WritersCast

WritersCast

The Voice of Writing
WritersCast

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WritersCast is the voice of writers. Host David Wilk interviews authors of new and forthcoming fiction, poetry and non-fiction books, talking with them about their work as writers, the stories they tell, the subjects they write about and the books they write. Writers reveal the thoughts and ideas behind their writing, and talk about a wide variety of topics of interest to their readers.

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Publishing Talks: David Wilk interviews writer and entrepreneur Rachel Lehmann-Haupt

Nov 6, 2019 47:03

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology, mostly talking about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As every media business continues to experience disruption and change, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how publishing might […]

Thom Hartmann: The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America

Oct 22, 2019 35:25

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The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America – Thom Hartmann – ISBN 9781523085941 – Berrett-Koehler Publishers – Paperback – 192 pages – $15.00 – October 1, 2019 – ebook versions available at lower prices “Hartmann delivers a full-throated indictment of the U.S. Supreme Court in this punchy polemic.” —Publishers Weekly […]

Publishing Talks: David Wilk interviews poet and editor Tom Montag

Oct 8, 2019 45:36

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology, mostly talking about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As every media business continues to experience disruption and change, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how publishing might […]

Amy Stross: The Suburban Micro-Farm

Sep 19, 2019 36:49

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The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People – Amy Stross – 9780997520835 – Twisted Creek Press – Paperback – 356 pages – $34.95 – March 23, 2018 – ebook versions available at reduced prices. “…this book takes a permaculture approach to starting a micro-farm in the suburbs that speaks not just to a stay-at-home […]

Fred Waitzkin: Deep Water Blues, a Novel

Aug 18, 2019 30:49

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Deep Water Blues: A Novel – Fred Waitzkin – 9781504057745 – 160 pages – Open Road Media – paperback – May 28, 2019 – $17.00 – ebook versions available at lower prices. Fred Waitzkin’s Deep Water Blues is a surprisingly affecting short novel based to a great extent on his personal experiences in a small […]

Cuong Lu: The Buddha in Jail – Restoring Lives, Finding Hope and Freedom

Jul 18, 2019 25:05

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The Buddha in Jail: Restoring Lives, Finding Hope and Freedom – Cuong Lu – OR Books – paperback – 112 pages – 978-1-682191-84-2 – $18.95 – April 2, 2019 – ebook versions available at lower prices. Foreword by Roshi Joan Halifax. I’ve studied and read and been around Buddhist teachings for a number of years. […]

Adina Hoffman: Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures

Jun 30, 2019 47:34

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Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures – Adina Hoffman – 9780300180428 – Yale University Press – Hardcover – 264 pages – $26 – February 12, 2019 – ebook versions available at lower prices I grew up in a family where the movie business was in our blood, and part of the conversations of everyday life, […]

Joy Harjo has been named U.S. Poet Laureate

Jun 19, 2019

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Congratulations to Muscogee Creek Nation poet Joy Harjo who has been appointed the Poet Laureate for the United States, succeeding Tracy K. Smith. Joy is a poet, writer and musician whose work has inspired for many years. She is fearless in her work, unflinching in her approach to language and the worlds of spirits and […]

Ryan Leigh Dostie: Formation: A Woman’s Memoir of Stepping Out of Line

Jun 7, 2019 53:28

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Formation: A Woman’s Memoir of Stepping Out of Line – Ryan Leigh Dostie – Grand Central Publishing – Hardcover – 978-1538731536 – 368 pages – $28.00 – ebook versions available at lower prices – June 4, 2019 Ryan Leigh Dostie’s story is sometimes a painful one to read, but it is too important to not […]

Erica Wagner: Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge

May 6, 2019 39:22

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Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge – Erica Wagner – 9781620400524 – Bloomsbury – Paperback – 384 pages – $18 – February 5, 2019 – ebook versions available at lower prices “A welcome tribute to the persistence, precision and humanity of Washington Roebling and a love-song for the mighty New […]

