Conversations between Publishers Weekly editors and authors of new fiction and nonfiction books.
In this conversation with PW international editor Ed Nawotka, children’s author and screenwriter Maria Dadouch discusses her book “The Mystery of the Glass Ball,” the impact the Sheik Zayed Book Award has had on her career, the differing traditions between Arabic children’s literature and that of Europe and North America, her recommendations for th…
Murder at a peace conference could spark WWIII in Humphrey Hawksley's newest thriller, Ice Islands. (Sponsored.)
In 'When Hope and History Rhyme: Natural Law and Human Rights' from Ancient Greece to Modern America, history professor Douglas Burgess derives hope from the evolution of thinking about natural law and human rights. (Sponsored.)
PW LitCast speaks with Jessica Walliser, Editorial Director of Quarto's imprint, Cool Springs Press, and author of one of the press's many new gardening titles, 'Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control,' about her own book, and several others providing accessible and innovative approaches to gardening. (Sponsor…
PW LitCast speaks with author Jason Sommer about his memoir 'Shmuel's Bridge: Following the Tracks to Auschwitz with My Survivor Father,' which recounts his efforts to keep his father's memories of his traumatic experiences during the Holocaust alive. (Sponsored.)
PW LitCast speaks with author Howard Michael Gould about his latest novel, Pay or Play, in which his overly ecologically conscious sleuth helps a celebrity TV judge thwart a blackmailer. (Sponsored.)
In If God Is Love, Don't Be a Jerk: Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans, long-time pastor John Pavlovitz offers guidance on how to treat others more kindly. (Sponsored.)
In Candace Robb's latest historical mystery, The Riverwoman's Dragon, a murder inquiry takes place during a plague in 14th-century York. (Sponsored.)
PW LitCast speaks with author Jeff Lantos about his book Why Longfellow Lied: The Truth About Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, a history that separates the reality of what actually happened the night of April 18, 1775 from the mythmaking in the famous poem. (Sponsored.)
PW LitCast speaks with author David Handler about his latest twisty-but-fair whodunit featuring writer and sometimes amateur sleuth Stewart Hoag, The Man Who Wasn't All There. (Sponsored.)
PW LitCast speaks with author Catriona McPherson about her new comic mystery, Scot on the Rocks, starring marriage counselor-turned-sleuth Lexy Campbell, an expat Scot in California. (Sponsored.)
LitCast speaks with Lida Citroën about her new book, Success After Service: How to Take Control of Your Job Search and Career After Military Duty. (Sponsored.)
What does jazz look like? LitCast speaks with jazz author, presenter, critic, and jazz bassist Alyn Shipton about his new book, The Art of Jazz: A Visual History. (Sponsored.)
PW LitCast speaks with psychologist Tania Israel about her timely book, Beyond Your Bubble: How To Connect Across The Political Divide, which provides practical tips for enabling meaningful communication even between people with very different takes on political issues. (Sponsored.)
PW LitCast speaks with author Michelle Cox about her new Henriett and Inspector Howard novel set in 1930s Chicago, featuring a mystery involving a spiritualist and an insane asylum. (Sponsored.)
PW LitCast speaks with author Tim O'Mara about his new mystery, The Hook, set in Brooklyn, in which his series sleuth, Raymond Donne, a cop-turned-middle school teacher, must solve the bizarre murder—by arrow—on the roof of his school.
PW LitCast speaks with author Michael Wiley about his new series debut, Trouble in Mind, which introduces a unique PI, Sam Kelson, who's afflicted with disinhibition, and thus unable to tell lies.
Sara Berry tells PW's LitCast about the love, perseverance, and connections that saved hundreds of lives in her new book, 'Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything,' co-authored by Carlyle S. Harris.
PW LitCast speaks with 'New York Times' bestselling author Patti Callahan about her seven-part original podcast that explores the improbable and beautiful love story between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman. Stay tuned at the end of the episode for a brief except of the podcast featuring Douglas Gresham, and find more info about 'Becoming Mrs. Lewis' he…
PW LitCast speaks with author Shamini Flint about her topical thriller, the Beijing Conspiracy, which uses a fictional plot to explore the US-China Cold War.
PW LitCast speaks with Doug Wilhelm, the editor of 'China In Another Time: A Personal Story,' Claire Malcolm Lintilhac's compelling memoir of life in China during the first half of the 20th century.
Hazel Newlevant talks about their graphic memoir 'No Ivy League.'
Author and radio host Thom Hartmann talks about his latest book 'The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment.'
PW LitCast talks with author Martine Bailey about her newest historical mystery, 'The Almanack,' set in 1752 England, which integrates the role that almanacs played at the time, into a tricky whodunit plot.
Journalist Agus Morales tells PW LitCast about his book 'We Are Not Refugees' (Imagine), and his ten-year-long process of visiting many countries to hear the stories of displaced people.
PW LitCast talks with author and scientist Daniel Botkin about his novel, 'Tsavo,' which presents differing perspectives on wildlife conservation through a compelling narrative focused on the plight of the African elephant in Kenya.
