May 4, 2018

Ariel Lawhon - I Was Anastasia


Ariel Lawhon is a historical novelist based outside of Nashville, TN. Her debut was The Wife, The Maid, The Mistress about a New York Supreme Court Justice who disappeared in 1930. Flight of Dreams about the last voyage of the  Hindenburg came next. And Today we'll be talking about her latest novel, I Was Anastasia, about a woman believed by many to be sole survivor of Tsar Nicholas II's family, Anastasia Romanov.


Apr 25, 2018

Eric Barnes - The City Where We Once Lived


Eric Barnes publishes several newspapers throughout Tennessee. He's also an author of literary fiction. He's appeared on Book Talk previously to Talk about his novels, Shimmer and Something Pretty, Something Beautiful. Today we will be discussing his latest novel, The City Where We Once Lived, which is available from Arcade Publishing.


Apr 20, 2018

Michael Farris Smith - The Fighter


Michael Farris Smith is the author of four novels, The Hands of Strangers, Rivers, and Desperation Road. Little, Brown has recently published the fourth, The Fighter, a story of a broken-down, bare-knuckle boxer who heads back to the Mississippi delta to answer for his past.


Apr 15, 2018

Robert Gordon - Memphis Rent Party

Robert Gordon is a documentary film maker and writer. His most  well-known film is Best of Enemies about the series of debates between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley in the late 60s. His many books include the biography of Muddy Waters, Can't Be Satisfied, and Respect Yourself, a history of Stax Records.Today we'll be talking about his new book, Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock, and Soul in Music's Hometown, a collection of his previous writings about some of the lesser known, but still massively talented musicians who are from or came to Memphis.  A soundtrack album of the same name is available on vinyl and via streaming services from Fat Possum Records.

Apr 10, 2018

Podcast - Elizabeth Crook - The Which Way Tree


Elizabeth Crook is a novelist from Texas who has published five novels, including her newest one, The Which Way Tree. In a story told through letters,  a teenage boy recounts tale from the Texas frontier during the Civil War about his half-sister's fervent search for the panther that disfigured her and killed her mother.


Apr 2, 2018

Donna Everhart - The Road to Bittersweet


Bestselling author Donna Everhart recently returned to Book Talk to discuss her second novel, The Road to Bittersweet, with Linda Lloyd. Set in the 1940s, the musically-inclined Stamper family must fight to service after all they have is washed away in a flood.


Mar 30, 2018

Marc Perrusquia - A Spy in Canaan


Blake McVey talks to Memphis Commercial Appeal Reporter Marc Perrusquia about his new book, A Spy in Canaan, about how the FBI used famed Civil Rights photographer Ernest Withers as an informant.


Mar 25, 2018

John T. Edge - The Potlikker Papers


Blake McVey talks to John T. Edge, director of The Southern Foodways Alliance, about the paperback release of his book, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South, which pays particular attention to the Civil Rights era and how immigration is adding to the social and culinary makeup of the American South.


Mar 22, 2018

Mark Greaney - Agent in Place


Mark Greaney is a New York Best Times bestselling author of international thrillers. He co-authored several Jack Ryan novels with Tom Clancy, and continued the series for several titles after Mr. Clancy's passing. Mark is also the author of the Gray Man series starring for CIA goon Court Gentry. In this episode, we talk about seventh book in that series, Agent in Place.


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.




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