Ep. 168 Banana Bread & Model Railway Sets With Linwood Barclay

We’re joined once again by Linwood Barclay for a fun chat about his new novel Take Your Breath Away, the nightmares of home renovations, the delights of banana bread, why he builds model railway sets, and the anxiety he gets awaiting to hear back from his editor. We also recommend: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt, Death in the Sunshine by Steph Broadribb, and Child of the Grove by Tanya Huff. Audiobook of the week is Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay.   Plus – We recap mishaps we’ve had with guests over the years, Laura recruits help at a jobsite, and Andrew can’t dance.

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Remembering The Betamax With Stephen Lloyd

We’re joined by Stephen Lloyd for a fun chat about his new book Friend of the Devil, the differences between novel writing and screenwriting, being an insufferable drama student, when football was REALLY violent and tackling the serious issue of Betamax vs. VHS. Plus – Dave’s students get some outsized reactions while performing in public.

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Ep. 167 Living To Write The Tale With Dervla McTiernan

A fun chat with Dervla McTiernan about her new novel The Murder Rule, having to learn the idiosyncrasies of US law, The Innocence Project, Lucky Charms cereal, and the crazy circumstances surrounding the day she first heard back from a literary agent. Plus – Dave draws unwanted attention to himself, Laura drives a neighbor away, and Andrew buys yet another boat. We also recommend: Don’t Know Tough by Eli Cranor, Midnight Riot: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, and Discovery by R.E. Link.  Audiobook of the week is Snap by Belinda Bauer.

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How To Pick Your Poison With Lydia Kang

We’re joined by Lydia Kang for a fun chat about her new historical fiction book The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding, the Manhattan project, New York City blackouts during WW2, and her obsession with poisons. Plus – heckling seems to run in Dave’s family.

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Morphine & Violins With Hernan Diaz

A fun chat with Hernan Diaz about his new novel Trust, the dearth of novels about money, the American myth of the self made man, how narratives can shape reality, the value of fiction and its relation to truth, and pens. Plus – Dave’s classroom has mice, a busted radiator, and disappearing food.

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How To Terrorize Your Friends With Jennifer McMahon

We chat with Jennifer McMahon about her new novel The Children on the Hill, using her childhood and love of movie monsters as inspiration, how her first short story was about a haunted meatball, terrorizing her friends at slumber parties, writing what scares you, and her favorite movie snacks.  Plus – Dave rants about trail closures for raccoons.

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Ep. 166 History, Horror & Spiders With Alma Katsu

We talk to Alma Katsu about her new novel The Fervor, Japanese fire balloons, finding inspiration in civil unrest, and the inanity of the Japanese internment camps. Plus – Dave hides from the deans, Laura is forced to hop on yet another social media app, and Andrew forgets what grade his kids are in. We also recommend: The Hollows by Mark Edwards, City on Fire by Don Winslow, and A Warship Named Sky: A Hero’s Story by Saxon Andrew. Audiobook of the week is The Death and Life of Bobby Z by Don Winslow.

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Ep. 165 Speaking Ill Of The Dead With Sascha Rothchild

A fun chat with Sascha Rothchild about her new novel Blood Sugar, finding inspiration in the middle of the night, why she doesn’t care if you hate her book (you won’t), TV writing vs. novel writing, and why it’s okay to speak ill of the dead. Plus – Dave and his runny nose battle a mask on the airplane, Laura is over Millenials, and Andrew wants out of all group texts. We also recommend Litani by Jess Lourey, Twenty Years Later by Charlie Donlea, and The Emmisary by Michael J. Edwards.

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Snarfing Jellied Eels With Ben Aaronovitch

We’re joined by Ben Aaronovitch for a fun chat about his new novel Amongst Our Weapons, drinking coffee late into the evenings, marathon book events in Germany, jellied eels, why he hates mushy peas, the spell he wishes he could use, conspiracy theories, and the genius of grapefruit knives.

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Ep. 164 How To Be An Awful Collaborator With Sarah Pinborough

We’re joined by Sarah Pinborough for a fun chat about her novel Insomnia, being petrified of everything growing up, why she finds the horror she writes amusing, watching TV in the afternoon in lieu of working, and what makes her a terrible collaborator. Plus – Dave sees the worst theatrical performance of his life, Laura unsuccessfully channels her inner Johnny Appleseed, and Andrew’s getting too old to go to concerts. We also recommend: Seven Days by Alex Lake, Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel, and A Door Into Time by Shawn Inmon. Audiobook of the week is The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter.

