Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff, brings us a dark, gritty, and electrifying new novel that will solidify his place among the best contemporary American authors. The Heavenly Table tells the story of two hardworking men, Pearl Jewett and Ellsworth Fiddler, whose paths collide on a surprising, unforgettable, and violent trajectory.
Bonnie Nadzam is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning novel Lamb, and now she returns with Lions. Set on the high plains of Colorado, a young couple find their love and – and everything they know to be true – threatened by the arrival of an unwelcome stranger. A story of awakening, Lions is an exquisite novel that explores ambition and the responsibilities we have to ourselves and each other.
($16.00) Grove Press ISBN # 9780802124906.
AOT #537: Fernanda Santos Podcasts The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting
Fernanda Santos covers Arizona and New Mexico as the Phoenix bureau chief for The New York Times. Santos reads from and discusses her book The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting about one of the deadliest fires in American history and the twenty men of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who sprang into action to fight it. Impeccably researched, drawing upon more than a hundred hours of interviews, this is a riveting, pulse-pounding narrative of an unthinkable disaster and a remarkable group of men.
Brad Thor is the New York Times bestselling author of Full Black (one of Suspense Magazine‘s best political thrillers of 2011), Foreign Influence (one of Suspense Magazine‘s best political thrillers of 2010), The Last Patriot (nominated best thriller of the year by the International Thriller Writers Association), Blowback (recognized as one of the Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time by NPR), and many others. Thor reads from and discusses Foreign Agent, his brilliant new thriller as current as tomorrow’s headlines.
Journalist Amy Haimerl and her husband were priced out of their Brooklyn neighborhood. Seeing this as a great opportunity to start over again, they decided to cash in their savings and buy an abandoned house for $35,000 in Detroit, the largest city in the United States to declare bankruptcy. Haimerl discusses Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Love, Life & Home, a book that is both a meditation on what it takes to make a house a home, and a love letter to a much-derided city.
Lawyer and debut author Elizabeth Church was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Her father, a research chemist, was drafted out of Carnegie Mellon University, and was sent to join other scientists working in secret on the Manhattan Project. Church’s mother, a biologist, eventually joined her husband in Los Alamos. Church discusses her sweeping, beautiful novel The Atomic Weight of Love, the story of many of the women who sacrificed their careers so that their husbands could pursue unique opportunities in scientific research. TaraShea Nesbit, author of The Wives of Los Alamos, joins Elizabeth in conversation about their unique backgrounds and books.
Colorado native Matteson Perry is a screenwriter, performer, two-time winner of the Moth GrandSlam storytelling championship, and the host of the monthly Moth StorySlam in Los Angeles. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, McSweeney’s, College Humor, and other publications, and his work has been featured on NPR and Funny or Die. Perry discusses his hilarious new book Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love and Brunch, a real-life romantic comedy about an unexpected break-up, one self-imposed year of being single, and how a nice guy survived dating in the twenty-first century.
Denver author Gina Wohlsdorf reads from and discusses her chilling, pulse-racing debut thriller Security. Riveting to the final sentence, Security is fierce, wry, and impossible to put down. With a deep bow to the literary tradition of Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Daphne du Maurier, Wohlsdorf’s razor-wire prose blitzes readers with quick twists, sharp turns, and gasp-inducing terror.
John Hickenlooper was inaugurated as the governor of Colorado in 2011. The first professional geologist to become a governor in the history of the nation and the first brewer since Sam Adams in 1792, he previously served as mayor of Denver, an administration for which Time magazine named him one of the five top big-city mayors in America. He chairs the National Governor’s Association and was named one of Esquire‘s “Americans of the Year 2012.” Governor Hickenlooper reads from and discusses his new memoir The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer & Politics, his candid, and very funny story, from early loss to college on the ten-year plan, to remarkable business and political success.
J. Kael Weston spent seven years on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan working for the U.S. State Department in some of the most dangerous frontline locations. Upon his return home, while traveling the country to pay respect to the dead and wounded, he began to ask himself many questions about the costs and legacies of the wars. Weston discusses The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan, his powerfully written firsthand account of the human costs of conflict.