Peter Rock: The Night Swimmers (A Novel)

Apr 7, 2019 0:32:35

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The Night Swimmers – A Novel – Peter Rock – ISBN 9781641290005 – Soho Press – Hardcover – 272 pages – $25.00 – March 12, 2019 – ebook versions available at lower prices. As I have said here before, one of the things I like best about doing the Writerscast interviews is that it’s introduced […]

Joseph Kelly: Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin

Mar 18, 2019 0:39:12

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Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin – Jospeh Kelly – 978-1-63286-777-3 – Bloomsbury – Hardcover – 512 pages – $32 – October 30, 2018 – ebook versions available at lower prices I really enjoy reading books about American history, and especially lately, books that explore some of the stories and moments […]

Maureen Owen and Barbara Henning reading in Tucson, Arizona

Mar 3, 2019 1:05:00

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What a great trip! Starting January 18, 2019, with a reading at McNally Jackson Bookstore in Brooklyn, New York, poets Maureen Owen and Barbara Henning, started a cross country journey together (you can view their trip itinerary here). Appropriately, their story and journey began in Brooklyn, where Barbara lives, and this amazing cross-country jaunt ends in […]

Susan Napier: Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art

Feb 20, 2019 0:32:28

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Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art – Susan Napier – 9780300226850 – Yale University Press – Hardcover – $30 – September 4, 2018 — 344 pages – illustrated – ebook versions available at lower prices If you don’t know about Miyazaki and his spectacular animated films, I recommend you immediately seek out and watch at least […]

Philip Connors: A Song for the River

Jan 29, 2019 0:37:29

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A Song for the River – Philip Connors – 978-1-941026-90-8 – Cinco Puntos Press – Hardcover – 256 pages – $22.95 – September 18, 2018 – ebook versions available at lower prices. “The river that runs through the wilderness opens his heart: the mountains burn, friends die, and green shoots sprout from the ashes.” Philip […]

Bram Presser: The Book of Dirt (a novel)

Jan 8, 2019 0:37:36

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The Book of Dirt – Bram Presser –  Text Publishing Company (Australia) – Paperback – 9781925240269 – 325 pages – $15.95 – September 11, 2018 – ebook versions available at lower prices Personal and family history for most contemporary Jews is frequently fraught. Most of us have relatives who disappeared without a trace, except for scattered […]

Publishing Talks: David Wilk interviews Dan Blank of We Grow Media

Dec 16, 2018 0:37:00

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and folks active in media and technology, at that time, mostly talking about the future of publishing, books and culture. At the outset of this series, I was mostly interested in exploring what people were thinking about the changing economics and culture of […]

Ken Krimstein: The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt

Nov 28, 2018 0:32:36

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The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth – Ken Krimstein – Bloomsbury – 240 pages – Hardcover – 9781635571882 – $28.00 – September 25, 2018 – ebook versions also available at lower prices. What a completely cool and unexpected pleasure it was to discover this amazing book! Yes, I had seen Ken […]

Ben Goldfarb: Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers, and Why They Matter

Nov 7, 2018 0:45:45

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Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers, and Why They Matter – Ben Goldfarb – Chelsea Green – 304 pages – Hardcover – 9781603587396 – $24.95 – July 5, 2018 – ebook editions available at lower prices This amazing book completely captivated me from beginning to end. Environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb, a Yale Forestry School […]

Justin A. Frank MD: Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President

Oct 23, 2018 0:22:21

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Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President – Justin A. Frank, MD – Avery – 304 pages – Hardcover – 9780735220324 – $26.00 – September 25, 2018 – ebook editions available at lower cost. Inside the mind of this president is a scary place to be, as Dr. Justin Frank aptly tells […]

David Wilk interviews Bob Miller of Flatiron Books

Oct 8, 2018 0:45:21

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and people active in media and technology. At that time, some years ago, we were mostly talking about the future of publishing, books and culture, exploring what people were then thinking about the changing economics and culture of publishing and reading. This series […]

