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059: Michael Knight

Alison talks to writer and creative writing professor Michael Knight about his latest novel, At Briarwood School for Girls. Their interview was recorded in front of a live audience at the May 9, 2019, Writers at the Wrecking Bar event. About the Book (text provided by publisher) It’s 1994 and Lenore Littlefield is a junior at Briarwood School for Girls. She plays basketball. She hates her roommate. History is her favorite subject. She has told no one that she’s pregnant. Everything, in...


058: Paula Saunders

In an interview recorded November 13, 2018 at Writers at the Wrecking Bar, Alison talks to Paula Saunders about her debut novel The Distance Home. The book is now available in paperback and examines one South Dakota family and what Paula calls the "small violences" that our culture often causes us to inflict on the people closest to us. Links to Sites, Articles and Events Mentioned in This Episode The Distance Home Random House Website Paula Saunders Facebook Page Upcoming Events for...


057: Greg Iles

Alison talks to #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles about his first standalone novel in ten years, Cemetery Road. Greg Iles may think he's reverted back to his first career as a touring musician in the band Frankly Scarlet. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is making two, sometimes three, book tour stops a day in support of his new novel, Cemetery Road. With his brother in the driver's seat, Greg spoke to me via phone en route to to an event in St. Louis. We called the...


056: B. A. Shapiro and Tim Johnston

In its 2018 “Best of” issue, Atlanta magazine named the Atlanta History Center and Margaret Mitchell House the best venues for "story time for adults.” They credit Kate Whitman, vice president of author and family programs, for this recognition. In the accompanying story, the magazine quotes Kate as saying she has one simple goal: to put Atlanta on the map as a place where writers can connect with their readers. The Atlanta History Center hosts numerous big name writers, historians,...


055: Jennifer Robson

Whether you're a tea-and-scones-nibbling Royal Watcher or just a fan of well written and researched historical fiction, you will love Jennifer Robson's latest novel, The Gown. In this interview, Jennifer and I talked about the significance of Queen (then Princess) Elizabeth's wedding to Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1947. While Elizabeth and some members of the royal family make cameos in this book, The Gown weaves together the story of two women who find themselves working on...


054: John Carroll and Matt DeBenedictis

In an episode recorded in 2018, Alison talks with John Carroll and Matt DeBenedictis, co-hosts of Atlanta's Lit & Bruised podcast. Of their dynamic, John says you could imagine Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew of the 1990s call-in show Loveline. These creative minds who have their hands in so many different passion projects are interested in building community. Lit & Bruised features longform conversations and readings with local writers. Matt and John view podcasting as a different type of...


053: Ian North and Tim Rhodes

In an episode recorded July 31, 2018, Alison talks with Ian North and Tim Rhodes, co-hosts of the What Are You Reading? podcast. Ian and Tim record their podcast at Atlanta Vintage Books. Links to Sites, Articles and Events Mentioned in This Episode "DeKalb County Public Library Named 2018 Library of the Year," DeKalb County Public Library Website February 5th – Kristina McMorris, author of Sold on a Monday, at Margaret Mitchell House February 5th – Soniah Kamal, author of...


052: Kristen Roupenian

Alison talks to Kristen Roupenian, author of "Cat Person," one of the most read New Yorker stories of 2017. Roupenian visited Atlanta (for the first time) as part of her book tour for You Know You Want This, her collection of short stories, which includes "Cat Person" and other dark tales. This interview was recorded live on January 22, 2019, as part of the Writers at the Wrecking Bar monthly fiction series produced by A Cappella Books. Links to Sites, Articles and Events Mentioned in...


051: 2018 Recap

Alison shares what she's been up to in 2018 and looks ahead to great author interviews, live events, and the best bookish content in the New Year.


050: Brian Clowdus

In Episode 50 of the Literary Atlanta podcast, Alison Law goes on a special behind-the-scenes video tour of the Edgar Allan Poe Experience. Her tour guide at "The Wren's Nest Asylum" is Brian Clowdus, mastermind of the Poe Experience, founder and creative director of Serenbe Playhouse, and CEO of Brian Clowdus Experiences. Special thanks to videographer and editor Tim Rhodes for his work on this episode. Links to Sites, Articles and Events Mentioned in This Episode The Edgar Allan Poe...


