Author Archive

Upcoming Book Interviews In May on Poverty, Pedro Martinez, & Benilde Little

April 18, 2015 Leave a comment

I am taping interviews this weekend with Scott Myers-Lipton, author of  ENDING EXTREME INEQUALITY: An Economic Bill of Rights to Eliminate Poverty; Matt Tavares, author of the children’s book GROWING UP PEDRO and Benilde Little, author of WELCOME TO MY BREAKDOWN: A Memoir. These interviews will air in May.


Early Morning Reading – Asali Solomon and Philip Kerr 

April 14, 2015 Leave a comment


 I’m reading Asali Solomon, author of the new novel DISGRUNTLED and Philip Kerr, author of the new novel THE LADY FROM ZAGRED.

I’ll be interviewing Asali live on KAZI Book Review Sunday at 12:30pm on KAZI 88.7FM along with Tim Staley, executive director of the Austin Public Library Foundation. Asali will be one of the featured authors at the New Fiction Confab  Readings and Conversations event at the Austin Faulk Central Library on April 25, 2 pm. – 4:30 p.m.

I’m taping an interview with Philip Kerr Thursday morning which will be broadcast later this month.  Kerr, who lives in England, is currently on tour in the U.S.

Edgar Award Nominees C.B. McKenzie & Tom Bouman Added to Show

April 11, 2015 Leave a comment


 Yes, now there will be five mystery authors featured on the April 12 edition of KAZI Book Review.  Interviews with Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards nominees for Best First Novel, BAD COUNTRY by C.B. McKenzie and DRY BONES IN THE VALLEY by Tom Bouman have been added to the show.

All the interviews with the nominees for the Best First Novel are less than five minutes each.  The winner, which will be announced on April 29 at the Egar Banquet in New York city,will be featured in a full length 30 minute interview in June.

Mystery Writers Triple Header on KAZI Book Review Sunday: C.J. Box, Allen Eskens, Ashley Weaver

April 11, 2015 Leave a comment


 Tune in April 12 at 12:30pm CST for my interviews with 2009 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award winner for Best Novel, C.J. Box, author of ENDANGERED, and 2015 Edgar Award nominees for Best First Novel By An American Author Allen Eskens, author of THE LIFE WE BURY, and Ashley Weaver, author of MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL.  Listen live online through on your computer or the app.  You can also listen live on KAZI 88.7FM in Austin, Texas or on your computer.

Early Morning Read – I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

April 7, 2015 Leave a comment

image imageIs the 1997 classic horror movie I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER based on Lois Duncan’s novel? I was delighted to discover that it is.  I’m taping an interview with Duncan this Saturday in recognition of her being named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.  Duncan, who has written 48 books, is best know for her young adult suspense novels.  She made her first sale of a story to the magazine Calling All Girls when she was only thirteen.

Early Morning Reading – The Valley by John Renehan

April 6, 2015 Leave a comment

imageI’ve started the morning by reading a novel set in Afghanistan during our war, THE VALLEY by John Renehan.  The protagonist, Lt. Black, has been sent to a remote, dangerous combat outpost in the Nuristan mountains to investigate a 15-6, the army regulation for investigating misconduct by a military unit.  So far (I’m on page 120), the novel revolves around Black’s less than idealistic view of his place in the Army.   He is clearly burnt out and has lost whatever idealism prompted him to go to officer candidate school, but does have a wry sense of humor and a great b.s. detector.

The author, John Renehan left a promising law career in New York to join the army at the age of 34 and served as an artillery officer in Iraq.

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PODCAST: Harlan Coben, Nancy Bilyeau, and Julia Dahl Discuss Their Latest Novels

April 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Checkout the podcast of the March 29 edition of KAZi Book Review featuring interviews with:

  • Harlan Coben, author of the new thriller, THE STRANGER
  • Nancy Bilyeau, author of the historical novel THE TAPESTRY
  • Julia Dahl, author the Edgar Award nominated best new novel INVISIBLE CITY



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