July 9, 2022
Steve Berry has over 25 million books in print in 40 languages. His first three novels were stand-alone thrillers, The Amber Room, The Romanov Prophecy, and Third Secret. In 2006, he began his tremendously successful Cotton Malone Series with The Templar Legacy, with book number 16, The Kasier’s Web having been published in 2021. He even spun off the popular character Cassiopeia Vitt into several stories co-written with MJ Rose. And there have been short stories and contributions to anthologies over the years. The seventeenth Cotton Malone book is scheduled for February of 2023, but today we’ll be discussing his first stand-alone novel since 2012, The Omega Factor which is published by Grand Central.
July 2, 2022
Mary Laura Philpott has appeared on Book Talk for both of her previous books, first in 2015 with her collection of cartoons, Penguins with People Problems. In 2019, we spoke about her collection of personal essays, I Miss You When I Blink. Today we’ll discuss he most recent release, Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives which is published by Atria Books.
May 14, 2022
Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the current Chair of the Board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, as well as an associate professor of English at American University in Washington, D.C. However, for Book Talk listeners, she is a highly respected writer of fiction. Her debut novel was Wench, followed by Balm, and today we’ll be talking about her newest book, Take My Hand, which is published by Berkley.
March 5, 2022
Mark Greaney returns to the program today. We’ve discussed his co-authoring some of and continuing Tom Clancy’s legendary Jack Ryan thrillers. He’s also written a best-selling military thriller with retired Marine Lt. Colonel H. Ripley Rawlings IV, entitled, Red Metal. But most readers know Mark for his successful Gray Man series starring burned CIA operative, Court Gentry. We’ll be talking about his 11th installment in the series, Sierra Six, which is now available from Berkley.
January 29, 2022
In this episode, Dave Mason of Rhodes College and WYPL interviews Hasanthika Sirisena, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Susquehanna University. She has published a collection of stories, The Other One. She and Dave discuss her collection of essays, Dark Tourist. which was recently published by Mad Creek/Ohio State University Press.
January 15, 2022
Brad Taylor is a retired Army Lt. Colonel who served in what is popularly known as Delta Force. After his service he became a thriller author, creating the Pike Logan series. We’ll be talking about his brand new one, End of Days, where a member of an international religious charity has gone rogue and is trying to bring about Armageddon.
January 8, 2022
We welcome Daniel de Visé to the program today, in this second part of two episodes. Daniel de Visé is a journalist, writer and graduate of Wesleyan and Northwestern universities. He has worked at The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and a multitude of other newspapers in a career spanning 23 years. In 2001, he was the co-recipient of a team Pulitzer Prize, and has acquired over two dozen other national, as well as regional awards in journalism. He is the author of The King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King, which is published by Grove Press.
January 1, 2022
We welcome Daniel de Visé to the program today, in this first part of two episodes. Daniel de Visé is a journalist, writer and graduate of Wesleyan and Northwestern universities. He has worked at The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and a multitude of other newspapers in a career spanning 23 years. In 2001, he was the co-recipient of a team Pulitzer Prize, and has acquired over two dozen other national, as well as regional awards in journalism. He is the author of The King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King, which is published by Grove Press.
November 27, 2021
Linda Lloyd talks to Anne Byrn, known as The Cake Mix Doctor, about her latest cookbook, A New Take on Cake, in which she shows how to begin with a packaged cake mix and create new variations that seem to be from scratch. She revisits old recipes and updates them for the new cake mix sizes, and introduces readers to fresh new flavors, as well as recipes for cake lovers with restricted diets.
November 13, 2021
We welcome H. Ripley Rawlings IV back to the program today. Rip is a retired Marine Corps Lt. Colonel. His first book was the New York Times best-seller co-authored with Mark Greaney, Red Metal. Last year was his solo debut, the first in the Tyce Asher series, Assault by Fire. Today we have the second of a two-part interview about his latest, The Kill Box, which is published by Pinnacle Fiction.