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Book Talk features discussions with up and coming authors who have recently published new work. Topics range from 1960s Jimi Hendrix roadie biographies to modern political commentary to crime-fiction from a recovered heroin addict. What is never featured is the boring or mundane. If the last thing you read was featured by Oprah's Book Club, or you are a fan of Eat, Pray, Love, then this show isn't for you. However, if you like Henry Miller and Tom Waits' Nighthawks at the Diner is what you like to soak your mind in, then check out new episodes of Book Talk every Thursday with host Kory French.

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Book Talk features discussions with up and coming authors who have recently published new work. Topics range from 1960s Jimi Hendrix roadie biographies to modern political commentary to crime-fiction from a recovered heroin addict. What is never featured is the boring or mundane. If the last thing you read was featured by Oprah's Book Club, or you are a fan of Eat, Pray, Love, then this show isn't for you. However, if you like Henry Miller and Tom Waits' Nighthawks at the Diner is what you like to soak your mind in, then check out new episodes of Book Talk every Thursday with host Kory French.

    ‘New Yorkers: A City and It’s People in our Time’ by Craig Taylor

    ‘New Yorkers: A City and It’s People in our Time’ by Craig Taylor

    "In the first twenty years of the twenty-first century, New York City has been convulsed by terrorist attack, blackout, hurricane, recession, social injustice, and pandemic. ‘New Yorkers’ weaves the voices of some of the city's best talkers into an indelible portrait of New York in our time - and a powerful hymn to the vitality and resilience of its people.





    Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative.

    00:00 - Show Opening
    01:08 - Fat & Loose With The Rules - Mo Douglas
    01:16 - Episode Intro
    04:20 - Fat & Loose With The Rules (Cont’d) - Mo Douglas
    05:02 - Interview with Craig Taylor, Part 1
    20:59 - Neighborhood Rooster - Mo Douglas
    23:09 - Interview with Craig Taylor, Part 2
    43:22 - Luxury Apartment Living - Mo Douglas
    43:31 - Episode Outro
    45:22 - Luxury Apartment Living (Cont’d) - Mo Douglas
    45:53 - Show Closing
    47:20 - Finish
    "

    • 47 min
    ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ by Blake Bailey

    ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ by Blake Bailey

    "Appointed by Philip Roth and granted independence and complete access, Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth’s personal archive, interviewing his friends, lovers, and colleagues, and engaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations. The result is an indelible portrait of an American master and of the postwar literary scene.



    NY Times Review of ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ by Blake Bailey

    Atlantic Review of ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ by Blake Bailey

    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

    Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative.

    00:00 - Show Opening
    01:08 - Since Grazed - Eleventh Dream Day
    01:13 - Episode Intro
    03:46 - Since Grazed (Cont’d) - Eleventh Dream Day
    05:04 - Interview with Blake Bailey, Part 1
    16:36 - Nothing’s Ever Lost - Eleventh Dream Day
    20:28 - Interview with Blake Bailey, Part 2
    36:28 - Every Time This Day It Rains - Eleventh Dream Day
    36:41 - Episode Outro
    38:24 - Every Time This Day It Rains (Cont’d) - Eleventh Dream Day
    42:51 - Show Closing
    44:21 - Finish
    "

    • 44 min
    ‘The Last Bookshop in London’ by Madeline Martin

    ‘The Last Bookshop in London’ by Madeline Martin

    "August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she’d wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London.



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    Publisher: Hanover Square Press

    Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative.

    00:00 - Show Opening
    01:07 - Episode Intro
    02:45 - Bad With Time - Sun June
    04:12 - Interview with Madeline Martin, Part 1
    13:40 - Everything I Had - Sun June
    14:55 - Interview with Madeline Martin, Part 2
    30:10 - Bad Girl - Sun June
    30:18 - Episode Outro
    31:59 - Bad Girl (Cont’d) - Sun June
    34:00 - Show Closing
    35:29 - Finish
    "

    • 35 min
    ‘In Search of a Kingdom’ by Laurence Bergreen

    ‘In Search of a Kingdom’ by Laurence Bergreen

    "An exploration narrative of Queen Elizabeth’s favorite pirate, Sir Francis Drake, whose mastery of the seas changed the course of history—as a pirate raiding Spanish galleons, as the first explorer to successfully circumnavigate the globe, and as a naval hero who defeated the Spanish Armada and reshaped the global order.



    Publisher: Custom House

    Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative.

    00:00 - Show Opening
    01:07 - R UR 4 Me? - Middle Kids
    01:10 - Episode Intro
    03:07 - R UR 4 Me? (Cont’d) - Middle Kids
    03:49 - Interview with Laurence Bergreen, Part 1
    16:57 - Summer Hill - Middle Kids
    18:51 - Interview with Laurence Bergreen, Part 2
    35:21 - Cellophane (Brain) - Middle Kids
    35:26 - Episode Outro
    37:07 - Cellophane (Brain) (Cont’d) - Middle Kids
    38:44 - Show Closing
    40:13 - Finish
    "

    • 40 min
    Cancelling Dr. Seuss

    Cancelling Dr. Seuss

    "A recent decision by the estate of Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel to pull six of his books because of crude stereotypical portrayals created quite a debate. Some say the action represents the worst of cancel culture, while others praise the decision because they believe the depictions can promote racial insensitivity.



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    00:00 - Show Opening
    01:07 - Show Me How You Disappear - Ian Sweet
    01:13 - Episode Intro
    03:00 - Matters (Cont’d) - Ian Sweet
    03:35 - Thoughts on Dr. Seuss being cancelled Part 1
    15:43 - I See Everything - Ian Sweet
    17:23 - Thoughts on Dr. Seuss being cancelled Part 2
    22:09 - Get Better - Ian Sweet
    24:23 - Show Outro
    25:52 - Finish
    "

    • 25 min
    ‘The Rose Code’ by Kate Quinn

    ‘The Rose Code’ by Kate Quinn

    "A beautiful blue-blooded debutante, a tart-tongued London shop-girl, and a shy crossword-solving spinster join the war against Nazi Germany as codebreakers of Bletchley Park, only to find that the real puzzle lies inside the Park itself as a traitor sets them against each other in a betrayal reaching past the end of the war.



    Publisher: William Morrow Press (Harper Collins)

    Book Cover and Author headshot images provided by the author’s representative.

    00:00 - Show Opening
    01:07 - Matters - Twinsmith
    01:09 - Episode Intro
    02:37 - Matters (Cont’d) - Twinsmith
    04:34 - Interview with Kate Quinn, Part 1
    21:44 - Boji - Twinsmith
    22:27 - Interview with Kate Quinn, Part 2
    37:52 - Forever Old. - Twinsmith
    38:05 - Episode Outro
    39:49 - Forever Old. (Cont’d) - Twinsmith
    43:06 - Outro
    43:38 - Finish
    "

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Razzdo ,

Fun, light and intelligent

Kory is an insightful host and doesn’t hold any pretentiousness that one might get from a book show.

kytelines ,

what a bro

Kory French tries so hard to come off as cool and edgy. He asks leading questions and makes assumptions that are often not on point. He seems to have a lack of understanding of the work of the guests he invites on the program. The production quality is pretty good.

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