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The Okie Bookcast is dedicated to helping curious readers like you find your next great read by connecting you to Oklahoma authors and stories. Each episode includes an interview with a contributor to the reading life of Oklahoma - it might be an author, publisher, librarian, reader, bookseller, or other figure. In addition to the interview, each episode includes a review from an Oklahoma author about a book they love. New episodes drop on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Connect with Okie Bookcast on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok - @okiebookcast.

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The Okie Bookcast is dedicated to helping curious readers like you find your next great read by connecting you to Oklahoma authors and stories. Each episode includes an interview with a contributor to the reading life of Oklahoma - it might be an author, publisher, librarian, reader, bookseller, or other figure. In addition to the interview, each episode includes a review from an Oklahoma author about a book they love. New episodes drop on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Connect with Okie Bookcast on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok - @okiebookcast.

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Episodes

Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendations and Talk with J, Hannah, and special guest Jamie Hyde

1/24/2023
Welcome to the January edition of Your Next Great Read! Hannah and I are joined by Oklahoma author Jamie (J. L.) Hyde to talk about the books we're loving and why you might love them too! Plenty of thrillers and true-crime this month, with other great books thrown in as well. Connect with Jamie: Website | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok Purchase Jamie's books: jlhyde.com/books Connect with Hannah: website | Twitter | Instagram Books discussed on the show: Jamie The Turn of the Key - Ruth...

Duration:00:51:38

University of Oklahoma Press Editorial Director, Andrew Berzanskis

1/17/2023
Welcome to Chapter 34! I had the joy of talking with Andrew Berzanskis, Editorial Director for the University of Oklahoma Press. Andrew has worked in publishing for two decades, during which his work involved acquiring books for the University of Washington Press, West Virginia University Press, and the University of Georgia Press. He got his start in university press publishing through an editorial fellowship at the University of Texas Press. In our conversation, you’ll learn about the...

Duration:00:37:12

Behind the Rain: An Audio Anthology of Oklahoma Poetry, Volume 3

1/13/2023
Welcome to Volume Three of Behind the Rain: An Audio Anthology of Oklahoma Poetry. I'm excited to share with you the work of these 11 Oklahoma poets. Darkness Comes to Me - Ken Hada @KhadakhadaKenkenhada.orgOld Car - David Jennings davidjenningsartinphotographyandpoetry.comEstelle and Rain in the Forecast - Ruth Key thesouljar.blogspot.comA Circle Seen from all Sides - Caleb Jordan @gkmonthlySelections from A Wichita Mountains Ontology - Seth...

Duration:00:26:42

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With Past Guests

1/3/2023
As we turn the calendar over to 2023, some of my former guests and reviewers have checked in for this special "Where Are They Now?" episode of the Bookcast. I've included each guest's name and the episodes where you can hear more from them, as well as a link to their websites. Enjoy this opportunity to catch up with these friends! Charles J. Martin - Chapter 1 literatipressok.com Betsey Kulakowski - Chapter 27 authorbetseykulakowski.com Debra Chandler - Chapter...

Duration:00:27:48

Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendations and Talk with J Hall and Hannah Herron

12/27/2022
It's the year-end edition of Your Next Great Read. No guest this month so Hannah and I took a few minutes to talk about our favorite and least favorite reads from this year as well as our regular conversation about what we're reading and why you might enjoy it too. Remember - you can purchase all the books mentioned on the show through the links below or by visiting the Next Great Read store on Bookshop.org. Connect with Hannah: website | Twitter | Instagram Hannah Best of the Year:...

Duration:00:37:37

Collaboration and the Creative Process - Kylar Merrell, Foreign Press Comics

12/20/2022
It's Chapter 32 of the Okie Bookcast! Today I talk with Kylar Merrell, comic writer and artist and the driving force behind Foreign Press Comics - an Oklahoma-based publisher. Kylar has created several titles, including Terminal, Valkyrian, and his contributions to the newly released Fletcher Cross anthology. He's also the host of the Comics Unscripted podcast. He describes himself as a fifth grade science teacher by day and a comic creator and publisher by night. We have a great time...

