May 11, 2019

Mary Laura Philpott - I Miss You When I Blink


Mary Laura Philpott is the founding editor of the in-house magazine for Parnassus Bookstore in Nashville, TN. She is also co-host of A Word on Words for Nashville Public Television, and first appeared on Book Talk for her collection of cartoons, Penguins with People Problems. Today we'll talk about her new book, a collection of essays entitled, I Miss You When I Blink, which is published by Atria Books.

May 4, 2019

Aram Goudsouzian - The Men and the Moment - Part Two


Dr. Aram Goudsouzian is a professor of history at the University of Memphis. He has written biographies of Sidney Poitier and Bill Russell, as well as an in-depth look at the Civil Rights landmark Meredith March Against Fear. We have the second of our two part interview about his latest book, The Men and the Moment: The Election of 1968 and the Rise of Partisan Politics in America, which is published by University of North Carolina Press. Today we'll be looking at the Democratic Party primaries and the path up to the general election.

Apr 27, 2019

Aram Goudsouzian - The Men and the Moment - Part One


Dr. Aram Goudsouzian is a professor of history at the University of Memphis. He has written biographies of Sidney Poitier and Bill Russell, as well as an in-depth look at the Civil Rights landmark Meredith March Against Fear. Today, we have the first of two part interview about his latest book, The Men and the Moment: The Election of 1968 and the Rise of Partisan Politics in America, which is published by University of North Carolina Press.

Apr 22, 2019

Erin McGraw - Joy and 52 Other Very Short Stories


Erin McGraw is a respected writer of fiction, having penned the novels, The Baby Tree, The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard, and Better Food for a Better World. Today, we'll be talking about her fourth collection of short stories, Joy: and 52 Other Very Short Stories, which is published by Counterpoint Press.

Apr 13, 2019

Greg Iles - Cemetery Road


Greg Iles is one of the biggest, best-selling thriller writers in America. He recently wrapped up his Natchez Burning trilogy starring Mayor Penn Cage. Today, we're going to talk about his latest book, Cemetery Road, set in a fictional town fifty miles north of Natchez. Award-winning journalist Marshall McEwan returns home to run his estranged father's newspaper, while a local business development promises to revitalize the area economy but at the price of how many lives?

Apr 6, 2019

Tim Johnston - The Current


Tim Johnston's 2009 short story collection Irish Girl won the Katharine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, and several of the stories won individual prizes, as well. His novels are Never So Green, Descent, which we spoke about on Book Talk back in 2013, and today we'll be talking about The Current, new for 2019, the story of two college students attacked near the Iowa-Minnesota state border that recalled the death of a young woman 10 years earlier, which was never solved and destroyed the bonds connecting several local families.

Mar 30, 2019

Snowden Wright - American Pop


Snowden Wright has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, The Millions, and The New York Daily News. His first novel, Play Pretty Blues, was published in 2013 to critical acclaim, and today we'll be talking about his new novel, American Pop, which is published by William Morrow.

Mar 23, 2019

Dani Shapiro - Inheritance



Dani Shapiro is a respected writer of fiction and memoir. Her novels include Black and White and Playing with Fire as well as memoirs including Devotion and Slow Motion. Today we'll be talking about her latest memoir, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love which is published by Knopf.

Mar 16, 2019

Nick Petrie - Tear it Down



Nick Petrie earned his MFA from the University of Washington and is known for his series of thrillers starring veteran Peter Ash. The first three were The Drifter, Burning Bright, and Light It Up, and today we'll be talking about the fourth installment, Tear It Down, which is published by G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Mar 9, 2019

Preston Lauterbach - Bluff City


Preston Lauterbach  is an author of non-fiction who has concentrated on the African-American experience of the American South, and Memphis in particular. Hi First book was The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock 'n' Roll, about musical venues and musicians in the south and neighboring states serving a black clientele with good times and better music. His second book was Beale Street Dynasty, which looked at the early and prime days of the capital of black America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today we're talking about his latest book, Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers, the man responsible for many of the greatest photos of the civil rights era and how his legacy has come into question since it was revealed that he was an informant for the FBI.

