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Great podcast!!

By Ted Flanagan - May 29 2020
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Landis Wade is a master of insightful conversation with writers about why, how, and what they do. A can’t miss for lovers of writing and reading!

Great podcast

By notzon - Mar 02 2020
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Wonderfully warm and engaging interview. Do listen in.

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66 Ratings
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65
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Great podcast!!

By Ted Flanagan - May 29 2020
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Landis Wade is a master of insightful conversation with writers about why, how, and what they do. A can’t miss for lovers of writing and reading!

Great podcast

By notzon - Mar 02 2020
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Wonderfully warm and engaging interview. Do listen in.
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Charlotte Readers Podcast

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Where Authors Give Voice to Their Written Words

Rank #1: S2-11 Cathy Pickens – True Crime in Charlotte

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In this episode, author Cathy Pickens, a mystery writer turned true crime aficionado, reads first from her book about ghostly haunts of Charleston, South Carolina and finishes with stories about sensational crimes committed over the years in Charlotte.

Cathy has won numerous awards for her mystery books, and that experience led her to research and write about the criminals in our backyard.

She reads and discusses stories about murdered bikers, fraudulent evangelists, a serial killer, the infamous Loomis Fargo heist and a woman tried in the 1920s called Razo Girl.

Cathy also discusses crime statistics, the true crime genre and more.

We start with a tale from her book, Charleston Mysteries, true ghostly haunts in the Holy City.

You can connect with the podcast at: www.charlottereaderspodcast.com

Mar 26 2019

48mins

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Rank #2: S4-12 Laura King Edwards – “Run to the Light”

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In today’s episode, we meet Laura King Edwards, author of “Run to the Light,” a story of her life after she learned a few weeks following her wedding that Taylor, her young sister, had a rare disease for which there was and is no cure.

With her mother and family friends, Laura founded a charity in an effort to save children with the disease and she came closer to Taylor and her mother. Taylor didn’t quit and when the disease took her sight, Taylor wanted to run with Girls on the Run and she completed her first race, blind. Inspired by Taylor, Laura, a lifelong runner, began running in half marathons to raise money and awareness, and eventually, she put on a blindfold and ran for Taylor.

We start the show with Laura reading from the prologue, where she’s running for Taylor.

You can connect with the show at: charlottereaderspodcast.com

Nov 19 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #3: Patrice Gopo and “All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way”

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In today’s episode, author Patrice Gopo reads from and discusses her book “All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way,” a Barnes & Noble Fall 2018 Discover Great New Writers selection.

Drawing on her experience as the child of Jamaican immigrants, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Patrice enjoys exploring issues of race, immigration, and belonging. She believes that the personal essay is an effective method for uncovering deeper thoughts, causes, and concerns that lie beneath your lived experience.

In this show, we highlight essays that speak to family history, black role models, degrees of blackness and more, and we explore the writing of personal essay. We start with Patrice reading an excerpt from her essay, “What Remains.”

You can connect with the show at: charlottereaderspodcast.com

Mar 03 2020

1hr 12mins

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Rank #4: S3-00 Charlotte Actor Brian Lafontaine and “What’s Coming in Season 3”

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In today’s episode, we meet Brian Lafontaine, a Charlotte actor and podcast host of “You May Have Seen,” a show where Brian explores behind the scenes stories with actors you may have seen in your favorite television shows and movies, but you probably don’t know their names. Brian reads “The Deliberation,” a short story written by host Landis Wade that won the 2016 North Carolina State Bar short story contest. Brian also talks about acting and his podcast and then we answer the question: “What’s Coming in Season 3?”

Apr 30 2019

58mins

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Rank #5: S4-05 Philip Gerard – “Cape Fear Rising” – Historical Fiction

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In today’s episode, we meet Philip Gerard, author of “Cape Fear Rising,” the historical fiction book which was re-released this year on the 25th anniversary of its publication, because the truth in it remains a story that needs to be told, especially in a time when there are places in this world where white supremacists are still on the march.

Did you know that in 1898, black citizens held most of the city’s government offices in Wilmington, North Carolina? Did you also know that a well-connected group of white citizens staged a bloody coup, fixing the 1898 election by threat and then killing and running many black citizens out of town?

When the book was first published, Philip Gerard recalls that he was a relatively naïve, untenured assistant professor at UNC Wilmington who was unprepared for the backlash in the community when descendants of white leaders who had stolen the 1898 election and the property of their fellow black citizens fired back with threats of their own to the author. Gerard didn’t learn until many years later that the Board of Trustees intended to deny him tenure because of the book and would have done so but for one trustee, the late Owen Kenan (a descendant of Rand Kenan, one of the 1898 ringleaders), who spoke up for the author, saying that to punish Gerard for writing the book would go against the core value of academic freedom.

