Mile High Burro Racing With Heather Mateus Sappenfield

An “Inside Chat” edition! We are joined by Heather Mateus Sappenfield for a fun conversation about her new collection of short stories Lyrics for Rock Stars, the influence Colorado has on her writing, being inspired by a visit to the Molly Brown house, how stories arrive in her head fully formed, and how her father raced burros (a true ultra endurance sport).

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Ep. 94 Stuff We Don’t Know (But Should) with Fredrik Backman

We’re joined by Fredrik Backman for an excellent conversation about his fantastic new book Anxious People, the perils of helping to coach his girl’s soccer team, all the stuff you’re simply expected to know as an adult, being inspired by World War Z, Kevin Costner baseball movies, Andre Agassi and Donna Tartt commonalities, and the sublime ideality of a hamburger. We also recommend: The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea, Girl Gone Missing by Marcie Rendon, and Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells. Audiobook of the week is Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson.   Plus- Dave gets busted by his Principal, Laura just says no to the Ritz Carlton, and Andrew’s mustache makes him look like an NFL coach from the 70s.

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Ep. 93 Losing at Golf With Danny Gardner

We’re joined by Danny Gardner for an excellent conversation about his fantastic new book Ace Boon Coon, getting into it with Mike Tyson, turning 50’s Chicago into his own Westeros,  where the term red lining comes from, the plethora of Black Newspapers out of Chicago in the 30s, and how losing a golf tournament forced his writing hand. We also recommend: The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant, From the Grave by David Housewright, and Expeditionary Force, Book 1: Columbus Day by Craig Alanson. Audiobook of the week is My Lies, Your Lies by Susan Lewis.   Plus- Dave is busted kicking a kid out of his virtual class as a joke, Laura is tired of pedestrians telling her what to do while driving, and Andrew’s dancing Homer Simpson .

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Ep. 92- Pugilism & Poetry with Joshua Bennett

We’re joined by Dr. Joshua Bennett for a fantastic and lively conversation about his amazing new collection of poetry Owed, how his father was his first hero, improvising 40 minute sermons as a four-year-old, the search for the average bear, and how boxing brings him peace. We also recommend: Kindred by Octavia Butler, Mountain Rampage by Scott Graham, and Legend of the Arch Magus by Michael Sisa. Audiobook of the week is Bye Bye Baby by Max Allan Collins.   Plus- Dave’s students have a nickname for him, Laura spies on her daughter’s virtual classroom, and Andrew’s kids are at each other’s throats.

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Pop Stars and Fame With Elissa R. Sloan

An “Inside Chat” edition! We are joined by Elissa R Sloan for a fun conversation about her new book The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes, how she was inspired by America’s Next Top Model, the impossible standards women face, *NSYNC’s rotating cube, and how she held off getting therapy until after the book was finished.

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Ep. 91 Stepping On Cats With Wendy Corsi Staub

We’re joined by Wendy Corsi Staub for a conversation about her fantastic book The Butcher’s Daughter, investigative genealogy, crying while writing, spending more time researching than writing, her clumsiness, and listening to audiobooks while swimming. We also recommend: The Night Swim by Megan Goldin, Dead West by Matt Goldman, and The Frozen Crown by Greta Kelly. Audiobook of the week is Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden.   Plus- Dave is surprised at every turn as he starts teaching virtually, Laura details the misadventures of hybrid learning, and Andrew gets a mail order bride bike.

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Episode 90- POWs & American Girl Dolls with Jessica Pearce Rotondi

We’re joined by Jessica Pearce Rotondi for a conversation about her riveting book What We Inherit: A Secret War and a Family’s Search for Answers, her family’s 36 year search for her Uncle Jack, finding a CIA source at her book club, her memorable trip to Laos, and her adolescent obsession with learning history from American Girl doll books. We also recommend: Broken Genius by Drew Murray, The Boys’ Club by Erica Katz, and Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. Audiobook of the week is Black Bottom Saints by Alice Randall.  Plus – Dave is a virtual NBA fan, Laura is weirded out while back to school shopping and Andrew made the Sunday Denver Post.

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Twinning for the Win with Sharon Harrigan

We are joined by Sharon Harrigan for a fun conversation about her new novel Half, the communicative powers of twins, how she wrote the book as if it were a poem, evolving it from a short story, and the power of Irish accents.

