Charlie talks with New Yorker staff writer and author of The Lost City of Z about his new book The White Darkness, the story of Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley. Ever wondered what it would be like to trek across hundreds of miles of Antarctica all by yourself? Of course you have, so listen in!
Charlie talks with his neighbor and friend New York Times bestseller Sarah McCoy about her new novel Marilla of Green Gables, set in the Anne of Green Gables universe. Their discussion ranges from visits to Prince Edward Island, to writing the story of an already beloved character, to the evolving definition of a feminist.
Charlie talks with Newberry Medal winner Kelly Barnhill about life as a mother and writer, baking pie, winning awards, and her 2018 collection Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories. The discussion ranges from magical realism and fairy tales to hiking and telling stories to our children.
Charlie talks with middle-grade writer Alan Gratz about his historical fiction, including his latest novel, Grenade, set during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. Alan talks about helping kids understand the difficult realities of history, finding ways to help them to connect the past to their own experience, and what it's like to seek out ways to put "kid protagonists" in the middle of historic events.
Charlie chats with Greensboro novelist Lee Zacharias about her new novel Across the Great Lake, wich he calls a "lyrical novel full of indelible imagery." They discuss how the novel, set on a frozen Lake Michigan in 1932, deals with retrospective point of view, non-linear narration, magical realism, and recreating a unique moment in time and space.
At the Bookmarks Festival, Charlie chats with the Modern Mrs. Darcy herself, Anne Bogel about the reading life, its joys, and its pitfalls. Anne's new book I'd Rather Be Reading provides a jumping off point for a broad ranging discussion of new and classic literature, reading habits, book clubs, and reading culture. In adition to her blog, The Modern Mrs. Darcy, Anne is the host of the podcast What Should I Read Next?
Charlie Lovett and his nine-year-old nephew Will talk with Dav Pilkey at B.B. & T. Baseball Park in Winston-Salem just after Dave spoke to over 2500 school children. They discuss Captain Underpants, Dogman, and inspiring children to read through graphic novels as well as delving into Dav's own background and the inspiration for some of his characters.
Charlie Lovett talks with Craig Johnson about his new Longmire Mystery Depth of Winter. Charlie and Craig discuss the balancing act involved in creating a series, the developement of character over time, and why Craig chose to set this novel in the remote desert of Northern Mexico. Plus, they have a few laughs and Craig's dog even makes a guest appearance.
Charlie Lovett interviews Ginger Hendricks and Jamie Rogers Southern, both of Bookmarks, about the 14th annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors in Wnston-Salem, NC on September 6–9. We discuss authors such as Dav Pilkey, Rebecca Makkai, Rick Bragg, Beth Macy, Zinzi Clemmons, and many others.
Charlie Lovett talks with Chris Nashawaty, film critic for Entertainment Weekly, about his new non-fiction book Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story. Chris tells stories about Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Ted Knight and gives us a glimpse behind the scenes at the making of a classic comedy movie and the book that explores its genesis.
Charlie Lovett talks with author Rebecca Makkai about her new novel The Great Believers. Partly set at the height of the AIDS crisis in Chicago in the 1980s, Rebecca's new novel is beautifully written and has earned critical praise from the New York Times Book Review, NPR, and more. She and Charlie discuss their personal experience with the AIDS crisis, researching marginalized communities, and how art, Paris, and thirty years of history combine to make one great read.
Charlie Lovett talks with debut novelist Amy Meyerson about her newly published novel The Bookshop of Yesterdays. Partly set in a bookstore in Los Angeles, the book is a natural for Charlie, whose own books feature bookstores, libraries, and book collectors. Amy's heroine inherits the bookshop of the title from her uncle, and he leaves her one last treasure hunt which will help who discover who she is as family secrets bubble up from the past.
Charlie Lovett talks with fellow North Carolina writer Elaine Neill Orr about her new novel Swimming Between Worlds, set in Charlie's home town of Winston-Salem, NC. Our discussion covers local history, race relations (the book is set in the early 1960s), and Elaine's own experience growing up in two worlds—in Nigeria with her missionary parents, and in the American South, when the family came back every three years.
Charlie Lovett talks with Ben Guterson about his middle grades novel Winterhouse, an Indie Next pick. Winterhouse features a young girl sent away alone to a mysterious hotel in the snowy mountains. Our discussion ranged from working with an illustrator to the use of first person narrative to the inspirations for Winterhouse itself—from the Grove Park Inn to The Shining.
Charlie Lovett talks with former Summit School colleague Frank Morelli about his debut Young Adult novel No Sad Songs, a moving story about a high school senior who has to care for his ailing grandfather suffering from dementia. From family dynamics to care for the elderly to music to Philadelphia sports teams—our conversation was wide ranging and enjoyable, just like Frank's book.
In our first episode that is a monologue rather than a conversation, Charlie Lovett talks about his new novel The Lost Book of the Grail, out in paperback from Penguin Books. Charlie talks about his research into English cathedrals, medieval manuscripts, and a host of other topics as he reveals secrets about his novel that spans 1500 years in the history of an English city and one very fusty protagonist.
Charlie Lovett talks to international best selling author Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and After Alice about his latest novel Hiddensee, inspired by the legend of the Nutcracker. Gregory talks about the influence of Grimm and other traditional fairy tales, his travels in Europe researching the book, and this dark, moving take on old European legends.
Charlie Lovett talks with old family friend Emily Herring Wilson about her new book on Eleanor Roosevelt, The Three Graces of Val-Kill. The two compare notes on trips to Roosevelt houses in Hyde Park, and Emily tells stories about her conversations with Roosevelt descendents in this candid conversation about a little explored aspect of the life of the first lady.
Charlie Lovett talks with Samantha Silva about her new novel, Mr. Dickens and his Carol, in which she presents a delightful fictional version of the creation of Charles Dickens's beloved A Christmas Carol. Charlie's own novella, The Further Adventure of Ebenezer Scrooge give the two plenty of common ground to discuss the novelist, Victorian London, and the traditions of Christmas.
In a twist on our usual format, John Grisham talks with Charlie Lovett about the world of books, writing, and bookselling. Recorded live at the newly opened Bookmarks gathering space and non-profit independent bookstore in downtown Winston-Salem. Charlie helped John with background research for his recent novel about a rare manuscript heist, Camino Island, and John wrote of Charlie's novel The Lost Book of the Grail, "I enjoyed it immensely."