We start with Philip reading a scene near the opening of the book when the Red Shirts, a group of white Wilmington hoodlums, exert their power over a black preacher and the white journalist does nothing but tell his upset wife that it is none of their business.

You can connect with the show at: charlottereaderspodcast.com

Oct 01 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #6: Cynthia Newberry Martin’s Young Characters Struggle With Marriage in Her Literary Fiction Novel, “Tidal Flats”

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In today’s LIVE podcast episode recorded at Main Street Books in Davidson, North Carolina, we meet Cynthia Newberry Martin, author of “Tidal Flats,” a novel where marriage is at the heart of the story and where conflicting choices could undermine the union.

Rebecca Makkai, author of “The Great Believers,” says that Cynthia Newberry Martin is a tremendous writer, with a Woolfian talent for taking the full measure of small moments,” and Joshua Mohr, author of “Sirens and Damascus,” aptly notes that “the novel swirls with light and love.”

In Chapter 1, Cass and Ethan are nearing the end of their first three years of marriage, where the three-year pact they made to start their marriage, The Tidal Flats Agreement, is ever present and about to complicate their lives.

To start the show, Cynthia reads from the preface, when we learn about the agreement, and what lies ahead for the young couple.

You can connect with the show at: charlottereaderspodcast.com

May 26 2020

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Rank #7: S4-14 Phillip Lewis – “The Barrowfields” – Literary Fiction

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In today’s episode, we meet author Phillip Lewis, who reads and discusses his novel, “The Barrowfields.”

North Carolinian and New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash describes the book as “beautifully written and deeply moving,” and says that Phillip is a very talented writer with a debut that “deserves a wide and appreciative readership.”

The book is full of literary allusions that might be easy to miss, a bit like being on a treasure hunt. The town of Old Buckram, for example, comes from the word “buckram,” a type of coarse linen that is stiffened with glue and used to make book covers. Phillip’s idea was to have the story take place in Old Buckram, which is to say, within the covers of an old book.

He starts at the beginning, with a reading that offers a prescient view of the old town itself.

You can connect with the show at: charlottereaderspodcast.com

Dec 03 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #8: S3-06 Lisa Saunders – “Even At The Grave”

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In today’s episode, we meet Lisa Saunders, author of “Even at the Grave” and despite the title, it’s not a horror story, just the opposite.

This is a memoir, but not a sad one. Though it might make you cry when you read the book, you will laugh, too. Lisa has inspired and been inspired by the people she pastored. In her journey, she discovered that there is much generosity and grace in the world, even at the grave.

Lisa starts with a short reading from the first chapter of the book, “Stopping Time.”

You can connect with the show at: charlottereaderspodcast.com

Jun 11 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #9: S1–08 Paul Reali Award winning and published short stories

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In this episode, author Paul Reali reads two flash fiction pieces, both of which have a twist. One deals with a woman who realizes the man she married five weeks earlier is not what he seemed. The other deals with a woman high above the ground perched precariously in a window after a betrayal at the hands of someone close to her. Paul also reads a short story set in Buffalo about a man who falls in love with a woman who is the victim of domestic violence. When the woman and the man go missing, the plot thickens.

Paul is co-founder of Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, Inc. (Charlotte Lit), a nonprofit dedicated to elevating the literary arts in the Charlotte area. He is the co-author of Creativity Rising, a why-to and how-to guide to finding creative solutions that has sold more than 10,000 copies, and he is the co-editor of three volumes in the Big Questions in Creativity series from ICSC Press. Paul’s articles and essays have been published in more than a dozen publications and he has won several honors for his fiction writing.

Listeners can connect with the author at the website: www.charlottelit.org

Listeners can connect with the show at: www.charlottereaderspodcast.com

Nov 20 2018

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Rank #10: Caleb Johnson’s “Treeborne” Explores How Home Is a Southern Story as Much as a Place

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In this Under the Covers episode, we meet Caleb Johnson, author of “Treeborne.”

Caleb brings us a book set in a small Southern town that is an honorable mention for the Southern Book Prize and longlisted for The Crook’s Corner Book Prize, an exploration of how the past gets mixed up in thoughts of the future and of how home is a story as much as a place.

Publishers Weekly, with its starred review and editor's pick, says of the book: "Using language rich as mulch, debut author Johnson tells the superb saga of three generations of Treebornes... Sentence by loamy sentence, this gifted author digs up corpses and upends trees to create a place laden with magic and memory.” And Daniel Wallace, national bestselling author of “Extraordinary Adventures and Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions,” says, "I can’t remember the last time I read a book I wish so much I’d written. Treeborne is beautiful, and mythic in ways I would never have been able to imagine...I can’t say enough about this book."

