Sep 10, 2017

Podcast - Ladee Hubbard - The Talented Ribkins



Ladee Hubbard is the winner of the 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for the Short Story. Today we'll be talking about her debut novel, The Talented Ribkins, which is published by Melville House. It's the story of Johnny Ribkins, who, despite an amazing ability to make maps of places he's never seen, finds himself in deep debt to an unsavory character all while trying to bond with his niece whom he's never met before.


Sep 4, 2017

Podcast- Peggy O’Neal Peden - Your Killin’ Heart


Linda Lloyd talks to Peggy O'Neal Peden about her mystery novel, Your Killin' Heart.

From the Macmillan website:

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone in Nashville is an aspiring country music star. Campbell Hall, for one, just wants to get her travel agency off the ground and move on from a break-up. But when she gets the opportunity to visit the mansion of mysterious country icon Jake Miller, she jumps at the chance. After all, who knows what clues are lurking around the long-dead star’s last home?

Aug 27, 2017

Podcast - Mark Bowden - Hue 1968



Mark Bowden is a renowned journalist and author. He recently had the cover story of the July August 2017 issue of the Atlantic Monthly magazine about how America and the world should deal with North Korea. He is perhaps better known for his non-fiction books including The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden, Our Finest Day: D-Day, June 6, 1944, and Blackhawk Down. Today, we'll be discussing Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, which is a look at the longest and fiercest battle of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. The combined North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces seized control of South Vietnam's third-largest city on the eve of Tet, the nation's biggest holiday. It would take almost a full month for South Vietnamese and American forces to regain control of city that was almost leveled during the fighting. 


Aug 13, 2017

Podcast - Scott McClanahan - The Sarah Book


Scott McClanahan is a writer from West Virginia whose approach to writing and life would never be called timid. He's released several collection of stories, but he's probably best known for his book Crapalachia. His newest release is a novel called The Sarah Book, which features a writer named Scott McClanahan who is doing his best to ruin his marriage to a woman named Sarah, and examines the beginning of their relationship as well as its demise. 


Jul 30, 2017

Podcast - Ace Atkins - The Fallen


Ace Atkins is a best-selling and well-respected novelist of crime fiction. He has continued on the Spenser series for the Robert B. Parker estate, having published Little White Lies, his sixth addition to the series earlier in 2017, and this summer brings us the seventh installment of his Quinn Colson series, The Fallen, set in the contemporary, but fictional northern Mississippi county of Tibbehah.


Jul 23, 2017

Podcast - John Grisham - Camino Island


We have a special program today; we have two interviews. A little later I will be speaking with Tim Henderson who is the director of humanities TN about the organization and about its 2017 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. This October will be the 29th edition of one of the biggest book festivals in America. But up first, we have a special guest, a writer by the name of John Grisham. John Grisham is of course the best-selling author of legal thrillers and other popular novels who got his start writing stories set in the Mid-South. He is estimated to have sold more than 300 million books worldwide, and I was invited by the website to interview him at his recent event at Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN. is the literary website of Humanities TN and they have graciously allowed us to use the audio from the interview on Book Talk. MR. Grisham and I began our conversation about his latest novel, Camino Island, which is published by Doubleday.


Jul 16, 2017

Podcast - Gail Godwin - Grief Cottage



I was recently invited to be in conversation with one of America's greatest writers, Gail Godwin, at Parnassus books in Nashville, TN. Ms. Godwin was on tour with her latest novel, Grief Cottage, which is published by Bloomsbury. I had some technical difficulties with my recording microphone, so the sound isn't as good as we normally have on Book Talk, but it is a wonderful conversation with Ms. Godwin. - Stephen Usery

Jul 10, 2017

Podcast - Vickie Fee - One Fete in the Grave


Vickie Fee was a long-time journalist in western Tennessee but now calls the Upper Peninsula of Michigan home. To help with home sickness, she began writing the Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery series, and today we'll be talking about the third installment, One Fete in The Grave, which is published by Kensington.