Duration:00:42:33

Representing Culture with Award-Winning Children's Author, Mariana Llanos

12/6/2022
It's Chapter 31 of the Okie Bookcast! My guest is award-winning children's author, Mariana Llanos. Mariana is a Peruvian-born writer of children’s books who has lived in Oklahoma since 2002 and started her publishing career in 2013 with her book Tristan Wolf. She is the author of 12 published books, the latest of which, Run Little Chaski, an Inka Trail Adventure, won the 2022 Oklahoma Book Award in the children’s books category. She also recently released an audio story titled Qoritika and...

Duration:00:38:34

Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendation and Talk with J, Hannah, and special guest Susan Hall

11/29/2022
It's a family affair on Your Next Great Read! Co-hosts J Hall and Hannah Joy Herron are joined by special guest, Susan Hall (J's Mom and Hannah's Grammie). We're talking about what we're reading, why we love it, and why you might love it, too. We've got something for everyone in this conversation - children's books, comics, thrillers, historical fiction, and more. Remember - you can purchase all the books mentioned on the show through the links below or by visiting the Next Great Read...

Duration:00:50:41

Historical Fiction with Award-Winning Oklahoma Author, Rilla Askew

11/15/2022
My guest for Chapter 30 of the Bookcast is Rilla Askew. Rilla is the author of five novels, a book of stories, and a collection of creative nonfiction, MOST AMERICAN: NOTES FROM A WOUNDED PLACE, which was long-listed for the PEN/America Award for the Art of the Essay. She’s a PEN/Faulkner finalist, recipient of the Western Heritage Award, Oklahoma Book Award, and a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her novel about the Tulsa Race Massacre, FIRE IN...

Duration:00:46:56

Conquering Chaos and Finding Peace with Author and Entrepreneur, Jeremie Kubicek

11/1/2022
Chapter 29 of the Bookcast welcomes back Oklahoma author and entrepreneur, Jeremie Kubicek to talk about his latest book, The Peace Index, which released this fall. Jeremie is the Co-Founder of GiANT, a company that certifies coaches and consultants that serve companies and their employees. Jeremie has started over 20 companies while living in Oklahoma City, Moscow, Atlanta and London. He is also a sought-after communicator and content creator. In our conversation we talk about Jeremie’s...

Duration:00:39:27

Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendations and Talk with J, Hannah, and special guest Devin Green

10/25/2022
Find your next favorite book with co-hosts J Hall and Hannah Joy Herron and special guest, Devin Green. We're talking about what we're reading, why we love it, and why you might love it, too. We've got something for everyone in this conversation - sharks to pop stars to space opera to happiness to the end of the world. Connect with Hannah: website | Twitter | Instagram This month's books: Devin There Are No Ordinary People - Jeff Lucas Jaws - Peter Benchley I'm Glad My Mom Died -...

Duration:00:48:40

Legal Thrillers and Series Writing with Best-Selling author, William Bernhardt

10/18/2022
My guest for Chapter 28 is William Bernhardt, best-selling author of over 50 books who has sold millions of copies in his three legal thrillers series featuring Ben Kincaid, Daniel Pike, and Kenzi Rivera, respectively. He’s also written several standalone novels, including his most recent book - Plot / Counterplot - which is available now. Beyond fiction writing, Bill has authored two books of poetry (with a third on the way) and a series of books on writing fiction. He has received...

Duration:00:42:06

Paranormal Stories, Imposter Syndrome, and Bigfoot - Author Betsey Kulakowski

10/4/2022
It's the Bookcast Birthday! This episode marks a year since the podcast launched on October 5, 2021. A huge "Thank you!" to everyone who has been with it from the beginning and to those who are just finding us. If you enjoy the podcast, consider taking a second to share it with a friend or twenty. My guest is Betsey Kulakowski. Betsey is a federally trained investigator and full-time safety professional with a degree in Emergency Management who has served on disaster response teams at the...