PW LitCast speaks with author David Hewson about his latest crime novel, The Savage Shore, which features the return of Italian police detective Nic Costa.
PW LitCast speaks with author and scientist Marie Veronique Nadeau about her book 'The Acne Answer: A Step By Step Guide To Clear Healthy Skin, Frpm Scientific Origins To Natural, Easy, Effective Solutions,' which uses recent scientific discoveries to develop effective treatments for a variety of skin disorders.…
PW's LitCast caught up with Gwen Carr, the author of 'This Stop's Today: Eric Garner's Mother Seeks Justice After Losing her Son,' to talk about grief, her role as an activist, and the ongoing fight for equality. "I didn't know if I could make a real difference, but I did know that I could try," she writes.…
Dan Koboldt talks about gathering experts in science to offer guidance for writers of speculative fiction, an effort that began with a blog series and culminated in the book 'Putting Science In Fiction' for Writer's Digest.
Ezra Claytan Daniels tells the story of developing the award-winning science fiction graphic novel 'Upgrade Soul,' which began as an app and with self-published episodes before it was completed and acquired by Lion Forge.
Author Jeri Westerson talks about 'The Deepest Grave,' the latest installment in her Crispin Guest series of medieval detective novels, and shares a reading from the book from Mysteryrats Maze.
In his book, The Survival Hacker’s Handbook (Falcon, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield), Ted Alvarez shares helpful advice for hikers and backpackers on how to survive with just about anything.
Christopher Keyes, editor of Outside Magazine, discusses Out There: The Wildest Stories from Outside Magazine.
Author Parker J. Palmer spoke to PW's LitCast about his new book, ‘On the Brink of Everything,’ sharing an important message about aging. “Elders seem to get more fearful as they get older, or there are those who believe — with me — that old is just another word for nothing left to lose, so get out there and take some risks for the common good.” he…
The world stands on the brink of all-out war between the US and Russia in Humphrey Hawksley's thrilling Man On Ice.
This week on PW LitCast, Senior editor Calvin Reid talks with Emory University professor George Yancey, author of ‘Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly About Racism In America,’ published this month by Rowman & Littlefield. Prof. Yancey responds to the flood of vicious racist slurs generated by his 2015 NYT op-ed piece on white privilege an…
PW LitCast speaks with environmental historian Scott Einberger about his definitive look at the career of a great public servant, With Distance in His Eyes: The Environmental Life and Legacy of Stewart Udall.
PW LitCast speaks with author Carter Wilson about his new thriller, Mister Tender’s Girl, inspired by the notorious and horrific real-life Slenderman case, in which two 12-year-old girls stabbed another 12 year old to impress a fictional character.
PW LitCast speaks with UK author Jane Isaac about The Lies Within, published by Legend Press. Her third psychological thriller starring DI Will Jackman, Isaac has conjured a story in which a woman is drawn into the investigation of the murder of her own daughter, an event that has unforeseen consequences on her family and the village in which she l…
PW LitCast speaks with author Detective Lt. Joe Kenda about his new book, I Will Find You (CenterStreet). Listen in as we discuss what makes for a great homicide detective, the only three motivations for murder, how police investigations in fiction differ from those in real life, how interrogations are more art than science, why serial killers are …
PW LitCast speaks with Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer, producer and director Ann Druyan about her production of audiobooks of the nonfiction works of her husband, scientist and science educator Carl Sagan.
PW LitCast speaks with author Kate Moore about her new book, The Radium Girls (SourceBooks). Listen in as we discuss the historical research that went into writing the story, the role that the radium companies had in covering up the toxic poisoning, and how such instance of corporate malfeasance are still a massive problem.…
On this show we speak with Sarah Jensen and Maynard James Keenan coauthors of "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things," which is published by Backbeat Books.
In this two volume set, Some Fun Tonight!, Chuck Gunderson highlights the Beatles first U.S. concert tours from 1964 to 1966. Gunderson gives readers a city-by-city synopsis of the Beatles' activities as they traveled the United States and Canada for their groundbreaking series of concerts.
PW LitCast speaks with author Meg Little Reilly about her debut novel, We Are Unprepared (Harlequin MIRA). Tune in for insights into how this former Obama administration staffer envisions her novel contributing to national conversations about climate change and how she attempts to instill an appreciation for nature in her own children.…
In this LitCast, Lara Naughton discusses her recovery from abduction and assault as well as the work she does to help others with similar experiences in her memoir, "The Jaguar Man."
PW LitCast speaks with Terry Roberts about his new novel, That Bright Land,a gripping whodunit set against the background of a turbulent post-Civil War South.
PW LitCast speaks with Josi S. Kilpack, author of Forever and Forever, about how she turned the legendary seven-year courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton into a tender historical romance novel. We discuss research, making historical characters appealing to modern readers, and much more.
PW LitCast speaks with Dominic Smith about his new book, 'The Last Painting of Sara De Vos,' an intricate novel centering on an enigmatic 17th century artwork by the first woman admitted as a master painter to Holland's legendary Guild of St. Luke.