Tag Archives: Authors

Tom Papa

9781250144386Tom Papa called in for a fun chat about his new book Your Dad Stole My Rake…and Other Family Dilemmas.  We discussed why he wanted to put down his thoughts into convenient book form, writing for a specific audience, dealing with “wacky” morning radio shows, and the eternal dilemma of juggling work and family.

Chris Matthews

bobby-kennedy-9781501111860_hrMSNBC’s Chris Matthews called in to talk about his new book Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.  We discussed his personal memory of Kennedy’s assassination, how America would be different with Kennedy instead of Nixon, and why he likes to be nearly camera-ready even for radio appearances.

 

Neil Strauss

straussNew York Times bestselling author Neil Strauss joined the show to talk about the new paperback edition of “The Truth.”  After a brief yet scintillating discussion about book royalties, we chatted about relationship issues, common denominators in failed partnerships, how childhood observations stay with you forever, and why his next book might be a parenting guide.

Ted Bell

overkillTed Bell called in to talk about his newest novel, the 10th in the Lord Alexander Hawke series, “Overkill.”  We discussed his history in and love of Chicago, why it’s been three years since “Patriot,” how the film adaptation is progressing, how his books go over in Russia, and a potential Trump/Putin buddy comedy.

Christine Lahti

lahti bookEmmy, Oscar and Golden Globe Award-winning actress and director Christine Lahti called in to discuss her new book, “True Stories From an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age.”  We discussed how the book began as a series of readings and might end up as a film, what makes someone an unreliable narrator, and our attempted careers as mimes.

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

confidence codeKatty Kay and Claire Shipman are the New York Times bestselling authors of “The Confidence Code.”  Their new book is “The Confidence Code for Girls.”  We discussed the particular challenges facing girls academically, how we can empower our daughters, and why we need to show them it’s okay to fail.  My daughter will understand this quite well when she’s old enough to listen to this radio program.

Peter Swanson

beautiful liesBest-selling novelist Peter Swanson called in to talk about his latest book “All the Beautiful Lies,” which is being called “a diabolically clever tale of passion, obsession, revenge and cold-blooded murder.”  Peter and I discussed why this might not be the perfect bedtime book for me, his writing process, and how to spot an author’s influences.

Jeff Benedict

tiger woodsJeff Benedict is the co-author, along with Armen Keteyian, of the new biography “Tiger Woods.”  Jeff discussed the lengthy process of researching and writing the book, how a biographer needs to remain both immersed in and detached from his subject, and Tiger’s performance at the 2018 Masters.

Andrew Santella

SoonAndrew Santella called in to talk about his new book “Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, From Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me.”  Discussion topics included procrastination versus laziness, the creative possibilities provided by a deadline, the Beatles, and 16-inch softball.

Carl Hoffman

y648Carl Hoffman is a New York Times Bestselling Author who called in to discuss his new book “The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure.”  We talked about his travels to Borneo, the true tales that inspired the story, the 80 countries Carl has visited, and the one U.S. state he hasn’t.  The book is indeed a “ripping yarn.”