Mar 2, 2019

Lyndsay Faye - The Paragon Hotel

Lyndsay Faye is a novelist known for her Timothy Wilde Series, a couple of critically acclaimed Sherlock Holmes pastiches, as well as the stand alone novel, Jane Steele. Today we'll be talking about her latest novel, The Paragon Hotel, a tale of a white New York gun moll who hides out in a hotel for African Americans in a very racist Portland, Oregon in the early 1920s.

Feb 22, 2019

Mark Greaney - Mission Critical


Mark Greaney co-wrote several Jack Ryan books with Tom Clancy, and several of them solo after Mr. Clancy passed away. But Mark started out his writing career with The Gray Man, the story of a burned CIA operative being hunted down by his former employer. We've talked about every entry into the series so far, and today we talk about the latest one, Mission Critical, which is published by Berkley. 

For listeners in the Memphis area, Mark Greaney will be at the bookstore novel located at 387 Perkins Extended on Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. to sign Mission Critical. More information is available at

Feb 14, 2019

Marjorie Herrera Lewis - When the Men Were Gone


Marjorie Herrera Lewis was the first woman originally hired as a sports reporter at the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, she later became the Dallas Cowboys beat reporter and moved to the Dallas Morning News. She's currently teaching media ethics at the University of North Texas, but today we're going to talk about about her debut novel, When the Men Were Gone, based on the true story of a woman who became a football coach in Texas during World War II.

Feb 9, 2019

Kiese Laymon - Heavy: An American Memoir


Kiese Laymon back to the program today. Kiese is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. When last on the show we talked about his novel, Long Division, and his book of essays, How to Kill Yourself an Others in America. Today we'll be talking his latest, Heavy: An American Memoir, which was named to many major best books of the year lists for 2018, and he won the best Audiobook of the Year award from Audible.

Feb 2, 2019

R. J. Lee - Grand Slam Murders


Linda Lloyd recently talked to R.J. Lee about his mystery novel, Grand Slam Murders, where four four very important ladies in a Mississippi river town control bridge, and not the one that goes over the river. Who would want to do them harm?

Jan 26, 2019

Harrison Scott Key - Congratulations, Who Are You Again?


Memphis native Harrison Scott Key won The Thurber Prize for his first memoir, The World's Largest Man. (...after his appearance on Book Talk, naturally) He recently stopped by to talk about its hilarious and yes, poignant, follow up, Congratulations, Who Are You Again?

Jan 12, 2019

Bob Drury - Valley Forge



Boby Drury has written for the New York Post, Newsday, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and GQ. He's currently a contributing editor for Men's Heath. For his books, he has written about the NFL, true crime, and the mafia. However, for the past decade, he has been writing about American military history, often with Tom Clavin, with whom he has authored Valley Forge.

Dec 29, 2018

Daniel Mason - The Winter Soldier


Daniel Mason is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University. His is also a novelist, and his books, The Piano Tuner and A Far Country, have been translated into dozens of languages, and he has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His new novel is, The Winter Soldier, about a medical student from a wealthy and aristocratic Polish family in Vienna who decides to go to the front in World War I to become a battlefield surgeon.

Dec 22, 2018

Adib Khorram - Darius the Great Is Not Okay


Adib Khorram is a graphic designer and writer who recently published his first novel Darius the Great Is Not Okay, about a bicultural teenager in Portland, Oregon, who is dealing with depression, puberty, and feeling between cultures both at home and while visiting his mother's family in Iran.

Dec 15, 2018

Marla Frazee - Little Brown


Marla Frazee is an author and illustrator of children's books. She's won two Caldecott Medals and her books include, Santa Claus, The World's Number One Toy Expert, The Boss Baby, and The Farmer and the Clown. Today we'll be talking about her latest book, Little Brown, which is about a cranky little dog who is living in a shelter with other dogs who aren't cranky.

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