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.

Dec 8, 2018

Tony DiTerlizzi - The Broken Ornament


Tony DiTerlizzi is an award winning author and illustrator. He won a Caldecott Honor for his adaptation of The Spider and the Fly. He might be most widely known for his collaboration with Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and recently he has shaded toward writing with his successful WondLa trilogy. However, he's gotten back to picture books with his new one, The Broken Ornament, which is published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Dec 1, 2018

Wayétu Moore - She Would Be King


Wayétu Moore is the founder of the international non-profit organization, One Moore Book. Her writing has been featured in publications such as, The Paris Review, Guernica, The Atlantic, and others.  Today, we're discussing her debut novel She Would Be King (Graywolf Press), which follows three characters who return from slavery or exile to help with the early days of Liberia's nationhood in the beginning of 19th century.

Nov 24, 2018

Glen David Gold - I Will Be Complete: A Memoir




Glen David Gold is a writer who has received great acclaim for his two historical novels, Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside. Earlier this year he published a memoir, I Will Be Complete which chronicles his unusual upbringing, his search for family, and the life-long difficulty of maintaining a relationship with his mother. The interview was conducted as part of his session at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville in October of 2018.

Nov 17, 2018

Elizabeth Heiskell - The Southern Living Party Cookbook


Linda Lloyd recently spoke with Today Show contributor and caterer extraordinaire Elizabeth Heiskell about The Southern Living Party Cookbook. It's a spirited conversation about cooking, hosting, and even enjoying the parties you throw.

Nov 10, 2018

Hampton Sides - On Desperate Ground


Hampton Sides is a best-selling author of non-fiction titles like Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, and In The Kingdom of Ice. Today we'll be talking about his latest book, On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle, which is published by Doubleday.

Oct 27, 2018

Loren Long - There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake


Loren Long is a writer and illustrator of children's book who may be be best known for his Otis The Tractor series, but he has also illustrated classic stories like The Little Engine That Could, as well books written by Frank McCourt and Barack Obama. He has had two books released in 2018, Love which was written by Matt de la Pena, and There's A Hole in a Log on the Bottom of the Lake which is published by Philomel.

Oct 20, 2018

Amy Stewart - Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit



Amy Stewart's had several hit non-fiction books about the natural world including The Drunken Botanist. Recently, she's turned her attention to novels with a series of books based on the true-life exploits of one of America's first women deputy sheriff's, Constance Kopp, as well as her sisters Norma and Fleurette.  The first book was Girl Waits with Gun, followed by Lady Cop Makes Trouble, Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions, and today we'll talk about the fourth installment, Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit, which is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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