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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...


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...


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”...


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...


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...


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...


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 –...


Episode 32: 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...


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...


030: Giles Milton

No, your calendar isn't wrong. This is the Literary Atlanta podcast coming to you a day early this week. We're bringing you this week's episode on a Wednesday because our guest will be speaking in Atlanta tonight, and we don't want you to miss an opportunity to see him. Giles Milton, author of Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, will be at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library on March 7th at 7:00 p.m. In this conversation recorded via Skype, Giles gives the background on his...


029: Amor Towles

Alison talks to New York Times bestselling author Amor Towles. Towles will be in Newnan, Georgia, to talk about his book A Gentleman in Moscow, on March 7, 2018. Links to Sites and Events Mentioned in This Episode Amor Towles Author Website March 1st – Kaitlin Curtice at First Baptist Church Decatur March 2nd – Stephen Pinker at the Atlanta History...


028: Jim Auchmutey

In the second recording of the Beyond Books event, held Feb. 14th at The Wren's Nest, Alison talks to Jim Auchmutey, journalist and author of The Class of '65. The book tells the story of Greg Wittkamper, who as a senior in high school, openly supported the first four black students to attend Americus High School during integration. SHOW NOTES Jim Auchmutey Author Website Feb. 23rd – Brittney Cooper at Agnes Scott...