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William Kent Krueger

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Episode 129: William Kent Krueger and Maria Marotti

Wrong Place, Write Crime

In which Kent talks about his Cork O'Connor series, his novel Saving Grace, writing, logging, and nostalgia. Plus Maria Marotti discusses her book The Etruscan Princess, Lance Wright shares some new releases from D&O Books, and we get some book recommendations from Elizabeth Splaine, James Swallow, Sarah Adlahka, and Sheila Lowe.


13 Oct 2021

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9/7 "Lightning Strike" by William Kent Krueger

Lori & Julia's Book Club

7 Sep 2021

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William Kent Krueger

Poisoned Pen Podcast

Barbara Peters in conversation with William Kent Krueger

1hr 1min

24 Aug 2021

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William Kent Krueger: Lightning Strike

Bookreporter Talks To

William Kent Krueger joins Carol Fitzgerald to discuss his newest novel, Lightning Strike, which is a prequel to his Cork O'Connor series. He is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary Grace, This Tender Land, 18 Cork O'Connor novels, and more. Lightning Strike tells the story of 12-year-old Cork O'Connor in his home town of Aurora, Minnesota. When Cork stumbles upon a dead body, he begins his first foray into detective work. His father, who is the sheriff of Aurora, needs to confirm that the man is dead by suicide, as all evidence suggests. But Cork takes matters into his own hands to find out what may have gone awry. Kent talks to Carol about how he decided to write this prequel that both serves an entry point for those new to the series (essentially functioning as a standalone), and also shares a backstory for longtime readers. He talks about some of the oft forgotten history of Minnesota in the novel --- including the repercussions of The Native Families Relocation Act of 1956, as well as his research, his inspirations, and a hint of what's next. Readers who enjoyed Ordinary Grace and This Tender Land will appreciate this latest novel. Book Discussed in this Episode: Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger https://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/lightning-strike More Bookreporter Talks To: Malibu Rising: https://youtu.be/6HUSQdISH18 The Last Mona Lisa: https://youtu.be/BBKKvV9moW8 The Paper Palace: https://youtu.be/jYhiuOz7X3Q Check out our Bookaccino Book Club live events! Julie Clark: https://youtu.be/8AjJHRttMpU William Kent Krueger: https://youtu.be/dX-mHWLmv5k Sign up for the weekly Bookreporter.com newsletter here: http://tbrnetwork.com/newsletters/bookreporter-weekly-newsletter-subscribe FOLLOW US Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bookreporter Website: https://www.bookreporter.com Photography Credit: Greg Fitzgerald


24 Aug 2021

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William Kent Krueger – Master Storyteller

The Best in Mystery, Romance and Historicals

William Kent Krueger – Kent to his friends – was thrown out of college during his radical student years, and he says it was the making of him as a writer.  Having recently published his eighteenth mystery in the Cork O’Connor series – the last nine of them all New York Times best sellers – we could hardly disagree.Hi there, I’m your host Jenny Wheeler, and in Binge Reading today Kent talks about the secret behind his remarkable success as a writer – and I bet it’s not what you think it is, why he is fascinated by father-son stories, and how he sees himself more as a storyteller than a writer.We’ve got three eBook copies of Kent’s latest best seller – Lightning Strike – to give away to three lucky readers in our Mysteries Alive Giveaway. Go to our website www.thejoysofbingereading.com to enter the draw.ENTER THE DRAW TO WIN LIGHTNING STRIKEAnd remember, if you enjoy this podcast you can find more exclusive bonus content, for example, Kent answering the Getting-To-Know-You Five Quickfire Questions by becoming a subscriber of Binge Reading on Patreon. It will cost you the equivalent of a cup of coffee a month. Check it out a patreon.com/thejoysofbingereading/ JOIN BINGE READING ON PATREONSix things you’ll learn from this Joys of Binge Reading episode:Why getting thrown out of Stanford was a good thingThe sacred task of story tellingThe surprising thing about childrenHis breakthrough book takes him back to his 13th yearThe debt he owes his wifeWriting as constant discipline while 'real life' proceedsWhere to find William Kent Krueger: Website: https://williamkentkrueger.com/Facebook: @WmKentKruegerPinterest: @wkkruegerInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/williamkentkrueger/Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/71170.William_Kent_KruegerYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfmB99UdSWJzB8LyzPu6RVQWhat follows is a "near as" transcript of our conversation, not word for word but pretty close to it, with links to important mentions.Introducing William Kent Krueger - master storytellerBut now, here’s Kent.Jenny Wheeler: Hi there Kent and welcome to the show. It's great to have you with us.William Kent Krueger: What a pleasure to be with you, Jenny. Thank you for the invitation to be a part of this.Jenny Wheeler: You are about to publish Lightning Strike, book 18 in the Cork O'Connor series. In fact, by the time this goes to air, Lightning Strike will be out.William Kent Krueger - the Cork O'Connor series keeps getting better You're an award-winning New York Times and bestselling writer, and the critics agree that even at book 18, you're still fresh and unmissable. Lightning Strike has a twist of its own because it's what we call a prequel. You take us right back to the beginning of the story and introduce us to your protagonist as Cork O'Connor a boy, not even a man at this stage. Now, that's an interesting twist. Tell us what inspired you to do that.William Kent Krueger: Cork has a significant history that I have alluded to many times in the stories, but I've never gone back to explore that history, and particularly the relationship Cork had with his father.For those who are not familiar with my series, Cork O'Connor was at one point the sheriff of the fictional Tamarack County in Minnesota. When Cork was a boy, his father was also sheriff of Tamarack County, and a man who clearly greatly influenced his son. I wanted to be able to go back and explore more deeply that significant relationship, and also the relationship Cork had with his mother and several of the other characters who are recurring in the stories, and who have influenced Cork dramatically across the course of his life.Lightning Strike can be read as standalone of first in seriesJenny Wheeler: I notice that in the past when readers have asked you, where should I start the series or does it matter where I begin them,


