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Book Talk features discussions with up and coming authors who have recently published new work. Topics range from 1960s Jimi Hendrix roadie biographies to modern political commentary to crime-fiction from a recovered heroin addict. What is never featured is the boring or mundane. If the last thing you read was featured by Oprah's Book Club, or you are a fan of Eat, Pray, Love, then this show isn't for you. However, if you like Henry Miller and Tom Waits' Nighthawks at the Diner is what you like to soak your mind in, then check out new episodes of Book Talk every Thursday with host Kory French.

Book Talk features discussions with up and coming authors who have recently published new work. Topics range from 1960s Jimi Hendrix roadie biographies to modern political commentary to crime-fiction from a recovered heroin addict. What is never featured is the boring or mundane. If the last thing you read was featured by Oprah's Book Club, or you are a fan of Eat, Pray, Love, then this show isn't for you. However, if you like Henry Miller and Tom Waits' Nighthawks at the Diner is what you like to soak your mind in, then check out new episodes of Book Talk every Thursday with host Kory French.

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United States

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Book Talk features discussions with up and coming authors who have recently published new work. Topics range from 1960s Jimi Hendrix roadie biographies to modern political commentary to crime-fiction from a recovered heroin addict. What is never featured is the boring or mundane. If the last thing you read was featured by Oprah's Book Club, or you are a fan of Eat, Pray, Love, then this show isn't for you. However, if you like Henry Miller and Tom Waits' Nighthawks at the Diner is what you like to soak your mind in, then check out new episodes of Book Talk every Thursday with host Kory French.

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English


Episodes

‘The Mothers: A Novel’ by Genevieve Gannon

5/13/2021
"On the same day that Priya is booked for her next IVF cycle, Grace goes in for her final, last-chance embryo transfer. Two weeks later, both women get their results. A year on, angry and heartbroken, one of the women learns her embryo was implanted in the other’s uterus and must make a devastating choice: live a childless life knowing her son is being raised by strangers or seek custody of a baby who has been nurtured and loved by another couple. Publisher: Harper Collins / William Morrow...

Duration:03:15:02

‘Slender Notions’ by Nicholas Antonopoulos

5/6/2021
"Mid twenties Leo is an aspiring writer, and he is also a discreet heroin addict, suffering from the inanity of day to day life and the despair of artistic expression. His personal decay and desperation for relevance leads him to a man named Cole who has a plan to upset the established order of austerity and stoicism reigning the modern world. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Episode Intro 03:08 - 7/4 Shoreline...

Duration:03:38:00

‘Yes, Daddy’ by Jonathan Parks-Ramage

4/29/2021
"Jonah Keller moved to New York City with dreams of becoming a successful playwright, but, for the time being, lives in a rundown sublet in Bushwick, working extra hours at a gay restaurant only to barely make rent. When he stumbles upon a photo of Richard Shriver—the glamorous Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and quite possibly the stepping stone to the fame he craves—Jonah orchestrates their meeting. The two begin a hungry, passionate affair. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Book...

Duration:00:41:34

‘Hiding in Plain Sight: A Real and Raw Essay About Depression’ by Matthew J. O’Brien

4/22/2021
"A descriptive, real, and very raw essay on Depression and healing from someone who survived the mental battle after a year-long fight, and who looks to help affect anyone going through the same struggle. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:08 - Mind Leaf - Heavy Trip 01:17 - Episode Intro 05:24 - Mind Leaf (Cont’d) - Heavy Trip 06:08 - Interview with Matthew J. O’Brien, Part 1 26:23 - Lunar Throne - Heavy Trip 28:49 -...

Duration:04:27:29

‘New Yorkers: A City and It’s People in our Time’ by Craig Taylor

4/15/2021
"In the first twenty years of the twenty-first century, New York City has been convulsed by terrorist attack, blackout, hurricane, recession, social injustice, and pandemic. ‘New Yorkers’ weaves the voices of some of the city's best talkers into an indelible portrait of New York in our time - and a powerful hymn to the vitality and resilience of its people. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:08 - Fat & Loose With The Rules -...

Duration:03:28:09

‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ by Blake Bailey

4/8/2021
"Appointed by Philip Roth and granted independence and complete access, Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth’s personal archive, interviewing his friends, lovers, and colleagues, and engaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations. The result is an indelible portrait of an American master and of the postwar literary scene. NY Times Review of ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ by Blake Bailey Atlantic Review of ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ by Blake Bailey Publisher: W. W. Norton &...

Duration:03:16:11

‘The Last Bookshop in London’ by Madeline Martin

4/1/2021
"August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she’d wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London. E Publisher: Hanover Square Press Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07...

Duration:02:40:44

‘In Search of a Kingdom’ by Laurence Bergreen

3/25/2021
"An exploration narrative of Queen Elizabeth’s favorite pirate, Sir Francis Drake, whose mastery of the seas changed the course of history—as a pirate raiding Spanish galleons, as the first explorer to successfully circumnavigate the globe, and as a naval hero who defeated the Spanish Armada and reshaped the global order. Publisher: Custom House Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - R UR 4 Me? - Middle Kids 01:10 - Episode...

Duration:02:59:39

Cancelling Dr. Seuss

3/18/2021
"A recent decision by the estate of Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel to pull six of his books because of crude portrayals created quite a debate. Some say the action represents the worst of cancel culture, while others praise the decision because they believe the depictions promote racial insensitivity. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Show Me How You Disappear - Ian Sweet 01:13 - Episode Intro 03:00 - Matters (Cont’d) - Ian Sweet 03:35 - Thoughts on Dr. Seuss being cancelled Part 1 15:43 - I See...