Gregory McNamee: Tortillas, Tiswin & T-Bones: A Food History of the Southwest

Sep 23, 2018 0:30:42

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Tortillas, Tiswin & T-Bones: A Food History of the Southwest – Gregory McNamee – University of New Mexico Press – 256 pages – paperback – 9780826359049 – $24.95 – October 30, 2017 – ebook versions available. According to the publisher, this book is an “entertaining history [of] the many ethnic and cultural traditions that have […]

Gordon Ball reading from ’66 Frames

Aug 28, 2018 0:17:34

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’66 Frames – Gordon Ball – Coffee House Press – 9781566890823 – paperback – 320 pages – $15.95 Allen Ginsberg, who helped Ball with some of the research for his book, once remarked on Ball’s vantage point: From city and country communes, underground and avant garde film and photography, Gordon Ball has been marvelously placed as […]

Gordon Ball: East Hill Farm: Seasons with Allen Ginsberg

Aug 28, 2018 0:30:04

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East Hill Farm: Seasons with Allen Ginsberg – Gordon Ball – Counterpoint Press – 416 pages – paperback – 9781619020177 – $18.95 – December 11, 2012 – ebook edition available at lower prices It’s been a great pleasure for me to be able to interview  writer friends and editors about their work for the Writerscast […]

Joanna Cantor: Alternative Remedies for Loss (A Novel)

Jul 31, 2018 0:34:50

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Alternative Remedies for Loss – Joanna Cantor – Bloomsbury – Hardcover – 9781635571714 – 320 pages – $26.00 – May 8, 2018 – ebook editions available at lower prices. Paperback comes out One of the great things for me about doing this podcast is that I have been introduced to such a varied range of […]

Rae DelBianco: Rough Animals (A Novel)

Jul 11, 2018 0:31:36

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Rough Animals – Rae DelBianco – Arcade Publishing – hardcover – 9781628729733 – $24.99 – June 5, 2018 – ebook editions available at lower prices. I’ve long believed that Cormac McCarthy is the most recent heir to the position held previously by William Faulkner, being the most intense and stimulating writer of his generation. Having […]

Peter Donahue: Three Sides Water (Short Novels)

Jun 19, 2018 0:30:44

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Three Sides Water – short novels – Peter Donahue – Ooligan Press – paperback – 978-1-932010-98-5 – $17 – ebook versions available at lower prices – May 1, 2018 Ooligan Press is an unusual publishing operation; it’s a Portland, Oregon based independent publisher that draws its books from the rich literary communities of the Pacific […]

Dara Horn: Eternal Life – A Novel

May 29, 2018 0:31:52

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Eternal Life – A Novel – Dara Horn – W.W. Norton – Hardcover – 978-0393608533 – 256 pages – $25.95 – ebook versions available at lower prices – January 23, 2018 I have to admit I had some trepidation about reading this novel, when I first approached it. I was aware that Dara Horn is […]

David Wilk interviews Tony Sanfilippo of Ohio State University Press

May 6, 2018 0:48:21

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology, mostly talking about the future of publishing, books, and culture and have now expanded the series to include conversations that go beyond the future of publishing. I’ve talked with editors and publishers who have been innovators and […]

Steve Steinberg: Urban Shocker: Silent Hero of Baseball’s Golden Age

Apr 15, 2018 0:31:53

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Urban Shocker: Silent Hero of Baseball’s Golden Age – Steve Steinberg – University of Nebraska Press – Hardcover – 9780803295995 – 352 pages – $32.95 – ebook versions available at lower prices – April 1, 2017 Even avid baseball fans may be forgiven for not knowing much about Urban Shocker, one of the best pitchers […]

Claire Messud: The Burning Girl (A Novel)

Mar 5, 2018 0:32:24

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The Burning Girl – Claire Messud – W.W. Norton – Hardcover – 9780393635027 – 256 pages – $25.95 – ebook versions available at lower prices – August 20, 2017 (paperback forthcoming June 5, 2018) The Burning Girl is an extraordinary novel. Messud, whose work and reputation I knew of, but had never read before discovering […]