24 Aug 2021

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[BOOK CLUB BONUS] William Kent Krueger’s “This Tender Land”

For The Love With Jen Hatmaker Podcast

Calling all book nerds! Are you looking for a place where your book-loving heart can flourish? Join us at jenhatmakerbookclub.com, and become one of our sisters in nerdiness. For January 2021, the Jen Hatmaker Book Club read the novel This Tender Land by the author extraordinaire William Kent Krueger. Chock full of intrigue and adventure and drama, this unforgettable story of four orphans who travel the Mississippi River on a life-changing journey during the Great Depression just absolutely transported us. During this episode, Kent dives into the real-life research behind the Lincoln Indian Training School, and how Mark Twain and The Odyssey played a huge role in shaping the story. Kent gives us a peek into the family that he created among the brave runaways and how their bond shifts as they heal together throughout the novel. Join the Jen Hatmaker Book Club sisterhood today! jenhatmakerbookclub.com  Thank you to our sponsors! Audiobooks.com | Sign up for your FREE 30-day trial! Go to jenhatmaker.com/podcast, and find the audiobooks.com link in today's show notes Wagon Coffee | Save 10% off all of coffee choices with code FORTHELOVE at wagoncoffeeroasters.com


26 Feb 2021

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Book Group Event: William Kent Krueger

Bookreporter Talks To

Welcome to our January "Bookaccino Live" Book Group event, in which we discuss This Tender Land with William Kent Krueger. We opened the program with Carol Fitzgerald interviewing Kent about This Tender Land, a New York Times bestseller and Bookreporter Bets On selection. Four readers were then invited to join the discussion on camera to ask questions before we went to questions from our Zoom audience. Kent has been interviewed before on “Bookreporter Talks To,” but this interview took the conversation in new directions. This included a deep dive into the themes and characters of the novel, as well as Kent's own outdoor adventures and writing techniques. Bookreporter Talks To William Kent Krueger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-cwXKaNEQY&t Books discussed: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger https://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/this-tender-land/about Sign up for the weekly Bookreporter.com newsletter here FOLLOW US Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bookreporter Website: https://www.bookreporter.com

1hr 14mins

26 Jan 2021

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Friends & Fiction with William Kent Krueger

Friends & Fiction

Bestselling, award-winning author William Kent Krueger joins the Fab Five to talk about his novel THIS TENDER LAND. They each discuss their rituals after handing in a manscript, the influences of Huck Finn and The Odyssey on Kent's latest work, and how his study of childhood resiliency has informed his writing. https://williamkentkrueger.com/


14 Jan 2021

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Season 1, Episode 1 - William Kent Krueger

History Through Fiction - The Podcast

William Kent Krueger is a nine time New York Times bestselling author. Known for his Cork O’Connor mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota, Krueger is also the author of several stand alone novels such as The Devil’s Bed and Ordinary Grace. Krueger, who grew up in Oregon and now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, is the recipient of numerous awards including the Minnesota Book Award and Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America for his book Ordinary Grace. His most recent novel, set in 1932 at an Indian boarding school in Central Minnesota, is titled This Tender Land.


1 Oct 2020

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Anne Hillerman and William Kent Krueger IN CONVERSATION on Authors on the Air

Authors on the Air

Authors on the Air host Pam Stack is honored to welcome New York Times best-selling authors ANNE HILLERMAN and WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER in CONVERSATION. About Kent Krueger:  Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full-time author.  Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last nine novels were all New York Times bestsellers.  Ordinary Grace, his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year. The companion novel, This Tender Land, was published in September 2019. About Anne Hillerman:  New York Times best selling author Anne Hillerman continues the mystery series her father Tony Hillerman created beginning in 1970. Anne's debut novel, "Spider Woman's Daughter," follows the further adventures of the characters Tony Hillerman made famous: Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn and adds Bernadette Manuelito as a major player. The book received the Spur Award from Western Writers of America for Best First Novel. @copyrighted.  Listen on Spotify or your favorite podcast app.


10 Jul 2020