Speaking of Writers

Speaking of Writers

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Welcome to Speaking of Writers. Veteran broadcaster Steve Richards interviews local, regional and best selling authors. You can hear Speaking of Writers every Sunday morning at 6am on these Townsquare Media radio stations in Albany NY. 107.7 WGNA-FM, Q105.7 ( WQBK-FM) ALT 103.5 ( WQBJ-FM) and 103.9 The Breeze ( WPBZ-FM), Hot 99.1 (WQBK-HD2), and 104.5 The Team (WTMM-FM). For more info email steve @ [email protected] Cover art photo provided by Janko Ferlič on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/@thepootphotographer Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/steve-richards/support


Richard Russo- Chances Are
Aug 21 • 10 min
ABOUT CHANCES ARE … From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls comes a new revelation: a riveting story about the abiding yet complex power of friendship. One beautiful September day, three men convene on Martha’s Vineyard, friends ever since…
Maureen Callahan- American Predator
Aug 21 • 11 min
A New Kind of Monster A predator who struck at random, Israel Keyes had no M.O. or victim type—which helped him go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. He would fly into a city, rent a car and cross state lines, abduct his victims, kill them,…
The Flight Girls- Noelle Salazar
Jul 28 • 9 min
It’s a little-known chapter in history - the era of the Women Airforce Service Pilots - whose courage during World War II turned ordinary women into extraordinary heroes! And now a new book brings to light the lives and stories of these women. “The Flight…
The New Girl- Daniel Silva
Jul 28 • 12 min
#1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva is “quite simply the best” (Kansas City Star) writer of foreign intrigue and suspense at work today—and his iconic creation Gabriel Allon is “one of fiction’s greatest spies” (Kirkus Reviews). Silva’s…
The Orphan’s Song By Lauren Kate
Jul 21 • 10 min
The historical adult debut novel by # 1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate, The Orphan’s Song is a sweeping love story about family and music–and the secrets each hold–that follows the intertwined fates of two Venetian orphans. “A tangled knot…
K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches By Tyler Kepner
Jul 21 • 10 min
From the New York Times baseball columnist, an enchanting, enthralling history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching, based on years of archival research and interviews with more than three hundred people from Hall of Famers to the…
The Big Fella Babe Ruth and the World He Created by Jane Leavy
Jul 21 • 11 min
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Jane Leavy, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Boy and Sandy Koufax, comes the definitive biography of Babe Ruth—the man Roger Angell dubbed “the model for modern celebrity.” A BEST BOOK OF…
Bryan Hoch- Mission 27
Jul 3 • 10 min
A comprehensive history of the 2009 squad’s rise to the championship Boasting a mix of homegrown talent and All-Star signings, the 2009 Yankees were composed of the very best. With the previous season’s failed playoff bid still as fresh as the paint job…
Ron Swoboda- Here’s The Catch
Jun 24 • 20 min
In time for the 50th anniversary of the Mets’ miraculous 1969 World Series win, right fielder Ron Swoboda tells the story of that amazing season, the people he played with and against (sometimes at the same time), and what life was like as an Every Man…
Mike Maden- Tom Clancy Enemy Contact
Jun 21 • 11 min
In ENEMY CONTACT, Jack Ryan, Jr. finds himself at odds with an international criminal conspiracy. An inside leak has allowed the CIA’s deepest secrets to be given away for a larger agenda that threatens to undermine the entire Western intelligence…
Senator Tom Cotton - Sacred Duty
Jun 21 • 10 min
An extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Tom Cotton’s Sacred Duty offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of “The Old Guard,” the revered U.S. Army unit whose mission is to honor our country’s fallen heroes on…
Dan Abrams-Theodore Roosevelt for The Defense
Jun 21 • 11 min
In their New York Times bestseller, Lincoln’s Last Trial, ABC News chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams and bestselling author David Fisher unearthed a little-known chapter from the life and career of America’s most revered president, shedding new light…
George F Will- The Conservative Sensibility
Jun 18 • 16 min
The Conservative Sensibility takes readers back to the Founders’ vision, articulated first in the Declaration of Independence and carried out in the Constitution, which gave the new republic a framework for government unique in world history. Their…
John Urschel-MIND AND MATTER: A Life in Math and Football
Jun 16 • 9 min
John Urschel is a respected mathematician pursuing his PhD at MIT. He is also a former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens. He may seem like a walking contradiction, but Urschel’s experiences on the field and in the classroom have brought him…
Stewart O’Nan- Henry, Himself
Jun 16 • 9 min
In his 2002 novel Wish You Were Here Stewart O’Nan introduced readers to the Maxwells, as Emily Maxwell gathered together her extended family after the death of her husband Henry. O’Nan’s 2011 novel Emily, Alone, an “utterly captivating portrait of…
