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021: Laura Lee Smith

Laura Lee Smith talks with Alison about the strange beauty of Florida, the majesty of Scotland, and whether she categorizes her writing as Southern Fiction. Laura Lee Smith Author Website Jan. 17th - Laura Lee Smith at SCAD Ivy Hall Jan. 18th - Laura Lee Smith at Avid Bookshop, Prince Avenue Location, Athens, Ga. Jan. 16th - A Celebration of Denis Johnson at Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge Jan. 17th - The Big Read: In the Time of the Butterflies at Decatur Library Jan. 18th - Kevin Young...

Duration: 00:33:19

020: Nic Stone

Nic Stone, author of YA bestseller Dear Martin, meets with Alison and her special guest, Austin Miles Anderson, a high school senior and journalist-in-training from Vox Teen Communications, an Atlanta nonprofit. It's an intense, honest and fascinating conversation. Vox Teen Communications Nic Stone Author Website “Townsend Prize Finalists Announced,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution January 9th – AJ Tata Event in Gwinnett County January 10th - The Wren’s Nest and Literary Atlanta Present...

Duration: 00:48:29

019: Charles McNair

Charles McNair speaks with Alison all the way from Bogota, Columbia, where he currently resides. They talk about the risks and rewards of writing in a serialized format and the importance of long walks to the writing process. The Epicureans Atlanta's First Jewish Mayor Meets Eleanor Roosevelt in an Exclusive Excerpt from Play It Again, Sam

Duration: 00:24:42

018: Kim Michele Richardson

Alison speaks with Kim Michele Richardson about bourbon, racism, and the joy in finding one's voice later in life. Kim Michele Richardson Author Website May 5th: TRIO Live at FoxTale Book Shoppe Dec. 14th: Daren Wang and Peter McDade at Book Exchange Marietta Dec. 16th: Rescheduled Wren’s Nest Victorian Holiday Party

Duration: 00:22:52

017: Kalin Thomas

Kalin Thomas is program director at The Wren’s Nest. She talks to Alison about the historic West End and continuing the legacy of Joel Chandler Harris, the person responsible for collecting and publishing Uncle Remus or Brer Rabbit folk tales. LINKS FOR TODAY'S SHOW Decatur Writers Studio The Wren’s Nest Website Joel Chandler Harris (1845-1908) Entry in the New Georgia Encyclopedia West End Neighborhood Website Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore Hammonds House...

Duration: 00:19:07

017: Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash tells Alison about the origins of The Last Ballad, the forgotten labor struggle that happened in the town where he grew up, and how it remains relevant today in the era of #metoo. And he gives his 8 words of advice for young writers. Wiley Cash Author Website “Ernest and Me,” Garden & Gun “A Murdered Singer and a Strike in Gastonia: This True Story Led to ‘Last Ballad’,” Charlotte Observer Writers at Wrecking Bar Event featuring Wiley Cash Sally Mott Freeman at Atlanta...

Duration: 00:20:43

016: Upcoming Events

We've got some news this week on upcoming events. We'll be back on November 30th with a full show. Until then, check out these events. And don't forget to shop at your local bookstore on November 25th! Nov. 17th: Khizr Khan at the Carter Center: Nov. 18th: FoxTale Book Shoppe hosts Karen Kingsbury at River Church in Canton, Ga.: Nov. 18th: Atlanta...

Duration: 00:03:43

015: Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin stops by to talk with Alison about his award-winning book of essays, This Gladdening Light. Christopher Martin Author Website: “A conversation with Christopher Martin about the journey of writing,” ArtsATL: Writers Night Out Event on November 10th featuring Christopher Martin and Dana Wildsmith: OTHER EVENTS MENTIONED IN...

Duration: 00:17:49

014: Dee Kline

Alison goes out in the field to speak with Dee Kline, one of the co-chairs of this year's Book Festival of the MJCCA. From November 4th through the 20th, the Festival will celebrate 26 years of bringing culture and conversation, to not just Atlanta’s Jewish community, but the greater Atlanta community Jewish Book Council History Web Page: 25TH EDITION OF THE BOOK FESTIVAL OF THE MJCCA Website:...