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Ep. 89 Witch Hunting with Alexis Henderson

We’re joined by Alexis Henderson for a fun conversation about her bewitching novel The Year of the Witching, being home schooled and her experience with Right-wing Christianity, her favorite witches of all time, The Phantom of the Opera, and struggling to remember which scenes ended up in the finished version of her book. We also recommend All the Broken People by Leah Konen and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Our audiobook of the week is Calibre by Ken Bruen read by Gerard Doyle. Plus – Dave can’t stop leaving home projects half finished, Laura starts a grease fire in a rental house, and Andrew has rattlesnakes in the backyard.

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Flying Off The Handle With Joseph Reid

On this “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Joseph Reid for a fun conversation about his thrilling new book Departure, having a plan for an evolving main character from the very beginning of the Seth Walker series, frequent flyer tips, how he’s not as high tech as you think, and what it’s like to experience four missed landings on one flight.

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Ep. 88 Buried Treasure with Kirsty Manning

We are joined by Kirsty Manning for a fun conversation about her new book The Lost Jewels, American optimism vs. Australian sarcasm,  the Cheapside Hoard, the craftsmanship of jewelry,  the timelessness of the human spirit, and how her novel was borne of  procrastination. We also recommend Before You Go by Tommy Butler, Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby, and Gideon the 9th by Tamsyn Muir. Our audiobook of the week is Soul Circus by George Pelecanos. Plus – Dave goes to the DMV for the screaming, Laura is stressed out at a photo shoot, and Andrew goes horse riding and gets a biter. 

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The Life of Zombies with Daniel Kraus

On this “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Daniel Kraus for a fun conversation about his epic new book The Living Dead, his lifelong obsession with George Romero, sympathetic zombies, creating morally murky characters, and how he had to use the Internet’s Wayback Machine to get the truth about zombies from Romero.

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Jason Bourne & Maple Candies with Brian Freeman

On this “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Brian Freeman for a fun conversation about his novel The Bourne Evolution, being tapped to continue the Bourne franchise, Big Tech, how his writing schedule is panic driven, and those little maple candies. Plus – Dave is flummoxed by peaches and Laura calls him on it.

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Raising the Dead with Laurell K. Hamilton

“Inside Chat” edition in which we are joined by Laurell K. Hamilton! We discuss her stunning new book Sucker Punch, how she always really wanted an ocelot, the difference between serial killers and sociopaths, the trouble with researching too much true crime, relating to Jay & Silent Bob, the origins of werewolves, and how she’s not as goth as you think. 

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Ep. 87 Where The Bodies Are Buried With Shari Lapena

We’re joined by author Shari Lapena and we discuss her new book The End of Her, her staunch refusal to outline, why she loves torturing parents, and how she can take a horrific news story and turn it into a crackling good thriller. We recommend: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones and Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken.  Audiobook of the week is Creepers by David Morrell narrated by Patrick G. Lawlor. Plus – Dave’s UPS guy chastises him, Laura says goodbye to her car by recalling all three times it was totaled, and Andrew buys a house in the town made famous by Killdozer.

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Manipulating the Atom and Catching Liars With Brian Nelson

On this “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Brian Nelson for a fun conversation about his novel The Last Sword Maker, the truth about nanobots, the radioactivity of bananas, facial microexpressions, and how he’s tricked his kids into playing Dungeons & Dragons with him. Plus – Dave commits voter fraud!!

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Ep 86 Andrew Five-0

We recommend: Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey CatesA Dangerous Breed by Glen Eric Hamilton and The Watcher by Saxon Andrew.  Audiobook of the week is Shiner by Amy Jo Burns narrated by Catherine Taber. Plus – Dave waits hours for a piece of cake, Andrew’s “surprise” 50th birthday party, and Laura is preparing for a metaphorical hurricane.

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Ep. 85 Having a Good Cry With Bianca Marais

We are joined by author Bianca Marais and we discuss her new book If You Want to Make God Laugh, the women that inspired her story, making her readers cry, Colin Firth, and what makes a damned fine toasted cheese sandwich. We also recommend: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-GarciaThe Elementals by Malcom McDowell and The Wizard’s Butler by Nathan Lowell.  Audiobook of the week is The Gender Game by Bella Forrest narrated by Rebecca Solar and Zachary Webber. Plus Dave plays Risk and loses to Patton (aka his daughter), Andrew shatters his rear windshield with his kids on board and his wife navigating, and Laura wears her trifocals on a hike. Not a good match.

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How To Be A TikTok Star with Hank Green

On this “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Hank Green for a fun conversation about his new novel A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, the incredulity of thumbing your literal nose at mask wearing, writing this book because he just didn’t get to the end of his first book, the power and danger of social media platforms, and his mighty and embarrassing early screen name.