For more information about this book and the author, check out the show notes at charlottereaderspodcast.com

May 29 2020

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Rank #11: S3-03 Jessica Peterson and Rick Pryll – Hooking up with romance authors

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In this episode, we meet romance authors Jessica Peterson and Rick Pryll, explore the ins and outs of the romance genre and listen to Jessica and Rick talk about how romance novels are more than just sex, although there is the sex, too.

Jessica reads from her book “Southern Charmer,” a novel in her “Charleston Heat” series and Rick reads from “The Chimera of Prague.” Both books take readers to culturally romantic and historical venues where the heroine and hero struggle to find that thing called love.

We start with Rick reading from the first chapter of “The Chimera of Prague,” with Joseph leaving his past behind and searching for the girl of his dreams in that ancient magical city, followed by Jessica reading from the first chapter of “Southern Charmer” where Olivia runs into Eli, who she sees as a gorgeous bearded guy with a thick torso and shoulders, shapely waist and forearms so sinewy and perfect they make Olivia “want to die a little.”

You can connect with the show at: charlottereaderspodcast.com

May 21 2019

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Rank #12: Anissa Gray’s Novel “The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls” Highlights the Fortitude of Women of Color

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In this Under the Covers episode, we meet Anissa Gray, author of “The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls.”

“The New York Times Book Review” calls it “a fast-paced, intriguing story” and “O, The Oprah Magazine” says: “The inequities of the justice system, the fortitude of women of color, and the bittersweet struggle to connect are rendered ravishingly in this bighearted novel.”

“Vogue” calls the book, “disarmingly compelling” and “The Washington Post” remarks: “An absorbing commentary on love, family and forgiveness.”

It’s a story about the Butler family, that has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives.

For more information about this book and the author, check out the show notes at charlottereaderspodcast.com

Mar 13 2020

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Rank #13: S3-05 Abigail DeWitt – Love and Loss in World War II France

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In today’s episode, we meet Abigail DeWitt, author of “News of Our Loved Ones,” a novel that begins in June 1944 with the Allied invasion of France that leaves some family members in Normandy with only hours to live and others in Paris looking for news of their loved ones.

Decades later, one of the survivors, now the wife of an American musician, returns each summer with her children, the youngest of whom becomes obsessed with stories of the war, thinking they are the key to understanding her mother and the conflicting cultures of her life.

We start first with Abigail reading her short story, “Shorn,” published in Narrative Magazine, which explores similar World War II deprivations and tragedies in France.

You can connect with the show at: www.charlottereaderspodcast.com

Jun 04 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #14: S2-13 (Bonus) – The Love of Baseball – Essays By Lifelong Fans

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In this episode, we meet authors Chris Arvidson, Ellyn Ritterskamp and Caroline Kenna, avid baseball fans who bring the game of baseball to life with their story contributions to “The Love of Baseball-Essays by Lifelong Fans.”

You’ve heard of the boys of summer. Today, we meet some of the girls of summer, dressed in their favorite major league baseball gear and itching to read and talk about that great American game without a time clock.

There is something magical about a summer night at a ballpark, with the bright lights, the groomed diamond, the grass cut just so, and the chants of peanuts and Cracker Jack, “strike three, you’re out” and the crack of the bat that knocks in a go-ahead run for the home team.

We start the magic of this episode with three short readings by each author about Spring Training; The Season; and The Post-Season.

You can connect with the show at: charlottereaderspodcast.com

Apr 09 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #15: Poet Donna Love Wallace Navigates Her Experience with Breast Cancer in “Between the Stones”

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In this Under the Covers episode, we meet Donna Love Wallace, author of her debut poetry chapbook, “Between the Stones.”

1 in 8 women will experience invasive breast cancer sometime during their life. With candor and a full range of emotion, Wallace navigates her way in poetry through disparate places and the people that occupy them: the biopsy suite, the grocery store, her closet and a tattoo parlor 350 miles from home.

“The poet captures dread with such precision on the page that you experience her off-stage desperation. Instead of recording emotions, [her] surreal scenes make you feel. When I finished Between Stones for the fourth time, I went out to pick up the morning paper. I noticed that my arms were flapping. I realized that Wallace’s magic had seized my subconscious mind. I wanted to fly.”—Michael Gaspeny, author of Re-Write Men and Vocation.

For more information about this book and the author, check out the show notes at charlottereaderspodcast.com

May 22 2020

29mins

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Rank #16: Michael Croley’s Beautiful Collection of Essays Explores Ordinary Lives in “Any Other Place”

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In this Under the Covers episode, we meet Michael Croley, author of “Any Other Place.”

Silas House, author of “Southernmost” says: “Like the best writers, Michael Croley takes us into the lives of ordinary people who have been thrust into extraordinary circumstances of everyday life…[it’s] one of the most exciting and beautiful story collections to come down the literary pike in a long time…”

In the story, “Slope,” which is featured on the show, a failed relationship forces a man to confront the echoes of his past and the silence of his future.

