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WordSmitten produces the About the Books broadcast on Sunday afternoons at 5 PM. Our interviews for 2014 include Johnny Temple, book publisher (Akashic Books), and chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council. Recent segments include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King (Devil in the Grove), literary legend Tom Robbins, Guy Kawasaki (Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur (APE): How to Publish a Book") and Sara Nelson, returning guest to talk about her legendary career as editor-in-chief of Publish ...
 
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WordSmitten :: About the Books Kate Sullivan interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, debut novelists, publishers, and editors. In this segment, Kate interviews Manhattan literary agent Harvey Klinger who talks about his relationships with acquisition editors, clients, and his former boss. He began his publishing career at Doubleday. Instead, ...…
 
Tom Robbins, author of nine novels including "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and "Jitterbug Perfume" appears on the About the Books broadcast to discuss his newest book, "Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life." Robbins, who taught a master class in creative writing at the WordSmitten Writing Conference, talks with Kate Sullivan ...…
 
In today's segment of About the Books, Kate Sullivan interviews author Tarashea Nesbit. Her new book, "The Wives of Los Alamos," is a debut novel that explores the hidden side of scientific and collateral damage that happened when the United States joined the nuclear arms race for dominance. The atomic age created disasters throughout the world ...…
 
On March 16, 2014, Kate Sullivan interviews Johnny Temple, publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books. He is also the chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, which works with Brooklyn's borough president to plan the annual Brooklyn Book Festival in September. This award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company publishes urban literary fic ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews author Deborah Johnson for a discussion about her book, The Secret of Magic. Launched this month by Amy Einhorn Books (Putnam/Penguin USA), Johnson's recent novel explores the era when Thurgood Marshall was "the lawyer" who created a platform of reason, courtesy, and the law to disrupt intolerance. Recent guests on the ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews author and creative writing instructor Dani Shapiro on this segment of About the Books. Her most recent book, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, has been called "instructive and inspiring" by Vanity Fair. Shapiro's stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, ...…
 
Tune in Sunday afternoons for the WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast. Recent guests include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Gilbert King (Devil in the Grove), Paul Harding (Tinkers), Jane Smiley (A Thousand Acres), Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge), and Edward P. Jones (The Known World). Celebrated authors appearing include Tom Robbins (E ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews Greg Freeman, author of "The Gathering Wind: Hurricane Sandy, the Sailing Ship Bounty, and a Courageous Rescue at Sea" (Penguin/New American Library 2013). Also, Freeman authored "Sailors to the End." Tune in to the fun. Listen each Sunday afternoon for the WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast. Recent guests on the W ...…
 
Host Kate Sullivan interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King, featured at the Times Festival of Reading. The annual event is held on the University of South Florida campus on the waterfront at St. Petersburg and the broadcast is live. This year's event (Justice, by the Book) includes Marcia Clark, Edwidge Danticat, Angela Hunt, Ridl ...…
 
Welcome to WordSmitten, and to our About the Books broadcast. This special segment welcomes Karen Long who spearheads a notable event, and the winners, of the 78th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. This year's award-winning authors are: • Laird Hunt, KIND ONE, Fiction • Kevin Powers, THE YELLOW BIRDS, Fiction • Eugene Gloria, MY FAVORITE WARLO ...…
 
Allison Amend, author of A Nearly Perfect Copy, talks with Kate Sullivan about her novel, released this month from from the Nan A. Talese imprint/Random House. The novel, set in Manhattan, includes the topics of million-dollar-art forgeries, international theft, and the enduring and often artificial values placed on fine art. Allison Amend grad ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews Gilbert King who discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning book. He is the author of Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 2013. King is originally from Schenectady, New York. He has written about Supreme Court ...…
 
Smuggling orchids, selling orchids for more than $10,000 (each) for rare plants, and government agents who track illegal import/export activities. It's all part of Craig Pittman's book, The Scent of Scandal. Pittman, a 20-year veteran newspaper reporter and author, uncovered the sordid and soiled (okay, we couldn't resist it) details of the wor ...…
 
Welcome to today's broadcast. In this segment of About the Books the former editor-in-chief of PW--Sara Nelson--returns as a guest on the show. After her tenure at PW, she was the book editor at the Hearst-run O, The Oprah Magazine. In June 2012, she was appointed to a position with a very recognizable Seattle company. Based out of New York, no ...…
 
With his legendary run as one of the early Apple Computer compadres (they called them evangelists), Guy Kawasaki earned a place in our super-chippy motherboard history. (Disclaimer: Kate owned an Apple II, a II+, avoided the Lisa, and will not let go--ever--of her pale, glossy, enduring MAC.) Now, Guy Kawasaki is turning his talent to helping w ...…
 
Tune in to the fun. Listen Sunday afternoons for the WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast. Tom Robbins, the legendary author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Jitterbug Perfume, and B is for Beer talks with Kate Sullivan on November 25 to discuss his lifetime achievement award and his outrageous and irreverent book for parents and children, B ...…
 