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Ep. 84 Getting Rabid With Paul Tremblay

We are joined by Paul Tremblay! We discuss his new book Survivor Song, being inspired by panic, finding a new twist on zombies, rabies books, and Honeycomb cereal. We also recommend: Forward: Stories of Tomorrow edited by Blake Crouch and Adrift by Greg Curtis.  Audiobook of the week is Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich. Plus- Dave, Andrew, and Laura share their 4th of July stories replete with cops and backyard fireworks mishaps.

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Meeting Your Muse with Debra Jo Immergut

“Inside Chat” edition in which we talk to Debra Jo Immergut all about her new book You Again, visions, meditation, Antifa, being that “Arts & Crafts” kid at camp, and how to meet your muse.

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Ep. 83 Glowing in the Dark with Riley Sager

We are joined by the one and only Riley Sager! We discuss his new book Home Before Dark, Ouija Board psychology, his obsession with The Sound of Music, and how his least favorite part of writing is writing. We also recommend: If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell, Corporate Gunslinger by Doug Engstrom and Jane Bond by V.R. Tapscott. Audiobook of the week is Dark August by Katie Tallo narrated by Piper Goodeve. Plus- Dave and Andrew spend a weekend in the world’s smallest hotel room, and Laura mistakenly gives her 14-year-old daughter a beer.

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Swearing at People with Lucie Britsch

This week on an “Inside Chat” edition we are joined by Lucie Britsch!  We have a fun chat about her debut novel Sad Janet, embracing the sadness of life, the absurdity of being human, and how she gets in trouble for swearing at people.

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Ep 82- Nectarine Pie with Jasmine Guillory

We are joined by the delightful Jasmine Guillory.  We discuss her new book Party of Two, media stereotypes of black women, and baking. Especially pies. And cake. And icing. We also recommend: The Distant Dead by Heather Young, The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent and Nyxe by Jedaiah Ramnarine. Audiobook of the week is The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W.P. Kinsella. Plus- Dave is annoyed by the Cripple Creek Train, Laura’s dog is scared of his new water bowl, and Andrew tries to fit in in Aspen.

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Wanted: Dead or Alive – with J. Todd Scott

“Inside Chat” edition in which we talk to the engaging J Todd Scott all about his new novel Lost River, seeing the origins of the opioid crisis firsthand, embarrassing his kids, and the part of his book that had his mother furiously phoning him.

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Ep 81- Weathering the Storm with Chanel Cleeton

Chanel Cleeton joins us for a chat about her new book The Last Train to Key West, hurricanes, WWI vets turned railroad workers living in camps, her Cuban heritage, and conch fritters. We also recommend: Vanishing in the Haight by Max TomlinsonThe Lost Starship by Vaughn Hepner, and Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon. Audiobook of the week is The Guest List by Lucy Foley. Plus – Dave has an accident while taking a teacher certification exam, Laura can’t keep her hands off all the gleaming faucets, and Andrew takes his reluctant kids fishing.

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Two Truths & One Lie with Elizabeth Kay

On this week’s “Inside Chat” Edition of the podcast, we talk Elizabeth Kay  about her thrilling debut novel Seven Lies, sinister female friendships, giving herself pep talks, and the influence of Gone Girl.  We also play a rousing edition of two truths and a lie.

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Ep. 80 Down the Rabbit Hole with Emily Temple

Author Emily Temple joins us for a chat about her debut novel The Lightness, growing up in a Buddhist household, and embracing Wikipedia rabbit holes. We also recommend: Blackwood by Michael Farris Smith and Gravity Dreams by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.  Audiobook of the week is Joe by Larry Brown narrated by Tom Stechschulte.  Plus – Dave protests, Laura is perplexed by a sleepover, and Andrew’s garden is blowin’ in the wind.

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Ice Cream & Chardonnay with Kristan Higgins

Author Kristan Higgins joins us for a fun chat about her new book Always the Last to Know, the fine and fun art of changing people, being isolated from her family for six weeks, and eating too much chocolate and ice cream!

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Ep. 79 Author David Pepper

Author David Pepper joins us for a fun chat about his new book The Voter File, election meddling, and casually chatting with Bill Clinton. We also recommend: Another Brooklyn by Jaqueline Woodson, The Great American Deception by Scott Stein and The Threshold Child by Callie Kanno.  Audiobook of the week is Line of Sight by James Queally narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.  Plus – Dave’s posterior battles a cactus, Laura finds out why you don’t feed the dogs salmon, and Andrew drives halfway across the country to Branson, MO to get his kids in a summer camp.