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Ep. 163 Sharpshootin’ With Kate Quinn

We’re joined by Kate Quinn for a fun conversation about her novel The Diamond Eye, the Ukranian sniper known as Lady Death, the timeliness of this book, her “method writing” experience, and how to know when to fictionalize. Plus – Laura needs business help, Dave can’t find the finish line, and Andrew dives deep into his wallet for a birthday dinner. We also recommend: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, No Second Chances by Rio Youers, and  Fast Time At Aldmont High by Laurence Dahners. Audiobook of the week is Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark.

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Ep. 162 Giving Away Barbie Doll Heads With Karen White

We chat with the always fun Karen White about her new novel The Shop on Royal Street, staying in haunted hotels, her love for old houses, how nothing she writes is planned, and why she’s planning on chucking Barbie doll heads at the audience at her next book signing. Plus – Dave sucks at slots, Laura is the only one alarmed by the tornadoes during her trip to New Orleans, and Andrew pays for an Airbnb for the wrong weekend. We also recommend: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Last Flight by Julie Clark, and Violent Graduation by Jon Hindmarsh. Audiobook of the week is Gated Prey by Lee Goldberg.

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What To Pack For A Danish Picnic With Sara Blaedel

A conversation with Sara Blaedel about her new novel A Harmless Lie, insect collecting, speaking in the voices of her characters, and the best foods to take when you’re picnicking in Denmark. Plus – Dave has a horrific half marathon tale.

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Going Undercover With Ken Croke And Dave Wedge

We chat with Ken Croke and Dave Wedge all about their riveting new book Riding With Evil: Taking Down The Notorious Pagan Motorcycle Gang. Ken talks to us about having the luck of the Irish, going undercover, how it affected his family, having to lie nonstop and remember those lies, and the fears of getting caught.  Dave joins us to talk about writing the book and the great tool it will make for law enforcement. Plus – a bewildered Sylvia garners unwanted attention by wearing a Michigan sweatshirt in New Orleans.

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Ep. 161 Writing When It Pays With Peter Swanson

We’re joined by Peter Swason for a fun chat about his new novel Nine Lives, why he refuses to write bios for his characters, recycling lyrics, why he won’t write down his ideas, the tremendous demands authors place on their readers, the secret to a good lobster roll, and his NY Times crossword strategy. Plus – Dave has the worst birthday ever, Laura gets a scare, and Andrew thinks it’s a good idea to grab real gold coins from his safe for St. Patrick’s Day. We also recommend: The White Girl by Tony BurchEntanglement Bound by Mary E. Lowd, and The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb.  Audiobook of the week is Shamed by Linda Castillo.

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Ep. 160 Why You Should Be A Food Critic With C. J. Box

We’re joined again by one of our favorite authors C. J. Box for a fun chat about his latest Joe Pickett novel Shadows Reel, his new favorite Denver Nugget player, incorporating the recent US civil unrest in his book, why he doesn’t save plot points for future books, the reason he spent some time as a food critic, and the delicacy that is the Rocky Mountain oyster.  Plus – Dave gets no respect from his Principal, Laura has a horrific incident with Nelson the dog, and Andrew invests in a creative way to deodorize his son’s bedroom. We also recommend: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain, Dead Silence by S. A. Barnes, and Shadow Sun Survival by Dave Wilmarth.  Audiobook of the Week is Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay.

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Quantum Physics & Dinosaurs With Rob Hart

On this Inside Chat episode we talk to Rob Hart all about his new novel The Paradox Hotel, making sense of time travel, how he wrote for the future, and writing with his mother in mind. Plus – we see a movie we wish we hadn’t.

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Ep. 158 Fakin’ It With Erica Katz

Today we chat with Erica Katz all about her new novel Fake, why you might not know if you’re looking at a real work of art at a museum, private jets, the wealth disparity in New York, and the book she was reading that made her stop writing because of her insane book envy. We also recommend: The End of Temperance Dare by Wendy Webb, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni, and Legacy Earth by Ross Buzzell. Audiobook of the week is The 22 murders of Madison May by Max Barry. Plus – Dave has a plumbing emergency gone awry and we recap a fine dining experience at Andrew’s. IMG_4231

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Harp Music & Hanging Wallpaper With Rebecca Ross

On this Inside Chat edition we have a fun conversation with Rebecca Ross all about her new novel A River Enchanted, listening to harp music, Scottish folklore, the Atlanta Falcons, the horrors of hanging wallpaper, and why she leaves glasses scattered around the house.