Jun 30, 2017

Podcast - Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich - The Fact of a Body



Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich to the program today. Alexandria has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, and Yaddo, and a Rona Jaffe Award. Also, she teaches at Grub Street and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In this episode, we will talk about her book, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir.

Jun 23, 2017

Podcast - D.J. Donaldson - Assassination at Bayou Sauvage


Harry Freeman talks to Memphian D.J. Donaldson about the latest installment of his New Orleans Forensic Mysteries series starring Andy Broussard and Kit Franklin, Assassination at Bayou Sauvage.

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Jun 20, 2017

Podcast - Ann Patchett - Commonwealth


Ann Patchett has written several books of non-fiction, including 2013's This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, but she is best known for her novels, including Bel Canto which won the PEN/Faulker and Orange prizes, and 2012's State of Wonder. Today we'll be talking about her latest novel, Commonwealth, which was recently released in paperback.


Jun 10, 2017

Podcast - Edan Lepucki - Woman No. 17



Edan Lepucki is a contributing editor for and the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. She is also the author of the novella If You're Not Yet Like Me and the New York Times best-selling novel, California. Today we'll be talking about her second novel, Woman No. 17, which was recently published by Crown.

Jun 3, 2017

Podcast - Lisa Wingate - Before We Were Yours


Linda Lloyd talks to bestselling author author Lisa Wingate about her latest hit novel, Before We Were Yours, which looks at the infamous Tennessee Children's Home Society adoption scandal, and how it could have affected the children and their birth and adopted families.


May 27, 2017

Podcast - Peter Cooper - Johnny’s Cash and Charley’s Pride


Peter Cooper was a long-time music writer for The Tennessean newspaper. In addition to teaching at Vanderbilt University, and being a performing and recording artist, Peter is now a Senior Director, Producer, and Writer at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Today we'll be talking about his new book, Johnny's Cash and Charley's Pride: Lasting Legends and Untold Adventures in Country Music which is published by Spring House Press.


May 23, 2017

Podcast - David Wiesner - Fish Girl


David Wiesner has a tremendously successful career as a picture book author and artist, having won three Caldecott Medals. But today we'll be talking about his first foray into graphic novels. It's entitled Fish Girl, and he did the art and co-authored it with award-winner author and scholar Donna Jo Napoli.


May 13, 2017

Podcast - Julie Buntin - Marlena


Julie Buntin is the director of writing programs at Catapult and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, and Slate among others. Today we'll be discussing her debut novel, Marlena. It's the story of a friendship between two teenage girls in rural Michigan and the decades long effects that it has on one of them.


May 6, 2017

Podcast - Holly Tucker - City of Light, City of Poison


Dr. Holly Tucker is a professor at Vanderbilt University in Italian and French, as well in their medical school's Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society. Dr. Tucker is author of Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine & Murder in the Scientific Revolution and Pregnant Fictions: Childbirth & the Fairy Tale in Early-Modern France. Today we will be talking about her most recent book, City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris, which is published by W.W. Norton. 


Apr 29, 2017

Podcast - C. J. Box - Vicious Circle



C.J. Box won the Edgar Award for best novel for Blue Heaven in 2008, but he is best known for his long-running and award-winning series featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. The series began in 2001 with Open Season and today, we'll talk about the seventeenth installment, Vicious Circle.


Apr 22, 2017

Podcast - Linda Williams Jackson - Midnight Without a Moon


Linda Williams Jackson has many contributions to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, but today we'll be talking about her debut novel, Midnight Without a Moon. While the book is for readers ages 10 and up, it deals with the all too dangerous realities of growing up African-American in the Jim Crow south of the 1950s.


Apr 15, 2017

Podcast - Michael Knight - Eveningland:Stories

Michael Knight has published two novels, The Typist and Divining Rod. He has also published four story/novella collections. Today we'll be talking about his latest, Eveningland which includes six stories and a novella, and it is published by the Atlantic Monthly Press.


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