Inside Chat: Reading The Cards With Ruth Hogan

Today we’re joined by bestselling author Ruth Hogan for a fun conversation about her novel The Moon, The Stars, and Madame Burova, how reading Tarot cards turned into more than just research for her, why it’s important to hook the reader early on, and how she uses dogs in her books to inform the characters.

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Inside Chat: The Trouble With Sawzalls With Robert Dugoni

Today we’re joined by bestselling author Robert Dugoni for a chat about his new novel The World Played Chess, his theater background, performing his own audiobook, Vietnam, the dangers of the Sawzall, and being a big baseball fan.

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Ep. 139 Writing Ain’t Romantic With Kimberly McCreight

We’re joined by Kimberly McCreight for a chat about her new novel Friends Like These, how her psychology degree comes in handy, the unromantic grind of writing, listening to a single song on repeat, and what happens to her pulse rate while writing. We also recommend A Novel Way To Die by Tamra Baumann, The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams, and Foresight by M. R. Forbes. Audiobook of the week is Vortex by Catherine Coulter. Plus – Dave is locked out of his school while on a run, Laura makes a box of Little Debbie Swiss Rolls disappear, and Andrew takes umbrage with 5 Guys.

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Inside Chat: Hushing Librarians With Freya Sampson

Big show with two big guests! First, author Freya Sampson joins us for a conversation about her novel The Last Chance Library, the strange things you find in library books, crappy first drafts, and the song she wanted to walk down the aisle to but was talked out of. Then, Denver public librarian Amy Delpo hops on for a fun chat about the power of libraries. Plus – Dave can’t believe what his students are saying.

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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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Inside Chat: The Future’s Not So Futuristic With Matthew Fitzsimmons

Today we chat with Matthew Fitzsimmons about his new novel Constance, putting a spin on familiar tropes, middle of the night revelations, the closeness of cloning, the fun way he approaches research, whether or not he would clone himself, binging the Coen Brothers, and why the answer is always bacon.

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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: Writing and Crying With Emily Spurr

Today we chat with Emily Spurr about her novel A Million Things, her struggles with mental health, finding the small things that bring joy, and how running can be both a boon and a hindrance to one’s writing. Plus – Dave starts at a new school and finds it incredibly hectic.

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Ep. 135 The Glamorous Art of Cigarette Smoking With Megan Abbott

We’re joined by Megan Abbott for a fun conversation about her new novel The Turnout, why she bought a pair of used ballet shoes from eBay, glamorous cigarette smoking, the exhaustive nature of showrunning, what it was like writing for The Deuce, and her multifaceted superstitions that affect the way she writes. We also recommend New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan, A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams, and Lost Contact by Nathan Hystad. The audiobook of the week is The Houseguest by Emilie Richards. Plus – Dave breaks down what it’s like to climb a 14er, Laura opens up the crawl space, and Andrew’s cats get locked in the bathroom and exact their revenge.

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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: Hell Of A Chat With Jason Mott

Today we chat with Jason Mott sans sport coat about his new book Hell of a Book, the genius of Nicolas Cage, why he felt obligated to write this book, the insane fan at a book signing who fixated on his teeth, the story behind the title, and the surprising background noise he puts on while writing.

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Inside Chat: Into The Alaskan Triangle With Connor Sullivan

Today we chat with Connor Sullivan all about his new book Sleeping Bear, the mysterious Alaskan Triangle, Russian sharaskas, why he didn’t get any help from his father the novelist, and how his competitive skiing career helped him with his writing. Plus – small town parade tomfoolery in Forks, WA.

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Inside Chat: Eavesdropping and Snooping With David Bell

Today we chat with David Bell all about his new thriller Kill All Your Darlings, the power imbalance between students and professors, why it’s just easier for him to over expound, the trouble with book readings, when it’s okay to eavesdrop, and the problem with students who compliment his writing. Plus – We discover why people lick banana slugs in Forks, WA. liness

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Inside Chat: Uncovering Secret Love Affairs With Stephanie Dray

Today we chat with Stephanie Dray all about her new book The Women of Chateau Lafayette, the trouble with writing three separate timelines, America’s favorite fighting Frenchman the Marquis de Lafayette, discovering an old secret love affair while doing research and having to break it to the family, and much more! Plus – Dave hits the road with the cat.

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Inside Chat: How To Write Two Books At Once With Christine Feehan

Today we chat with Christine Feehan all about her new book Murder At Sunrise Lake, trash talking her grandson, wearing a red Power Ranger onesie, writing two books at the same time, how she would force her siblings to tell her her stories were good growing up, teaching martial arts, and how she spent her first book signing in the bathroom throwing up.

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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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Inside Chat: Con Games and Femme Fatales with Halley Sutton

We have a fun chat with Halley Sutton about her riveting new thriller The Lady Upstairs, her love of noir, running cons, her obsession with Body Heat, what her tells are, her involvement in Pitch Wars, and how she would write letters to the characters in the books she was reading growing up.

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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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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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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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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. 14 Author Kathleen Kent and More!

An excellent conversation with author Kathleen Kent about her Edgar nominated book, The Dime!  We also recommend:  The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent, The Bonesetter by Laurence Dahners. and All the Rage by F. Paul Wilson.  Audiobook of the week is Out by Natsuo Karino read by the beautiful Emily Woo Zeller.

In “Library Corner” Amy, inspired by Alma Katsu’s The Hunger, recommends a non-fiction book about the Donner Party and a few novels about the American West .  She recommends: The Best Land Under Heaven by Michael Wallis, True Grit by Charles Portis, Doc by Mary Doria Russell, Canada by Richard Ford.  We also talk a little bit about “Weird Westerns.”

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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. 3 Quicker, Last Night Lobster, Mink River

In episode 3 (our best episode to date!), our heroes, Dave, Andrew and Laura, discuss why Andrew can’t have fruit delivered to his office, why one of Dave’s students got up in the middle of class and walked out and they had spirited discussions about, well, pretty much everything including their book recommendations.

Books reviewed in this episode are: Quicker by Laurence Dahners,  Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan, Mink River by Brian Doyle.   Audiobook of the week is Ken Bruen’s The Guards read by Gerry O’Brien.  Our Christmas book selection is Nos4a2 by the crazy talented Joe Hill.

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