Duration: 00:14:21

013: Sally Kilpatrick

Sally Kilpatrick started writing when she was - WAIT, did somebody day GIVEAWAY?? Listen to the whole episode to learn how to get a free copy of Bless Her Heart as well as a special gift! And along the way, you'll learn about the true value of Romance writers, why setting goals is so important, and how getting a book deal changes everything. Sally Kilpatrick Author Website: Bless Her Heart Book Launch Party Facebook Event Page:...

Duration: 00:19:54

012: Thomas Mullen

Thomas Mullen's newest book, Lightning Men, follows up on his critically acclaimed novel, Dark Town. He talks with Alison about why he decided to set the book in his home town of Atlanta, how he stumbled upon the original story that led to the book, and details the struggles of being a black police office in 1948 Atlanta. Thomas Mullen Author Website: FoxTale Book Shoppe Events Page: Little Shop of Stories Events...

Duration: 00:25:50

011: Shannon Turner

Shannon Turner is a professional storyteller. No, not an author - a storyteller. And she teaches other people how to tell their stories, too. Even authors. In this episode, Shannon explains how important it is for individuals and corporations to tell their stories well. Shannon M. Turner Website: Carapace Facebook Page: The Moth Website: Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability TED Talk:...

Duration: 00:22:23

010: Theresa Davis

Performance poet Theresa Davis tells Alison how she came to writing poetry at the same time as she was starting to explore her own identity. And the way the events of her life find their way into her words. Plus, she performs two poems - and they're exquisite. Theresa Davis Website: Java Monkey Speaks on Facebook: 2017 Books All Georgians Should Read (Atlanta INTown):...

Duration: 00:22:39

09: Denise Kiernan

Denise Kiernan talks about her new book, The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home. It's the story of the creation of the Biltmore House, the Vanderbilt estate in North Carolina. And it's about so much more. Denise Kiernan Author Website: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum Events Website: Emory Exhibition: The Dream Machine: The Beat Generation & the...

Duration: 00:25:44

07: Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng talks with Alison about her latest novel, Little Fires Everywhere. She explains why she starts at the end, and reveals her secret other life. Celeste Ng Website Celeste Ng SCADShow Event Michael Twitty Event Jared Yates Sexton Event

Duration: 00:21:11

07: Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee is a nationally recognized journalist and speaker. She talks with Alison this week about tackling one of the most pressing problems of our time, which is the subject of her new book, We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter.

Duration: 00:25:58

06: Long-form Journalism Panel Discussion

Recorded live at the AJC Decatur Book Festival, four perspectives on the state of long-form storytelling in a digital age. Hosted by Alison and Including: Suzanne van Atten, Personal Journeys editor at the AJC Chuck Reece of The Bitter Southerner Josh Jackson of Paste Magazine David Markowitz of Zero Mile Media NY Times profile of Chuck Reece Opening Keynote with Brooke Gladstone (WNYC's On the Media), Wesley Lowery (The Washington Post), and Carolyn Ryan (The New York Times)

Duration: 00:35:08

05: Pam Jenoff & Paige Bowers

Pam Jenoff tells Alison about weaving history and fiction into a seamless tale. And the real story of Jewish circus dynasties in Europe. Paige Bowers has written a biography of one of the bravest and most devoted foot soldiers of the French resistance in WWII: Genevieve de Gaulle, niece of Charles de Gaulle.

Duration: 00:28:24

04: Peter McDade

After high school, Peter McDade moved to Atlanta with the goal of becoming a famous musician. And he was pretty successful. He talks with Alison about how much of his past inspired his debut novel, The Weight of Sound, and he reveals the playlist he was listening to while writing.

Duration: 00:20:33

03: Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller, author of Soul Food and The President's Kitchen Cabinet, talks with Alison about how one goes about researching soul food, the misconceptions so many people have about it, the history of cooks in the White House, and what the president's menu reveals about the man. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol...

Duration: 00:25:22

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