KAZI Book Review, hosted by Hopeton Hay, airs every Sunday, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. and Monday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Central Time on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, Texas and streams live online.  It features interviews with authors of an eclectic array of recently published fiction and nonfiction books in a variety of genres including mystery, thriller, literary, history, biography, and economics .

Hopeton, a host and producer at KAZI since 1993, created KAZI Book Review in 2009.  He is a also the host and producer of Economic Perspectives on KAZI.

Authors interviewed on KAZI Book Review have included:


  • T.J. Stiles, author of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner The First Tycoon,
  • Liaquat Ahamed, author of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Lords of Finance
  • Jeff Broadwater, author of James Madison
  • Dr. Juliet E. K. Walker, author of The History of Black Business in America
  • Leslie Hazleton, author of The First Muslim
  • Robert Hillburn, author of  Johnny Cash
  • Karen Elliott House, author of On Saudi Arabia
  • Timothy Kuhner, author of Capitalism vs Democracy
  • Lawrence Blum, author of High Schools, Race, and America’s Future
  • Lani Guinier, author of The Tyranny of Meritocracy
  • Donald Lopez and Peggy McCracken, authors of In Search of the Christian Buddha


  • Harlan Coben, author of The Stranger
  • Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
  • Walter Mosley, author of Rose Gold
  • James McBride, author of the 2013 National Book Award winner The Good Lord Bird
  • James Lee Burke, author of The Wayfaring Stranger
  • Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Queen of America
  • Pauline Chen, author of The Red Chamber
  • Natalia Sylvester, author of Chasing the Sun
  • Megan Abbott, author of The Fever
  • Charles Johnson, author of the 1990 National Book Award winner Middle Passage

For more information on KAZI Book Review contact Hopeton Hay at hopeton@kazifm.org.  Listen live online at kazifm.org (click listen live) or through tunein.com or live365.com, or their respective apps.

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