Originally aired May 10, 2022.
Liz opens the show discussing the harrowing adventure The Barrens
with authors Kurt and Ellie Johnson.
After the break, we revisit a legacy interview with Douglas Wood.
Originally aired April 19, 2022.
Dave opens the show with Chris Stark
and her new book, Carnival Lights
. Set in a summer of hippie Vietnam War protests and the moon landing, Carnival Lights
also spans settler arrival in the 1800s, the creation of the reservation system, and decades of cultural suppression, connecting everything from lumber barons’ mansions to Nazi V-2 rockets to smuggler’s tunnels in creating a narrative history of Minnesota.
After the break, Liz welcomes Carole Lawrence
and her new novel, Cleopatra’s Dagger
. Elizabeth van den Broek is the only female reporter at the Herald, 1800s NYC’s most popular newspaper. Then she and her bohemian friend Carlotta Ackerman find a woman’s body wrapped like a mummy in a freshly dug hole in Central Park—the intended site of an obelisk called Cleopatra’s Needle. The macabre discovery takes Elizabeth away from the society pages to follow an investigation into New York City’s darkest shadows.
Originally aired April 12, 2022.
Dave opens the show with a return appearance by Kim Dower
, to discuss her new poems on motherhood in I Wore This Dress for You Today, Mom
After the break, Liz welcomes thriller all-star Lynn Hightower
and her latest book, The Enlightenment Project.
Originally aired April 5, 2022.
Liz kicks off the show with Janice Post-White
, whose memoir Standing at Water’s Edge
details her experience as a cancer nurse whose four year old son contracted leukemia, changing everything for her.
After the break, a legacy interview brings us back to a conversation with Reed Farrell Coleman
Originally aired March 22, 2022.
Liz opens the show with Carol Finizza
and her newest mystery, Murder on Hollywood Beach
After Pledge Drive (!!), Annie welcomes Lee Cole
on-air to discuss the intersection of creative writing, class, and race in the Trump-era United States in his new novel Groundskeeping
Originally aired January 25, 2022.
Liz kicks off the show with Farhad Dadyburjor
and his new novel The Other Man,
a romantic comedy that centers conversations about queerness, modern Indian dating norms, and arranged marriage.
After the break, Josh connects with Jing Tsu
, the first Professor of Chinese Literature & Comparative Literature at Yale, about her new book Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution that Made China Modern.
Originally aired January 18, 2022.
Dave kicks off the show by welcoming Farah Jasmine Griffin, author of Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature.
After the break, Liz is joined by Mike Errico, author of Music, Lyrics, and Life.
Originally aired January 11, 2022.
Liz and Naomi Hirahara discuss Hirahara’s novel Clark and Division
, a poignant historical mystery centered around the Japanese-American community in 1940’s Chicago and the deadly effects of Japanese internment camps and anti-Asian policy and sentiment.
After the break, the team revisits a legacy episode in which Mira Bartok discusses her children’s novel The Wonderling.