Feb 17, 2018

K.J. Howe - The Freedom Broker


K. J. Howe is the executive director of the annual conference Thrillerfest. She recently joined the ranks of thriller writers with her debut novel, The Freedom Broker, which is now in paperback from Quercus. It's the first book in a series starring Thea Paris, a hostage negotiator who must keep her composure when a kidnapping hits close to home.


Feb 6, 2018

Wesley and Alex Orbison - The Authorized Roy Orbison


Roy Orbison was a singular talent with one of the most haunting voices in popular music history. Growing up in Depression-era Texas, along with a series of tragedies that struck him and his family along the way, informed his often heartbreaking songs. Two of his surviving sons, Alex and Wesley, stopped by the WYPL TV studios to talk about The Authorized Roy Orbison, which they wrote with their brother Roy Orbison, Jr. It's a beautiful book with equal parts text and photos commemorating the life of their father and one of America's finest singers.


Feb 2, 2018

Susana Lancaster - The Growing Rock


Susanna Lancaster is the author of The Growing Rock published by Harvard Square Editions. It's a coming of age story for 14-year-old Caroline Neal, The Growing Rock is set in Depression-era west Tennessee. Caroline, an author of fairy tales, uses all her imagination to stay positive after her brother, then her father leave the family to seek work in Memphis. With both men gone, Caroline fights to keep the rest of the family from falling apart.


Jan 19, 2018

Barry Wolverton - The Sea of the Dead


Barry Wolverton is an author of middle grade novels. His first was Neversink, then he followed it up with The Chronicles of the Black Tulip series. The first installment of the trilogy was The Vanishing Island, followed by The Dragon's Gate, and today we'll talk about the final entry, The Sea of the Dead, which is published by Walden Pod Press. 


Jan 8, 2018

Podcast - Yvette Manessis Corporon - Something Beautiful Happened


Yvette Manessis Corporon is an Emmy-Award-winning writer, producer and author. She is currently a Senior Producer with the syndicated entertainment news show, EXTRA. She is the author of the international, best-selling novel When the Cypress Whispers, and today we'll be talking about her recent non-fiction book, Something Beautiful Happened: A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil, which is published by Howard Books.


Jan 1, 2018

Podcast - Joe Hagan - Sticky Fingers



Journalist Joe Hagan is the author of the biography, Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine, which is published by Knopf. We talk about Wenner's childhood with his parents, the early days of Rolling Stone, his marriage to his wife Jane, as well as the star creatives that Jann Wenner edited at Rolling Stone, and ultimately, about his decision to leave his wife and the closet, in order to live openly as a gay man.

Dec 20, 2017

Podcast - Philip Jett - The Death of an Heir



Blake McVey talks to Philip Jett about his true crime book, The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty which is published by St. Martin's Press. In February 1960, Adolph Coors III, known as Ad, was kidnapped on his way to the Coors Brewery in Golden Colorado, and the subsequent manhunt riveted the Mountain West region of America.

Dec 8, 2017

Podcast - Radney Foster - For You to See the Stars


Radney Foster in a popular and critically-acclaimed country music singer and songwriter. He was a member of the duo Foster and Lloyd, and has released many well-received solo albums like Del Rio Texas 1959 and The World We Live In. He has also joined the ranks of American fiction writers with his first collection of short stories, For You to See the Stars which is published by Working Title Farm, which is the new publishing imprint from author Shari Smith, and there is a companion album with a song for each of the stories, also called For You to See the Stars, and it is available from Devil's River Records.


Dec 1, 2017

Podcast - Judy Schachner - Sarabella’s Thinking Cap


Judy Schachner is a best-selling artist and author of children's books. She is best known for her popular Skippy Jon Jones series starring a Siamese kitten who thinks he is a Chihuahua. She's also written many stand- alone books like: Yo, Vikings!, Dewey Bob, and Grannyman. Today we'll be talking about her latest stand-alone book, Sarabella's Thinking Cap which is published by Dial Books.


Judy shares her character bible for Sarabella's Thinking Cap.




Nov 25, 2017

Podcast - Denise Kiernan - The Last Castle


Denise Kiernan is an author, journalist and producer. She has worked in television, serving as head writer for ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire". Her writing has appeared in publications like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She's written several non-fiction works,  Her previous title, The Girls of Atomic City, was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR Bestseller and has been published in seven languages. Today we'll be talking about her newest book, The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home. 


