For the 45th episode of Bookin', host Jason Jefferies is joined by Kwame Mbalia, author of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, a Rick Riordan Presents book that is published by our friends at Disney/Hyperion.  Topics discussed include what it is like to join a publishing empire that includes Mickey Mouse, Marvel Comics and Star Wars, whether or not comic books are real books, the lyrics to the most annoying song you have ever heard, African American folklore, West African Gods, and much more.  Signed copies of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky can be preordered in-store or online here (while supplies last).

For this 44th episode of Bookin', New York Times bestselling author Mary Doria Russell joins host Jason Jefferies to talk about her new novel The Women of Copper Country.  Topics discussed include Mother Jones, women’s leadership in the Labor movement, copper in Michigan and Arizona, Shakespeare as a framing device, and more.  Signed copies of The Women of Copper Country can be purchased in-store at Quail Ridge Books and online here (while supplies last).  

For the 43rd episode of Bookin', host Jason Jefferies is joined by Ann Patchett (winner of the Orange Prize, the Pen/Faulkner Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World) to talk about her upcoming novel The Dutch House.  Topics discussed include the difference between approaching a writing project for children and one for adults, her approach to Amazon as both a successful author and an independent bookstore owner, what it was like to be named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, Marilynne Robinson, and much more.  Signed copies of The Dutch House can be preordered in-store at Quail Ridge Books and online here while supplies last.  

For the 42nd episode of Bookin', Alexandra Fuller joins host Jason Jefferies to talk about her new memoir Travel Light, Move Fast.  Topics discussed include Wyoming, the loss of a parent, the concept of a well-spent misspent youth, working towards retirement, Bono, grieving the loss of a child, and much more.  Signed copies of Travel Light, Move Fast can be purchased in-store at Quail Ridge Books or online here (while supplies last).  

For this 41st episode of Bookin', host Jason Jefferies is joined by New York Times bestselling author Douglas Waller, who discusses his new book Lincoln's Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation.  Topics discussed include Pinkertons, private eyes, Lincoln's career as a spy, West Virginia's importance during the Civil War, early drone technology, and much more.  Signed copies of Lincoln's Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation can be purchased in-store at Quail Ridge Books or online here (while supplies last).  

For the 40th episode of Bookin', host Jason Jefferies is joined by Nathan Ballingrud, winner of two Shirley Jackson awards and author of Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell.  Topics discussed include the loss of a parent, recurring motifs in short story cycles, satanism, Ghost Rider and other comics, the line between horror and comedy, and much more.  Signed copies of Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell can be purchased in-store at Quail Ridge books and online here (while supplies last).  

For the 39th episode of Bookin', host Jason Jefferies is joined by Cara Black, author of the Aimée Leduc series, the most recent volume of which is Murder in Bel-Air.  Topics discussed include what it is like to write the same character for twenty years, the similarities and differences between San Francisco and Paris, mothers, the challenges of writing a series that takes place in the 1990s, characters that are animals, and much more.  Signed copies of Murder in Bel-Air can be purchased in-store and online here while supplies last.  

In this 38th episode of Bookin', host Jason Jefferies is joined by Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lost Roses.  Among the topics discussed are traveling to Russia as an American, trickle-down economics, whether marriage stifles creativity, tarot card readings, slavery in South Carolina, World War 2 novels, and much more.  Signed copies of Lost Roses are available in-store at Quail Ridge Books and online at www.quailridgebooks.com while supplies last.  

For the 37th episode of Bookin', host Jason Jefferies is joined by Julie Kibler, author of Calling Me Home, which was an IndieNext pick, a SIBA Okra pick, and a Ladies Home Journal pick.  Her most recent book, Home For Erring and Outcast Girls, will be released on Tuesday, July 23rd.  Julie and Jason discuss Kentucky, Library Science, the challenges of writing a historical novel, faith and religion, traumatic childhoods, writing scenes where bad things happen to good people, dating literary characters with references to pop culture, and much more.  Home for Erring and Outcast Girls can be purchased in-store at Quail Ridge Books and online here.

 

For the 36th episode of Bookin', host Jason Jefferies is joined by New York Times bestselling author Charles Fishman to discuss his new book One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us To The Moon.  Charles and Jason discuss flying in zero-gravity, the Challenger disaster, the scent of moondust, JFK, the average American citizen of the 1960's lack of support for the race to the moon, and much more.  Signed copies of One Giant Leap can be purchased in-store at Quail Ridge Books and online here (while supplies last).

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