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“Bookreporter Talks To” is a podcast from The Book Report Network where we host in-depth conversations with authors about the books that we love. We know authors cannot travel everywhere, so we want to bring them to you, wherever YOU may be.

Bookreporter Talks To Carol Fitzgerald

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    • 4.9 • 21 Ratings

“Bookreporter Talks To” is a podcast from The Book Report Network where we host in-depth conversations with authors about the books that we love. We know authors cannot travel everywhere, so we want to bring them to you, wherever YOU may be.

    Nita Prose: The Maid

    Nita Prose: The Maid

    Nita Prose talks to Carol Fitzgerald about her debut novel, The Maid, which is Good Morning America’s Book Club Pick for January, as well as a Bookreporter Bets On selection.
    The Maid is the story of Molly, a socially challenged hotel maid who prides herself on delivering top service to the guests at the Regency Grand Hotel. One day she comes upon a wealthy hotel guest, who is dead in his bed. All fingers point towards Molly as his killer, and she works to unravel this mystery of what happened to Mr. Black to free herself as a suspect.
    Nita shares how she came upon the idea for this book, and how those scribbled notes became the prologue. She shares how her day job as the Editorial Director of a Canadian publishing house influenced her. She shared how sometimes pushing your characters into small settings makes them bigger personalities. They talk about the quote at the end of the book, which Carol already has hanging on her office wall.
    Nita was also interviewed on Good Morning America, which you can see here:
    https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/culture/video/nita-prose-author-maid-shares-idea-book-82240719
    Books Discussed in this Episode:
    The Maid by Nita Prose
    https://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/the-maid
    More Bookreporter Talks To:
    The Attic on Queen Street: https://youtu.be/a_S6PfaSXtE
    The Starless Crown: https://youtu.be/3sdpFPTOU3M
    Olga Dies Dreaming: https://youtu.be/h71ib3s0ULA
    Check out our Bookaccino Book Club live events!
    William Kent Krueger: https://youtu.be/dX-mHWLmv5k
    Jim DeFede: https://youtu.be/y2im_W_wGsw
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    Photography Credit: Greg Fitzgerald

    • 50 min
    Xochitl Gonzalez: Olga Dies Dreaming

    Xochitl Gonzalez: Olga Dies Dreaming

    Xochitl Gonzalez talks to Carol Fitzgerald about her debut novel, Olga Dies Dreaming, which is a Bookreporter Bets On selection.
    In the novel, Olga is a wedding planner for New York socialite types and deftly handles all of their quirks and high-end dreams. Her brother is a politician in Brooklyn, who strives to represent the Puerto Rican community. While they both appear to be in control of their own lives, these appearances are deceiving. Both are haunted by their absent mother, who was a revolutionary in Puerto Rico. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, their lives collide with their mother again.
    Xochitl talks about how her life and writing have been influenced by growing up in Brooklyn. She remembers the area before it was the more gentrified place it is now, and those memories infuse her writing. They discuss her writing of the book, which started at the Iowa Writers Workshop and was once conceived as a memoir. She also wrote the Hulu pilot script for Olga Dies Dreaming and shares her writing process for that, as well as what it was like being on set with the cast and crew.
    Books Discussed in This Episode:
    Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
    https://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/olga-dies-dreaming
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bookreporter-talks-to/id1478026194
    More Bookreporter Talks To:
    Everything We Didn't Say: https://youtu.be/UyjRqnyTrLc
    The Attic on Queen Street: https://youtu.be/a_S6PfaSXtE
    The Starless Crown: https://youtu.be/3sdpFPTOU3M
    Check out our Bookaccino Book Club live events!
    William Kent Krueger: https://youtu.be/dX-mHWLmv5k
    Jim DeFede: https://youtu.be/y2im_W_wGsw
    Sign up for the weekly Bookreporter.com newsletter here: http://tbrnetwork.com/newsletters/bookreporter-weekly-newsletter-subscribe
    FOLLOW US
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    Photography Credit: Greg Fitzgerald

