NPT’s Emmy Award-winning A Word on Words features accessible interviews with authors and poets about their latest books. Launched in 2015 with New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison and essayist Mary Laura Philpott as co-hosts, the series was designed to be accessible and engaging for a new generation of readers.
This season novelist Jeremy Finley joins J.T. Ellison for more discussions with writers about their work, their process and what they are reading for inspiration.
Dead Fall – Brad Thor
A rogue Russian military unit has disappeared in the heart of Ukraine, leaving a trail of war crimes in their wake. Their involvement in the abduction of an American aid worker presents a challenge, as direct military intervention is not an option. To resolve the crisis, the U.S. deploys, Scot Harvath with one mission: locate the aid worker and ensure that those responsible face the consequences.
Beautiful Trauma - Rebecca Fogg
“It just really struck me how unexpected it was, to me, that these wonderful things could coexist with these awful things.” Rebecca Fogg talks with Jeremy Finley about her book Beautiful Trauma.
Lidia's a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl - Lidia Bastianich
Lidia Bastianich – the Italian-American chef, beloved public television personality, and cookbook author – shares her culinary expertise in "Lidia's a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl." Lidia invites us on a delightful journey through the heart and soul of Italian cuisine, celebrating the simple yet soul-satisfying joys of cooking in everyday pots, pans, and bowls.
The Other Year - Rea Frey | A Word on Words | NPT
Rea Frey talks with Jeremy Finley about her book The Other Year.
Kate Baker’s beach vacation turns into a heart-stopping ordeal when her daughter Olivia disappears in the water. Rea Frey's The Other Year explores parallel timelines: one where Olivia survives and Kate faces the challenges of motherhood, and another where Olivia tragically dies, forcing Kate to navigate grief and anger. It's a gripping tale of love, loss, and the unpredictable twists of life.
We Are the Light - Matthew Quick | A Word on Words | NPT
Author Matthew Quick talks with host J.T. Ellison about We are the Light, a novel exploring the complexities of human connection and self-discovery. Quick delves into themes of acceptance, forgiveness, and the transformative power of friendship. With a blend of empathy and wit, Quick’s narrative highlights the resilience of the human spirit and the existence of hope even in the darkest moments.
The Devil Takes You Home - Gabino Iglesias | A Word on Words | NPT
Noir writer Gabino Iglesias talks with host Jeremy Finley about his book The Devil Takes You Home. Filled with suspense, dark humor, and profound insights into the human condition, The Devil Takes You Home is a raw and unflinching exploration of the lengths people will go to survive and the consequences that await them.
If you’re a book lover, this is for you.
Great conversations with some great authors. I learned a lot!