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Novelist Ravi Howard Praising Writings of Attica Locke in KAZI Interview

March 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Upcoming Interviews on KAZI Book Review: March 29 – April 27

March 22, 2015 Leave a comment
Enclosed are the upcoming interviews on KAZI Book Review through April 27.  Of particular note, beginning March 29, at the end of each Sunday edition of KAZI Book Review we will feature a 2-4 minute interview with each author nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author.  Those interviews will be indicated by Edgar being in parenthesis next to it.  The winners of the Edgar Awards will be announced on April 29.
March 29, 12:30-1pm - Harlan Coben, THE STRANGER-Fiction; Nancy Bilyeau, THE TAPESTRY-Fiction; Julia Dahl, INVISIBLE CITY-Fiction (Edgar nominee)
March 30, 8-8:30am - LaShonda Barnett, JAM ON THE VINE-Fiction
April 5, 12:30-1pm - Adrian McKinty, GUNSTREET GIRL-Fiction, Adam Sternberg, SHOVEL READY-Fiction (Edgar nominee)
April 6, 8-8:30am  – Nancy Altman, SOCIAL SECURITY WORKS-Nonfiction
April 12, 12:30-1pm – CJ Box, ENDANGERED-Fiction; Ashley Weaver, MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL-Fiction (Edgar nominee); Allen Eskins, THE LIFE WE BURY-Fiction (Edgar nominee)
April 13, 8-8:30am – Preston Lauterbach, BEALE STREET DYNASTY-Nonfiction
April 19, 12:30-1pm  – Sterling Watson, SUITCASE CITY-Fiction; CB McKenzie, BAD COUNTRY-Fiction (Edgar nominee), Tom Bouman, DRY BONES IN THE VALLEY (Edgar nominee)
April 20, 8-8:30am – Angela Flournoy, THE TURNER HOUSE-Fiction
April 26 – Lois Duncan- Fiction (Selected as a grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America)
April 27, 8-8:30am  – Roger Kahn, RICKEY AND ROBINSON-Nonfiction

Hopeton Hay

Host and Producer
KAZI Book Review
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Book Club and Creative Writing for Incarcerated Youth

March 19, 2015 Leave a comment

I learned about a book club for incarcerated youth in Washington D.C., Free Minds,  from a friend of mind recently.  According to its web site, “Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential.”  It would be great to bring a similar program to Texas, if it’s not already being done.  Tangentially, this program brings to mind the great Ernest Gaines novel published in 1993, A LESSON BEFORE DYING, where the only educated Black man in a small, segregated town in Louisiana is asked to teach a young uneducated Black man on death row.  The novel was also made into an Emmy award winning HBO movie starring Don Cheadle in 1999.  Enclosed is a link to a video about Free Minds:

Upcoming Interviews of Authors Nancy Bilyeau & Allen Eskens

March 17, 2015 Leave a comment

imageTwo novels I’m reading for upcoming interviews: THE TAPESTRY by Nancy Bilyeau and THE LIFE WE BURY by Allen Eskens. THE TAPESTRY, which hits the bookstores on March 24, is a historical novel set in England in 1540 during the reign of King Henry VIII. There is more information on the book available at

THE LIFE WE BURY, published last year, is about a college student who stumbles across the truth about a dying, convicted murderer while working on a class assignment to interview a stranger and write a brief biography. THE LIFE WE BURY has been nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel By An American Author. The website for the author is

Timothy Kuhner Discusses Money and Politics on KAZI March 15

March 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Tune in Sunday, March 15 at 12:30 p.m. CST for my interview with Timothy Kuhner, author of CAPITALISM V. DEMOCRACY. Timothy and I discuss the growing influence of money on political campaigns and the role the U.S. Supreme has played in its growth with its decisions on a number of landmark devisions on political campaign contributions.


The Zero Degree Zombie Zone Book Interview March 15 at 12:30pm CST

March 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Maya Hay’s interview with Patrik Henry Bass, author of the children’s book, THE ZERO DEGREE ZOMBIE ZONE, airs tomorrow at 12:30pm CST on KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7FM. Patrik is the editorial projects coordinator at Essence Magazine.  Watch Maya’s summary of the book.

New Books from Angela Flournoy and Nancy Bilyeau

March 10, 2015 Leave a comment

This morning I started reading Angela Flournoy’s novel, THE TURNER HOUSE, which comes out April 14, and THE TAPESTRY by Nancy Bilyeau, which comes out March 21.

THE TURNER HOUSE is a Black family saga about the 13 children of the ailing matriarch Viola Turner, coming to terms with their pasts as they try to decide how to handle their mother’s house which is worth a lot less than the mortgage on it in an ailing neighborhood of Detroit in 2008.

THE TAPESTRY is the third book in a trilogy set during the reign of King Henry VIII featuring a Dominican novice trying to navigate the treacherous times after the King abolished the Catholic church.


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