Monday, December 30, 2013

Rebroadcasts for the week of December 30, 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013 - Michael Morris - Man in the Blue Moon

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - Sophie Littlefield - A Bad Day for Mercy

Wednesday, January 1, 2013 - Elaine Hussey - The Sweetest Hallelujah

Thursday, January 2, 2013 - Inman Majors - The Millionaires

Friday, January 3, 2013 - Courtney Miller Santo - The Roots of the Olive Tree

Monday, December 23, 2013

Rebroadcasts for the week of December 23, 2013

Monday December 23, 2013 - Michael Knight - The Holiday Season

Tuesday December 24, 2013 - Christmas Programming

Wednesday December 25, 2013 - Christmas Programing

Thursday December 26, 2013 - Jonathan Miles - Want Not

Friday December 27, 2013 - Larry Brown - Rabbit Factory

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Podcast - Jonathan Miles

Jonathan Miles garnered much critical acclaim for Dear American Airlines, his 2008 debut novel. In addition to fiction, he also writes a cooking column for Field and Stream magazine and has recently released a collection of his recipes called The Wild Chef. His second novel is Want Not, which has again received much critical acclaim, including being named to the 2013 Notable Books list by the New York Times.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Weekday Rebroadcasts for the Week of December 16, 2013

Monday, Dec 16 - Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell

Tuesday, Dec 17 - Tony DiTerlizzi

Wednesday, Dec 18 -  Jon Agee and Loren Long

Thursday, Dec 19 - Russ Kick

Friday, Dec 20 - Sal Lizard

Monday, December 16, 2013

Podcast - Jon Agee

Jon Agee is known for picture books like The Incredible Painting of Felix Clouseau and Ellsworth. He also writes books based on his love of word play, especially palindromes, like Go Hang a Salami. I'm a Lasagna Hog. Dial Books for Young Readers recently published Little Santa in which Jon gives his idea about Santa Claus's early days at the North Pole.

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Podcast - Loren Long

Loren Long is best known for his series of picture books starring Otis the Tractor. In An Otis Christmas, Otis must brave the night and deep snow to help save a life on Christmas eve. We also talk about Long's illustration work for President Obama, as well as Long's appreciation of artists like Thomas Hart Benton and N.C. Wyeth.

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Podcast - Thomas Maltman

Thomas Maltman's first novel, the Civil War-era set The Night Birds won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. His new novel, Little Wolves is set in a small Minnesota town at the end of summer in 1987. A high school boy walks into town and kills a sheriff and then himself. His father and his English teacher both search for understanding in a town that has hidden many ills over the years.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Podcast - Mark Greaney

Memphian Mark Greaney has just published the fourth installment on his Gray Man series. In Dead Eye, former CIA assassin Court Gentry finds himself in Eastern Europe being hunted by his fellow Americans. When he receives assistance from an unexpected source, Gentry must decide if it is worth the risk to take someone at their word. Greaney will be signing his novels at The Booksellers at Laurelwood (387 Perkins Road, Memphis) on Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m.

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Podcast - George Pelecanos

 George Pelecanos is known for his high quality work as a novelist, as well as for writing on some of the most respected television shows around like The Wire and Treme. He's written over 20 novels including the Nick Stefanos series, The Night Gardener, The D.C. Quartet, and 2011 brought us The Cut, the first novel in the Spero Lucas series. Little, Brown has recently released the second book, The Double.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Weekday Rebroadcasts December 2-6, 2013

Monday, December 02 - Michael Wiley - The Bad Kitty Lounge
Tuesday, December 03 - Keith Thompson - Twice a Spy
Wednesday, December 04 - Mark Greaney - Dead Eye
Thursday, December 05 - John Hart -  The Last Child

Friday, December 06 - Joseph Boyden - Through Black Spruce

Monday, November 11, 2013

Podcast - Robert Gordon

Stephen Usery interviews Robert Gordon, a native Memphian and one of the foremost chroniclers of the Mid-South's musical history. He's a documentary film maker, as well as an author of books such as It Came from Memphis and Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters. His new book is Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Podcast - Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly

Stephen Usery interviews Edgar Award winner Tom Franklin and Pushcart Prize winner Beth Ann Fennelly.Beth Ann is a prize winning poet and essayist, and Tom's literary novels full of crime and violence have brought him much acclaim, including the CWA Golden Dagger for Crooked Letter Crooked Letter. They decided to team up for the new novel, The Tilted World, a story of orphans, moonshiners and revenuers set against the backdrop of America's greatest natural disaster, the Mississippi River flood of 1927.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Weekday Rebroadcasts Nov 4-8, 2013

Monday, November 04 - Dr. Jeffrey Jackson - Paris Under Water
Tuesday, November 05 - Lee Sandlin - Wicked River
Wednesday, November 06 - Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly - The Tilted World
Thursday, November 07 - Sebastian Junger - War

Friday, November 08 - Alan Huffman - Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Book Talk Rebroadcasts Weekdays!

Recently, WMC-TV5 shortened their noon television newscast to 30 minutes. We decided to start airing rebroadcasts of Book Talk at 12:30 p.m. each weekday. Many of you have called into ask about the guests on each day's program, so we'll start posting the weekly line up with links to their podcast page. Thanks so much for listening to Book Talk and FM89.3 WYPL.

Monday, October 28 - Porter Shreve - When The White House Was Ours
Tuesday, October 29 - Oscar Hijuelos - Thoughts Without Cigarettes
Wednesday, October 30 - Kami Garcia - Unbreakable
Thursday, October 31 - Robert Olen Butler - Hell
Friday, November 01 - Amy Franklin-Willis - The Lost Saints of Tennessee

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Podcast - Kami Garcia

Stephen Usery welcomes Kami Garcia back to the program. Kami is one half of the duo responsible for the NY Times best-selling YA supernatural series, Beautiful Creatures a.k.a. The Caster Chronicles. Just in time for Halloween, she makes her solo debut with Unbreakable, the first in The Legion series about a teenage girl named Kennedy who is forced into a secret world of those who fight malevolent spirits on Earth.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Broadcast - October 26 & 27, 2013 - Kami Garcia

Tune into Book Talk this week as Stephen Usery welcomes Kami Garcia back to the program. Kami is one half of the duo responsible for the NY Times best-selling YA supernatural series, Beautiful Creatures a.k.a. The Caster Chronicles. Just in time for Halloween, she makes her solo debut with Unbreakable, the first in The Legion series about a teenage girl named Kennedy who is forced into a secret world of those who fight malevolent spirits on Earth. Kami Garcia on this week's Book Talk, Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on FM89.3 WYPL Memphis.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Podcast - Julie Cantrell

Stephen Usery interviews Julie Cantrell about her second novel, When Mountains Move, the follow-up to her best-selling and award-winning debut, Into the Free. Set in 1943, 17-year-old Millie Reynolds marries Bump Anderson,  and they move from Mississippi to Colorado to start a cattle ranch and leave her secret traumas behind.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Podcast - Michael Farris Smith

Stephen Usery interviews Michael Farris Smith about his new novel, Rivers. It's the story of a man named Cohen trying to survive the Mississippi Gulf coast in the near future where climate change has brought an endless succession of hurricanes to the area. The Federal government has declared the area a no-man's land where services or assistance will be not provided.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Podcast - Jesmyn Ward

Stephen Usery welcomes National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward back to the program. They will be discussing her new memoir, Men We Reaped, the story not only of her life but also the deaths of five young African-American men close to her family in rural southern Mississippi, including her only brother.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Podcast - Jolina Petersheim

Stephen Usery interviews Jolina Petersheim about her debut novel, The Outcast: A Modern Retelling of The Scarlett Letter. Set in contemporary Tennessee, The Outcast in question is Rachel Stoltzfus a young woman with a baby recently born out wedlock who has been made unwelcome in her Old Order Mennonite community and must find her way among the outside world they call The English.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Podcast - Cary Holladay