For more information about this book and the author, check out the show notes at charlottereaderspodcast.com

May 15 2020

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Rank #17: Charlotte Readers Podcast Meets Charlotte Squawks – An Interview with Mike Collins and Brian Kahn

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In today’s episode, we meet Charlotte Squawks co-producers Mike Collins and Brian Kahn at a Charlotte Squawks rehearsal and explore the mania that has become a Charlotte music stage tradition in the Booth Playhouse at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Brian writes the song lyrics and creates the PowerPoint design and Mike directs and performs in a show meant to make fun of just about everything Charlotte and beyond. What is Charlotte Squawks? It’s Saturday Night Live meets Broadway meets our beloved Queen City!

You can join Charlotte Squawks this year from May 30 to June 23rd, as they celebrate their "Quackceañera". That's right, FIFTEEN YEARS of FUNNY!! The creative team of Mike Collins and Brian Kahn collaborate with the area's most talented performers to make fun of pop-culture, sports, life and politics!

We start out with Mike Collins and Brian Kahn reading the director notes for this year’s show and then we dive into conversations with each of them about the why, the how and the what of Charlotte Squawks, and also, we talk about some of the parody songs in this year’s production. At the end of the show, we have a collection of songs from past shows.

You can connect with the show at: charlottereaderspodcast.com

May 24 2019

54mins

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Rank #18: S4-17 (Bonus) – Brian Baltosiewich – “The Podcast Pep Talk”

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In today’s episode, we meet Brian Baltosiewich, author of “The Podcast Pep Talk” and founder and fearless leader of “The Queen City Podcast Network,” a collection of more than two dozen podcasts produced in and centering around Charlotte.

“The Podcast Pep Talk” is a guide full of helpful tips for anyone thinking about getting into the world of podcasting. But it is more than that. In addition to talking about the whys and hows of podcasting, Brian discusses ingredients for success that can be applied to any creative venture.

We start the show with Brian reading from the section of the book entitled “Brian’s Golden Rule of Podcasting.”

You can connect with the show at: charlottereaderspodcast.com

Dec 24 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #19: Carrie Knowles Shares Fiction From “Black Tie Optional,” “The Inevitable Past,” and “A Garden Wall in Provence”

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In today’s episode, author Carrie Knowles, the 2014 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate for Short Fiction, reads from her forthcoming novel, “The Inevitable Past,” her novella, “A Garden Wall in Provence” and several stories from her short fiction collection entitled “Black Tie Optional.”

Carrie also writes short pieces for “Psychology Today” called “Shifting Forward” that captures her personal perspectives.

We start the show with a reading from “The Inevitable Past,” which is a fictional account of the woman who gave birth to Carrie’s father who Carrie never knew.

You can connect with the show at: www.charlottereaderspodcast.com

Jan 28 2020

1hr 7mins

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Rank #20: Landis Wade Reflects on the Arc the Show and What’s Coming in 2020

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In this episode, host Landis Wade reflects on the positive arc of the show in the first complete calendar year of Charlotte Readers Podcast and shares exciting news about what’s coming in 2020.

The year 2019 was a year of steady growth for both the podcast and host Landis Wade, a recovering trial lawyer who left the full time practice of law to jump into the world of podcasting with both feet. Landis is grateful for the sponsors, authors, listeners, advisers and supporters who kept him on the right track and for all that he has learned in the last year.

Season 5 will include 15 episodes with 19 authors, with novels, non-fiction, poetry and short stories. Landis shares the line-up along with audio clips of the 19 authors giving voice to their written words. And because there are too many engaging local and regional authors and not enough room for them on the existing podcast, Landis announces and discusses how he will provide even more author content in 2020.

You can connect with the show at charlottereaderspodcast.com

Dec 31 2019

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Poets Christopher Davis And Allison Hutchcraft Bring Lives and Nature to the Page in “Oath” and “Swale”

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In today’s episode, we visit with award-winning Charlotte poets Christopher Davis and Allison Hutchcraft, authors of the poetry books, “Oath,” published by Main Street Rag and “Swale,” published by New Issues Press with Western Michigan University. Chris and Allison both teach at University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

David Trinidad says “there is a sharp, steel-like edge to the lines in Christopher Davis’s poems-so finely wrought are they, and attuned to ‘the brutality of fact,’ the limits of human interaction.”

Paisley Rekdal says “Hutchcraft examines the delicate balance between rapture and ravishment, in poems as ambitious as they are beautiful.”

We start the show with Chris reading his poem “Examine Her Life” and Allison reading her poem “I have written myself into a Tropical Glow.”

Engage with the show here: https://linktr.ee/CharlotteReadersPodcast

Detailed show notes here: https://charlottereaderspodcast.com

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Charlotte Readers Podcast is a proud member of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and the Queen City Podcast Network.

