Rob Sangster - No Return

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Blake McVey talks to Memphis author Rob Sangster about the third installment of his Jack Strider series, No Return, which has his hero in the crosshairs of wealthy investors and foreign governments alike who are chasing after control of rare-earth mineral mines.

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Jul 4, 2018

Wayne Wiegand - The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South

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Blake McVey talks with Professor Wayne Wiegand about his book, The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism, which he co-wrote with legal scholar (and his wife) Professor Shirley Wiegand

From LSU Press: The Wiegands trace the struggle for equal access to the years before the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision, when black activists in the South focused their efforts on equalizing accommodations, rather than on the more daunting—and dangerous—task of undoing segregation. After the ruling, momentum for vigorously pursuing equality grew, and black organizations shifted to more direct challenges to the system, including public library sit-ins and lawsuits against library systems. Although local groups often took direction from larger civil rights organizations, the energy, courage, and determination of younger black community members ensured the eventual desegregation of Jim Crow public libraries. The Wiegands examine the library desegregation movement in several southern cities and states, revealing the ways that individual communities negotiated—mostly peacefully, sometimes violently—the integration of local public libraries.

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Jun 30, 2018

William Boyle - The Lonely Witness

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William Boyle was last on Book Talk to discuss his collection of short stories, Death Don't Have No Mercy. His novel Everything is Broken was recently published exclusively in France. His first published novel was Gravesend, and his new novel, The Lonely Witness, is set in the same New York neighborhood with a few familiar characters, but it isn't really a sequel.

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