Speaking of Writers

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Welcome to Speaking of Writers. Veteran broadcaster Steve Richards interviews local, regional and best selling authors. You can hear Speaking of Writers every Sunday morning at 6am on these Townsquare Media radio stations in Albany NY. 107.7 WGNA-FM, Q103 @103.5 and 103.9, Hot 99.1, ALT 105.7 and 10… read more

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The Flight Girls- Noelle Salazar

July 28th, 2019

9:20

It's a little-known chapter in history - the era of the Women Airforce Service Pilots - whose courage during World War II turned ordinary women into extraordinary heroes! And now a new book brings to light the lives and …

The New Girl- Daniel Silva

July 28th, 2019

12:11

 #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva is “quite simply the best” (Kansas City Star) writer of foreign intrigue and suspense at work today—and his iconic creation Gabriel Allon is “one of fiction’s greatest …

The Orphan’s Song By Lauren Kate

July 21st, 2019

10:09

The historical adult debut novel by # 1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate, The Orphan’s Song is a sweeping love story about family and …

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches By Tyler Kepner

July 21st, 2019

10:11

From the New York Times baseball columnist, an enchanting, enthralling history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching, based …

The Big Fella Babe Ruth and the World He Created by Jane Leavy

July 21st, 2019

11:56

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Jane Leavy, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Boy and Sandy Koufax, comes the definitive biography of Babe Ruth—the man Roger Angell dubbed "the model for …

Bryan Hoch- Mission 27

July 4th, 2019

10:48
A comprehensive history of the 2009 squad's rise to the championship

Boasting a mix of homegrown talent and All-Star signings, the 2009 Yankees were composed of the very best. With the previous season's failed playoff …

Ron Swoboda- Here's The Catch

June 24th, 2019

20:28

In time for the 50th anniversary of the Mets' miraculous 1969 World Series win, right fielder Ron Swoboda tells the story of that amazing season, the …

Mike Maden- Tom Clancy Enemy Contact

June 21st, 2019

11:30

In ENEMY CONTACT, Jack Ryan, Jr. finds himself at odds with an  international criminal conspiracy. An inside leak has  allowed the CIA’s deepest secrets to be given away for a  larger agenda that threatens to undermine …

Senator Tom Cotton - Sacred Duty

June 21st, 2019

10:24

An extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery, Senator Tom Cotton’s Sacred Duty offers an intimate and inspiring portrait of “The Old Guard,” the revered U.S. Army unit whose mission is to …

Dan Abrams-Theodore Roosevelt for The Defense

June 21st, 2019

11:42

 In their New York Times bestseller, Lincoln’s Last Trial, ABC News chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams and bestselling author David Fisher …

George F Will- The Conservative Sensibility

June 18th, 2019

16:01

 The Conservative Sensibility takes readers back to the Founders' vision, articulated first in the Declaration of Independence and carried out in the …

John Urschel-MIND AND MATTER: A Life in Math and Football

June 16th, 2019

9:34

John Urschel is a respected mathematician pursuing his PhD at MIT. He is also a former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens. He may seem like a walking contradiction, but Urschel’s experiences on the field and in …

Stewart O'Nan- Henry, Himself

June 16th, 2019

9:51

In his 2002 novel Wish You Were Here Stewart O’Nan introduced readers to the Maxwells, as Emily Maxwell gathered together her extended family after the death of her husband Henry. O’Nan’s 2011 novel Emily, Alone, an …

Scott Pelley- Truth Worth Telling

June 16th, 2019

20:44

 An inspiring memoir from the frontlines of history by the award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent.

Don’t ask the meaning of life. Life is asking, what’s the meaning of you?

With this provocative question, Truth Worth …

Charles Lane- Freedom's Detective

May 10th, 2019

10:17

In the years following the Civil War, a new battle began. Newly freed African American men had gained their voting rights and would soon have a …

Harlan Coben- Run Away

May 10th, 2019

10:21

A perfect family is shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben.

You’ve lost your daughter.

She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear …

David Baldacci- Redemption

May 10th, 2019

12:24

Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by an unfamiliar man as he pays his respects at the graves of his wife and daughter. But Decker instantly …

Mark Obmascik-The Storm on Our Shores One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of World War II

May 4th, 2019

14:44

The heart-wrenching but ultimately redemptive story of two World War II soldiers—a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—during a brutal Alaskan …

MALLORY O’MEARA- THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick

March 31st, 2019

8:10

 Milicent Patrick should be a recognizable name and a role model for several generations of young girls with filmmaking  dreams. As the only woman …

Art Shamsky and Erik Sherman- AFTER THE MIRACLE The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets

March 31st, 2019

19:48

The 1962 New York Mets set a record for futility in baseball, losing 120 games, a record that stands to this day. Seven years later, after languishing in the National League cellar year after year, the Mets won the …

