Inside Chat: Squirrels On The Brain With Nalini Singh

Today we chat with the delightful, New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh about her latest thriller Quiet in Her Bones, writing first drafts furiously fast, her love for Bollywood, how to quiet the “squirrels on the brain,” New Zealand noir, what inspired her to try a thriller after writing romances, and what happens when you write about fudge for your novel. Plus – the death of snow days.

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Ep. 113 Shaking It Up With Susan Meissner

Today we’re joined by USA Today best-selling novelist Susan Meissner for a delightful chat about her new novel The Nature of Fragile Things, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, hooking the reader early, thinking in an Irish brogue, writing genre bending books, and the joys of going down YouTube rabbit trails guilt free when you’re researching. We also recommend: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn BarnesDon’t Look For Me by Wendy Walker, and A Tribute at the Gates by C.J. Aaron. Audiobook of the week is Lola on Fire by Rio Youers. Plus- Dave , Laura walks to the dentist,  and Andrew’s son gets a moto-wheel.

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Inside Chat: Killing Off Characters With J.A. Jance

Today we chat with the legendary J.A. Jance about her latest book Missing and Endangered, how she got started on the Joanna Brady mysteries, the time she forgot she already killed off a character, how her characters still stay busy even when she’s not writing, and how her sister’s bra inspired a scene in her book Skeleton Canyon decades later. Plus – Laura is finding it hard to celebrate her birthday.

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Ep. 112 Take My Book – Please – With Sam Tallent

Today we’re joined by Sam Tallent for a hilarious chat about his debut novel Running the Light, what it’s like being a road comic, getting mad at his editor, convincing comics to perform his audiobook only to find out they can’t really read, Norm MacDonald, which hotel chain is the best, and how he ended up writing the book because he had a lot of time on his hands. We also recommend: The Eleventh Floor by Shani StruthersPlaying Nice by J.P. Delaney, and Dark Knight Station: Origins by Nathan Lowell. Audiobook of the week is We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen. Plus- Dave makes it awkward with his students, Laura is too giving,  and Andrew’s ski vacation turns into a downhill walkathon.

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Inside Chat: Dueling It Out With Sharon Virts

Today we chat with the delightful Sharon Virts about her debut novel Masque of Honor, living in the house built by her main character, how an Oscar nominated screenwriter convinced her to write the book, the “ghost written” chapter she doesn’t remember writing, chinchilla stoles and period detail, strong female characters, calling cards, duels, and the joys of the hurdy-gurdy. Plus – Dave is (again) pulled over while out for a run.

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Inside Chat: Sleepless Nights With Abigail Dean

Today we chat with the delightful Abigail Dean about her Sunday Times best-selling debut novel Girl A, her love of true crime, being an only child, the truth about “unlikable” characters, the power of meaningful relationships against a bleak setting, and experiencing sleepless nights while writing.

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Inside Chat: The Cult Of Personality With Alison Wisdom

Today we chat with the talented Alison Wisdom about her debut novel We Can Only Save Ourselves, how she’s always been interested in cults, growing up in the suburbs, why cult leaders are always men, neighborhood Moms, and why she had to cut back on “the Manson factor” for her book. Plus – Dave is taken aback by (and comments on) a sinister looking painting he observed while virtual teaching.

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Inside Chat: Vive La Revolution With Rosalind Miles

Today we chat with the delightful Rosalind Miles about her new book The Women’s History of the Modern World, how every revolution in the history of the world has involved women,  the meaning behind “hubby power,” why women have more equality in “primitive” societies, how society invents reasons why women are inferior to men as it evolves, the myth about men and machines, and why you might be better off not having children. Plus – Dave can’t recognize his fellow teachers with the masks on – which is no different than before.

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Inside Chat: Playing Checkers With Syed M. Masood

Today we chat with the fantastic Syed M. Masood about his new novel The Bad Muslim Discount,  the reason why his literary hero is Ray Romano, the difference between writing for Young Adults vs Adults, writing comedy,  and how his great-grandmother was a ruthless Checkers player and taught him how to play.