Scott Pelley- Truth Worth Telling
Jun 16 • 20 min
An inspiring memoir from the frontlines of history by the award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent. Don’t ask the meaning of life. Life is asking, what’s the meaning of you? With this provocative question, Truth Worth Telling introduces us to unforgettable…
Charles Lane- Freedom’s Detective
May 9 • 10 min
In the years following the Civil War, a new battle began. Newly freed African American men had gained their voting rights and would soon have a chance to transform Southern politics. Former Confederates and other white supremacists mobilized to stop them.…
Harlan Coben- Run Away
May 9 • 10 min
A perfect family is shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben. You’ve lost your daughter. She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found.…
David Baldacci- Redemption
May 9 • 12 min
Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he’s approached by an unfamiliar man as he pays his respects at the graves of his wife and daughter. But Decker instantly recognizes the man’s name: Meryl…
Mark Obmascik-The Storm on Our Shores One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of World War II
May 3 • 14 min
The heart-wrenching but ultimately redemptive story of two World War II soldiers—a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—during a brutal Alaskan battle in which the sergeant discovers the medic’s revelatory and fascinating diary that changed our…
MALLORY O’MEARA- THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick
Mar 31 • 8 min
Milicent Patrick should be a recognizable name and a role model for several generations of young girls with filmmaking dreams. As the only woman ever to design a classic movie monster, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and one of the first female…
Art Shamsky and Erik Sherman- AFTER THE MIRACLE The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets
Mar 31 • 19 min
The 1962 New York Mets set a record for futility in baseball, losing 120 games, a record that stands to this day. Seven years later, after languishing in the National League cellar year after year, the Mets won the World Series. The “Lovable Losers”…
Gina Marie Guadagnino- The Parting Glass
Mar 31 • 10 min
In the vein of Disobedience by Naomi Alderman—but sexy, unique, and Irish—comes The Parting Glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino , an evocative historical fiction debut about a 19th century love triangle between two Irish-immigrant siblings and a young heiress.…
Dwight Douglas- Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: A Collection of Essays on America
Mar 22 • 12 min
This book is not an antidote for the left or right. It’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to do something positive for America. These essays on America reflect a blunt assessment of where we find ourselves and a call for open…
Don Winslow - The Border
Mar 17 • 12 min
The Border is the highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of The Force. What do you do when there are no borders? When the lines you thought existed simply vanish? How do you plant your feet to…
Greg Iles- Cemetery Road
Mar 5 • 12 min
“Iles sits alongside the icons at the top of today’s crime-fiction mountain. He has made Mississippi his own in the same way that James Lee Burke has claimed Cajun country and Michael Connelly has remapped contemporary Los Angeles.” (Starred review,…
Fiona Barton- The Suspect
Feb 18 • 13 min
Fiona Barton’s debut novel THE WIDOW was an instant international sensation when it published in 2016. Upon release it drew rave reviews, spent seven weeks on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list. Barton quickly followed up with 2017’s THE…
Jane Healey -The Beantown Girls
Feb 18 • 10 min
In this historically accurate and poignant account, set in 1944 against the backdrop of World War II, a young woman is forced to alter the path to the future she had envisioned for herself in Jane Healey’s highly-anticipated second novel, The Beantown…
James Lee Burke- The New Iberia Blues
Jan 28 • 13 min
ABOUT THE BOOK:Detective Dave Robicheaux’s world isn’t filled with too many happy stories, but Desmond Cormier’s rags-to-riches tale is certainly one of them. Robicheaux first met Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, when the young, undersized boy had…
Charles Krauthammer- The Point of It All
Jan 28 • 11 min
About The Point of It All Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, The Point of It All is a powerful collection of the influential columnist’s most important works. Spanning the personal, the political and the philosophical, it…
Joseph Finder-Judgment
Jan 28 • 11 min
Juliana Brody is a rising star in the judicial world. A judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, she is rumored to be in consideration for the federal court, and maybe even someday the highest court in the land. At a conference in Chicago, she meets…
Ron Barak-The Puppet Master
Jan 12 • 10 min
D.C. homicide detective Frank Lotello returns to find a mysterious vigilante serial killer who is bent on putting an end to political corruption. “Have you ever killed anyone? I have. I’ll do it again. If I need to.” The serial a killer is tried in Judge…
Tom Clavin- Valley Forge
Dec 14, 2018 • 10 min