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Ep. 78 JFK & Rock and Roll with Max Allan Collins

Author Max Allan Collins joins us for a fun chat about his new book Girl Can’t Help It, how he got his start writing the Dick Tracy comic strip, his Zeligesque character Nate Heller,  and JFK. We also recommend: In the Dark by Loreth Anne White, Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon and Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton.  Audiobook of the week is The Split by Sharon Bolton narrated by Katie Scarfe.  Plus – Dave has a golf ball incident, Laura is shocked by surly people unmasked, and Andrew’s dog has figured out how to open up the backyard gate.

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Joining Cults with Jeffery Deaver

An “Inside Chat” edition with author Jeffery Deaver! We chat about speed walking, his excellent new book The Goodbye Man, the Deaver formula, and that time his hot date turned out to be a cult recruiter.

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Ep. 77 Laura Hankin is Haunted by The Wheels On The Bus

Author Laura Hankin joins us for a fun chat about her new book Happy and You Know It, Mommy blogs, unboxing crying, and auditioning to read her own book.  We recommend: Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin, Rain Will Come by Thomas Holgate and Body Suit by Suzanne Hagelin.  Audiobook of the week is We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry narrated by Isabel Keating.  Also, Dave is cursed by a cursed sledgehammer, Laura is ready for a cakewalk, and Andrew eats a “special” cookie and thinks he has Covid.

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Murder Down Under with Susan Allott

An “Inside Chat” edition with author Susan Allott who talks with us about her debut novel The Silence, Australia’s stolen generation, overcoming self-consciousness while writing, and her disdain for both magic and junk food.

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Ep. 76 – Blowing Raspberries with John Marrs

Bestselling author John Marrs joins us for a chat about his new book What Lies Between Us, cliffhangers, compact discs, refusing to borrow books, and putting on sunglasses to fool his 8-month-old.  We recommend: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning, Coyote Rage by Owl Goingback, and Colony One by T. L. Ford.  Audiobook of the week is The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix narrated by Bahni Turner.  Dave is a self-proclaimed hero, Laura is convinced she has Covid-19, and Andrew thinks Bit-O-Honey is a fine candy. Bram Stoker drops by as well.

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Visions of Bloody Ghosts with Christopher Moore

An “Inside Chat” edition with bestselling author Christopher Moore who talks with us about his fantastic new novel Shakespeare for Squirrels, thees and thous, watching old British sitcoms to master “Britspeak,” and Dave is taught a lesson on how to give lessons.

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Ep. 75 – Shopping Bolivia’s Witch Market with Jennifer Steil

Author Jennifer Steil joins us for a chat about her new book Exile Music, living the high life in La Paz, miniature houses, and her special relationship with pancakes.  We recommend: Exile Music by Jennifer Steil, Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison, and Scholar by L.E. Modesitt, Jr..  Audiobook of the week is Deadwood by Pete Dexter narrated by J. Rodney Turner.  Dave takes a bike ride and sees monsters, Laura hears talk of cadaver autopsies, and Andrew battles a mariachi band.

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Ep. 74 Kimberly McCreight and Rikers Island Restrooms

New York Times Bestselling author Kimberly McCreight joins us for a chat about her new thriller A Good Marriage, the terror of not outlining, laptop stickers, and getting to the bottom of the whole marriage thing.  We recommend: Voices in the Snow by Darcy Coates, The Line That Held Us by David Joy, and Imager by L.E. Modesitt, Jr..  Audiobook of the week is The Compton Cowboys by Walter Thompson Hernandez narrated by Glenn Davis and Ron Butler.  Dave is sickened by a mask stain, Laura is stopped in traffic by people in the street, and Andrew’s getting a pool.

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Ep. 73 C Pam Zhang

Author C Pam Zhang joins us for a chat about her debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold, creating her own mythology, otherness, moving a lot as a kid, and why The Lion King > Tiger King.  We recommend: A Brazen Curiousity by Lynn Messina, Before Familiar Woods by Ian Pisarcik, and Not Alone by Craig A. Falconer.  Audiobook of the week is The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel narrated by the fabulous Lisa Flanagan.  Dave is a destroyer of jumper cables, Laura finds no relief from her yakking mechanics, and Andrew reminisces on a shirtless Amish hunk.