David Wilk interviews Russell Banks about Lillabulero magazine

Feb 5, 2018 0:40:53

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology, mostly talking about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As every media business continues to experience disruption and change, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how publishing might […]

Phillip Lopate: A Mother’s Tale

Jan 16, 2018 0:34:44

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A Mother’s Tale – Phillip Lopate – Mad River Books (Ohio State University Press) – Hardcover – 9780814213315 – 196 pages – $24.95 – ebook versions available at slightly lower prices – January 12, 2017 It might be said that a good memoir is a hard thing to find. It takes a special touch from […]

Aharon Appelfeld has passed away

Jan 6, 2018

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The New York Times reported that the wonderful Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld passed away on January 4. I had the great pleasure to interview Appelfeld about the novel Blooms of Darkness for Writerscast in 2010. You can listen to that conversation here. Appelfeld was the author of many books in Hebrew and at least 16 of […]

Bill Schubart: Lila and Theron (A Novel)

Dec 14, 2017 0:33:02

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Lila and Theron (A Novel) – Bill Schubart – Charles Michael Publishing – Hardcover — 9781682613566 – 192 pages- $19.95 – ebook versions available at lower prices – June 6, 2017 This small book is short and sweet in a very good way. Through well written fiction, the book documents and celebrates an imagined place […]

Christopher Benfey: Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay

Nov 27, 2017 0:37:15

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Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival – Christopher Benfey – Penguin – paperback – 9780143122852 – 304 pages – $16.00 – ebook versions available at lower prices – February 26, 2013 I found this lovely and compelling book by complete happenstance while visiting North Carolina earlier this year. The […]

Thomas McNamee: The Inner Life of Cats

Nov 13, 2017 0:32:26

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The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions – Thomas McNamee – Hachette Books – Hardcover – 9780316262873 – 288 pages – $27.00 – ebook versions available at lower prices – March 28, 2017 What a fun read! Thomas McNamee’s story begins with the story of finding his own […]

Jonathan Lerner: Swords in the Hands of Children

Oct 31, 2017 0:33:17

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Swords in the Hands of Children: Reflections of an American Revolutionary – Jonathan Lerner – OR Books – Hardcover – 9781944869472 – $22 – 224 pages – December 5, 2017. Ebook versions available at a lower price. Order direct from the publisher, OR Books. As Writerscast listeners doubtless know, I am interested in books about […]

Elizabeth Farnsworth: A Train through Time – A Life, Real and Imagined

Oct 16, 2017 0:28:04

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A Train through Time: A Life, Real and Imagined – Elizabeth Farnsworth – Counterpoint – Hardcover – $25.00 – 160 pages – February 14, 2017 – ebook versions available at lower prices “I began this book with a sense of discovery and finished it in a state of exaltation. Along the way it broke my […]

Nancy MacLean: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

Sep 27, 2017 0:42:43

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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America – Nancy MacLean – Viking – Hardcover – 9781101980965 – $28.00 – 368 pages – June 13, 2017 I will say this clearly and forthrightly: whatever your political opinions or positions, you must read this book. It shines an important light […]

David Wilk interviews Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn

Sep 12, 2017 0:38:50

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology, mostly talking about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As every media business continues to experience disruption and change, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how publishing might […]

Jeremy Brecher: Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual

Sep 2, 2017 0:35:30

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Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual – Jeremy Brecher – PM Press – Paperback – 978-1-62963-385-5 – $12.95 – 128 pages – April 2017 – ebook versions available at lower prices. For years leading up to the 2016 election, when Americans alarmingly voted (somehow) for a president who maintains the bizarre fiction that climate change […]

Madeleine Blais: To the New Owners-A Martha’s Vineyard Memoir

Aug 21, 2017 0:42:09

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To the New Owners: A Martha’s Vineyard Memoir – Madeleine Blais – Atlantic Monthly Press – Hardcover – 978-0-8021-2657-3 – $26.00 – 272 pages – July 2017 (ebook versions available at lower prices) Madeleine Blais is a truly wonderful writer – she began her writing career as a journalist, now teaches journalism at the University […]

