Ep. 74: Jennifer Robson, Author of Our Darkest Night

This week, my guest on the podcast is historical fiction author Jennifer Robson. Fans of The Gown will love her latest novel, Our Darkest Night: A Novel of Italy and the Second World .

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“Robson shines with this stellar WWII story. Expert characterizations and perfect pacing are rounded out by lyrical prose … This will break readers’ hearts.” -Publishers’ Weekly Starred Review

An academic by background, a former editor by profession, and a lifelong history nerd, Jennifer Robson is now a full-time writer. She is the author of six novels set during and after the two world wars: Somewhere in France, After the War is Over, Moonlight Over Paris, Goodnight from London, The Gown, and her latest, Our Darkest Night: A Novel of Italy and the Second World War.

To learn more about Jennifer Robson and follow her on social media visit https://jennifer-robson.com.


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Ep. 73: Jennie Fields, Author of Atomic Love

I’m excited to share a conversation with Jennie Fields, author of an enthralling new historical fiction novel, Atomic Love.

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“A novel of science, love, espionage, beautiful writing, and a heroine who carves a strong path in the world of men.” — Ann Patchett

Jennie Fields received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the author of the novels Lily Beach, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, The Middle Ages, and The Age of Desire. A Chicago native, Fields was inspired by her own mother’s work as a University of Chicago-trained biochemist in the 1950s. After years as a creative director at large New York ad agencies, Fields now lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.

To learn more about Jennie Fields and follow her on social media visit https://www.jenniefields.com


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Ep. 72: Evie Dunmore, Author of A Rogue of One’s Own

Historical romance fans and anyone who has been binge watching Bridgerton, this week’s episode is for you! My guest is USA TODAY bestselling author Evie Dunmore, whose new book in the League of Extraordinary Women series is called A Rogue of One’s Own

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Rich with subplot, historical detail and beautifully descriptive writing that keeps the pages turning until the delightfully unconventional happy ending.” —NPR

Evie Dunmore is also the author of Bringing Down the Duke, which she wrote inspired by the magical scenery of Oxford, her passion for romance, women pioneers, and all things Victorian. In her civilian life, she is a consultant with a M.Sc. in Diplomacy from Oxford. Evie is a member of the British Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA). 

To learn more about Evie Dunmore and follow her on social media visit http://eviedunmore.com


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Visit the London School of Economics mentioned on this episode: https://www.lse.ac.uk/library/collection-highlights/The-Womens-Library

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 71: Jamie Sumner, Author of Tune It Out

Aspiring writers and kid lit fans will enjoy my conversation with today’s guest, Jamie Sumner. Jamie is the critically acclaimed author of the middle grade novels Roll With It and Tune It Out as well as the adult nonfiction books Unbound and Eat, Sleep, Save the World.

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“A vivid, sensitive exploration of invisible disability, family bonds, and the complex reality of happily-ever-after.” — Kirkus Starred Review


I had to ration my reading of Tune It Out, I adored this heartfelt, compelling read and couldn’t bear to leave these characters. Grab this one and wrap it up for the kids in your life (and their librarians and teachers!). 

To learn more about Jamie Sumner and follow her on social media visit https://jamie-sumner.com

 


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Ep. 70: Signe Pike, Author of the Lost Queen Trilogy

Today on A Bookish Home my guest is Signe Pike. She is the author of The Lost Queen and the travel memoir Faery Tale, and has researched and written about Celtic history and folklore for more than a decade. Her new book The Forgotten Kingdom, continues Langoreth’s story in a trilogy that has been called “The Mists of Avalon for a new generation” and “Outlander meets Camelot-but with the focus firmly on the lives and loves of women”.

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To learn more about Signe Pike and follow her on social media visit https://www.signepike.com.

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Ep. 69: Raùl the Third, Mass. Book Award Winner for Vamos!

Today on A Bookish Home my guest is Raúl The Third, this year’s Massachusetts Book Award winner in the children’s picture book and early reader category for Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market. I had the honor of serving as a juror in this category and was so happy to get to discuss this wonderful picture book with Raúl!

