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SEASON FIVE (2022)

Episode #501 - Sadeqa Johnson

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For our season 5 premiere we travel to Richmond to talk with international best-selling author Sadeqa Johnson. Her book, Yellow Wife, was one of O Magazine’s most anticipated historical fiction books for 2021. 

https://www.sadeqajohnson.net/  

Episode #502 - Sister Bernie Kenny and Tauna Gulley

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This episode finds us in the mountains of southwest Virginia for a conversation with Sister Bernie Kenny and Tauna Gulley.  Their book, Better for Being With You - A Philosophy of Care,  chronicles 40 years of providing compassionate, quality care to people in Central Appalachia.

Episode #503 - Diane Chamberlain

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We’re in Raleigh, NC to visit with Diane Chamberlain. She is a bestselling author of over 30 novels published in more than twenty languages. We’ll talk about her book, The Last House on the Street, which is full of history and drama along with lots of unexpected twists and turns.

https://dianechamberlain.com/

Episode #504 - Mitchell James Kaplan

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This week, we’re in Roanoke talking with Mitchell Kaplan. His novel, Rhapsody, takes us on a musical journey in the 1920s and explores the relationship with George Gershwin and Kay Swift. 

http://www.mitchelljameskaplan.com/

Episode #505 -  Jocelyn Johnson

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We’re right around the corner on the lawn of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, in Charlottesville to talk with Jocelyn Johnson. Her book, My Monticello, is a collection of powerful stories that show people fighting to survive in America. 

https://www.jocelynjohnson.com/

Episode #506 -  Willa Reece

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We’ll visit with Willa Reece in Franklin County, Va. and talk about her book, Wildwood Whispers, which is a heartwarming tale of hope, fate, and folk magic.

https://www.willareece.com/

Episode #507 -   David Barudin

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We’re in Roanoke to talk with the author of Alternate Routes. This novel is part travel tale and part coming of age story during a time of social changes in mid-1970’s. For the main characters, Walker and Kyla, it was a trip neither could have imagined when they started their journey.

Episode #508 -   Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle 

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We travel to Bryson City in western North Carolina to visit with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle who is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. We’ll discuss her debut novel, Even as We Breathe, which was a finalist for the Weatherford Award, named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020 and received the 2021 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award.

https://www.asaunookeclapsaddle.com/

#509– Bill Guerrant 

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With a farm and goats as a backdrop, we visit with Bill Guerrant in Keeling, Virginia. His novel, Jim Wrenn, was inspired by a true story and a newspaper ad that read, "Who wants a seven-year-old boy or a four-year-old girl?". This glimpse into 1900’s life of a mill town and farming community pulls at the heart strings. 

#510– Robert Gipe

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This episode finds in Harlan, Kentucky, to talk with Robert Gipe about his innovative trilogy – Trampoline, Weedeater, and Pop. These illustrated novels introduce us to a cast of characters and a range of issues in contemporary Appalachia.

https://www.robertgipe.com/

#511– Cathryn Hankla

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We visit in Roanoke with accomplished poet and visual artist, Cathryn Hankla, who has more than a dozen books of poetry and prose in print.

https://www.cathrynhankla.com/

#512 – Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

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This week finds us in Bland, Virginia, to talk with talented author, Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry. Writing in English, her second language, she has published fifty stories and received nine Pushcart nominations. Her debut novel, The Orchard, is a moving story of four friends coming of age in the 80s. 

https://www.kgnewberry.com/

#513 – ACF Bookens

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Our journeys take us to Barboursville, Virginia, to chat with cozy mystery author, ACF Bookens. We’ll discuss her Stitches in Crime and St. Marin’s series, plus a lot more. 

https://acfbookens.com/

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