Patrick Lynch: A Field Guide to Long Island Sound

Aug 5, 2017 0:42:15

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A Field Guide to Long Island Sound: Coastal Habitats, Plant Life, Fish, Seabirds, Marine Mammals, and Other Wildlife – Patrick Lynch – Yale University Press – paperback (flexibind) – $27.50 – 9780300220353 – 416 pages I grew up around Long Island Sound, and have lived near it most of my life. I have always loved […]

David Wilk interviews Steve Clay of Granary Books

Jul 27, 2017 0:42:31

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As we continue to experience disruption and change in all media businesses, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how publishing might […]

Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe: A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression

Jul 18, 2017 0:41:02

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A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression – Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe – HarperCollins – paperback now available – 9780062216427 – 336 pages – $15.99 – ebook versions available at lower prices. First, let me say that this is one of the most interesting, readable and thought-provoking works of American history I […]

David Wilk interviews Infinite Ideas publisher Richard Burton

Jul 6, 2017 0:40:30

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with industry professionals about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As we continue to experience disruption and change in all media businesses, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how the book business might evolve as our culture is continues […]

Jessica Anya Blau: The Trouble with Lexie

Jun 22, 2017 0:38:13

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The Trouble with Lexie: A Novel – Jessica Anya Blau – HarperCollins – paperback – 9780062416452 – 336 pages – $14.99 – ebook versions available at lower prices. I interviewed Jessica Anya Blau in 2014 about her previous book, The Wonder Bread Summer, which I found to be wonderfully entertaining and fun to read. Her […]

Eugene Mirabelli: Renato After Alba (a novel)

Jun 14, 2017 0:29:20

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Renato After Alba – Eugene Mirabelli – McPherson & Company – hardcover – 978-1-62054-026-8 – 192 pages – $24.00 Eugene Mirabelli has been writing novels since the late 1950s. His first book, The Burning Air, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1959. Over the years, his style has changed and matured as he developed his […]

David Wilk interviews Hungry Minds Bookstore Founder David Unowsky

Jun 1, 2017 0:52:37

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As we continue to experience disruption and change in all media businesses, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how the book business might evolve as our culture is […]

Elizabeth Hand: Fire

May 12, 2017 0:38:10

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Fire (Outspoken Authors Series) – Elizabeth Hand – PM Press – paperback – 978-1-629632-34-6 – 128 pages – paperback – $12.98 (ebook version available at $9.99) Over the years, I had heard of Elizabeth Hand, and knew she was a writer to be reckoned with, but I had never read her science fiction and mystery […]

John Manuel: Hope Valley (a novel)

Apr 21, 2017 0:32:13

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Hope Valley: A Novel – John Manuel – self published – paperback – 9780998111209 – 284 pages – $14.95 (ebook version available at lower price) In the early 1970s I lived in the more or less rural county outside Durham, North Carolina. It was a far different cultural milieu than I had ever experienced previously, […]

David Wilk interviews poet and publisher Bill Mohr

Mar 25, 2017 0:43:27

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As we continue to experience disruption and change in all media businesses, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how publishing might […]

Brad Watson: Miss Jane (a novel)

Mar 11, 2017 0:35:21

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Miss Jane: A Novel – Brad Watson – W.W. Norton & Company – Hardcover – 9780393241730 – 284 pages – $25.95 (ebook versions available at lower prices) I originated the Writerscast series of conversations with writers at least in part, to remind myself to keep reading book length prose. I didn’t want to miss out on […]

Ethan Mordden: When Broadway Went to Hollywood

Feb 27, 2017 0:36:43

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When Broadway Went to Hollywood – Ethan Mordden – Oxford University Press – Hardcover – 9780199395408 – 272 pages – $29.95 (ebook versions available at lower prices) Ethan Mordden is probably our leading commentator and historian of Broadway musical theater, as well as their somewhat more fraught Hollywood musical cousins. This is a really fun […]

