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/Faulkner 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Knight’s 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.
Greg Iles is of course one of the biggest thriller writers in America, having written eighteen books which routinely hit the best- sellers lists. We last spoke with Greg about the first installment of his Natchez Burning trilogy about Mayor Penn Cage fighting against a Klan splinter group called the Double Eagles. We missed chatting with him about the second part, The Bone Tree, but he stopped back by to chat about wrapping it up with book three, Mississippi Blood.
Mississippi native Michael Farris Smith‘s first book was the novella, The Hands of Strangers. In 2013 he broke out with the near future ecological dystopian novel, Rivers, which won the 2014 Mississippi Author Award. Today we talk about his new novel,Desperation Road, which is published by Lee Boudreaux books.
Linda Lloyd talks with Donna Everhart about her debut novel, The Education of Dixie Dupree. Set in 1969 down in Alabama, eleven year old Dixie Dupree is an expert liar who does so to protect herself and her family. Her mother is from New Hampshire and longs to return north, creating anxiety in the home, as more familial secrets come to the fore and threaten a new generation of damage.
Reed Farrel Coleman is probably best known for his long-running Moe Prager series which he ended in 2014 after nine installments. He has also carried on Robert B. Parker’s Jessie Stone series, with his fourth contribution coming out in September 2017. But today we’ll be talking about his new series featuring retired long island beat cop, Gus Murphy. The first book in the series Where It Hurts was published in 2016 and is a finalist for the 2017 Edgar Award for best novel. The second title has just been published by G.P. Putnam Sons, and it’s called What You Break.