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Getting Rid Of Your Students With Marlon James

On today’s Inside Chat edition we talk to the great Marlon James about his new novel Moon Witch, Spider King, turning yourself into a character, what’s holding him back as a reader at live events, the strange camaraderie of rugby matches, how he gets rid of his writing students, and the reason he was confused when he finally watched The Empire Strikes Back.

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Ep. 157 Holing Up In Hotels With Mark Greaney

Today we chat with Mark Greaney (operating on generator power) about his new novel Sierra Six, finally seeing The Gray Man come to the big screen, working with Tom Clancy, and holing up in hotels to make deadline. We also recommend: Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer, Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay, and The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards. Audiobook of the week is Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby. Plus – Dave rails against a lack of customer service anymore, Laura blows up her father forgetting Valentine’s Day, and Andrew wins big on the Super Bowl.

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Inside Chat: Arsenic & Old Baseball With Heather O’Neill

A fun chat with Heather O’Neill about her new novel When We Lost Our Heads, Montreal Expos baseball, the sheer exhaustion of writing,  the beauty of arsenic as a poison, the dark side, and cake eating. Plus – Dave can’t keep his students away from the concession food.

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Ep. 156 Stalking Martha Stewart With Wendy Corsi Staub

We’re joined by Wendy Corsi Staub for a fun chat about her new book The Other Family, how she stalks Martha Stewart, getting her best ideas from her sons, Victorian death rituals, where you can find her rum cake recipe, and who her Amazing Race partner would be. We also recommend: A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw, The Trees by Percival Everett, and Mother of Learning by Domagoj Kurmaic. Audiobook of the week is Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Kantor. Plus – Dave’s classroom is a house of horrors, Laura readjusts vacation plans after study crime maps, and Andrew makes bank from the airlines due to an “overweight” plane.

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Ep. 155 Flash Fiction & Running Zen With Charmaine Wilkerson

We’re joined by Charmaine Wilkerson for a fun chat about her debut novel Black Cake, writing short fiction, cake (naturally), the search for plausibility, the zen of running and how it pertains to writing, and her love of crunchy foods. We also recommend: Five Decembers by James Kestrel, The Maidens by Alex Michaelides, and Prodigies by Apollos Thorne. Audiobook of the week is I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. Plus – Dave rails against school administrators, Laura finds herself aimlessly wandering and muttering to herself, and we’re both shocked by how much Andrew the tooth fairy doles out.

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Ep. 153 When Books Become Trays With Elizabeth George

Today we talk to Elizabeth George all about her new Inspector Lynley novel Something To Hide, teaching the craft of writing, what happens to her books when screenwriters get hold of them, her adoration of Idris Elba, and that time her husband used her book as a tray. We also recommend: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre, and The Eve of Snows by L. James Rice. Audiobook of the Week is Steel Fear by Brandon Webb and John David Mann. Plus – Dave is publicly shamed while skiing, Laura takes a drugged dog to the vet, and Andrew’s hawking girl scout cookies.

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Ep. 152 Buttered Popcorn & Stale Raisinets With Stephen Hunter

We’re joined once again by one of our favorite guests – Stephen Hunter. We chat all about his new book Targeted, his favorite Christmas snack, his aversion to new things, being a terrible short story writer, getting the names of his own characters wrong, and why he prefers old Raisinets. We also recommend: The Dry by Jane Harper, The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade, Date Night on Union Station by E.M. Foner. Audiobook of the Week is The Treatment by Mo Hader. Plus – we discuss our personal COVID outbreaks and supermarket strikes.

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Ep. 151 Driving and Crying

A fun show today as we recap our trip to New York, Laura is witness to a Nair emegency, and Andrew hurts his back putting together Christmas presents. Our book recommendations are: Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy, How To Find Your Way in the Dark by Derek B. Miller, and Voyagers by Ben Bova.  Audiobook of the week is Seasonal Work by Laura Lippman.

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Ep. 143 Check and Mate With Gabriella Saab

We chat with Gabriella Saab all about her debut novel The Last Checkmate, the Polish resistance, chess, traveling for writing, and the PTSD that concentration camp survivors experience. We also recommend: The Locked Door by Freida McFadden, They Never Learn by Layne Fargo,  and Backyard Starship by J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert.  Audiobook of the week is A Line To Kill  by Anthony Horowitz. Plus – Dave’s students hide his keys, Laura takes delight at grown men falling down, and Andrew can’t hit golf balls any more without needing a deep tissue massage.

