Author Archive

Coffee and Books: The Boys of Dunbar, Legendary High School Basketball Team

October 4, 2016 Leave a comment

The Dunbar Poets high school basketball team in Baltimore produced four NBA players from its undefeated 1981-1982 team: Mugsy Bogues, Reggie Williams, David Wingate, and Reggie Lewis.  In the BOYS OF DUNBAR,sports journalist Alejandro Danois examines their lives and that of their coach Bob Wade in an inner city neighborhood plagued by drugs and violence.

PODCAST: Interview with Jennifer Hritz

September 29, 2016 1 comment

I interviewed Austinite Jennifer Hritz, author of two novels, THE CROSSING, and I, TOO, HAVE SUFFERED IN THE GARDEN, live on the August 7 edition of KAZI Book Review.  She recently completed writing her third novel, SLOW BURN.  She is a wonderful novelist.  Take a listen to the interview:

Coffee and Books: Lynchings and a Murder Mystery

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

BEYOND THE ROPE: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture by Karlis K. Hill and THE HEAVENS MAY FALL, a murder mystery novel set in Minneapolis by Allen Eskibs, are the books I’m currently reading for upcoming interviews for KAZI Book Review.

Coffee and Books: Mystery and History

September 7, 2016 Leave a comment

My reading this morning goes from a contemporary setting in Wyoming to 16th century Florence, Italy; from craggy sheriff Walt Longmire to Alessandro de’ Medici with the books AN OBVIOUS FACT by Craig Johnson, Johnson’s 12th Walt Longmire and THE BLACK PRINCE OF FLORENCE by Catherine Fletcher.

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Coffee and Books: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

September 1, 2016 Leave a comment

This Sunday I’m taping an interview with Karl Jacoby, author of THE STRANGE CAREER OF WILLIAM ELLIS: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire.  KAZI Book Review contributor Evelyn Martin Anderson recommended the book and we’ll be jointly interviewing him.

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Novel About Black Ballerina and Crime Fiction Picks of the Month

August 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Jacob Grovey, author of the new novel DANCE OF THE BROKEN and BookPeople’s crime fiction coordinator Scott Montgomery and bookseller Molly Odintz are today’s live in studio guests at 12:30 p.m. CST on KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM.  

DANCE OF THE BROKEN tells the poignant and inspirational story of a young black girl who dreams of being a ballerina, despite society’s opinion that she’s cut from the wrong cloth. 

Scott and Molly will be recommending new crime fiction novels and short stories for listeners to read:

Scott’s Crime Fiction Picks

1. Mississippi Noir edited by Tom Franklin

2. St. Louis Noir edited by Scott Phillips

3. Survivors Will Be Shot Again by Bill Crider

Molly’s Crime Fiction Picks

1. You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

2. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

3. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Jacob Grovey

Molly Odintz and Scott Montgomery

Author Discusses The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools on KAZI Book Review

August 21, 2016 Leave a comment

The Monique Morris interview on her book on the criminalization of black girls in school airs Monday, August 22 at 8 s.m. CST/9 a.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM.  In her new book, PUSHOUT, Monique W. Morris, chronicles the experiences of black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged—by teachers, administrators, and the justice system—and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond.

Dr. Morris is the Co-Founder and President of The National Black Women’s Justice Institute, and an author and social justice scholar with more than 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice.