Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

Author Jon Katz

Nov 10, 2013
Bedlam Farm

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ray Davies of The Kinks has had a complex relationship with America over the years. He’s toured here, was banned from here, and suffered a near-fatal gunshot wound in New Orleans. It was while recuperating from that injury that he began writing Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story, which has just been released. Jim Nolan spoke with Ray Davies by phone about his life, his music and his divided loyalties between Great Britain and America.

Children's book author Anna Dewdney

Nov 8, 2013

Acclaimed children’s book author Anna Dewdney was in town recently and stopped by our studios to talk with Barbara Gray about her series of “Llama Llama” books, including her newest one, Llama Llama and the Bully Goat.

Mark McLane: The Impersonators

Nov 6, 2013
amazon.com

Mark McLane is a high school English teacher in Brookville, Indiana, who has published his first novel, The Impersonators.

According to his press release, The Impersonators follows an eclectic collection of 7 dream-driven residents of the Villa Verdugo Apartments in North Hollywood who arrive from various points across the heartland of America to escape their families or their past, to reinvent themselves, or to live a life in the full California sunshine that they could only live In the shadows back home.”

Lisa K. Waters: Quest for Love

Nov 4, 2013

Barbara Gray speaks with Lisa K. Waters, a local author, about three of her books: 

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

Nov 3, 2013
edwardhumes.com

  

Cincinnati Zoo

 

Director Thane Maynard talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Edward Humes about his latest book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, a look at our trashy ways, and those who are fighting to change them.

Thank You for Your Service

Oct 27, 2013
macmillan.com

Bestselling author Sandra Brown

Oct 25, 2013

Author Sandra Brown has written 60 New York Times bestsellers and has almost 80 million books in print. She’s on the phone with our Barbara Gray to talk about her newest thriller, Deadline.

New biography of Shaker leader Issachar Bates

Oct 25, 2013

Northern Kentucky University Associate Professor Carol Medlicott is a scholar of the Shakers and has written Issachar Bates: A Shaker's Journey, a biography of an early Shaker leader who led the group’s expansion west of the Appalachians. She joins Mark Heyne to discuss Bates’ life and how he established the seven Shaker centers in this region.

Die Empty, by Todd Henry

Oct 20, 2013
josephbeth.com

The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

Oct 20, 2013

During her recent time in Cincinnati for the Books by the Banks festival, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer S. Holland stopped by our studio to talk with Barbara Gray about her newest inspiring book, Unlikely Loves: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom.

John Sandford, author of the bestselling series of “Prey” suspense novels featuring Lucas Davenport, has just released the seventh book in his Virgil Flowers series. Storm Front is available now and the author is on the phone to talk about it with Lee Hay.

Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Oct 13, 2013
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A new novel from Cincinnati author N.K. Smith

Oct 12, 2013

Cincinnati author N.K. Smith’s newest novel, Hollywood Lies, is an unusual look at the rich and famous and the plights and perils that comes with celebrity. She’s with Barbara Gray to talk about the plot of her new book and how a Midwestern mother of two gets into the lives of these West Coast favorites of the paparazzi.

Debbie Macomber is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of Cedar Cove novels, and her newest one, The Inn at Rose Harbor, is now out. The author joins Kelly Blewett on the phone to talk about the popularity of this series as well as the Hallmark Channel series based on her books.

Books by the Banks

Oct 6, 2013
Designed by Jeffrey Ebbeler, Mount Washington

Books by the Banks, this Saturday at the Duke Energy Center, brings literature to life for all ages. Free and open to the public, you can meet local and nationally-known authors and illustrators, and purchase autographed copies of their work. Kate Lawrence, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Adult Services, Programming and Exhibits manager, and Michael Link, Author/Publisher coordinator for Joseph-Beth Booksellers, give us a preview.

Cain's Blood by Geoffrey Girard

Oct 6, 2013
Simon and Schuster

Clones of infamous serial killers escape from a secret government facility, and now it’s up to a former Army Ranger to stop them - with the help of a teenage killer clone. Local Author Geoffrey Girard ‘s CAIN'S BLOOD is a terrifying novel about the evil in each of us. Geoffrey, one of the authors featured at this Saturday’s Books by the Banks, discusses his novel with Mark Perzel.

Everyone has heard the stories of how Bobby Mackey’s nightclub in Northern Kentucky is haunted. Now, local author Dan Smith has written the definitive book on these tales, Ghosts of Bobby Mackey's Music World, and he joins Lee Hay to talk about the history of the location, the violence that happened there, and his own personal paranormal experiences.

Nick Nichols, Among Africa's Elephants

Sep 29, 2013
Nick Nichols

Author Francesco Marciuliano

Sep 29, 2013
Francesco Marciuliano

Local author and winner of an Independent Publishers’ Book Award, Jacki Lyon, is in our studio with Barbara Gray to talk about her newest novel, Salty Miss Tenderloin, which takes place, in large part, here in Cincinnati.

Michael Bush was a longtime friend, and fashion designer for, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He was in Cincinnati recently promoting his new photo-filled book, King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson, and the Ohio native stopped by our studio for a talk with Robyn Carey-Allgeyer.

Book review: "Archangel"

Sep 20, 2013

Our Kelly Blewett has a review of the new novel Archangel from National Book Award winner Andrea Barrett.

In October 2011, Kyle Rouse and three friends set off on a Mark Twain-esque adventure: a pontoon boat ride from Cincinnati to New Orleans via the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. He’s published a book about this journey, Cincinnati to New Orleans, and he’s with Lee Hay to discuss the inspiration for the trip and his use of a good old-fashioned film camera to capture the images in the book.

Books by the Banks 2013

Sep 16, 2013
booksbythebanks.org

It is time for the Seventh Annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati USA Book Festival on Saturday, October 12.

This free, family-friendly event features over 100 national and regional authors, panel discussions, book readings and a fun kid’s zone.

Here are some interviews with authors appearing at this year's Books by the Banks:

Curtis Sittenfeld is a Cincinnati native whose novels have topped the bestseller charts, and even after taking a 5 year break to start a family, she’s back on top with Sisterland. Curtis was in town recently and she came by our studios to talk about this book and her career so far with our Barbara Gray.

Book review: "Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog"

Sep 13, 2013

Kelly Blewitt reviews the new book from Delia Ephron, Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog, a collection of personal and poignant stories and essays, anchored by a remembrance of losing her older sister, writer Nora Ephron.

Newest novel from bestselling author Charles Martin

Sep 13, 2013

Charles Martin, bestselling author of Where the River Ends, has released his newest novel, Unwritten, about our culture’s obsession with celebrity, and the power we have to choose a happier life. Our Barbara Gray had the chance to sit down and interview the author during a recent visit to Cincinnati.

Old Man River, a Look at the Mississippi

Sep 2, 2013
Paul Scheider

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