049: Mitch Albom

Alison talks to Mitch Albom about his latest novel "The Next Person You Meet in Heaven." The book is a sequel to his 2003 bestseller "The Five People You Meet in Heaven." Links to Sites, Articles and Events Mentioned in This Episode Mitch Albom Author Website “Anniversary of Child’s Death Is a Haunting Thing to Mark” by Mitch Albom for the Detroit Free Press “Our Wild and Wonderful Stories of Near-Death Experiences” by Mitch Albom on Medium October 13th Prologue of the Book Festival...


048: Patti Callahan

Alison talks to New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan about her latest novel "Becoming Mrs. Lewis." The book is historical fiction, a slight departure from Patti's other work in that it imagines two beloved writers in the 1940s and 50s. "Becoming Mrs. Lewis" explores the improbable love affair between C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman from Joy's first-person point of view. Links to Sites, Articles and Events Mentioned in This Episode Patti Callahan (Henry) Author...


047: Amanda Kyle Williams

In Episode 47 of the Literary Atlanta podcast, Alison shares a feature she wrote about Amanda Kyle Williams in 2012. Williams, bestselling author of the Keye Street series, died August 31, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. "Amanda Kyle Williams, Best-selling Crime Writer, Dies at 61." By Helena Oliviero for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Decatur Author Amanda Kyle Williams Dead at 61." By Sara Amis for Decaturish Amanda Kyle Williams Author Website "BALD: Crime Fiction Author...


046: Rebecca Makkai

Alison talks to Rebecca Makkai, the Chicago-based author of the novels The Borrower, The Hundred-Year House, and The Great Believers. Rebecca confesses that she ignored one piece of writing advice that she gives all first-time novelists when she crafted The Great Believers. The award-winning writer also talks about interviewing the survivors and memory-keepers of the 1980s AIDS epidemic in Chicago. She says that her third novel is ultimately about the invasions of the world on people’s...


045: Delia Owens

Delia Owens discusses her first novel, "Where the Crawdads Sing," with Alison. The native of Thomasville, Georgia, previously co-authored three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa. They included "Cry of the Kalahari" and "Secrets of the Savanna." She has won the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, the African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife. She currently lives in Idaho. About...


044: Amber Brock

In an interview recorded live on July 12, 2018, Alison talks to Atlanta author Amber Brock about her latest novel "Lady Be Good." "Lady Be Good" is a follow-up to Amber's critically-acclaimed historical novel "A Fine Imitation." About the Author Amber Brock teaches British literature at an all-girls’ school in Atlanta. She holds an MA from the University of Georgia and lives in Smyrna with her husband, also an English teacher, and their three rescue dogs. About the Book Set in the 1950s,...


043: Ruby Lal

Alison talks to Emory professor and historian Ruby Lal about her book "Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan." About the Author Ruby Lal is Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory University. She holds a doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford and degrees in History from the University of Delhi, India. Before coming to Emory about 13 years ago, she taught history and anthropology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she also served as Associate Director...


042: Hank Klibanoff

Alison talks with Hank Klibanoff, veteran journalist, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Emory professor, and now host of WABE's Buried Truths podcast. Links to Sites, Articles and Events Mentioned in This Episode Buried Truths Website Hank Klibanoff Unearths Civil Rights History In New WABE Podcast | 90.1 FM WABE The Civil Rights Cold Case Project “Shining a Light on Racially Motivated Cold Cases” Hank...


041: Hannah Pittard

Alison talks to author Hannah Pittard about her latest novel Visible Empire. Set in Atlanta in 1962, the book follows the lives of people who are reconstructing their lives after great loss. The story was inspired in part by the crash of Air France Flight 007, which killed more than 100 of Atlanta's wealthiest civic leaders and arts patrons. Hannah Pittard was born in Atlanta in 1978. She lived here for the first 14 years of her life before moving to Massachusetts to attend boarding...


040: Kyle Tibbs Jones and Chuck Reece

Alison Law hosts a roundtable discussion with Kyle Tibbs Jones and Chuck Reece of The Bitter Southerner. Chuck is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Bitter Southerner and Kyle is a co-founder, media director, and the mother of the online publication's annual Summer Reading Roundup. Alison and Literary Atlanta partnered with The Bitter Southerner (or as Chuck says in the interview "joined the sandbox") on the 2018 Summer Reading Roundup, which you can find on The Bitter Southerner's...