    • 1 hr 18 min
    James Rollins: The Starless Crown

    James Rollins: The Starless Crown

    New York Times bestselling novelist James Rollins talks to Austin Ruh about his latest fantasy novel, The Starless Crown, the start of his new Moon Fall series. Best known for his Sigma Force thriller series, James has written across genres, including thrillers, sci fi, and now fantasy.
    The Starless Crown follows three characters in a world that has stopped turning on its axis. When a blind girl, Nyx, foresees the end of the world, the kingdom attempts to kill her before she can speak out. The prince of this kingdom, who was unknowingly sent to his death, helps her escape. Meanwhile, a thief escapes from prison chains with what may be the answer to the end of times.
    James talks to Austin about bringing what he learned from thrillers to the fantasy genre. They discuss his path to becoming a writer, inspirations for his world building, and the collaboration that took place to make this fantasy world a reality.
    Book Discussed in this Episode:
    The Starless Crown by James Rollins
    https://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/the-starless-crown
    More Bookreporter Talks To:
    Maid by Stephanie Land: https://youtu.be/TlsUW9ZbbbM
    Everything We Didn't Say: https://youtu.be/UyjRqnyTrLc
    The Attic on Queen Street: https://youtu.be/a_S6PfaSXtE
    Check out our Bookaccino Book Club live events!
    William Kent Krueger: https://youtu.be/dX-mHWLmv5k
    Jim DeFede: https://youtu.be/y2im_W_wGsw
    Sign up for the weekly Bookreporter.com newsletter here:
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    Photography Credit: Greg Fitzgerald

    • 55 min
    Bookreporter Bets On Books of 2021

    Bookreporter Bets On Books of 2021

    Welcome to our End-of-Year video where Carol Fitzgerald talks about all 44 of the books that she selected as Bookreporter "Bets On" selections in 2021! You can read more about the books and enter to WIN ALL 44 of these books by Friday, January 7th in the End-of-Year contest:
    https://www.bookreporter.com/features/end-of-the-year-celebration/end-of-the-year-contest-2021
    Here are some other useful links:
    Find Our Podcast Here: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/bookreporter-talks-to-919758
    Subscribe on Our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs8i9fX1kw_etTti4i0Rc9A
    BOOKS DISCUSSED:
    We've listed the books discussed below. Throughout 2021, we interviewed many of these authors for our "Bookreporter Talks To" video/podcast series.
    Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
    The Break-Up Book Club by Wendy Wax
    The Children's Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin
    Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara
    Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
    Eternal by Lisa Scottoline
    Everything We Didn't Say by Nicole Baart
    Falling by T.J. Newman
    The Fiancee by Kate White
    Find You First by Linwood Barclay
    The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
    Going There by Katie Couric
    The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
    The Husbands by Chandler Baker
    In Every Mirror She's Black by Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström
    The Last Commandment: An Austin Grant of Scotland Yard Novel by Scott Shepherd
    The Last Green Valley by Mark Sullivan
    The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer
    The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
    Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger
    Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    Masque of Honor: A Historical Novel of the American South by Sharon Virts
    Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin
    The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict
    The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
    Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena
    Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
    The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
    The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
    The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
    The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter
    The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
    The Power Couple by Alex Berenson
    The Push by Ashley Audrain
    Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
    A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins
    Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi
    The Survivors by Jane Harper
    We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
    What Could Be Saved by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz
    Who is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews
    The Woman With the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff
    Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson
    You Belong Here by Dianna Rostad
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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Reviewers' Top Books of 2021

