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  • 00:34

    WordSmitten :: About the Books :: The Secret of Magic

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    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 WordSmitten About the Books broadcast include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors 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 (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and B is for Beer), Orange Prize-winner Madeline Miller, and the late actor Tony Curtis (American Prince). 


    WordSmitten's host, Kate Sullivan, interviews notable authors, editors, literary agents, and publishing executives.


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  • 00:37

    WordSmitten :: Paris I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

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    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 (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and B is for Beer) and Orange Prize-winner Madeline Miller. Rosecrans Baldwin’s most recent book is "Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down" (GQ’s Best Books of 2012). His debut novel "You Lost Me There" was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2010, TIME and Entertainment Weekly’s Best Books of Summer 2010, and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Rosecrans writes for a variety of magazines and reviews books for NPR’s All Things Considered. His Kindle article, "Our French Connection," was selected as a notable essay for Best American Essays 2013. He has taught creative writing at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, and Miami Dade College’s Miami Writers Institute, where he was an author-in-residence in 2013. He is a founding editor of the online magazine The Morning News."   Visit our company's distinctive sites: www.About-the-Books.com www.WordSmittenMedia.com www.WordSmitten.com Offices in St. Petersburg, Florida :: 800-727-6214   Also, visit us on LinkedIn, Plaxo, RedRoom.com, Facebook, Twitter, and all our other social media sites. For a list of our monthly writing workshops, visit www.Meetup.com/WordSmitten.   (c) 2013. WordSmitten Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

  • 00:33

    WordSmitten :: About the Books :: The Bounty Sinks in Sandy

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    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 WordSmitten About the Books broadcast include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors 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 (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and B is for Beer), Orange Prize-winner Madeline Miller, and the late actor Tony Curtis (American Prince).    Debut novelists Leslie Daniels (Cleaning Nabokov's House), Maggie Pouncey (Perfect Reader), Andrew Trees (Club Rules), Nancy Horan (Loving Frank), and National Book Award honorees appear to discuss the launch of their new novels and short story collections.   WordSmitten's host, Kate Sullivan, interviews notable authors, editors, literary agents, and publishing executives.   Visit our company's distinctive sites: www.About-the-Books.com www.WordSmittenMedia.com www.WordSmitten.com Offices in St. Petersburg, Florida :: 800-727-6214 Visit us on LinkedIn, Plaxo, RedRoom.com, Facebook, Twitter, and all our other social media sites, including Google Plus One. For a list of our monthly writing workshops, visit www.Meetup.com/WordSmitten. (c) Copyright WordSmitten Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

  • 00:31

    WordSmitten :: About the Books :: Art Forgery in NYC

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    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 graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in NYC. She teaches creative writing at Lehman College.   Tune in to the fun. Sunday afternoons. The WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast.   Recent guests on the WordSmitten About the Books broadcast include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors 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 (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and B is for Beer), Orange Prize-winner Madeline Miller, and the late actor Tony Curtis (American Prince).    Visit our company's distinctive sites: www.About-the-Books.com www.WordSmittenMedia.com www.WordSmitten.com Offices in St. Petersburg, Florida :: 800-727-6214   Also, visit us on LinkedIn, Plaxo, RedRoom.com, Facebook, Twitter, and all our other social media sites, including Google Plus One. For a list of our monthly writing workshops, visit www.Meetup.com/WordSmitten.   (c) Copyright WordSmitten Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

  • 00:33

    WordSmitten :: About the Books :: Devil in the Grove

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    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 history and the death penalty for the New York Times and the Washington Post, and he is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine’s history blog, Past Imperfect.    Recent guests on the WordSmitten About the Books broadcast include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors 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 (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and B is for Beer), Orange Prize-winner Madeline Miller, and the late actor Tony Curtis (American Prince).    Visit our company's distinctive sites: www.About-the-Books.com www.WordSmittenMedia.com www.WordSmitten.com Offices in St. Petersburg, Florida :: 800-727-6214   Also, visit us on LinkedIn, Plaxo, RedRoom.com, Facebook, Twitter, and all our other social media sites, including Google Plus One. For a list of our monthly writing workshops, visit www.Meetup.com/WordSmitten.   (c) Copyright WordSmitten Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

  • 00:33

    WordSmitten :: About the Books :: Legendary Tom Robbins

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    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 is for Beer.   For this segment, we'll be discussing his town of Seattle (Tom Robbins lives somewhere in a wild jungle, a suburb of the Emerald City), his recent book for children and parents [B is for Beer], and his love of the Gulf Coast of Florida. In a rare event, he appeared in February  2013 at the WordSmitten Writing Conference. Details on the conference are at www.About-the-Books.com or email Contact [@ ] WordSmittenMedia dot com.    Robbins discusses his legendary and irreverent novels, his fondness for thumbs and other body parts, and why children need to know about beer.    Pull up your chair, and your adult beverage, and join us for this exclusive interview with a man who invented irreverent and maverick writing. In his own words, he describes himself as a "menace to society." Keep your bungee cords handy. This is going to be a wild ride.    About the Books is produced by WordSmitten Media, Inc.   WordSmittenMedia.com About-the-Books.com © WordSmittenMedia.com. All rights reserved.  Also, visit us on LinkedIn, Plaxo, RedRoom.com, Facebook, Twitter, and all our other social media sites, including Google Plus One.