Nov 17, 2017

Podcast - John Grisham and Hampton Sides - The Rooster Bar

John Grisham is of course one of the most beloved writers of fiction in the world today, having sold close to 300 million books worldwide including The Firm, A Time To Kill, Camino Island, and A Painted House, as well as the Theodore Boone  series for younger readers. He spent much of his childhood in Southhaven, Mississippi just across the border from Memphis. He recently returned to town to sign copies of his latest novel for Burke's Books, a store which was one of his earliest supporters. His new novel is The Rooster Bar, a thriller about a trio of third-year law school students who take unusual steps to deal with their mountain of student debt which they built up at a shady for-profit program in Washington, DC. A little bit later, we'll be joined by Memphis-native and best-selling non-fiction author Hampton Sides who joined Mr. Grisham later in the day for a conversation at Christian Brothers University for an audience of 500 fans.

Hampton Sides who is a Memphis native and author of best-selling non-fiction books like Hellhound on His Trail and Blood and Thunder. There were some technically difficulties, so Mr. Sides microphone wasn't operating properly, but we salvaged what was overheard by Mr. Grisham's microphone.




Nov 14, 2017

Podcast - Elizabeth Heiskell - What Can I Bring?



Linda Lloyd talks to Elizabeth Heiskell about her cookbook, What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up. Mississippian Elizabeth is farmer and a contributor for Southern Living magazine and NBC's Today show. This highly-spirited and charming conversation will be a winner for people who might be looking for something to take to potlucks this coming holiday season.


Nov 5, 2017

Podcast - Michelle Kuo - Reading with Patrick


Michelle Kuo graduated from Harvard Law and teaches in the History, Law, and Society program at the American University of Paris on issues related to race, punishment, immigration, and the law. We recently spoke about her debut book, a memoir, Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship.


Oct 30, 2017

Podcast - Tova Mirvis - The Book of Separation



Tova Mirvis has published three novels, The Ladies Auxiliary, The Outside World, and Visible City, but today we'll be talking about her memoir which deals with her ending her marriage at the same time she questions her commitment to Modern Orthodox Judaism. It's called The Book of Separation, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Oct 22, 2017

Podcast - Daren Wang - The Hidden Light of Northern Fires


Daren Wang is the founding Executive Director of AJC Decatur Book Festival. As a public radio producer, he produced and or hosted several series  including The Spoken WordPorches: The South and Her Writers, and Atlanta ForumHis writing has appeared in Paste Magazine, The Atlanta Journal ConstitutionThe Saporta Report, and others. Today we talk about his debut novel, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires, which is available from Thomas Dunne Books.


Oct 16, 2017

Podcast - Reed Farrel Coleman - Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet


Reed Farrel Coleman is the author of the much-lauded Mo Prager detective series. He recently started a new new series starring grief-stricken retired cop and current hotel detective Gus Murphy. The first of which Where it Hurts just won the 2017 Shamus award for best detective novel. Earlier this year, we spoke about the second in the series, What You Break. But today we'll be talking about the fourth Jesse Stone book he has written for the Robert B. Parker estate. It's called Robert B. Parker's The Hangman's Sonnet, and it's published by GP Putnam's Sons.


Oct 8, 2017

Podcast - Will Schwalbe - Books for Living

This week, Blake McVey talks to best-selling writer Will Schwalbe. Will has careers as editor in the publishing world , as the founder of cookstr.com, and has turned his hand to writing books. His first, Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do it Better—was co-written  with David Shipley. The second, The End of Your Life Book Club, and today he and Blake will discuss his third, Books For Living, which is now in paperback, published by Vintage.

Oct 1, 2017

Podcast - Thomas Mullen - Lightning Men


Thomas Mullen has published five novels, The Last Town on Earth, which won the James Fenimore Cooper prize, The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers, The Revisionists. His latest Lightning Men is a continuation of a series begun with his previous novel, Darktown, which follows two of Atlanta's first African-American police officers following World War Two. It's now 1950 and when three African-American families move into a formerly all-white neighborhood, Officers Lucius Bogs and Tommy Smith, as well as white policeman Denny Rakestraw, discover that morality often lies outside the law.

Sep 24, 2017

Podcast - Anne Gisleson - The Futilitarians



Anne Gisleson's writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Oxford American, The Believer, and The Los Angeles Times, among others. Today we'll be talking about her first book, The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading which is published by Little, Brown.

Sep 17, 2017

Podcast - Adrienne Berard - Water Tossing Boulders



Blake McVey talks with Adrienne Berard about her book WATER TOSSING BOULDERS:HOW A FAMILY OF CHINESE IMMIGRANTS LED THE FIRST FIGHT TO DESEGREGATE SCHOOLS IN THE JIM CROW SOUTH, which is now in paperback by Beacon Press. It's the true story of the Chinese-American Lum family who fought for the rights of their daughters to attend whites-only public schools in 1920s Mississippi. Their case made it all the way to the Supreme Court thirty years before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case.

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