Charlie talks with middle-grade writer Alan Gratz about his historical fiction, including his latest novel, Grenade, set during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. Alan talks about helping kids understand the difficult realities of history, finding ways to help them to connect the past to their own experience, and what it's like to seek out ways to put "kid protagonists" in the middle of historic events.
Charlie chats with Greensboro novelist Lee Zacharias about her new novel Across the Great Lake, wich he calls a "lyrical novel full of indelible imagery." They discuss how the novel, set on a frozen Lake Michigan in 1932, deals with retrospective point of view, non-linear narration, magical realism, and recreating a unique moment in time and space.
At the Bookmarks Festival, Charlie chats with the Modern Mrs. Darcy herself, Anne Bogel about the reading life, its joys, and its pitfalls. Anne's new book I'd Rather Be Reading provides a jumping off point for a broad ranging discussion of new and classic literature, reading habits, book clubs, and reading culture. In adition to her blog, The Modern Mrs. Darcy, Anne is the host of the podcast What Should I Read Next?
Charlie Lovett and his nine-year-old nephew Will talk with Dav Pilkey at B.B. & T. Baseball Park in Winston-Salem just after Dave spoke to over 2500 school children. They discuss Captain Underpants, Dogman, and inspiring children to read through graphic novels as well as delving into Dav's own background and the inspiration for some of his characters.
Charlie Lovett talks with Craig Johnson about his new Longmire Mystery Depth of Winter. Charlie and Craig discuss the balancing act involved in creating a series, the developement of character over time, and why Craig chose to set this novel in the remote desert of Northern Mexico. Plus, they have a few laughs and Craig's dog even makes a guest appearance.
Charlie Lovett interviews Ginger Hendricks and Jamie Rogers Southern, both of Bookmarks, about the 14th annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors in Wnston-Salem, NC on September 6–9. We discuss authors such as Dav Pilkey, Rebecca Makkai, Rick Bragg, Beth Macy, Zinzi Clemmons, and many others.
Charlie Lovett talks with Chris Nashawaty, film critic for Entertainment Weekly, about his new non-fiction book Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story. Chris tells stories about Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Ted Knight and gives us a glimpse behind the scenes at the making of a classic comedy movie and the book that explores its genesis.
Charlie Lovett talks with author Rebecca Makkai about her new novel The Great Believers. Partly set at the height of the AIDS crisis in Chicago in the 1980s, Rebecca's new novel is beautifully written and has earned critical praise from the New York Times Book Review, NPR, and more. She and Charlie discuss their personal experience with the AIDS crisis, researching marginalized communities, and how art, Paris, and thirty years of history combine to make one great read.
Charlie Lovett talks with debut novelist Amy Meyerson about her newly published novel The Bookshop of Yesterdays. Partly set in a bookstore in Los Angeles, the book is a natural for Charlie, whose own books feature bookstores, libraries, and book collectors. Amy's heroine inherits the bookshop of the title from her uncle, and he leaves her one last treasure hunt which will help who discover who she is as family secrets bubble up from the past.
Charlie Lovett talks with fellow North Carolina writer Elaine Neill Orr about her new novel Swimming Between Worlds, set in Charlie's home town of Winston-Salem, NC. Our discussion covers local history, race relations (the book is set in the early 1960s), and Elaine's own experience growing up in two worlds—in Nigeria with her missionary parents, and in the American South, when the family came back every three years.