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Ep. 110 Pits Of Salmon With Dana Stabenow

Today we’re joined by the award winning, best-selling writer Dana Stabenow for a fun chat about her new book Spoils of the Dead, the agony of writing during a pandemic,  missing her deadline by two months, Alaskan bush pilots, her R2D2 ringtone, and that time she fell in a pit full of live salmon as a kid. We also recommend: Resurrection Bay by Emma ViskicThe Mighty Oak by Jeff W. Bens, and Ganny Knits a Spaceship by David Gerrold. Audiobook of the week is Surrender the Dead by John Burley. Plus- Dave is unprepared for his school’s assembly, Laura takes Sylvia for a COVID test, and Andrew takes his kids tubing.

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Ep. 109 Watching People Read With Sebastian Fitzek

We’re joined by one of Europe’s most successful thriller writers, author Sebastian Fitzek for a chat about his book The Package, being afraid of getting kidnapped as a child, the fine art of watching people read his book in an old prison, the time an Italian translator added a chapter to the middle of his book, creating board games, and people who go missing on cruise ships. We also recommend: The Book of M by Peng Shepherd, Running the Light by Sam Tallent, and Legacy by Bob Mauldin. Audiobook of the week is The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin. Plus- Dave teaches online and in person at the same time, Laura is a driving instructor, and Andrew’s misreads the stock market.

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Ep. 108 Rickrolling With Lisa Gardner

We’re joined by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner for a fun chat about her new book Before She Disappeared, being inspired by a real life hero, Haitian baked goods, the cat that hates her, how she never meant for any of her books to be a series, and her daughter’s brilliant suggestion for the book. We also recommend: Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin, Stories by Breece D’J Pancake, and The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight.  Audiobook of the week is Cheaters Game by Paul Levine. Plus- Dave is not ready to go back to work, Laura has had it with Airbnb space planning, and Andrew’s headed back to Mexico.

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Inside Chat: Hayley Chillin’ With Chris Hauty

Today we chat with the delightful Chris Hauty about his new Hayley Chill thriller Savage Road, using simple google searches for plot ideas, the terror of home grown threats, keeping his books apolitical, riding motorcycles, and being wholly unprepared to write a series. Plus – Laura can’t stop listening to the same songs over and over and over again and Dave has some choice words for the Apple music folks.

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Ep. 107 Shutting Out The Noise With Nick Petrie

We’re joined by Nick Petrie for a fun chat about his new book The Breaker, being the kind of person people tell secrets to, advocating for veterans, how stories can literally save lives,  not using an outline, how PTSD is a part of all of us, and why he has to keep reminding himself he knows how to write a book. We also recommend: An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks, and Alice by Charles Lamb.  Audiobook of the week is Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane. Plus- Dave is most displeased with his school’s back to school plan, Laura discovered why she doesn’t miss people as much as she thought, and Andrew’s son is getting random credit card numbers.

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Inside Chat: Hearing Voices With Faye Kellerman

Today we chat with the delightful Faye Kellerman about her latest novel The Lost Boys, spiteful blue herons, how she finally wore out her bread machine, how Peter and Rina talk to her all the time, the terrifying time she couldn’t find her son, her love for weird docs, and why she calls herself “Betty Crocker with a ‘tude.” Plus – Dave is busted by the cops. Again.

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Inside Chat: Motherhood Mania with Ashley Audrain

Today we chat with Ashley Audrain about her debut novel The Push, motherhood fears, being vulnerable as a mother,  visualizing her characters, the good old days of ABC’s TGIF lineup, why the book wasn’t as hard to write as it is to read, and the reason she was glad there wasn’t a big book launch party.

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Inside Chat: Breaking Chairs with Robert Jones, Jr.

Today we are joined by the unstoppable Robert Jones, Jr. for an excellent conversation about his new novel The Prophets, being inspired by Toni Morrison, feeling the pain of his characters, watching horror movies to decompress, the reason he used Biblical names, why it’s important to know your flowers, and how dancing to Janet Jackson led to a broken dining room chair. Plus – Dave & Laura are still in search of an HVAC tech, preferably one without a predilection for Jim Beam.

