A podcast about writers, their work, and the things they care about. Hosted by novelist Joe Samuel Starnes.
Smokin' Joe and Jersey Joe
This panel recorded at the Collingswood Book Festival focuses on the lives of heavyweight boxing champions Joe Frazier and Jersey Joe Walcott. Mark Kram Jr., author of Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier, and Vincent Cream, Walcott’s grandson who wrote the foreword of the 2012 biography of Walcott, discuss the fighters.
Miles’ novel Anatomy of a Miracle, published in 2018, was selected as the town book for the 2019 Collingswood Book Festival. This discussion from the festival explores the novel and his close friendship with Mississippi author Larry Brown.
Politics on the Page
This panel recorded at the 2019 Collingswood Book Festival features Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Will Bunch leading a discussion with Jo Piazza, author of the politically minded novel Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, and Shauna L. Shames, coauthor of Survive and Resist: The Definitive Guide to Dystopian Politics.
Goodbye to the World’s Greatest Bookstore
My all-time favorite bookstore, Port Richmond Books—with an inventory of several hundred thousand used and rare books in an old movie house in Philadelphia—is closing this fall. I celebrate the store’s glorious 16 years in business with Greg Gillespie, founder and owner, and writer William Hastings. We also discuss the future of bookselling, the devastation of a digital culture in which rolling robots deliver books, and much else.
A longtime veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, Tony Knighton is the author of Three Hours Past Midnight, a crime novel, and Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties, a novella and collection of short stories. He discusses his gritty Philadelphia-based work, the city he knows like the back of his hand, the late Larry Brown, and much else.
Jessica Handler, author of the novel The Magnetic Girl, explores the myth and legend of Lulu Hurst, a teenager from rural Georgia whose alleged powers enthralled the nation in the 1880s, and explains why she wrote a novel about her. Handler, an Atlanta resident, also discusses her award-winning nonfiction.