10 episodes

Top Shelf at the Merrick Library is a podcast of all things books. Everything you'll need to stock your TOP SHELF!

Top Shelf at the Merrick Library Carol Ann Tack

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Top Shelf at the Merrick Library is a podcast of all things books. Everything you'll need to stock your TOP SHELF!

    Episode 143: Interview with Henry Wise, author of Holy City

    Episode 143: Interview with Henry Wise, author of Holy City

    For this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing author Henry Wise. He sat down with me to talk about his terrific southern crime debut, Holy City. We talked about his poetry, the craft of writing, his book recommendations, and more. Henry, thank you so much for joining me.

    Holy City is a captivating debut about a deputy sheriff who finds himself on the outs from his sheriff’s department over his unwillingness to look the other way when an innocent man is arrested for murder.

    Henry Wise recommends: Broiler by Eli Cranor; Don’t Let the Devil Ride by Ace Atkins; Smoke Kings by Jahmal Mayfield; Lilith by Eric Rickstad; The Great State of West Florida by Ken Wascom; Sanctuary by William Faulkner; Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad.

    Follow Henry Wise on Instagram: @buzzbuzzbang and on Twitter (X): @henrywise05

    • 27 min
    Episode 142: Interview with Edward Ashton, author of Mal Goes to War

    Episode 142: Interview with Edward Ashton, author of Mal Goes to War

    I was thrilled to welcome back Edward Ashton for his third visit to talk about his latest release, Mal Goes to War. Mal is a dark comedy wrapped in a techno-thriller that is a a satirical take on war, artificial intelligence, and what it really means to be human. For this episode we talk about the amazing personality of Mal, the ensemble cast, some Mickey17 movie updates (based on Mickey7), and of course, spiders. Thank you so much Ed – this was great!

    Edward Ashton recommends The Children of Time series by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Click here to reserve all Ed’s books.

         

    • 24 min
    Episode 141: Interview with Garrard Conley, author of All The World Beside

    Episode 141: Interview with Garrard Conley, author of All The World Beside

    What a thrill to host Garrard Conley for this episode! Conley is the author of the bestselling memoir, Boy Erased, about his time in a church supported conversion therapy facility, which became a major motion picture. For E141, we spoke about his fiction debut, All the World Beside, an electrifying, deeply moving novel about the love story between two men in Puritan New England. We talk about this time period, small town communities, religion & sexuality, writing ensemble characters, big hair (you’ll have to listen to find out), what he’s working on next, and more. Garrard, what a pleasure – thank you so much!

    Garrard Conley recommends: Exhibit by R.O. Kwon; All Fours by Miranda July; The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver; My Tender Matador by Pedro Lemebel

    Follow Garrard Conley on Facebook @garrardconleyauthor; Instagram & Twitter @gayrodcon

     

    • 29 min
    Episode 140: Interview with Steve Weddle, author of The County Line

    Episode 140: Interview with Steve Weddle, author of The County Line

    Set against the unyielding backdrop of the Great Depression with an unforgettable cast of ornery characters, The County Line by Steve Weddle is a lyrical, loving celebration of community and opportunity in 1933 America. For this episode, Steve talked about outlaw camps, his deep dive into the history of the 1930s, his character development, and his “downright dazzling” debut novel, Country Hardball. He also shares some excellent book recommendations. I had such a blast, thank you so much Steve!

    Steve Weddle recommends:  Missing White Woman by Kellye Garrett; Little Underworld by Chris Harding Thornton; Negative Tilt by Bobby Matthews; Something Bad Wrong by Eryk Pruitt.

    • 31 min
    Episode 139: Interview with Anders de la Motte, author of The Mountain King

    Episode 139: Interview with Anders de la Motte, author of The Mountain King

    For this episode I was thrilled to host Anders de la Motte, one of Sweden’s most cherished crime writers, to talk about his latest American release, The Mountain King. This page-turning thriller is the first bestselling installment in his new Leo Asker series and The Mountain King is not to be missed. The son of a librarian, Anders talks all about his love of reading, being in the library during off hours, his love of Agatha Christie, his writing origin story and so much more. Thank you Anders!

    Anders recommends: the work of Jo Nesbo; Long Bright River by Liz Moore; the work of Agatha Christie. Place your hold here for books by Anders de la Motte!

    Follow Anders on Facebook and Instagram: @andersdelamotte

     

    • 31 min
    Episode 138: Interview with Ellen Feldman, author of The Trouble With You

    Episode 138: Interview with Ellen Feldman, author of The Trouble With You

    For this episode I was thrilled to host Guggenheim Fellow author Ellen Feldman to discuss her latest release, The Trouble With You. Ellen shares the inspiration behind this captivating 1940s NYC tale of women’s roles in the aftermath of WWII, the legacy these women left behind, and how it paved the way for the women’s movement of the 1970s. Ellen also provides a sneak peek into her next project and offers some fantastic book recommendations. Author Stacy Schiff says “The Trouble With You is exhilarating.” Thank you for joining me, Ellen!

    Ellen Feldman recommends: the work of Lissa Evans; The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard; The Group by Mary McCarthy

      

    • 31 min

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