Duration:00:25:52

‘The Rose Code’ by Kate Quinn

3/11/2021
"A beautiful blue-blooded debutante, a tart-tongued London shop-girl, and a shy crossword-solving spinster join the war against Nazi Germany as codebreakers of Bletchley Park, only to find that the real puzzle lies inside the Park itself as a traitor sets them against each other in a betrayal reaching past the end of the war. Publisher: William Morrow Press (Harper Collins) Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Matters -...

Duration:00:44:08

‘Infinite Country’ by Patricia Engel

3/4/2021
"Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after committing an impulsive act of violence that may or may not have been warranted. She urgently needs to get out and get back home to Bogotá, where her father and a plane ticket to the United States are waiting for her. If she misses her flight, she might also miss her chance to finally be reunited with her family in the North. Publisher: Simon & Schuster Book Cover and Author...

Duration:00:33:21

‘The Butcher Shop Girl’ by Carmen Kissel-Verrier

2/25/2021
"Starting out in seedy small-town dives, she quickly earns her place in high-end clubs throughout North America, becoming an elite world-traveling entertainer. Carmen lives the high life and makes big money. She parties with the Hells Angels and falls in love with a sexy US drug enforcement agent—effortlessly walking the line of two extreme worlds. But when run-ins with premium organized crime land her in Bolivia, she realizes she’s gone too far, and the only thing that can free her is to...

Duration:03:24:45

‘The Mercenary’ by Paul Vidich

2/18/2021
"Moscow, 1985. The Soviet Union and its communist regime are in the last stages of decline, but remain opaque to the rest of the world—and still very dangerous. In this ever-shifting landscape, a senior KGB officer—code name GAMBIT—has approached the CIA Moscow Station chief with top secret military weapons intelligence and asked to be exfiltrated. GAMBIT demands that his handler be a former CIA officer, Alex Garin, a former KGB officer who defected to the American side. Publisher: Pegasus...

Duration:00:37:35

‘Lincoln’s Mentors’ by Michael J. Gerhardt

2/11/2021
"In 1849, when Abraham Lincoln returned to Springfield, Illinois, after two seemingly uninspiring years in the US House of Representatives, his political career appeared all but finished. His sense of failure was so great that friends worried about his sanity. Yet within a decade, Lincoln would reenter politics, become a leader of the Republican Party, win the 1860 presidential election, and keep America together during its most perilous period. What accounted for the turnaround? Publisher:...

Duration:02:54:24

‘Land of Big Numbers’ by Te-Ping Chen

2/4/2021
"Cutting between clear-eyed realism and tongue-in-cheek magical realism, Chen’s stories coalesce into a portrait of a people striving for openings where mobility is limited. Twins take radically different paths: one becomes a professional gamer, the other a political activist. A woman moves to the city to work at a government call center and is followed by her violent ex-boyfriend. A man is swept into the high-risk, high-reward temptations of China’s volatile stock exchange. And a group of...

Duration:02:55:58

‘American Traitor’ by Brad Taylor

1/28/2021
"Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are enjoying a sunny vacation down under when they get disturbing news: their friend and colleague, Clifford Delmonty, is in serious trouble. While working as a contractor at an Australian F 35 facility, the former Taskforce member—callsign Dunkin—saw something he shouldn’t have, and now he’s on the run from Chinese agents. Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. Publisher: William Morrow Press (HarperCollins Publishing)...

Duration:02:35:34

‘A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself’ by Peter Ho Davies

1/21/2021
"‘A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself’ traces the complex consequences of one of the most personal yet public, intimate yet political decisions a family can make: to have a child, and conversely, to choose not to have a child. A first pregnancy is interrupted by test results at once catastrophic and uncertain. A second pregnancy ends in a fraught birth, a beloved child, the purgatory of further tests—and questions that reverberate down the years. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Book...

Duration:00:47:44

‘Black Buck’ by Mateo Askaripour

1/14/2021
"For fans of ‘Sorry to Bother You’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ — a crackling, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone Black salesman at a mysterious, cult-like, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Sunday Girl - James Thomson 01:21 - Episode Intro 02:35 - Sunday Girl (Cont’d) - James...

Duration:03:55:03

Book Talk 2020, The Top 5 to 1

1/7/2021
"We’re going to start the New Year continuing from where we left off last week — by listening to clips from my top five favorite interviews of 2020. Book Cover images provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:07 - Episode Intro 02:50 - Clip from Eric Weiner, “The Socrates Express” (October 8) 08:01 - Hey Rose - Son Little 10:56 - Clip from David Goodwillie, “King’s County” (July 30) 17:56 - We Got This - Seth Walker 20:50 - Clip from Logan Smalley and Stephanie Kent,...

Duration:03:25:04

Book Talk 2020, The Top 10 to 6

12/31/2020
"You’ll just have to tune in to hear the number 10 thru number 6 interviews from 2020, along with some of the best music featured on the show that was released this past year. Book Cover provided by the author’s representative. 00:00 - Show Opening 01:08 - Episode Intro 03:17 - Clip from Eilene Zimmerman, “Smacked" (March 5) 07:09 - Surrender - Will Butler 10:50 - Clip from Laura Lippman, “My Life As A Villainess” (August 27) 17:14 - Get Precious - Yukon Blonde 20:42 - Clip from Christopher...

Duration:04:07:11