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Ep. 142 Drunken Pool Diving With Josh Malerman

We chat with Josh Malerman all about his new novel Pearl, having to write with his keyboard at an angle, how he maintains tension in his books, outdoing himself, and why he drunkenly jumped in a pool with his clothes on. We also recommend: The Handyman by Bentley Little, The Quiet Ones by Brandon Massey, and Suited for Life by Daniel Schinhofen.  Audiobook of the week is The Prestige by Christopher Priest. Plus – Dave’s students create a fan Instagram page for him, Laura sprints while marching with the band, and Andrew gets an anonymous letter complaining about the plethora of animatronics in his yard.

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Ep. 138 Falling Down In Libraries With Lemony Snicket

We’re joined by the hilarious Lemony Snicket for a fun chat about his new book Poison For Breakfast, stealing ideas from kids, the reality of being on set for filming, the reason he doesn’t want to narrate his books anymore, his hatred of PB&J sammies, the real reason he took up the accordion, creating first drafts that fill him with despair, and the rude, falling down encounter he had in a public library. We also recommend: Verity by Colleen Hoover, One Got Away by S. A. Lelchuk and Lord Mouse by Mason Thomas.  Our audiobook of the week is The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor.

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Ep. 137 Writing In Coffee Shops With William Kent Krueger

We’re joined by New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger about his new novel Lightning Strike, why he burned through editors early in his career, his four paper routes growing up, the Ojibwe people, writing in coffee shops, and his memories of the time he spent in the Boy Scouts.

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Inside Chat: Knife Dreams With Ashley Winstead

Today we chat with Ashley Winstead all about her debut novel In My Dreams I Hold A Knife, how she spent years trying hard not to be a writer, writing for a sprawling cast of characters, her Type A personality, and getting booed off two separate karaoke stages. Plus – Dave & Laura witness a band camp kidnapping.

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Ep. 134 Stoop Sittin’ with Kate Reed Petty

We’re joined by Kate Reed Petty for a chat about her debut novel True Story, stoop sittin’, the off kilter structure of her book, how storytelling affects trauma, and why she’s gifting her mother a visit from a pet psychic. We also recommend Goldenrod: Poems by Maggie Smith, Palm Beach by Mary Adkins, and Phoenix Dawn by Dietmar Arthur Wehr. Audiobook of the week is Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas. Plus – Dave is a poor painter, Laura tells a story of a jagged piece of broken granite and a slashed throat, and Andrew talks toilets.

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Inside Chat: Chocolate Rewards With Vanessa Riley

Today we chat with Vanessa Riley all about her new historical fiction novel Island Queen, discovering her main character through a cartoon sketch, how her background in engineering helps her writing, and how chocolate keeps her writing. Plus – more tales from our vacation! liness

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Inside Chat: How To Find A Unicorn With Keith Rosson

Today we chat with Keith Rosson all about his new novel Road Seven, growing up with comic books and GI Joe, cryptozoology, the problem with audiophiles, unicorn poop, and why it’s important to give yourself permission to write a shitty first draft.

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Inside Chat: The Best Books of 2021 So Far With Amazon’s Sarah Gelman

Today we chat with Sarah Gelman from Amazon Books about the best books of 2021 thus far, the fights that go down amongst the editors to get their picks on the list, and the real reason she loves cookbooks. Check out the full list here – https://www.amazon.com/Best-Books-of-the-Year-So-Far/b?ie=UTF8&node=3003015011

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Conspiracy Theories and the Titanic with Author Alma Katsu

Today we are joined by our favorite author Alma Katsu!  She talks to us about her latest book The Deep, the Titanic, her badass research skills, and why she’s keeping her fingers crossed the CIA lets her spy novel through. Great conversation!

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An Inside Chat: Author Tosca Lee!

Today we are joined by author Tosca Lee!  She talks to us all about her book A Single Light, cults, seeds, how her father paid her to write her first novel, how her mom became a writer overnight, and why watching TV shows on your phone in bed can be hazardous to your health. Fun conversation!

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Ep. 61 Author Sophie Hannah and More!