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Ep. 106 Divorce Ranches and Dust Covers with Julia Claiborne Johnson

We’re joined by the fabulous Julia Claiborne Johnson for a fun chat about her new book Better Luck Next Time, how her father worked on a divorce ranch and helped inspire her book, her struggle to remember people’s names, being blinded by the light at the Emmys, changing the ending almost too late, dust cover etiquette, her obsession with obits, and why her family refuses to go on walks with her in public. We also recommend: The Invitation by Rachel Abbot, The Art of Violence by S. J. Rozan, Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline.  Audiobook of the week is Shed No Tears by Caz Frear. Plus- Dave gets a STOP WORK order, Laura sits on hold with aggressively vitriolic piano music, Andrew’s Christmas vacation is derailed by a beached whale.

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Ep. 105 Secret Santas & Mexican Beaches

This week we recommend: Long Bright River by Liz Moore,  Hillbilly Hustle by Wesley Browne, and Starship Relic by Darcy Troy Paulin.  Audiobook of the week is The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher. Plus- Dave is done with Secret Santa, Laura can’t start or stop “winding down,” Andrew is on a Mexican beach

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Inside Chat: Reading Between The Liner Notes With Marcus J Moore

Today we are joined by Marcus J Moore for a fun conversation about his new book The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America, what makes Kendrick stand out musically, Kendrick’s involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement, the meditational mantra of “Alright,” the importance of telling your own story, talking for hours to Kendrick’s creative writing teacher, reading the liner notes, and why he’s listening to nothing but old 70’s Jazz right now.

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Inside Chat: Turning Off The Lights With Kyle Mills

Today we are joined by Kyle Mills for an exciting conversation about his new book in the Mitch Rapp series Total Power, asking the question – what if Mitch Rapp can’t save the day, the reality about how long we’d last without power (spoiler – not long at all), failing miserably at learning Spanish, the dark genius of Roald Dahl, and why he’s such a fan of the See Dick Run books. Plus Dave & Laura reminisce about living through the NYC blackout of 2003.

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Inside Chat: Dropping Dimes With Pete Croatto

Today we are joined by Pete Croatto for an entertaining conversation about his new book From Hang Time to Prime Time: Business, Entertainment and the Birth of the Modern-Day NBA. We also discuss how Marvin Gaye’s national anthem changed the NBA, the backstory behind the Spike Lee/Michael Jordan Nike ads, and why the Utah’s basketball franchise nickname is the Jazz. Plus Dave & Laura reminisce on the old days and attending live sporting events.

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Ep. 104 Hitting The Deep Fryer With KJ Dell’Antonia

Today we’re joined by the fantastic KJ Dell’Antonia for a fun chat about her new novel The Chicken Sisters, what it was like being picked for Reese Weatherspoons’s book club, good fried chicken, being puzzled by reality TV contestants, small town life, and getting creative with the new deep quarantine deep fryer. We also recommend: Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour,  Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air by Jackson Ford, and Vortex Visions by Elise Kova.  Audiobook of the week is Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. Plus- Dave has a D&D story, Laura meets a SAVAGE guy, and Andrew is baffled by his performance review.

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Inside Chat: Down the Up Escalator With Courtney Evan Tate

Today we are joined by Courtney Evan Tate aka Courtney Cole for a fun conversation about her new thriller The Last to See Her, a book signing “race” unlike any other, looking at everyone she meets askance, her affinity for bad boys, the unfair preconceptions about the romance genre, and how crying after reading Where The Red Fern Grows as a kid turned her into a writer. Plus – Dave’s cologne might be perfume.

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Ep. 103 Getting Flirty With Denise Williams

Today we’re joined by the delightful Denise Williams for a fun chat about her new romance How to Fail at Flirting, having to do math again for her book, being a list person, going through 41 different titles, and the reason her husband might be looking to get into better shape. We also recommend: The Searcher by Tana French, Dead Man Dancing by John Galligan, and The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey. Audiobook of the week is Live From New York by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller.  Plus – Dave is a hospital Peeping Tom, Laura has a Covid office tale, & Andrew has a broken TV and busted pipes.