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Episode 72 – Seeking Vengeance with Jack Carr

Author and former Navy SEAL Jack Carr joins us for a chat about his new novel Savage Son, writing torture scenes, action missions in Iraq, and writing the book he wanted to write since 6th Grade.  We recommend: Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau, Do No Harm by Max Allan Collins, and Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke.  Audiobook of the week is Broken by Don Winslow narrated by the fantastic Ray Porter.  Dave is tired of people sidling up next to him, Laura details the worst purchase she made this year, and Andrew goes to war against pine trees.

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Ep. 71 – Of Genes & Monsters with Danielle Trussoni

Author Danielle Trussoni joins us for a chat about her fanstastic novel The Ancestor, DNA tests gone wrong, Austrian castles, and how being bored in church led to a fascination with the supernatural. We recommend: The Straw Men by Michael Marshall, The Worst is Yet to Come by S. P. Miskowski, and Transcendence and Rebellion by Michael G. Manning.  Audiobook of the week is Deacon King Kong by James McBride narrated by the brilliant Dominic Hoffman.  Dave is distance teaching and his students are “right at home”, Laura is wobbly, and Andrew is disturbed by a crackling Oreo.

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Raising Hell with James Rollins

An “Inside Chat” with Author James Rollins who talks with us about his fantastic new novel The Last Odyssey, a lice laden tarantula, playing with mythology, and the Jessica Fletcher Syndrome. Plus – candy thermometers and blasting music.

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Tax Breaks and Uppercuts with Mindy Mejia

An “Inside Chat” with Author Mindy Mejia who talks with us about her excellent new novel Strike Me Down, helping writers with their taxes, leaning into punches, and where her plot twists come from. Plus – we howl at the moon.

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Ep. 70 – Nicknames, Cigarettes & Nuns with Author William Boyle

Author William Boyle joins us for a chat about his brilliant novel City of Margins, chance and coincidence, the interconnectedness of his characters, noir, movies, and how smoking cigarettes are sometimes just damn cool. We recommend: The Bear by Andrew Krivak, The Last Taxi Driver by Lee Durkee, and Effie by C.J. Williams.  Audiobook of the week is A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle narrated by the fantastic Barrie Kreinik.  Dave takes up candle making, Laura wants to sing Kumbaya and hold hands with the world, and Andrew’s kittens are being manhandled.

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The Dangers of Artificial Intelligence with Author Max Barry

“Inside Chat” edition today as are joined by author Max Barry who talks to us about his brilliant new novel Providence, how he’s suited for isolation, characters he can believe in, classic sci-fi, AI, perception vs reality, and where the hell that exxtra x went to.

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Ep. 69 Why You Should Never Hike Alone with Author Rachel Harrison

Author Rachel Harrison joins us for a chat about her fantastic debut novel The Return, friendship, hotel interiors, and Wegman’s Ice Cream.  We recommend: The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd, Double Wide by Leo W. Banks, and The Choice of Magic by Michael G. Manning.  Audiobook of the week is The Bone House by Brian Freeman narrated by the incomparable Joe Barrett.  Dave compares people who won’t stay home to his students, Laura comfort eats, and Andrew makes his son write a lot of sentences.

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In Search of… with Author John Vercher

We are joined by author John Vercher, who talks to us about his intense and moving new novel Three-Fifths, the search for identity, race discussions, and Wolverine. Plus-  Denver Librarian Amy Delpo is back with books about racial identity.  

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Ep. 68 What It’s Like to Swim With Great White Sharks with Author Stephanie Wrobel

Author Stephanie Wrobel joins us for a chat about her page-turning debut novel Darling Rose Gold, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, vans, and swimming with the sharks.  We recommend: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James, City of Margins by William Boyle, and Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.  Audiobook of the week is Woman on the Edge by Samantha Bailey narrated by the dynamic Katherine Fenton.  Dave is shocked by a stranger’s confession, Laura tries to escape a hand-shaker, and Andrew rues getting restaurant pickup.

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Lost & Found Identities with Author Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

We are joined by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung who talks to us about her thrilling new psychological thriller The Eighth Girl, dissociative identity disorder, her favorite librarian, and leather chairs with velvet pillows. Plus- we have social distancing observations and Dave shares his top ten books about running!

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Dave’s Top Ten Running Books:

  1. Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men’s Cross-Country Team by Chris Lear
  2. Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth by Adharanand Finn    
  3. Way of the Runner by Adharanand Finn     
  4. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
  5. The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It by Neal Bascomb
  6. Daniels’ Running Formula by Jack Daniels
  7. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  8. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner by Allan Sillitoe
  9. Once a Runner by John L Parker Jr.
  10. Rabbit, Run by John Updike         

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