Author Sophie Hannah joins us for a chat about her new book Perfect Little Children, always asking “what if”, holding grudges, and writing murder mystery musicals. We recommend: Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah, The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins, and Moon Palace by Paul Auster.  Audiobook of the week is American Predator by Maureen Callahan narrated by Amy Landon. YA Shout out is Ariel by Sylvia Plath. Dave feels awkward in a waiting room, Laura unpacks Sylvia’s lunchbox and finds a huge cheese grater, and Andrew’s kid can’t decide whether to be a DJ or a Doctor.

 

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Ep. 53 Author F. Paul Wilson and More

Author F. Paul Wilson joins us again for a wonderful discussion about his latest book The Last Christmas, selecting audiobook narrators, and getting grief from his fans for killing off characters.  We recommend: In the Distance by Hernan Diaz, A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum, and Junkyard Pirate by Jamie McFarland.  Audiobook of the week is An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten narrated by the award winning Suzanne Toren.  YA book of the week is Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry.  Also – Laura feels like a beached manatee while canyoneering, Dave has a massive technical snafu at the Winter Arts Showcase, and Andrew & his big damn desk.

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Ep. 12 Author Joshua Gaylord and More!

A fun conversation with Joshua Gaylord about his books!  We recommend:  Hummingbirds by Joshua Gaylord, The Second Ship by Phillip Richards, The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs. William “Billy” Faulkner pops in the studio. Audiobook of the week is Darktown by Thomas Mullen read by Andre Holland.

In “Library Corner” Amy recommends novels about teachers  inspired by Joshua Gaylord and his book Hummingbirds. She recommends Teacher Man by Frank McCourt, Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference by Mark Edmundson, The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe, Spare Parts by Joshua Davis.

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Ep. 10 Mountain Lions, NoCo and Soul Food

Ivan Wayne, host of the delightful podcast The More You NoCo, joins us!  We recommend:  Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day, Cast Under an Alien Sun by Olen Thorensen and Halfway to Heaven: My White-Kunckled–and Knuckleheaded–Quest for the Rocky Mountain High by Mark Obmascik.  Audiobook of the week is Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos read by the talented and buff Lance Reddick.

In “Library Corner” Amy recommends books by Denver authors in honor of Black History Month. She recommends:  Adrian Miller‘s Soul Food:  The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine One Plate at a Time and The President’s Kitchen Cabinet.  Carlotta Walls Lanier’s A Mighty Long Way.  Also the romance novelist JD Mason, author of One Day I Saw a Black King.

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Ep. 8 Author Nathan Lowell and More!

We have the award winning author Nathan Lowell on this week!  We chat with him about his books and life as a science fiction and fantasy author.  Nathan also shares a book recommendation of his own with us.  Dave talks about the impending Denver teacher strike and we all get a little fired up.  Amy, our Denver Librarian, calls in again this week!

Books recommended this week are: Even the Wingless by MCA Hogarth, When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord and American by Day by Derek B. Miller.

In “Library Corner” Amy recommends books about birdwatching based on last week’s read of William Shaw’s The Birdwatcher. She recommends:  The Big Year by Mark ObmascikSteve Burrows  “Birder Murder Mystery”, Christine Goff an author with five birder mysteries and the birder mysteries by Ann Cleves.  Also recommended is a memoir: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

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Ep. 7 The Traveler, The Teacher, His Wife and Her Librarian

This week Dave tells an eye opening story about drug use and high school students.  Andrew is stuck in a hotel room in Austin, Texas and we dive into author photos on Goodreads.  We also debut a new segment with a Denver Public Librarian!

Books recommended this week are: Bearskin  by James A. McLaughlin, Thomas by Michael G. Manning and The Birdwatcher by William Shaw.  Our Audiobook of the week is a series –  The Charles Paris books by the hilarious Simon Brett.

In “Librarian’s Corner” Amy mentions Scott Westerfeld’s fun book Afterworlds, Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday and the fantastic Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon.
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Ep. 5 The Dime, Old Man’s War, Desperation Road

Our heroes, Dave, Andrew and Laura, talk about books that they had great expectations for and that failed miserably.  At the mention of Great Expectations, Charles Dickens uses that as an excuse to call in and we also dive deep into a small town in Mississsippi because of Dave’s book, Desperation Road.

Books reviewed in this episode are:  The Dime by Kathleen Kent, Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith   Audiobook of the week is the big and bold Redemption Road by John Hart read by Scott Shepherd.

Other books mentioned this week are:  The Bird Box by Josh Malerman.  And yes, it’s better than the movie.

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