  • 00:32

    WordSmitten :: About the Books :: The Hot Byliner Story

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    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 nonfiction books.   "What's Byliner's story? We're the leading publisher in the fastest-growing segment of digital books, commonly—if inelegantly—known as eSingles."   According to Byliner, they "commission and publish original stories from some of the world's best fiction and nonfiction writers.    "These stories, written to be read in a single sitting, range between 5,000 and 30,000 words, and can be purchased at online booksellers for your Kindle, iPad/iPhone, NOOK, or Android device. Since our launch in June 2011 we've had 26 bestselling Byliner Originals, including works by Jon Krakauer, Nick Hornby, Margaret Atwood, Amy Tan, Ann Patchett, Buzz Bissinger, and others."   Tune in to the fun. Sunday afternoons. The WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast.   Visit our company's distinctive sites: www.About-the-Books.com www.WordSmittenMedia.com www.WordSmitten.com   Also, visit us on LinkedIn, Plaxo, RedRoom.com, Facebook, Twitter, and all our other social media sites, including Google Plus One.  

  • 00:37

    WordSmitten :: About the Books :: Are eBooks Scary?

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    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 paperback books and navigating the choppy waters of distribution through Amazon, Booktango, Kindle, Kobo, and Nook. 
    For years, Leslie and Arthur have been friends of our WordSmitten programs and before he passed away in May of 2010, Arthur wrote a feature article, adapted from his book on writing, for our main site {WordSmitten.com].The article, on the topic of Point of View (POV), receives thousands of unique views to this day because the topic of POV is so important for new writers to understand.
    We invited Leslie Mandel Herzog to discuss the distribution channels available to writers who take their work to the world of electronic publishing. Leslie, who runs her company, RichList, from New York, talks with us from her home in the Hamptons. We discuss her husband’s legacy, his estate, and the challenges for someone responsible for the enduring legacy of a bestselling author. Today’s questions cover the legal issues of legacies, the process of producing ebooks, and the variety of distribution methods, platforms, and devices. 
    Recent guests include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Jane Smiley, Elizabeth Strout, and Edward P. Jones.

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  • 00:32

    WordSmitten :: The Song of Achilles :: Madeline Miller

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    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 takes on the arcane, the myth, and the wit of ancient Greek myths. In this segment, Kate Sullivan interviews Miller who credits her students with fleshing out this modern day blending of mythological characters. Miller is the winner of the British-based Orange Prize for Fiction.  Recent guests include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Jane Smiley, Elizabeth Strout, and Edward P. Jones.
    Debut novelists Leslie Daniels (Cleaning Nabokov's House), Maggie Pouncey (Perfect Reader), Andrew Trees (Club Rules), Nancy Horan (Loving Frank), and National Book Award honorees appear to discuss the launch of their new novels and short story collections.

    Interested in novels, short stories, and non-fiction books? WordSmitten's host, Kate Sullivan, interviews notable authors, editors, literary agents, and publishing executives.

    Visit our company's distinctive sites:
    www.About-the-Books.com
    www.WordSmittenMedia.com
    www.WordSmitten.com

    Also, visit us on LinkedIn, Plaxo, RedRoom.com, Facebook, Twitter, and all our other social media sites, including Google Plus One.
     

  • 00:34

    About the Books :: The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap

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    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 bookshop owner to wrangle cats, kittens, customers, and avid readers in a forlornly rural location.
    Tune in to the fun. Listen each Sunday afternoon for the WordSmitten "About the Books" broadcast.

    Recent guests include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Jane Smiley, Elizabeth Strout, and Edward P. Jones.

    Interested in novels, short stories, and non-fiction books? WordSmitten's host, Kate Sullivan, interviews notable authors, editors, literary agents, and publishing executives.

    Visit our company's distinctive sites:
    www.About-the-Books.com
    www.WordSmittenMedia.com
    www.WordSmitten.com

    Also, visit us on LinkedIn, Plaxo, RedRoom.com, Facebook, Twitter, and all our other social media sites, including Google Plus One.
     

  • 00:41

    About the Books :: Paul Harding's Pulitzer :: Tinkers

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    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 Center in Provincetown. Tinkers is his debut novel.  Recent guests include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Jane Smiley, Elizabeth Strout, and Edward P. Jones.

    Debut novelists Leslie Daniels (Cleaning Nabokov's House), Maggie Pouncey (Perfect Reader), Andrew Trees (Club Rules), Nancy Horan (Loving Frank), and National Book Award honorees appear to discuss the launch of their new novels and short story collections.

    Interested in novels, short stories, and non-fiction books? WordSmitten's host, Kate Sullivan, interviews notable authors, editors, literary agents, and publishing executives.

    Visit our company's distinctive sites:
    www.About-the-Books.com
    www.WordSmittenMedia.com
    www.WordSmitten.com

    Also, visit us on LinkedIn, Plaxo, RedRoom.com, Facebook, Twitter, and all our other social media sites, including Google Plus One.