Dec 01 2020

1hr 14mins

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Author Lauren Jacobs Brings a Forgotten Female Religious Leader to Life in “Shelamzion: Queen of Israel”

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In this Under the Covers episode, we visit with Lauren Jacobs, author of “Shelamzion: Queen of Israel,” a work of historical fiction that shines a light on a much-forgotten queen of Israel.

Professor Kenneth Atkinson, author and biblical scholar, says that “Lauren Jacobs has written an exciting novel that captures the spirit of the historical Queen Shelamzion and her tumultuous world. It accurately reconstructs the details of her life and times through an engaging narrative that never fails to entertain, and awe the reader.”

Author Lauren Jacobs says that one of the purposes of this book is to “display the value of female leadership, increase female representation in the Ancient Near East and add value to the theological discussion of female leadership.”

Engage with the show here: https://linktr.ee/CharlotteReadersPodcast

Detailed show notes here: https://charlottereaderspodcast.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlottereaderspodcast

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlottereader

Charlotte Readers Podcast is a proud member of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and the Queen City Podcast Network.

Nov 27 2020

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Joy Callaway Brings History to Life In “The Fifth Avenue Artists Society” and “Secret Sisters”

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In today’s episode, we visit with novelist Joy Callaway, author of “Secret Sisters” and “The Fifth Avenue Artists Society,” both published by Harper.

The New York Daily News described “The Fifth Avenue Artists Society” as “the creative sisterhood of Little Women, the social scandal of Edith Wharton and the courtship mishaps of Jane Austen. . . . a delightful, and at times touching, tale of Gilded Age society and creative ambition with an inspiring heroine.”

RT Book Reviews calls “Secret Sisters” a “compulsive, feminist read…a rich drama showcasing the disparity between men and women, rich and poor, on a 19th century college campus.”

Joy starts the show with a reading from her most recent novel, “Secret Sisters,” where two of the main characters are plotting the idea of forming a women’s fraternity at their co-ed college in 1881, a time when such ideas are foreign to such male-dominated institutions of the day.

Engage with the show here: https://linktr.ee/CharlotteReadersPodcast

Detailed show notes here: https://charlottereaderspodcast.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlottereaderspodcast

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charlottereaderspodcast/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlottereader

Charlotte Readers Podcast is a proud member of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and the Queen City Podcast Network.

Nov 24 2020

1hr 13mins

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Natasha Tynes Shares Her Literary Murder Mystery That Draws on Her Jordanian-American Heritage

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In this Under the Covers episode, we visit with Natasha Tynes, author of “They Called Me Wyatt,” a literary murder mystery that draws on the author’s Jordanian-American heritage.

Rana F. Sweis, author of “Voices of Jordan,” calls the book “a brilliantly imaginative and riveting tale of cross cultures as well as personal triumph and struggle.”

Gwen Florio, author of “Silent Hearts,” observes that Natasha’s book “starts with an irresistible concept—a murder victim’s soul trapped in a toddler’s body, unable to communicate what happened beyond screams and tantrums—and only gets better from there…it explores the lives of young Jordanians simultaneously bound by the strictures of their home country, and experiencing the freedom—and the bias—of life in the United States. An absorbing read.”

Engage with the show here: https://linktr.ee/CharlotteReadersPodcast

Detailed show notes here: https://charlottereaderspodcast.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlottereaderspodcast

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charlottereaderspodcast/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlottereader

Charlotte Readers Podcast is a proud member of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and the Queen City Podcast Network.

Nov 20 2020

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Joseph Mills Pulls Back the Curtain on the Lives of Soccer Moms and Dads in “Bleachers: fifty-four linked fictions”

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In today’s episode, we visit with Joseph Mills, author of “Bleachers: fifty-four linked fictions,” stories about what happens in and around youth sports.

Shaindel Beers, author of “Secure Your Own Mask,” Winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize, says “in Bleachers, Joe Mills pulls back the curtain on an oft-ridiculed segment of society, the ‘soccer mom’ (or dad!) and reveals the deeper recesses of the human psyche. The realization that to have a child is ‘the death of the self,’ that some days the best you can do as a parent is ‘just be there,’ and myriad other epiphanies. From Pre-Game to Post-Game, from ‘Aging’ to ‘Zidane,’ there are life lessons for player and parent.”

Joe starts the show reading one of the stories titled “Broncos,” where one mother wonders why teams couldn’t be more honest about what they call themselves.

Engage with the show here: https://linktr.ee/CharlotteReadersPodcast

Detailed show notes here: https://charlottereaderspodcast.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlottereaderspodcast

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charlottereaderspodcast/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlottereader

Charlotte Readers Podcast is a proud member of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and the Queen City Podcast Network.

Nov 17 2020

1hr 10mins

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David Collins Captures the True Essence of the Painful and Emotional Fight for Marriage Equality in “The Accidental Activists”

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In this Under the Covers episode, we visit with David Collins, author of “Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas.”