Robert Greenfield: Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III

Feb 12, 2017 0:32:54

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Bear: The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III – Robert Greenfield – Thomas Dunne Books – Hardcover – 9781250081216 – 288 pages – $25.99 (ebook versions available at lower prices) For many of us who came of age during the decade loosely known as “the sixties,” the name Augustus Owsley Stanley, AKA Owsley […]

Marc Nieson: Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love & Landscape

Jan 30, 2017 0:33:44

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Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love & Landscape – Marc Nieson – Ice Cube Press – paperback – 9781888160925 – 272 pages – $19.95 Memoirs are most often stories of self discovery. To work for readers, they have to engage us indirectly – we have to buy into the narrator’s central problem the story will show us […]

Tom Shroder: The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived

Jan 21, 2017 0:42:06

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The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived: A True Story of My Family – Tom Shroder – Blue Rider Press – hardcover – 9780399174599 – 416 pages – $28 – published October 4, 2016 (ebook editions available at lower prices) Tom Shroder is an excellent writer and an experienced editor who has had a long […]

Blume Lempel: Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories

Jan 13, 2017 0:33:22

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Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel – Translated by Ellen Cassedy & Yermiyahu Ahron Taub – Mandel Vilar Press & Dryad Press – paperback – 9781942134213 – 240 pages – $16.95 (ebook versions available at lower prices) This book was the winner of the 2012 Translation Prize awarded by the Yiddish Book Center. […]

Colin G. Calloway: The Victory with No Name

Jan 3, 2017 0:35:13

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The Victory With No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army – Oxford University Press – paperback – 214 pages -978-0190614454 – $16.95 (ebook versions available at lower prices) I think it’s safe to say that most Americans have not given much thought to the very early history of the United States. During […]

David Wilk interviews publisher and poet Merrill Leffler

Dec 19, 2016 0:55:33

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology about the future of publishing, books, and culture. I’ve talked with many people about how publishing is evolving as our culture is affected by technology within the larger context of changes in civilization and economics. I’ve […]

Charles Kaiser: The Cost of Courage

Dec 13, 2016 0:33:16

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The Cost of Courage – Other Press – Hardcover – 288 pages – 9781590516140 – $26.95 (ebook versions available at lower prices) I read this beautifully written book about one family’s experience of World War II in France just before our recent election. At that time, I was not expecting to have to think about […]

Abigail Tucker: The Lion in the Living Room

Dec 5, 2016 0:34:52

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The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World – Simon & Schuster – 256 pages – ISBN 9781476738239 – October 2016 – $26.00 (ebook versions available at lower prices) Let me start off by stating forthrightly that I am not a cat person. I much prefer dogs. But I am […]

Louie Cronin: Everyone Loves You Back

Nov 21, 2016 0:28:49

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Everyone Loves You Back – 9781941576229 – Gorky Press – paperback – $15.95 I very much enjoyed reading this well written and humorous novel. It’s set in Cambridge (“our fair city” MA), and depicts the sort of culture clash that has occurred all over America as livable cities are reinhabited by the latest version of […]

Lara Naughton: The Jaguar Man

Nov 13, 2016 0:34:33

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The Jaguar Man – 9781942094203 – paperback – Central Recovery Press – $15.95 – ebook editions available at lower retail prices The Jaguar Man is a harrowing, powerful and uplifting memoir. On the fourth day of a long awaited vacation in tropical Belize, and in the midst of a new romance, author Lara Naughton was […]

David Wilk interviews poet and publisher Bill Corbett

Oct 31, 2016 0:50:16

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As we continue to experience disruption and change in all media businesses, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how publishing might […]