    Reviewers' Top Books of 2021

    Bookreporter is celebrating its 25th anniversary! We invited ten of our longtime reviewers to share their favorite books of 2021. Our reviewers hail from across the country. They are the heart and soul of Bookreporter, and we were excited to bring this event back for them. Below is a list of the titles they spoke at length about, and you'll notice extras mentioned in the video!
    02:15 - Harvey Freedenberg
    Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen
    Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders
    12:02 - Eileen Zimmerman Nicol
    Talk to Me by T.C. Boyle
    Brothers on Three by Abe Streep
    Should We Stay or Should We Go by Lionel Shriver
    22:57 - Ray Palen
    The Kaiser's Web by Steve Berry
    Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson
    Bloodless by Preston & Child
    34:04 - Sarah Rachel Egelman
    The Removed by Brandon Hobson
    My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
    Fight Night by Miriam Toews
    45:20 - Pauline Finch
    Queens of the Crusades by Alison Weir
    The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield
    What Just Happened by Charles Finch
    53:31 - Bronwyn Miller
    The Girls in the Stilt House by Kelly Mustian
    These Precious Days by Ann Patchett
    The Wreckage of My Presence by Casey Wilson
    1:01:24 - Norah Piehl
    Fight Night by Miriam Toews
    Ballad for Sophie by Filipe Melo and Juan Cavia
    No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
    1:10:32 - Stuart Shiffman
    The Trees by Percival Everett
    Our Team by Luke Epplin
    Mike Nichols: A Life by Mark Harris
    1:23:56 - Megan Elliott
    No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
    Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
    Just Thieves by Gregory Galloway
    1:31:58 - Rebecca Munro
    The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
    Blush by Jamie Brenner
    The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams
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    • 1 hr 54 min
    Karen White: The Attic on Queen Street

    Karen White: The Attic on Queen Street

    Karen White joins Carol Fitzgerald to talk about The Attic on Queen Street, a New York Times bestseller and the final book in her Tradd Street series.
    She talks about how she needed to give her characters a good wrap up, and how she wove little clues into this book that will tie to the next series, which will be set in New Orleans. That first book, The Shop on Royal Street, will be out on March 29th.
    Karen talks about her love for Charleston as a setting. She discusses her upcoming book written with Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig, called The Lost Summers of Newport, and how writing during a pandemic impacted their usual writing style. She looks at what social media means for her – both as a connection with her readers and as a huge time commitment.
    Check out our conversation with Karen White in 2019:
    https://youtu.be/s4CifEoR92I
    Book Discussed in This Episode:
    The Attic on Queen Street by Karen White https://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/the-attic-on-queen-street
    More Bookreporter Talks To:
    Maid by Stephanie Land: https://youtu.be/TlsUW9ZbbbM
    The Secret of Snow: https://youtu.be/f0jf_yN0iJM
    Everything We Didn't Say: https://youtu.be/UyjRqnyTrLc
    Check out our Bookaccino Book Club live events!
    William Kent Krueger: https://youtu.be/dX-mHWLmv5k
    Jim DeFede: https://youtu.be/y2im_W_wGsw
    Sign up for the weekly
    Bookreporter.com newsletter here: http://tbrnetwork.com/newsletters/bookreporter-weekly-newsletter-subscribe
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    Website: https://www.bookreporter.com
    Photography Credit: Greg Fitzgerald

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

MaryelleW ,

Jean Kwok

What an interesting and thought provoking author interview. Carol does such a great job and brings out awesome responses to her in depth questions.

Eater, eater ,

Great authors

I would have given this podcast series five stars because I love hearing the authors speak about their lives and their books, but my review lost a star because Carol puts too much of herself into her “interviews.” Sometimes, instead of asking a question, she tells the author about his/her own book. Other times, Carol’s lead up to a question is so long, I imagine the author rolling his/her eyes—as I am—and hoping she gets to the point. Still other times, she relates anecdotes from her own life that are far too long. I will continue to listen to the series because hearing authors talk is such a thrill! I’m like a rock star fan girl when it comes to books and those who write them.

Carol, stop talking so much. During your interview with Liz Moore, you put way too much of yourself into the discussion, which should have been all Ms. Moore.

Once again, stop talking so much. Listeners and authors don’t need to know about you sloshing about in a cruise ship pool, dog-earring pages, giving directions to tourists, etc. And, please, don’t finish authors’ sentences even as they finish them themselves. It’s a bad habit you probably are not aware of. Keep doing what you’re doing, but with less of Y-O-U!

JackieBhealthy ,

Love this podcast!

I look forward to learning what inspired the authors and hearing stories behind the books. I also enjoy the audiobook excerpt that sometimes follows the interview. Keep up the good work!

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