Dale Carpenter, professor of law at the Dedman School of Law (Southern Methodist University) says that “Accidental Activists” is a “beautifully written book” that tells “the story of two men who did the extraordinary in order to live a life of the ordinary.”

Accidental Activists is, first and foremost, a love story of two men, who sixteen years after they met and fell in love, decided that the time had come to bring the fight for same-sex marriage to their home state of Texas.

The book deals with the crippling anxiety they felt growing up gay, the pain and suffering inflicted on them by straight society and, most of all, the ultimate triumph of two courageous men who rose up against determined political and cultural adversaries, fought the legal battles that made gay marriage the law in Texas, and joyfully claimed their right to love in the country they loved.

Engage with the show here: https://linktr.ee/CharlotteReadersPodcast

Detailed show notes here: https://charlottereaderspodcast.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlottereaderspodcast

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charlottereaderspodcast/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlottereader

Charlotte Readers Podcast is a proud member of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and the Queen City Podcast Network.

Nov 13 2020

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Kathleen Burkinshaw’s Young Adult Novel “The Last Cherry Blossom” Is Based on Her Japanese Mother’s First-Hand Experience as a Hiroshima Survivor

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In today’s episode, we visit with award-winning Charlotte writer Kathleen Burkinshaw, author of “The Last Cherry Blossom,” a particularly relevant book in this 75th year from when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

This is a story that offers young readers insight into the Japanese culture, mindset, and daily life during WWII before the atomic bomb was dropped. It is based on Kathleen’s mother’s firsthand experience as a Hiroshima survivor and hopes to warn readers of the immense damage nuclear war can bring, while reminding us that the “enemy” in war is often not so different from ourselves.

In 2018, Book Riot named the book one of “30 Fascinating Historical Fiction Books for Middle School Readers.”

Kathleen starts the show with a reading from the first chapter of the book, where air raids are becoming a regular occurrence for the young protagonist and her classmates as the allies close in.

Engage with the show here: https://linktr.ee/CharlotteReadersPodcast

Detailed show notes here: https://charlottereaderspodcast.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlottereaderspodcast

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charlottereaderspodcast/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlottereader

Charlotte Readers Podcast is a proud member of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and the Queen City Podcast Network.

Nov 10 2020

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Natasha Boyd Brings to Life the Little Known Story of 18th Century Southern Heroine Eliza Lucas Pinckney in “The Indigo Girl”

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In this Under the Covers episode, we visit with Natasha Boyd, author of “The Indigo Girl,” the true and riveting story of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, a woman ahead of her time and mother of one of the United States’ founding fathers.

So influential was she in the formation of the nation that President George Washington, at his own request, served as a pallbearer at her funeral.

The New York Journal of Books call the book “an outstanding work of fiction that introduces a historical figure with whom few will have heard of, but who played a vital role in the economic history of the colony of South Carolina … Natasha Boyd incorporates the social issues of racial inequality, lack of women’s rights, and class distinctions into a story of one of America’s most remarkable women.”

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Nov 06 2020

42mins

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Charlie Lovett Spins A Literary Tale Tied to Early New York Children Mystery Writers in “Escaping Dreamland”

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In today’s episode, we visit with New York Times bestselling novelist and playwright Charlie Lovett, whose latest novel is “Escaping Dreamland,” published by Blackstone Publishers.

Much of the book is set in the early 20th century in New York City, and explores historic New York and the lives of three young people writing series books for children (think The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew). The book is an homage to the books of our childhood, to New York City, and above all to love and friendship.

Liza Nash Taylor, author of “Etiquette for Runaways” says that “Lovett navigates skillfully between centuries while exploring interwoven themes of regret, unrequited love, loyalty, and ambition. Not since E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime has this era in New York been so beautifully captured.”

Charlie starts the show with a reading from early in the book, where we learn that Robert, the modern-day protagonist, is a writer with a secret, one with a direct line to his love for the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift and the Tremendous Trio.

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Nov 03 2020

1hr 6mins

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Michele Tracy Berger Mixes Racial Conspiracy with Psychological Horror in “Reenu – You”

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In this Under the Covers episode, we visit with Michele Tracy Berger, author of “Reenu – You,” a novella that explores the politics of beauty, corporate conspiracy and unlikely female heroes battling a horrific virus that appears to be targeted against their race.

What if a visit to the salon could kill you? What if a product billed as a “natural hair relaxer” harbored a deadly virus? Reenu-You is about that virus. One reviewer says that in telling this story, Michele uses “the language of horror, of alienation from one's own body, not the language of joy,” and that “the novella never leaves horror and alienation entirely behind.”

Much of Michele’s work explores psychological horror, especially through issues of race and gender.

