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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 of...


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 the...


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...


039: Aisha Saeed

Aisha Saeed talks to Alison about her latest book Amal Unbound, a middle grade novel that went on sale May 8, 2018. Amal Unbound has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus and is a Global Read Aloud for 2018. Aisha's first novel was a young adult book Written in the Stars, which was listed as a best book of 2015 by Bank Street Books. Written in the Stars was also a 2016 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and one of the...


038: Joseph Crespino

Alison talks to Joseph Crespino, the Jimmy Carter Professor of American History at Emory University, about his new book Atticus Finch. Crespino researched Harper Lee and her father A. C. Lee to write a biography of the beloved fictional character from To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. Links to Sites, Articles and Events Mentioned in This Episode “Opinion: Atticus Finch Offers a Lesson in Southern Politics,” by Joseph Crespino for the New York Times May 8th – Joseph Crespino...


037: Jessica Handler

In an interview recorded live at The Wren's Nest on April 4, 2018--the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.--Jessica Handler talks to Alison about attending King's funeral with her father. Jessica writes about that experience and more in her memoir Invisible Sisters. Links to Sites, Articles and Events Mentioned in This Episode 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners 2018 Southern Book Prize Finalists 2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction “Just How Much Does a Pulitzer Prize Help...


036: Chris Offutt and Michael Farris Smith

Episode 36 includes two separate interviews with authors who are going to be together to talk about their new books at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Atlanta. Alison talks to Chris Offutt, author of Country Dark, and Michael Farris Smith, author of The Fighter. Links to Sites, Articles and Events Mentioned in This Episode Michael Farris Smith Author Website “Episode 272: The Fighter Author Michael Farris Smith,” Writer’s Bone...


035: Christi Daugherty

As a newspaper reporter, Christi Daugherty ​began covering murders at the age of 22. She worked as a journalist for years in cities including Savannah, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Her work eventually took her to England, where she wrote the international bestselling Night School series of thrillers for young adults under the name C. J. Daugherty. The Echo Killing is her first adult novel, set in Savannah, Georgia, and is the first book in the Harper McClain series. In a Skype interview...


034: Eddie Hernandez and Susan Puckett

Alison talks to Eddie Hernandez, executive chef and partner in the Taqueria del Sol restaurants, and Susan Puckett, a former food editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who helped him write his new cookbook Turnip Greens & Tortillas. Links to Sites, Articles and Events Mentioned in This Episode  “Eddie Hernandez Doesn’t Care if His Food Isn’t ‘Authentic’” by Kim Severson for The New York Times “Viva Eddie!” by Wendell Brock for Garden & Gun About Susan Puckett April 11th – Nasty...


033: Laura Lippman

Dear Listener: We originally released this episode with Laura Lippman on Friday, April 6, 2018. A bookish fan on Instagram alerted us to a problem with the audio, so we took down the episode and re-submitted it on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Sorry for any confusion this may cause. Alison speaks with Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of the Tess Monaghan series. Laura has a new standalone title that harkens back to some of the literary world’s essential noir. Entertainment...


032: Taylor Brown

Alison talks to award-winning writer Taylor Brown about his latest novel, Gods of Howl Mountain. The book introduces us to a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina. Make sure you listen all the way to the end of this week's episode to hear Taylor talk about his luxurious book tour-mobile that he's named "Falcor." Plus, he talks about the mythical sea creature Altamaha-ha that he's being accused of dragging out of the water...


031: Revival: Lost Southern Voices Festival

For the second year, Georgia State University is hosting Revival: Lost Southern Voices Festival, a two-day celebration of lost and under-appreciated southern writers. During the literary festival, invited writers and scholars discuss favorite authors whose works no longer receive the attention and reading they deserve. In this week's episode, Alison interviews Dr. Pearl McHaney, one of the co-directors of the Lost Southern Voices Festival. You'll also hear a recording of Dr. Maryemma...