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Historical Novel & Giants of Physics Focus of Sunday’s KAZI Book Review

May 23, 2015 Leave a comment

Tune in Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CST/1:30 p.m. EST to KAZI Book Review for my interviews with Lyndsay Faye, author of THE FATAL FLAME and Paul Halpern, author of  EINSTEIN’S DICE AND SCHRODINGERS CAT on KAZI 88.7FM.

THE FATAL FLAME is Lyndsay Faye’s third novel featuring New York policeman Timothy Wilde in 1840s New York City.  As in her first two in the series, Faye narrows her focus on a critical social issue of the times.  This time, the barriers to women in the work world while her protagonist looks to investigate threats of arson made against an unsavory plant owner.  In our interview we discussed the origins of her focus in the novel on the working conditions for women at the time, her obsession with historical details, the development of her protagonist through three novels, and the villains in THE FATAL FLAME.

Lyndsay Faye is the author of two other Timothy Wilde novels, THE GODS OF GOTHAM and SEVEN FOR A SECRET, is a huge Sherlocke Holmes fan, and lives in Harlem.

In Paul Halpern’s new book,EINSTEIN’S DICE AND SCHRÖDINGER’S CAT, he writes about the competition between two Nobel prize winning scientists to create a unified theory of physics the iconic Albert Einstein and the lessor know Erwin Schrodinger.  In our interview he discusses the background of the two great minds and the scientific theories they were best known for,  the competition between the, to develop a unified theory of the universe, and the media spectacle of Schrodinger’s announcement that he had defeated the Einstein.

Paul Halpern is the author of more than a dozen popular science books including EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE: A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond, and WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH PLUTO? The Story of Pluto’s Adventures with the Planet Club, an illustrated children’s book about what it means to be a planet.


Upcoming Book Interview: THE WELL-TUNED BRAIN

May 20, 2015 Leave a comment

“…driven by the instinctual search for immediate reward, we find ourselves caught up not in the enjoyment of happiness but in a relentless pursuit of its material surrogates.” The preceding was from the new book by Dr. Peter Whybrow, THE WELL-TUNED BRAIN: Neuroscience & The Life Well Lived. I’ll be taping an interview with him Sunday for KAZI Book Review. 


Founding Father James Madison Is Focus of Monday’s KAZI Book Review

May 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Tune in to KAZI 88.7FM Monday at 8 a.m. CST/9am EST for my interview with historian David O. Stewart, author of MADISON”S GIFT: Five Partnerships That Built America.  In his book, Stewart restores James Madison, sometimes overshadowed by his fellow Founders, to his proper place as the most significant framer of the new nation.

Short, plain, balding, neither soldier nor orator, low on charisma and high on intelligence, Madison cared more about achieving results than taking the credit. To reach his lifelong goal of a self-governing constitutional republic, he blended his talents with those of key partners. It was Madison who led the drive for the Constitutional Convention and pressed for an effective new government as his patron George Washington lent the effort legitimacy; Madison who wrote the Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton to secure the Constitution’s ratification; Madison who corrected the greatest blunder of the Constitution by drafting and securing passage of the Bill of Rights with Washington’s support; Madison who joined Thomas Jefferson to found the nation’s first political party and move the nation toward broad democratic principles; Madison, with James Monroe, who guided the new nation through its first war in 1812, really its Second War of Independence; and it was Madison who handed the reins of government to the last of the Founders, his old friend and sometime rival Monroe. These were the main characters in his life.

But it was his final partnership that allowed Madison to escape his natural shyness and reach the greatest heights. Dolley was the woman he married in middle age and who presided over both him and an enlivened White House. This partnership was a love story, a unique one that sustained Madison through his political rise, his presidency, and a fruitful retirement.



Live Interview Today With Amanda Downum & Steve Winfrey

May 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Tune in at 12:30pm for a live interview with Amanda Downum, author of DREAMS OF SHREDS & TATTERS; and Steve Winfrey, author of THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE on KAZI 88.7FM.


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Booksellers By Day, Authors By Night: Amanda Downum & Steve Winfrey

May 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Tune in to KAZI Book Review this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CST for a live interview with Austin novelists Amanda Downum, author of DREAMS OF SHREDS & TATTERS and Steve Winfrey, author of THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE on KAZI 88.7FM in Austin, Texas.

DREAMS OF SHREDS & TATTERS is a fantasy novel set in Vancouver, Canada while THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE is a zombie legal procedural novel set in the Austin area.

Both Downum and Winfrey work as booksellers at a Half Price Book Store in Round Rock, Texas, a suburb of Austin.  While DREAMS OF SHREDS & TATTERS is Downum’s fourth novel, THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE is Winfrey’s first novel.  


Black Author’s Memoir on Overcoming Life’s Challenges

May 10, 2015 Leave a comment
Tune in at 8 a.m. CST/9 a.m. EST Monday for KAZI Book Review contributor Evelyn Anderson’s interview with Benilde Little, author of a new memoir, WELCOME TO MY BREAKDOWN, on KAZI 88.7FM in Austin, Texas.  Little is the nationally bestselling author of the novels GOOD HAIR and THE ITCH.  WELCOME TO MY BREAKDOWN is about her journey caring for aging parents, raising children, being married, plunging to the depths of depression after the death of her mother and climbing her way out. Anderson interviewed Benilde about her process for writing the book, helping her children keep their sense of blackness while raising them in predominantly white neighborhoods and schools, and how she triumphed over depression.

Zombies Come to Pflugerville in New Novel

May 10, 2015 2 comments

THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE, the debut novel of Austinite Steve Winfrey, opens with the police arresting a man for killing someone he claims is a zombie.  Are there really zombies in Pflugerville or is the murder suspect losing his mind.  You will just have to read the novel to find out. 



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