In today's segment of the WordSmitten About the Books broadcast, Kate Sullivan interviews the CEO of Byliner, John Tayman. According to Fast Company, this hot new online firm is "One of the Ten Most Innovative Media Companies in the World." In a statement from the Byliner site, they describe themselves as publishers of short fiction and nonfict ...…
 
Welcome to WordSmitten, glad you’e joining us for this edition of About the Books. Our guest today is Leslie Mandel-Herzog, founder and owner of the RichList company and wife of the legendary author and journalist Arthur Herzog. The topic is ebook publishing. We are talking about process: Converting a bestselling author’s hardcover and paperbac ...…
 
Tune in to the fun on Sunday afternoons for the WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast. Kate Sullivan interviews Harold Augenbraum who discusses this year's finalists for the National Book Awards. The National Book Foundation's finalists for this year, for fiction, are below. For a complete list, visit our site. www.About-the-Books.com Junot D ...…
 
Tune in to the fun. Listen Sunday afternoons to the WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast.From the shadow of Greek mythology bursts a profoundly enlightening debut novel by Madeline Miller, who touches on the topics of love between men, of courage from the quietly tempered, and of the burdens of legacy. In her debut novel, Madeline Miller tak ...…
 
On September 23, Kate Sullivan interviews debut author Wendy Welch who discusses her memoir, The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap. Welch discusses her hard-to-find bookshop, recruiting a shop-sitter (they found one as a result of coverage by Huffington Post, NPR, and the LA Times), being an educator at UVA, and what it takes for a used booksho ...…
 
Tune in to the fun. Listen each Sunday afternoon for the WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast. In today's segment, Kate Sullivan interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Harding, author of Tinkers. Harding teaches creative writing at Harvard, received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews author Rosanne Bane [https://www.rosannebane.com] who discusses her debut book, "Around the Writer's Block."Bane, an instructor with the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis [https://www.loft.org/], provides techniques for understanding the "writing habit" and ways to train the brain to write often and well.Tune in to th ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews Ned Stuckey-French, author of The American Essay in the American Century (University of Missouri Press, 2011). He discusses his recently released book and the shocking news that the University of Missouri Press is closing, after more than five decades, publishing more than 30 books each year. HIs newest book, published ...…
 
Tune in to the fun. Listen each Sunday afternoon for the WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast. Kate Sullivan interviews author and Emory University professor Joseph Skibell. He discusses his book, A Curable Romantic. Set in 1800s Vienna, this novel transports the reader to an era in which men might marry at age 12 in an arranged marriage. Th ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews Bob Tarte (Kitty Cornered - Algonquin) to discuss his newest release titled "Kitty Cornered." Author and journalist Bob Tarte has written for The New York Times and The Boston Globe. Among his books (Enslaved by Ducks and Fowl Weather) are stories about how humans become early adopters of technologically illiterate pets ...…
 
Welcome to WordSmitten and this edition of About the Books. Colleen Barrett, recognized by Fortune Magazine for their America’s Most Powerful Business Women award in 2001, and by Travel Agent Magazine for their Most Powerful Women in Travel award (several years running), appears on About the Books this week. Barrett will discuss her life as a l ...…
 
Author Jon Winokur talks with Kate Sullivan about writing tips from his extensive background as an author and collaborator. Winokur is the author of two dozen nonfiction books, including THE PORTABLE CURMUDGEON, ZEN TO GO, ADVICE TO WRITERS, THE BIG BOOK OF IRONY, and, most recently, the New York Times National Bestseller, THE GARNER FILES: A M ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews Dr. Amy Robinson of USF St. Petersburg, who discusses general topics including the path for MFA students and a favorite author, Anthony Trollope. Trollope's novel, The Warden (first published in 1855) resonates in today's world with themes of power, greed, and redemption. Robinson will discuss Jane Austin's often overlo ...…
 
In this segment of About the Books, we are talking about The Garner Files. Written by James Garner and Jon Winokur with an introduction by Julie Andrews, the recently released memoir is a chronicle of one of the wittiest sharp shooters that Hollywood's West ever knew. Co-author Jon Winokur joins Kate Sullivan to talk about the process of writin ...…
 
This segment of About the Books features Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, essayist, and author Tony Horwitz. His newest book, "Midnight Rising," reveals long-hidden details about the notorious firebrand John Brown (yes, as in the tune "John Brown's Body"). A bestselling author of "Confederates in the Attic" and a contributor to The Wall Street ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews Christopher Sten, a Washington, D.C. literary pundant and professor of English at George Washington University. In his new collection (Literary Capital: A Washington Reader/The University of Georgia Press 2011), he skillfully blends the contemporary with the classic in this collection of short stories, essays, and excer ...…
 
Welcome to WordSmitten In this segment of About the Books, we are delighted to have Peter Balis of John Wiley & Sons Publishing join us to talk about the trends in e-books, e-pubs, and the emerging trends in digital publishing. Peter is the co-chair of the Digital Issues Working Group at the American Association of Publishers (AAP) and teaches ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews Geraldine Brooks, winner of a Pulitzer Prize award for fiction. Brooks, a native-born Australian, won the Pulitzer for her novel, MARCH, which won widespread acclaim. In this segment of About the Books, Kate talks with Geraldine Brooks about her novel, CALEB'S CROSSING, released this month from The Viking Press, an impr ...…
 
