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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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    • Arts
    • 4.1 • 8 Ratings

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.

    ‘Slender Notions’ by Nicholas Antonopoulos

    ‘Slender Notions’ by Nicholas Antonopoulos

    "Mid twenties Leo is an aspiring writer, and he is also a discreet heroin addict, suffering from the inanity of day to day life and the despair of artistic expression. His personal decay and desperation for relevance leads him to a man named Cole who has a plan to upset the established order of austerity and stoicism reigning the modern world.





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

    00:00 - Show Opening
    01:07 - Episode Intro
    03:08 - 7/4 Shoreline (Cont’d) - Broken Social Scene
    06:04 - Interview with Nicholas Antonopoulos, Part 1
    23:55 - Pacific Theme - Broken Social Scene
    28:10 - Interview with Nicholas Antonopoulos, Part 2
    43:45 - Chameleon - Broken Social Scene
    43:52 - Episode Outro
    45:41 - Chameleon (Cont’d) - Broken Social Scene
    48:20 - Show Closing
    49:48 - Finish
    "

    • 49 min
    ‘Yes, Daddy’ by Jonathan Parks-Ramage

    ‘Yes, Daddy’ by Jonathan Parks-Ramage

    "Jonah Keller moved to New York City with dreams of becoming a successful playwright, but, for the time being, lives in a rundown sublet in Bushwick, working extra hours at a gay restaurant only to barely make rent. When he stumbles upon a photo of Richard Shriver—the glamorous Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and quite possibly the stepping stone to the fame he craves—Jonah orchestrates their meeting. The two begin a hungry, passionate affair.



    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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

    00:00 - Show Opening
    01:07 - Don’t Be Scared - Sorry
    01:10 - Episode Intro
    03:24 - Don’t Be Scared (Cont’d) - Sorry
    03:36 - Interview with Jonathan Parks-Ramage Part 1
    18:12 - Things To Hold Onto - Sorry
    19:13 - Interview with Jonathan Parks-Ramage, Part 2
    36:51 - Cigarette Packet - Sorry
    37:06 - Episode Outro
    38:54 - Cigarette Packet (Cont’d) - Sorry
    39:34 - Show Closing
    41:04 - Finish
    "

    • 41 min
    ‘Hiding in Plain Sight: A Real and Raw Essay About Depression’ by Matthew J. O’Brien

    ‘Hiding in Plain Sight: A Real and Raw Essay About Depression’ by Matthew J. O’Brien

    "A descriptive, real, and very raw essay on Depression and healing from someone who survived the mental battle after a year-long fight, and who looks to help affect anyone going through the same struggle.


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

    00:00 - Show Opening
    01:08 - Mind Leaf - Heavy Trip
    01:17 - Episode Intro
    05:24 - Mind Leaf (Cont’d) - Heavy Trip
    06:08 - Interview with Matthew J. O’Brien, Part 1
    26:23 - Lunar Throne - Heavy Trip
    28:49 - Interview with Matthew J. O’Brien, Part 2
    58:03 - Hand of Shroom - Heavy Trip
    58:38 - Episode Outro
    59:39 - Hand of Shroom (Cont’d) - Heavy Trip
    60:42 - Show Closing
    62:10 - Finish
    "

    • 1 hr 2 min
    ‘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

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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