Tilar J. Mazzeo: Irena’s Children: A True Story of Courage

Oct 18, 2016 0:37:37

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Irena’s Children: A True Story of Courage – 9781476778501 – Gallery Books – Hardcover – $26 – ebook versions available at lower prices. Author Tilar Mazzeo is a terrific storyteller, who took on the task to tell the world about an inspiring, heroic and terrifying story with this book, the true story of one woman […]

David Wilk interviews Peter Costanzo of Associated Press

Oct 3, 2016 0:56:23

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  Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As we continue to experience disruption and change in all media businesses, I’ve wanted to talk with people involved in our industry about how publishing might evolve […]

Clara Bingham reading from Witness to the Revolution

Sep 20, 2016 0:03:42

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I interviewed Clara Bingham about her terrific and important book, Witness to the Revolution for Writerscast. You can listen to that interview here. When she was in the studio, I took the opportunity to ask her to read from her book as well. Here is that terrific selection.

Clara Bingham: Witness to the Revolution

Sep 20, 2016 0:42:50

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Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul 9780812993189 – Random House – Hardcover – $30 – (ebook versions available at lower prices) There have been many books written about the politics and culture of the sixties, but I don’t think there has ever […]

David Wilk interviews Lee Klancher of Octane Press

Sep 6, 2016 0:39:31

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology about the future of publishing, books, and culture. I’ve talked with publishing industry leaders about how publishing has and will continue to evolve and now include conversations that go beyond the future of publishing. I’ve had conversations […]

George Gmelch: Playing With Tigers, A Minor League Chronicle of the Sixties

Aug 2, 2016 0:38:09

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9780803276819 – University of Nebraska Press – 288 pages – Hardcover – $26.95 (ebook versions available at roughly similar prices) Today, George Gmelch is a successful anthropologist, with a number of books to his credit. But when he was a young man, he was a very good baseball player, with the typical dreams so many […]

David Wilk interviews Brooke Warner of She Writes Press

Jul 20, 2016 0:45:56

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As we continue to experience disruption and change in all media businesses, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how publishing might […]

Kate Tempest: The Bricks that Built the Houses: A Novel

Jul 6, 2016 0:42:56

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9781620409015 – Bloomsbury USA – 416 pages – Hardcover – $26 – ebook versions available at lower prices, paperback scheduled for February 2017 I found out about Kate Tempest more or less accidentally, through an odd set of search results one day while fooling around on YouTube, and therefore I must thank the seemingly strange, […]

David Wilk interviews Jess Brallier

Jun 22, 2016 0:41:34

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As we continue to experience disruption and change in all media businesses, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how publishing might […]

Chris Offutt: My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir

Jun 7, 2016 0:37:47

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9781501112461 – Atria Books – 272 pages – Hardcover – $26.00 – ebook versions available at lower prices Chris Offutt’s father, Andrew Offutt, left behind an unusual legacy – a massive quantity of pornography he wrote over a long swatch of his life. Besides being at one time a respected insurance agent, and subsequently a […]

David Wilk Interviews Richard Grossinger of North Atlantic Books

May 23, 2016 0:52:00

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As we continue to experience disruption and change in all media businesses, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how publishing might […]

David Wilk interviews Lindy Hough of North Atlantic Books and Io Magazine

May 10, 2016 0:55:49

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As we continue to experience disruption and change in all media businesses, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how publishing might […]

Mary Volmer: Reliance, Illinois (a novel)

May 3, 2016 0:32:07

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9781616956721 – Soho Press – 368 page – Hardcover – $27.00 – ebook versions available at lower prices Mary Volmer’s novel, Reliance, Illinois is a beautifully written historical novel that takes place in midwestern America in 1874. The story revolves around thirteen-year-old Madelyn Branch. She comes to the town of Reliance with her mother, Rebecca, […]

David Wilk interviews John Ingram of Ingram Content Group

Apr 19, 2016 0:30:04

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Publishing Talks began as a series of conversations with book industry professionals and others involved in media and technology about the future of publishing, books, and culture. As we continue to experience disruption and change in all media businesses, I’ve been talking with some of the people involved in our industry about how publishing might […]