Kate Sullivan, host of About the Books, interviews author Wade Graham who joins this segment to talk about his epic work, American Eden. From Thomas Jefferson's gardens at Monticello to the New York Hamptons, he maintains that lavish gardens are the scrim and stage of our lives. Readers travel with Graham from Boston to California, from Wintert ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews author Leslie Daniels to talk about her debut novel, Cleaning Nabokov's House. Released this month, this novel begins with a floating blue pot, turns left into bawdy business ventures with college gentlemen and hometown ladies of the afternoon and evening, and pulls a full stop at the wall of self-realization most divor ...…
 
We are glad to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley back to the broadcast. In her first appearance on the show in September 2009 we discussed her admiration and love of horses, the animals of kings. In this broadcast, we'll explore her decades of writing, her new book "Private Life," and her gift for revealing character and setting ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews Les Standiford, educator and author. His new book titled Bringing Adam Home launches next month and adds another notch to his bestselling guns of true crime, mystery novels, and historical explorations. In today's segment of "About the Books" we talk about the legal system and ask author Les Standiford (Bringing Adam Ho ...…
 
::::::::::::::::::::: Kate Sullivan interviews author Charles Baxter who discusses his newest collection of short stories. In "Gryphon," Baxter reveals characters built by tragedy, searching for joy, and yet finding their lives and emotions reduced to tiny masquerading bits of incidental hope. Crisp, elegant writing. Scathing wit. Lives portray ...…
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout talks with Kate Sullivan about her fiction, her writing career, her characters who live in small-town Maine. She discusses winning the Pulitzer for "Olive Kittredge" (Random House) and being part of the faculty at a university in North Carolina. Tune in to the fun. Listen Sunday afternoons at 4 PM ...…
 
In her debut novel (The Perfect Reader/Pantheon), Maggie Pouncey creates dense, witty language to reveal a character who discovers her father's life is multi-pronged. Like a fork with a twisted tine, this story sticks to a readers mind. We are looking forward to having Maggie Pouncey on "About the Books" and invite you to take a short romp thro ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews author Andrew Trees who discusses his novel, "Club Rules." This is the second appearance as a guest on About the Books, and we are delighted to have him return. In his previous guest appearance, Andy Trees talked about the rules of love and the science of attraction in "Decoding Love." WordSmitten. Tune in to the fun. L ...…
 
Oprah Winfrey selected author Connie May Fowler's book, "Before Women Had Wings," for her book club and in this segment of the WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast, Kate Sullivan talks with the author about her newly launched novel, "How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly." Connie May Fowler is touring from April through May on a national tour, ...…
 
On Valentines' Day, get ready for some sweet serial killers to offset the hearts n' flowers overkill. Kate Sullivan interviews Tim Dorsey, bestselling author of The Big Bamboo, Cadillac Beach, and now in hardcover, his newest from the HarperCollins William Morrow imprint, Gator a-Go-Go. A wild and crazy romp following the Spring Break Brigade a ...…
 
Tune in to the fun. Listen Sunday afternoons at 4 PM for the WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast. Kate Sullivan interviews British author Sadie Jones who talks about her newly launched novel, "Small Wars" to be released in the USA this month. The Outcast, published in 2008, her first novel, won the Costa First Novel Award and was a finalist ...…
 
Tune in to the fun. Listen Sunday afternoons at 4 PM for the WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast. Kate Sullivan interviews Andrew Porter to discuss his short story collection, The Theory of Light and Matter, which won the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, was published in hardcover in Fall 2008, and will be republished in pape ...…
 
Tune in to the fun. Sunday afternoons at 4 PM for the WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast. WordSmitten's host, Kate Sullivan, interviews Carl Hiaasen, author of nine books, including Skin Tight, Native Tongue, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Basket Case, Skinny Dip, The Downhill Lie and Nature Girl. Hiaasen detoured his ...…
 
Kate Sullivan interviews author and educator Jennifer Baszile who discusses her outstanding new memoir, The Black Girl Next Door (Simon and Schuster/Touchstone January 2010) and growing up in Southern California. Jennifer Baszile received her B.A. from Columbia and her Ph.D. in American history from Princeton. The first black female professor t ...…
 
This holiday show brings together the brightest authors of nonfiction to discuss the craft of writing. This is a repeat of a recent show. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Mr. Gay Talese, joins Kate again, along with the beloved late author Sherry Ellis (NOW WRITE! NONFICTION: Memoir, Journalism, and Creative Nonfiction Exercises fr ...…
 
Author, Lauren Grodstein. Pick up a copy of the new novel, "A Friend of the Family," released this month and available at your local bookstore. WordSmitten's host, Kate Sullivan, interviews author Lauren Grodstein on Sunday afternoon. A creative writing instructor, she teaches at Rutgers-Camden, where she helps administer the college's MFA prog ...…
 
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