96 episodes

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

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 42 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.

    Ep. 96: SWC 11: Elena Passarello & Mary Flinn

    Ep. 96: SWC 11: Elena Passarello & Mary Flinn

    In our fourth and final episode recorded at the Sewanee Writers' Conference in the summer of 2021, Elena Passarello (Animals Strike Curious Poses) tells James about sleeping in Elvis's teenage bedroom, getting advice from long-haul truckers, and having screams sent to her. Plus the legendary Mary Flinn of Blackbird. 
    Apply to the Sewanee Writers' Conference by March 15! 
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    Produced/ Mixed by Ryan Shea. 
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Ep. 95: SWC 10: Carl Phillips

    Ep. 95: SWC 10: Carl Phillips

    Only the great Carl Phillips could warrant an episode all to himself. Recorded at the Sewanee Writers' Conference in 2021, James and Carl discuss assembling a collection, enjoying feeling lost, letting go of the argument, and putting a wedge between yourself and the unbearable.  Sewanee Writers' Conference 2022 Applications due March 15! 
    Buy Carl's books at indie bookstores.  
    Music courtesy of Bea Troxel. 
    Produced/ Mixed by Ryan Shea. 
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 94: SWC 09: M.O. Walsh & Liz Van Hoose

    Ep. 94: SWC 09: M.O. Walsh & Liz Van Hoose

    The third summer of conversations recorded at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference (2021) continues with M.O. Walsh (The Big Door Prize), who gives a writing tip James has used ever since, then chats about writing a novel you like, being under the influence of John Prine, and writing one of the greatest cocktail scenes ever. Plus, independent editor and member of the collective 5E Editors, Liz Van Hoose.     
    Sewanee Writers' Conference 2022 Applications due March 15! 
    Buy M.O. Walsh's books. 
    Work with Liz Van Hoose or 5E Editors. 
    Music courtesy of Bea Troxel. 
    Produced/ Mixed by Ryan Shea. 
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    SWC 08: Katie Kitamura & Danielle Evans

    SWC 08: Katie Kitamura & Danielle Evans

    The third summer of conversations recorded at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference (2021) opens with the brilliance of Katie Kitamura (Intimacies, A Separation), who talks to James about pushing back on expectations, writing things you don't think you can, having your best reader in your own house, and the ghosts of edits past. Plus, the also brilliant author (The Office of Historical Corrections) and The Sewanee Review Editor-at-Large Danielle Evans.     
    Sewanee Writers' Conference 2022 Applications due March 15! 
    Subscribe to The Sewanee Review. 
    Buy Katie and Danielle's books from independent booksellers. 
    Music courtesy of Bea Troxel. 
    Produced/ Mixed by Ryan Shea. 
    Insta: tkwithjs / Tw: @JamesScottTK / https://tkpod.com

    • 1 hr 31 min
    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.     
    http://www.sewaneewriters.org/ 2020 Applications due March 15!
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    Rachel Bonds  
    Rachel and James discuss: 
    Olivier Sultan (agent) 
    St. Andrew's-Sewanee School 
    Lisa D'Amour 
    Barack Obama 
    James Agee 
    George Saunders 
    Jennifer Egan 
    Kevin Wilson 
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    Sean McIntyre: https://www.performingprose.com/
    Sean and James discuss: 
    THE SOPRANOS 
    Drew Barrymore 
    Middlebury College 
    Steve Yarbrough 
    Jim Shepard 
    ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare 
    THE SIMPSONS 
    LES MISERABLES music by Claude-Monet Schonberg
    "Master of the House" 
    Emily Nemens 
    Tim O'Brien 
    SEINFELD 
    BREAKING BAD 
    THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA by Edward Albee 
    Dan O'Brien 
    Marilyn Nelson 
    SLINGS AND ARROWS 
    Keanu Reeves 
    The Stratford Festival 
    Performing Prose 
    Emily Shain 
    Anne Ray 
    Sewanee Writers' Conference 

    Music courtesy of Bea Troxel from her album, THE WAY THAT IT FEELS: https://www.beatroxel.com/

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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.     
    http://www.sewaneewriters.org/ 2020 Applications due March 15!
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    Tim O'Brien 
    Buy Tim's books: Buy Tim O'Brien's Books From Independent Booksellers
    Tim and James discuss: 
    Sewanee Writers' Conference 
    Dan O'Brien 
    Christine Schutt 
    THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving 
    THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever 
    Lizzie Borden 
    Jack the Ripper 
    "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor 
    "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" by Joyce Carol Oates 
    WAR AND PEACE by Leo Tolstoy 
    THE BIBLE 
    BILLY BUDD, SAILOR by Herman Melville 
    Wyatt Prunty 
    Emily Nemens 
    Ernest Hemingway 
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    Speer Morgan: https://www.missourireview.com/
    Speer and James discuss: 
    Middlebury College 
    The New England Review 
    Greg Michaelson 
    Jack Kerouac 
    Mark Twain 
    Tennessee Williams 
    Christine Schutt 
    The Dead Sea Scrolls 
    Kris Somerville's Curio Cabinet 
    Mike McClaskey
    Dan O'Brien 
    "Fields of Empire" by Joan Silber 
    Daniel Woodrell
    Susan Vreeland 
    Joanna Scott 
    Raymond Carver 
    Robert Olen Butler 
    Naguib Mahfouz
    Gregory Rabassa 
    Philip K. Dick 
    Ursula Le Guin 
    Russell Banks 
    PBS 
    Henry Green
    Robert Bly 
    Stephen Dunn 
    TR Hummer 
    Dave Smith 
    Annie Proulx
    Edmund White 
    Ernest Gaines 
    Larry Brown 
    John Updike 
    Margaret Walker 
    Peter Matthiessen 
    Richard Ford 
    "Awakening to Jake" by Jillian Weiss 
    Henry James 
    Edith Wharton 
    CHERNOBYL 
    "Snow" by Kermit Frazier 
    A FAITHFUL BUT MELANCHOLY ACCOUNT OF SEVERAL BARBARITIES LATELY COMMITTED by Jason Brown
    "Those Deep Elm Brown's Ferry Blues" by William Gay 

    Music courtesy of Bea Troxel from her album, THE WAY THAT IT FEELS: https://www.beatroxel.com/

    http://tkpod.com / tkwithjs@gmail.com / Twitter: @JamesScottTK /Instagram: tkwithjs / FB: https://www.facebook.com/tkwithjs/

    • 1 hr 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 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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