Duration:00:38:42

Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendations with J, Hannah, and our guest Scott McMurry

9/27/2022
Find your next favorite book with co-hosts J Hall and Hannah Joy Herron and special guest, Scott McMurry. We're talking about what we're reading, why we love it, and why you might love it, too. This episode we range from month-old titles to a book from 1895. There's something for every reader. Connect with Hannah: website | Twitter | Instagram This month's books: Scott Leadership - Henry Kissinger Brothers of Earth - by C.J. Cherryh Wyrms - Orson Scott Card Ambergris: City of Saints...

Duration:00:50:27

Leadership, Social Media, and Culture - Kevin DeShazo, Keep Chopping Wood

9/20/2022
The 50 Essential Oklahoma Reads list is live! Head to okiebookcast.com/50reads to get your copy today. Let the reading (and debating?) begin! My guest for Chapter 26 is Kevin DeShazo. Kevin is a speaker, consultant, author, and podcaster whose single focus is on helping people get better. His primary work is in the leadership space, particularly with student athletes and college athletic departments. He's authored three books: iAthlete: Impacting Student-Athletes of a Digital Generation,...

Duration:00:37:40

Behind the Rain: An Audio Anthology of Oklahoma Poetry, Volume 2

9/15/2022
Welcome to Volume Two of Behind the Rain: An Audio Anthology of Oklahoma Poetry. I'm excited to share with you the work of these 11 Oklahoma poets. Hollis and Poteau - Seth Copeland @SethTCopelandhttps://neutralspaces.co/seth_t_copeland/A Whitman Kind of Worship - Kara Bullen Heart Memory - Breanne Lynnett @breannelynnettSuper Man - MAC Woods @mac_since1985No Questions Allowed - Abhi Sukhdial Three Days till EOCThe Change that Exists in Numbers - Durell Carter @DurellrcRedbuds -...

Duration:00:25:26

WriterCon 2022 - Authors Introduce You to their Books

9/13/2022
I got to hang out at WriterCon in OKC for a couple of days where I spent time talking with authors about their work. This episode is a compilation of those conversations with each author giving a 60-second talk about one of their books. In this episode, you'll hear from 22 authors from all over the country. Everything from children's books to mysteries to thrillers about Bigfoot. You're sure to find a book or two to love. You can connect with all of these authors and their work in the...

Duration:00:20:42

Tribal Culture and Identity - Oscar Hokeah, Calling for a Blanket Dance

9/6/2022
My guest is Oscar Hokeah. Oscar is a regionalist Native American writer of literary fiction, interested in capturing intertribal, transnational, and multicultural aspects within two tribally specific communities: Tahlequah and Lawton, Oklahoma. He is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma from his mother (Hokeah and Stopp families), and he has Mexican heritage from his father (Chavez family) who emigrated from Aldama, Chihuahua, Mexico. Oscar has written for Poets &...

Duration:00:40:46

Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendations and Talk with Hannah Herron

8/31/2022
Since the Bookcast is dedicated to helping curious readers like you find your next great read, we're trying something new to introduce readers to even more books. Your Next Great Read is a conversation between co-hosts J Hall and Hannah Herron about the books they are reading and ones they love. Connect with Hannah: website | Twitter | Instagram This Month's Books: Hannah Intensity - Dean Koontz Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir A Head Full of Ghosts - Paul Tremblay The Long Walk -...

Duration:00:31:18

How to Read More Books - Dr. Kenna Griffin

8/16/2022
Have you ever thought to yourself, "I wish I could get more books read"? Then this is the conversation for you! I talk with professor, content manager, and uberreader Kenna Griffin about her tips and strategies for reading 150 books a year. We also talk about how her reading informs the writing she does as a blogger, editor, and academic. If you’re a writer of any kind and any level of experience, I have a quick two-question survey that I’d love for you to take a couple of minutes and fill...

Duration:00:39:39