Stephen Usery welcomes Cary Holladay back to the program to talk about her new, award-winning collection of short stories, The Deer in The Mirror. Set in many different eras ranging from the early 18th century to modern times, the stories are connected by characters who come from the same area of Virginia, and themes often revolve around the power dynamic of male-female relationships and our stewardship of nature.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Podcast - John Dufresne

John Dufresne is a Guggenheim fellow, playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. His first two novels, Louisiana Power and Light and Love Warps the Mind a Little were named New York Times notable books of the year. He's now trying his hand at crime fiction with No Regrets, Coyote, the story of middle-aged therapist Wylie Melville who gets caught up in in a tough situation when he's called into consult on a murder case on Christmas Eve down in south Florida.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Podcast - Kiese Laymon

Stephen Usery interviews Jackson, Mississippi native and Vassar College professor Kiese Laymon about his two new books. Long Division is the story of contemporary Jackson teenager named City Coldson, who finds a novel starring a teen from the 1980s with his same name. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is a collection of unflinching essays which examine race and class in America and how it often fails to live up to its promise of liberty and justice for all.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Podcast - Eric Barnes

Stephen Usery interviews Eric Barnes. Eric is the publisher of three newspapers: The Daily News, The Memphis News, and The Nashville Ledger. He's written short stories which have appeared in many fine journals such as Prairie Schooner and The Literary Review. 2009 saw his first novel publication with Shimmer, and Outpost19 has recently published Something Pretty, Something Beautiful.

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Podcast - Elaine Hussey

Elaine Hussey is a new name on the southern literary fiction scene, although the woman behind that name, Peggy Webb, has published dozens of  romance, suspense, and mystery novels. Her new novel inspired her to take on a new pen name. The Sweetest Hallelujah is set in Tupelo, Mississippi in the 1950s, which becomes the meeting ground for women from different races and backgrounds to plan for the care of a young girl.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Podcast - Matthew Guinn

Stephen Usery interviews Matthew Guinn about his debut novel, The Resurrectionist, about a slave in the 1850s ordered to steal other slaves' corpses for dissection for a South Carolina medical school, as well as a 1990s doctor who learns of the story which jeopardizes his school's reputation.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Podcast - Susan Crandall

Susan Crandall has published ten novels, including Magnolia Sky. and Seeing Red. Gallery Books has published her historical novel, Whistling Past the Graveyard, a story about a young, runaway white girl named Starla who becomes attached to a black woman named Eula, and their uneasy journey through Jim Crow landscape of Mississippi in the early 1960s.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Podcast - Michael Harvey

Michael Harvey is the co-creator and producer of the hit A&E television show Cold Case Files. He has earned a law degree, teaches at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He also writes crime novels. He's published four starring the former Chicago cop and current PI Michael Kelly, and Knopf has recent published a standalone thriller which marries his love of journalism and criminal law in The Innocence Game.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Podcast - David Berg

David Berg is one of the most feared and respected trial attorneys in America. His brother Alan Berg was murdered in the spring of 1968. Charles Harrelson, the father of actor Woody Harrelson, was tried for the murder. David has recently published  Run, Brother, Run: A Memoir of Murder in My Family which looks at David's tumultuous family history leading up to the time of Alan's death, and the effect it and the subsequent trial had on him and his family.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Podcast - Scott Phillips "Rake"

Scott Phillips is probably best known for his debut novel, The Ice Harvest, which was made into a film with John Cusak and Billy Bob Thornton.Counterpoint has just released his novel Rake, the story of an American soap opera actor who gets in over his head when he tries to make a movie in Paris.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Podcast - Cathie Pelletier

Stephen Usery welcomes Cathie Pelletier to the program. She's written ten novels,  five of which are set in the fictional town of Mattagash,  Maine. In the new book, The One-Way Bridge, mailman Orville Craft and Vietnam vet Harry Plunkett butt heads as almost the entire town begins to feel unhappy with their relationships in this humorous and heartbreaking portrait of a small town on the Canadian border.

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