The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Heart of Everything That Is return with one of the most inspiring—and underappreciated—chapters in American history: the story of the Continental Army’s six-month transformation in Valley Forge. December…
Lisa Unger- Under My Skin
Dec 14, 2018 • 10 min
What if the nightmares are actually memories? It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing…
Linda Gartz- Redlined
Dec 7, 2018 • 12 min
At a time when the home ownership gap between whites and African Americans is greater than it was during the Jim Crow era, it seems important to recall some of the historical roots that gave rise to such inequality. And at a moment when the administration…
Peter Vronsky- Sons of Cain
Dec 6, 2018 • 9 min
Investigative historian Peter Vronsky’s new book SONS OF CAIN: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present Peter Vronsky is widely considered an expert in this specific field of history and has been featured on true crime podcasts in…
Mike Lupica-Robert B. Parker’s Blood Feud
Dec 6, 2018 • 12 min
Robert B. Parker’s iconic and irresistible PI Sunny Randall is back in ROBERT B. PARKER’S BLOOD FEUD, written by the popular sports journalist, New York Times–bestselling author, and longtime friend of Parker, Mike Lupica. This is Lupica’s first Sunny…
Bob Lederer- Beyond Broadway Joe
Nov 30, 2018 • 13 min
On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the New York Jets’ historic achievement, a nostalgic, inside look from the men who composed the team behind Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III win, filled with exclusive insights and stories from the surviving players,…
Diarmaid MacCulloch- Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life
Nov 30, 2018 • 10 min
Historian and New York Times bestselling author shares the complete biography of Thomas Cromwell, the man behind Henry VIII Since the sixteenth century we have been fascinated by Henry VIII and the man who stood beside him, guiding him, enriching him, and…
John Feinstein The Prodigy
Nov 21, 2018 • 11 min
From award-winning sportswriter John Feinstein, a YA novel about a teen golfer poised to blaze his way into Masters Tournament history—and he’ll face secrecy, sacrifice, and the decision of a lifetime to get there. Seventeen-year-old Frank Baker is a…
David Baldacci Long Road to Mercy
Nov 21, 2018 • 10 min
About LONG ROAD TO MERCY: Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe. It’s seared into Atlee Pine’s memory: the kidnapper’s chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She…
David W Blight Frederick Douglass
Nov 21, 2018 • 14 min
As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. He wrote three…
H. W. Brands Heirs of The Founders
Nov 21, 2018 • 10 min
From New York Times bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how, in nineteenth-century America, a new set of political giants battled to complete the unfinished work of the Founding Fathers and decide the future of our democracy In…
Nick Bunker Benjamin Franklin The Birth of Ingenuity
Nov 16, 2018 • 10 min
In YOUNG BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: THE BIRTH OF INGENUITY, Pulitzer Prize finalist Nick Bunker presents a fresh account of one of the most important figures in American history. From the fascinating story of the first 40 years of his life, Franklin emerges as a…
Andrew Roberts Churchill Walking with Destiny
Nov 15, 2018 • 10 min
Bestselling, award-winning author shares a landmark biography of WINSTON CHURCHILL, based on extensive new material—from private letters and diaries to transcripts of war cabinet meetings When we seek an example of unalloyed courage, the man who comes to…
Gordon Wood FRIENDS DIVIDED: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Nov 15, 2018 • 11 min
Acclaimed historian shares a riveting account of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson: two beloved early Americans who forged a nation despite wildly different personalities, backgrounds, philosophies and values New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017…
Nathaniel Philbrick In The Hurricane’s Eye
Oct 26, 2018 • 13 min
A conversation with Nathaniel Philbrick about his new book IN THE HURRICANE’S EYE. The book chronicles the remarkable year leading up to the siege of Yorktown, the battle that ultimately broke a years-long stalemate with the British and earned America her…
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Friday Black
Oct 26, 2018 • 8 min
A conversation with University of Albany Alum Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah about his debut collection FRIDAY BLACK. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Nana reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and…
Kyle Mills Red War
Oct 23, 2018 • 11 min
Kyle Mills talks about his new Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp novel “Red War”. In recent years, a number of extremely dangerous world leaders have managed to increase their already considerable power. Some are busy tightening their grip on their countries like…
Mitch Albom The Next Person You Meet in Heaven
Oct 22, 2018 • 12 min
Mitch Albom talks about his new book ” The Next Person You Meet in Heaven”. In this enchanting sequel to the number one bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie’s heavenly reunion with Annie—the little girl he…