Raúl is an illustrator, author, and artist living in Boston. His work centers around the contemporary Mexican-American experience and his memories of growing up in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He is currently working on the expanded world of his Vamos! series, and illustrating the fourth volume of the Lowriders series, written by Cathy Camper.

About the Book:

“Richard Scarry’s Busytown gets a Mexican-American makeover in the marketplace of a buzzing border town from Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third.

Bilingual in a new way, this paper over board book teaches readers simple words in Spanish as they experience the bustling life of a border town. Follow Little Lobo and his dog Bernabe as they deliver supplies to a variety of vendors, selling everything from sweets to sombreros, portraits to piñatas, carved masks to comic books!”

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To learn more about Raúl The Third visit https://www.raulthethird.com.

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Ep. 68: Tori Whitaker, Author of Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish

Today on A Bookish Home I’m chatting with Tori Whitaker, whose debut historical fiction novel, Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish was recently released. 

The novel has been receiving a lot of well deserved praise. Author Karen White says, “A heartwarming and affecting novel centered around the love between mothers and daughters, of what we share and the secrets we keep . . . Whitaker brings us back to the 1950s, highlighting the old gender norms and the cost paid by those who tried to shake them . . . an engaging and illuminating walk through the not-so-distant past . . . with a worthy heroine to lead readers through a life full of loss, love, heartbreak, and, ultimately, of forgiveness.”

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Tori Whitaker grew up in the Midwest and now resides outside of Atlanta, Georgia.  She graduated from Indiana University and is chief marketing officer for a national law firm. She is also an alum of the Yale Writers’ Workshop. Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish is her first novel. 

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To learn more about Tori Whitaker and follow her on social media visit toriwhitaker.com.

Download the wonderful Book Club Kit for Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish here.

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Ep. 67: Hank Phillippi Ryan, Author of The First to Lie

This week my guest is award winning author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan, whose latest book, The First to Lie is a chilling psychological suspense novel. In a starred review Publishers Weekly called The First to Lie “Stellar.. Hank Phillippi Ryan could win a sixth Agatha with this one.” 

The First to Lie is exactly the kind of gripping, suspenseful read I love staying up with on a fall night, eagerly turning the pages. This book kept me guessing from start to finish. I also could have chatted with Hank about her career as both an award-winning investigative reporter and author all day. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

About Hank Phillippi Ryan:

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of 12 mystery novels, Hank has also won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction fiction: five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, two Macavitys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV. She’s won 37 EMMYs, 14 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism. National book reviews have called Hank a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.” 

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To learn more about Hank Phillippi Ryan and follow her on social media visit https://hankphillippiryan.com.

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Ep. 66: Amy Elizabeth Bishop, Literary Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Are you curious about the role of the agent in the publishing process? Tune into this week’s episode with Amy Elizabeth Bishop, Literary Agent with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

On this episode you’ll also hear from Amy about one of her projects that was recently chosen for Reese’s Book Club and Book of the Month!

Amy joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2015, after completing an internship with them in 2014. Before diving into the world of publishing, she graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Creative Writing.

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To learn more about Amy Elizabeth Bishop and follow her on social media visit https://www.dystel.com/amy-bishop.

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Ep. 65: Kelly Yang, Author of Three Keys

Today we have a special episode with one of my favorite kid lit authors, Kelly Yang. Librarians, parents, and teachers, her books are must purchases for your bookshelves!

Kelly Yang is the NYTimes Bestselling author of the middle grade novel Front Desk and its new sequel Three Keys, as well as a young adult novel, Parachutes. Front Desk won the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and was chosen a Best Book of the year by multiple Organizations including NPR, the Washington Post and the NY Public Library.

Kelly’s family immigrated to the United States from China and she grew up in California in circumstances very similar to those of Mia Tang in the the Front Desk books.. She went to college at thirteen, eventually graduating from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for children in Asia and the United States. Kelly has three children and splits her time between Hong Kong and San Francisco, California.

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To learn more about Kelly Yang and follow her on social media visit https://kellyyang.com.

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