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Author James Scott interviews writers, editors, agents, and book lovers of all types about what goes into their writing and what they get out of their reading.

TK with James Scott: A Writing, Reading, & Books Podcast James Scott

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    • 4.8 • 41 Ratings

Author James Scott interviews writers, editors, agents, and book lovers of all types about what goes into their writing and what they get out of their reading.

    SWC 07: Rachel Bonds & Sean McIntyre

    SWC 07: Rachel Bonds & Sean McIntyre

    The second summer of conversations recorded at the Sewanee Writers' Conference continues with playwright Rachel Bonds, who tells James about finding her voice in a one-act, using jealousy as a job coach, being on the writing treadmill, and recognizing the struggles of those close to us. Plus, actor and Performing Prose co-founder Sean McIntyre.     
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    SWC 06: Tim O'Brien & Speer Morgan

    SWC 06: Tim O'Brien & Speer Morgan

    The second summer of conversations recorded at the Sewanee Writers' Conference continues with Tim O'Brien, who tells James about winning the National Book Award, writing THE THINGS THEY CARRIED while on a break from another book, not leaving a sentence until it's finished, being a father, knowing death, and recognizing the maybeness of it all. Plus, Missouri Review editor Speer Morgan. /    
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    SWC 05: Marilyn Nelson & Michael Wiegers

    SWC 05: Marilyn Nelson & Michael Wiegers

    The second summer of conversations recorded at the Sewanee Writers' Conference begins with James speaking with Marilyn Nelson, who has written poetry in many forms and for many audiences. Marilyn tells James about her fears of being pigeonholed as well as her love of musicality, embodying voices, and finding a way forward. Plus, Copper Canyon Executive Editor Michael Wiegers.  Music: Bea Troxel: https://www.beatroxel.com/

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Kevin Wilson & Zachary Wagman

    Kevin Wilson & Zachary Wagman

    Kevin Wilson's fifth book, the novel NOTHING TO SEE HERE, is perfect a combination of everything that made his previous work so singular: the humor and edge of THE FAMILY FANG, the intensity of his short fiction, and the heart and earnestness of PERFECT LITTLE WORLD. He and James talk depicting basketball, writing being fun and versatile, keeping it short, and lacking a radar for weirdness. Plus, Ecco executive editor Zachary Wagman.  

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Calvin Hennick & Bill Henderson

    Calvin Hennick & Bill Henderson

    Calvin Hennick jokingly calls his memoir, ONCE MORE TO THE RODEO, "every thought I've ever had," and the book touches on fatherhood, race, family, alcohol, baseball, and countless other topics, all considered on a road trip to his childhood hometown with his young son. He talks to James about having the memoir rejected until it won the Pushcart Press Editor's Award, walking around naked in front of the reader, and not solving all of the world's problems. Plus, the legendary Bill Henderson of Pushcart Press.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne & Amy Kurzweil

    Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne & Amy Kurzweil

    Two incredible authors discuss their debuts. Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne tells James about her Tennessee-set HOLDING ON TO NOTHING (Blair), reading while driving (?), Dolly Parton, time machines, and two beer guitars. Then Amy Kurzweil on her depiction of three generations, including her grandmother surviving the Holocaust, in FLYING COUCH: A GRAPHIC MEMOIR (Black Balloon Books). They go over the deceptive naïveté of comics, how she learned to depict her story, and the inside dirt on NEW YORKER cartoons.

    • 1 hr 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

ML-NYC ,

One of my favorite podcasts

TK with James Scott is one of my favorite podcasts. His conversations with writers, editors, and agents are always fascinating and full of interesting insights and perspectives. Ideal for writers or people who want to learn more about the writing/editing/publishing process.

Chuchaba ,

Must listen

Interesting and funny. Highly recommended to any fans of fiction or anyone looking for the “inside baseball” of writing and publishing.

AndrewScott9976 ,

favorite podcast about writing and writers

I don't like a lot of literary podcasts, often for varied and, perhaps, nutty reasons. But TK is great because James is great—a fine writer and reader who asks smart questions of the authors, many of whom he knows in one way or another—but also because of the format. The two-part structure often leads to a larger conversation (e.g. interviewing the author for Part 1, and that author's agent or editor or publicist for Part 2) that just isn't even attempted elsewhere. The production quality is always high, too. It's superior, in fact, to numerous other podcasts I've sampled that are produced by so-called broadcasting professionals. I have my favorite episodes, of course, and I've liked some more than others, but I'm glad TK exists—and I hope it sticks around for a long time.

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