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Episode 102 Writing: A Loathe Story with Jeff Lindsay

Today we’re joined by the hilarious Jeff Lindsay for a waaaay too much fun chat about his excellent new thriller Fool Me Twice, how he loathes writing, his future one man show Off Book, writing plays for no audience, American archetypes, the lost meaning of Dexter, playing Scrooge in a department store window, and how his wife is Annie Oakley incarnate. We also recommend: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, The Wicked Sister by Karen Dionne, and The Eons – Lost Orphan by Laer Carroll. Audiobook of the week is Alright Alright Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused by Melissa Maerz. Plus: Dave has horrific RBF, Laura is monitoring Sylvia’s progress as a professional conversationalist, & Andrew preps his giant Christmas inflatables.

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Inside Chat: Imaginary Friends with Evie Green

Today we are joined by Evie Green (Emily Barr) for a fun conversation about her fantastic new book We Hear Voices, the trouble with writing a book set in the future, being on Team Spider, how she’s jealous of people with imaginary friends, writing a pandemic themed book, strong female characters, how she becomes a different person when she slides into her pseudonym, and harmonizing Sinatra with her husband during the lockdown. Plus – Dave and Laura discuss small Texas towns with tornadoes, friendly bombings, and Satanic Panics.

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Inside Chat: Death by Cameo with Bernard Cornwell

We’re joined today by the inimitable Bernard Cornwell for a conversation about his new book War Lord, giving names to swords, why it’s time to let go of Uhtred, never having a plan for his books, the effects of alcohol in battle, and getting murdered by his hero during his cameo on The Last Kingdom.

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Inside Chat: Breaking Up Relationships with Lori Nelson Spielman

We’re joined by Lori Nelson Spielman for a fun conversation about her new novel The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany, finding inspiration from her time as a high school guidance counselor, mango juice, her superstitions, and the time her book caused a reader to break up with her boyfriend.

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Inside Chat: Art Heists & Budweiser with Craig Johnson

We’re joined by the incomparable Craig Johnson for a fun chat about his gripping new Longmire mystery Next To Last Stand, the dramatic history behind the painting Custer’s Last Fight, consulting his wife for the artistic aspects of the book, Buffalo Bill Cody’s (missing?) dead body, the sheer genius of The Magnificent Seven, and why he orders Thai food from the joint right around the corner from our studio.

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Ep. 101 Filling Silences through Comfort Food with Bryan Washington

Today we’re joined by  Bryan Washington for a conversation about his new novel Memorial, allowing no answers for his characters, using physical space on the page, shared silences, putting his own photos in his book, and why he cooks the meals mentioned in the book several times while writing. We also recommend: The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne, Lone Jack Trail by Owen Laukkanen, and The Hidden Tower by James E. Wisher. Audiobook of the week is Malorie by Josh Malerman.  Plus – Dave wrestles with dog walking, Laura has a clog mishap at work, and Andrew stockpiles boats in a landlocked state.

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Ep. 100 Getting out of Jail Free with Nicci French

Today we’re joined by the delightful duo Nicci Gerrard and Julian French who write under the pseudonym Nicci French for a conversation about their new thriller House of Correction, the desolation and claustrophobia of prisons, James Cagney, smashing genre conventions, how they don’t write at the same time, and what it’s like to finally watch The Sopranos. We also recommend: Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton, The Listener by Robert McCammon, and Oath Bringer by Brandon Sanderson. Audiobook of the week is The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle.  Plus – stories from our Halloween!

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Ep. 99 How to Impersonate a Canadian with Stephanie Perkins

Today we’re joined by the charming Stephanie Perkins for a fun conversation about the 10th anniversary collector’s edition of her delightful novel Anna and the French Kiss, the beauty of the Key Lime La Croix, Canadian flag patches, why YA fiction is great for ALL ages, her love of horror, the impossibility of writing jump scares, and being mistaken for a vegetarian left-hander. We also recommend: The Patient by Jasper DeWitt, These Women by Ivy Pochoda, and Finwell Bay by Nathan Lowell. Audiobook of the week is The Cold Millions by Jess Walter.  Plus – Dave encounters a rattlesnake, Laura recaps the worst candies of all time, and Andrew is evacuated due to the Colorado fires.

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East Troublesome fire near Andrew’s place

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Inside Chat: Surviving Grizzlies with Alice Henderson

We’re joined by the delightful Alice Henderson for a fun conversation about her new thriller A Solitude of Wolverines, her obsession with the movie The Thing, creating Macguyveresque characters, practicing Jeet Kune Do, being a wildlife researcher, finding creepy settings while doing bat surveys, and why she was filled with joy during a close encounter with a Grizzly Bear in the wild.