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Oct 30 2020

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Dixie Gamble’s Story Of A Childhood Mystic Turned Nashville Music Executive Turned Filmmaker and Human Rights Activist Comes Alive in “Witch Hairs”

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In today’s episode, we visit with Dixie Gamble, author of “Witch Hairs, Mirth, Miracles, Mayhem and Music.” It’s the true story of Dixie’s remarkable life as a Nashville music executive turned filmmaker and human rights activist.

Rodney Crowell, Recording Artist and Author of “Chinaberry Sidewalks” says that “Witch Hairs chronicles the soul journey of a childhood mystic, music business executive, extraterrestrial confidant, primitive culture documentarian, mental health and prison reform activist, adventurer, devoted mother, lover of one of the world’s finest musicians and published author. Dixie Gamble has been there, done that.”

Recording artist Pam Tillis adds that “Dixie Gamble has never done a damn thing small and this memoir is no exception…brazenly admitting to experiences way, way past the realms of the everyday may make books about sex, drugs and rock and roll pale a little in comparison.”

We start the show with Dixie sharing with us some interesting facts about her remarkable life.

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Oct 27 2020

1hr 23mins

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Sara Johnson Takes Readers to the Wilds of New Zealand In Her Alexa Glock Mystery “The Bones Remember”

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In this Under the Covers episode, we visit with Sara Johnson, author of the mystery novel, “The Bones Remember,” the second book in the Alexa Glock forensic mystery series.

Like the first novel in the series, “The Bones Remember” is set on a New Zealand island where forensic investigator Alexa Glock must deal with the controversy of shark cage diving tourism in her effort to solve two murders. Set against a down under and rugged landscape of land and sea, Alexa confronts the jaws of death and those who love and hate the shark cage diving industry in her pursuit to land the real killer.

Publisher’s Weekly calls protagonist Alexa Glock a “refreshingly normal heroine” and one Net Galley reviewer gave the book high marks, saying: “This was a quick and thrilling read [with] characters [so] beautifully flawed [that] sometimes I wanted to yell at them, but that's what makes a book enjoyable.”

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Oct 23 2020

33mins

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Heather Bell Adams Takes Readers on a Literary Mystery from the War-Torn Philippines of WWII to the Modern Mansions of Savannah in “The Good Luck Stone”

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In today’s episode, we visit with award-winning novelist Heather Bell Adams, whose most recent book is “The Good Luck Stone,” published by Haywire Books.

Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author of “Perennial” calls “The Good Luck Stone” a “plot-perfect page turner...Adams has hit the sweet spot, mastering a literary tone with commercial pacing...a screen- worthy winner and a book club bullseye.”

As the story moves between the verdant jungles of the war-torn Philippines and the glitter of modern-day Savannah, friendships new and old are tested. Along the way, the protagonist grapples with one of life’s heart-wrenching truths: You can only outrun your secrets for so long.

Heather starts the show with a reading at a good place, the beginning, where we meet the protagonist Audrey Thorpe, an elderly woman and matriarch of one of Savannah’s finest families.

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Oct 20 2020

1hr 7mins

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Renea Winchester Writes About Hardscrabble Southern Appalachia and the Strong Women Who Survive in “Outbound Train”

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In this Under the Covers episode, we meet Renea Winchester, author of the novel, “Outbound Train.”

Bestselling author Michael Morris says: “Renea Winchester writes about the people of the hardscrabble south with compassion and conviction. Her debut novel, Outbound Train, is an inspiring story of three generations of women who not only seek to survive a life of poverty in Appalachia but also dare to dream. With pitch-perfect dialogue and believable characters, Winchester has crafted a story that will make readers stand up and cheer.”

And New York Times bestselling author Julie Cantrell calls the book “a powerful tale of heartache and healing delivered with the skills of a true southern storyteller.”

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Oct 16 2020

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Lee Matalone’s Literary Fiction Characters Search for Home, Identity and Belonging in “Home Making”

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In today’s episode, we visit with Lee Matalone, author of her debut novel, “Home Making,” published by Harper Perennial. It’s a story of three characters, woven together in a moving, beautiful narrative of home, identity, and belonging.

The New York Times Book Review calls the novel “[A] heady and somber debut” while author Scott McClanahan calls it “the debut novel of the year.”

Lee starts the show with a reading from the opening chapter, “War Child,” where we learn that an unwanted female baby born in Tokyo is signed over to the state and then plucked from the orphanage and adopted by an American officer and his wife.

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Oct 13 2020

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Eliot Parker Spins Short Stories With Strange, Creepy and Sometimes Poignant Twists in “Snapshots”

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In this Under the Covers episode, we visit with Eliot Parker, author of “Snapshots: A Collection of Short Stories,” which is set largely in Eastern, Kentucky, Southern Ohio and West Virginia. It was a 2020 finalist in the American Fiction Awards for short story anthology.

Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review, says that these stories “challenge readers to think about their expectations and prejudices” and are “strong in tension development, plot, and the ability to craft something unexpected and different from disparate life experiences.”

Meredith Sue Willis, author of “Out of The Mountains and Re-Visions,” says that “Eliot is an observer and imaginer of life's quirky, ironic, random pay backs. His stories almost always have some twist or turn or surprise at the end-- in many cases the punishment of a nasty main character.”

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Oct 09 2020

42mins

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Anthony Abbott 2020 Inductee in the NC Literary Hall of Fame Shares His Wonderful Poetry and His Literary Journey – May He Rest in Peace

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In today’s episode, we honor award-winning Davidson NC poet and novelist Anthony “Tony” Abbott (January 7, 1935 - October 3, 2020), 2020 Inductee into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, an organization which celebrates and promotes the state’s rich literary heritage by commemorating its leading authors and encouraging the continued flourishing of great literature

Tony talks about his writing life and reads poetry from three of his award-winning chapbooks published by Lorimer Press: “New and Selected Poems,” “If Words Could Save Us,” and “The Angel dialouges.”

Of “The Angel Dialogues,” Joseph Bathanti, Poet Laureate of North Carolina 2012, says that “Abbott miters each poem into the next with the precision of a master carpenter, in language that moves seamlessly, often floating, from impressionism into a quirky vernacular narrative …” And Cathy Smith Bowers, Poet Laureate of North Carolina 2010-2012 says “this angel … is a double-tasking, sarcastic, Yeats-reading, quantum-leaping trickster …

Tony starts the show reading a poem that is one of signature pieces: “The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat.”

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Oct 06 2020

1hr 19mins

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Katherine Snow Smith Leads Us to Laughter And Tears in Her Memoir-in-Essays, “Rules For The Southern Rulebreaker”

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In this Under the Covers episode, we meet Katherine Snow Smith, author of the book “Rules for the Southern Rulebreaker: Missteps and Lessons Learned.”

Award winning North Carolina author Lee Smith, says of the book, “Katherine Snow Smith’s sure voice, deft pen, hilarious sense of humor and always original slant on things offer the reader much to enjoy in these delightful essays.”

The book has 22 chapters, or rules, such as “Always Wear Sensible Shoes,” “Never Arrive at the Funeral Home Late,” and “Always Know Your Date’s Pedigree,” and as Katherine says in the Forward to the book, she broke them all. She finds humor and tenderness in these many moments known as life.
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Oct 02 2020

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Poet Gail Peck Brings the Dust Bowl Photographs of Dorothea Lange to Life in “An Instant Out of Time”

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In today’s episode, we visit with the 2020 winner of the Irene Blair Honeycutt Lifetime Achievement Award in Literary Arts and the author of “An Instant Out of Time,” “Within Two Rooms,” and other poetry collections.

Joseph Bathanti, former North Carolina Poet Laureate says this about Gail’s new book:
“I’ve admired Gail Peck’s poems for thirty years—their precision and sensibility, gorgeous imagery, and taut, chiseled language that echoes long after the final syllable. All these hallmarks are exponentially evident in Pecks’ extraordinary new volume, An Instant Out of Time. These new poems beautifully contemplate and amplify the Dust Bowl photographs of legendary photographer Dorothea Lange. While An Instant Out of Time is a primer on how to write breathtaking ekphrastic poems, it is also a celebration of two artists—Lange and Peck—in a seamless collaboration of their respective arts that is heartbreakingly unforgettable.”

Gail’s first reading is “Tractored Out, Childress County, Texas” from her book “An Instant Out of Time.”

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Sep 29 2020

1hr 18mins

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Colin Cerniglia Takes a Swing With the N.Y. Yankees in “Culture of Excellence”

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In this Under the Covers episode, we meet Colin Cerniglia, author of “Culture of Excellence: What We Can Learn From The Yankees About Leadership.”

Andrew Rotondi, co-host of the Bronx Pinstripes Show, says of the book that “it was fascinating to read a take that wasn’t just about wins and losses. Culture of Excellence gets at one of the age-old sports questions: How does leadership and team culture affect the on-field product? The Yankees, with their eccentric leaders, compelling cast of characters, and sustained greatness, are the ideal organization for this study.”

Colin is President and CEO of Talent 409, a Charlotte leadership academy that works with athletes and athletic teams to enhance their vision and culture. In “Culture of Excellence,” he offers lessons learned from his study of one of the premier franchises in Major League Baseball about how to motivate people and improve team performance.
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Sep 25 2020

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Great podcast!!

By Ted Flanagan - May 29 2020
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Landis Wade is a master of insightful conversation with writers about why, how, and what they do. A can’t miss for lovers of writing and reading!

Great podcast

By notzon - Mar 02 2020
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Wonderfully warm and engaging interview. Do listen in.