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Ep. 98 How To Spy On People With Simone St. James

Today we’re joined by Simone St. James for a fun conversation about her amazing book The Sun Down Motel, writing the book she wants to read, the sheer ‘70sness of Burt Reynolds, the lost art of microfiche, yellow edged pages on books, and karaoke go-tos. We also recommend: Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper, In the Valley by Ron Rash, and Hella by David Gerrold. Audiobook of the week is Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy.  Plus – Dave goes back to school for one day only, Laura has a rat list, and Andrew creates a haunted house.

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Inside Chat: Concealed Weapons with LS Hawker

We’re joined by the fabulous LS Hawker for a fun conversation about her books, opening up a pub during a pandemic, creating fitness videos in the 90s where the babies are the weights, working as a Kmart portrait photographer, writing with her daughter, basement exorcisms, the power of acupuncture, and the knife she keeps in her bra.

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Ep. 97 Art & Murder With Stephanie Kane

We’re joined by Stephanie Kane for an excellent conversation about her fantastic new book Automat, the disturbing aspects of Hopper paintings and his women, how the real Hopper was not a nice man, promoting art through improvisation, the lone dog Hopper painted, and the tragedy behind his wife of 40 years. We also recommend: Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon, When These Mountains Burn by David Joy, and To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini. Audiobook of the week is Payback by Lorenzo Carcaterra.  Plus – Dave turns the tables on his Principal, Laura is flummoxed by people on scooters, and Andrew goes on a bear hunt.

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Inside Chat: Gothic Isolation with C. J. Cooke

We’re joined by C. J. Cooke for a fun conversation about her dark and delicious new Gothic thriller The Nesting, the isolation of Norway and the dark early stages of motherhood, freaking herself out while writing, replacing “save the planet” with “save us,” and her affinity for cultural Hall of Famers “Tiger King” & “Ice Ice Baby.” Plus – Laura hears attic knockings, Patrick Wilson befuddles us in The Conjuring 2, and Dave runs through bugs.

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Ep. 96 Living Parallel Lives with Matt Haig

We’re joined by Matt Haig for an excellent conversation about his fantastic new book The Midnight Library, why he’s recently felt more pale than ever before, the multiverse, being known as “Mr. Depression”, writing like a DJ, learning to play piano during the pandemic, and a keen desire to compete in a rap battle with Neil Gaiman. We also recommend: The Killings at Kingfisher Hall by Sophie Hannah, Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger, and Heaven’s River by Dennis E. Taylor. Audiobook of the week is The Drowning Game by L.S. Hawker.  Plus – Dave’s parents commandeer his class, Laura has another harrowing incident with the dog, and Andrew’s taste in candy is horrific.

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How To Embezzle Millions With Emily Gray Tedrowe

An “Inside Chat” edition! We’re joined by Emily Gray Tedrowe for a fun conversation about her gripping new novel The Talented Miss Farwell, running, how to make a $50 million embezzler relatable, and the siren song of a Redneck Woman.

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Ep. 95 Planning Murders with Richard Osman

We’re joined by Richard Osman for an excellent conversation about his fantastic new book The Thursday Murder Club, the perks of writing for septuagenarian characters, how his career in TV helped him as a writer, British politeness, why he can’t perform his favorite karaoke song anymore,  and when it’s okay to root against quiz show contestants as the host. We also recommend: Nine Lives by Wendy Corsi Staub, East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman, and Ballistic Kiss by Richard Kadrey. Audiobook of the week is To Tell You the Truth by Gilly MacMillan.   Plus- Dave’s sordid dogwalking encounter, Laura wants off the Covid roller coaster, and Andrew faces the hazards of reading with a face shield.

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Creating Mayhem With The Villainous Natalie Zina Walschots

An “Inside Chat” edition! We are joined by Natalie Zina Walschots for a fun conversation about her hilarious and semi-autobiographical novel Hench, how she always rooted for the villains, using math to calculate the disastrous damage wreaked by superheroes, cloaks, her gleeful affinity for body horror, her “terrible” musical theatre background, and her screaming territorial cat.

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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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