Gina Marie Guadagnino- The Parting Glass

March 31st, 2019

10:07

In the vein of Disobedience  by Naomi Alderman—but sexy, unique, and Irish—comes The Parting Glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino , an evocative historical fiction debut about a 19th century love triangle between two …

Dwight Douglas- Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: A Collection of Essays on America

March 22nd, 2019

12:00

This book is not an antidote for the left or right. It’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to do something positive for …

Don Winslow - The Border

March 17th, 2019

12:45

 The Border is the highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of The Force.  
What do you do when there are no borders? When the lines you thought existed simply …

Greg Iles- Cemetery Road

March 6th, 2019

12:31

“Iles sits alongside the icons at the top of today's crime-fiction mountain. He has made Mississippi his own in the same way that James Lee Burke has claimed Cajun country and Michael Connelly has remapped contemporary …

Fiona Barton- The Suspect

February 18th, 2019

13:00

Fiona Barton’s debut novel THE WIDOW was an instant international sensation when it published in 2016. Upon release it drew rave reviews, spent seven weeks on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list. Barton …

Jane Healey -The Beantown Girls

February 18th, 2019

10:00

In this historically accurate and poignant account, set in 1944 against the backdrop of World War II, a young woman is forced to alter the path to the future she had envisioned for herself in Jane Healey’s …

James Lee Burke- The New Iberia Blues

January 29th, 2019

13:12

ABOUT THE BOOK:Detective Dave Robicheaux’s world isn’t filled with too many happy stories, but Desmond Cormier’s rags-to-riches tale is certainly one of them. Robicheaux first met Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, …

Charles Krauthammer- The Point of It All

January 29th, 2019

11:33

About The Point of It All

Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, The Point of It All is a powerful collection of the …

Joseph Finder-Judgment

January 29th, 2019

11:02

Juliana Brody is a rising star in the judicial world. A judge in the Superior Court of Massachusetts, she is rumored to be in consideration for the …

Ron Barak-The Puppet Master

January 13th, 2019

10:42

D.C. homicide detective Frank Lotello returns to find a mysterious vigilante serial killer who is bent on putting an end to political corruption. …

Tom Clavin- Valley Forge

December 15th, 2018

10:04

The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Heart of Everything That Is return with one of the most inspiring—and underappreciated—chapters in American history: the story of the Continental Army’s six-month …

Lisa Unger- Under My Skin

December 15th, 2018

10:26

What if the nightmares are actually memories?

It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into …

Linda Gartz- Redlined

December 7th, 2018

12:52

At a time when the home ownership gap between whites and African Americans is greater than it was during the Jim Crow era, it seems important to recall some of the historical roots that gave rise to such inequality. And …

Peter Vronsky- Sons of Cain

December 7th, 2018

9:15

Investigative historian Peter Vronsky’s new book SONS OF CAIN: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present

Peter Vronsky is widely considered an expert in this specific field of history and has been …

Mike Lupica-Robert B. Parker's Blood Feud

December 6th, 2018

12:56

Robert B. Parker's iconic and irresistible PI Sunny Randall is back in ROBERT B. PARKER’S BLOOD FEUD, written by the popular sports journalist, New …

Bob Lederer- Beyond Broadway Joe

November 30th, 2018

13:17

On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the New York Jets' historic achievement, a nostalgic, inside look from the men who composed the team behind Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III win, filled with exclusive insights and …

Diarmaid MacCulloch- Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life

November 30th, 2018

10:05

Historian and New York Times bestselling author shares the complete biography of Thomas Cromwell, the man behind Henry VIII

Since the sixteenth century we have been fascinated by Henry VIII and the man who stood beside …

John Feinstein The Prodigy

November 21st, 2018

11:05

From award-winning sportswriter John Feinstein, a YA novel about a teen golfer poised to blaze his way into Masters Tournament history—and he’ll face …

David Baldacci Long Road to Mercy

November 21st, 2018

10:24

About LONG ROAD TO MERCY: Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe.

It’s seared into Atlee Pine’s memory: the kidnapper’s chilling rhyme as …

David W Blight Frederick Douglass

November 21st, 2018

14:19

As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped from slavery in Baltimore, Maryland. He was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave …

H. W. Brands Heirs of The Founders

November 21st, 2018

10:54

From New York Times bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how, in nineteenth-century America, a new set of political giants …

Nick Bunker Benjamin Franklin The Birth of Ingenuity

November 16th, 2018

10:29

In YOUNG BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: THE BIRTH OF INGENUITY, Pulitzer Prize finalist Nick Bunker presents a fresh account of one of the most important figures …

Andrew Roberts Churchill Walking with Destiny

November 15th, 2018

10:32

Bestselling, award-winning author shares a landmark biography of WINSTON CHURCHILL, based on extensive new material—from private letters and diaries to transcripts of war cabinet meetings

When we seek an example of …

Gordon Wood FRIENDS DIVIDED: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

November 15th, 2018

11:02

Acclaimed historian shares a riveting account of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson: two beloved early Americans who forged a nation despite wildly different personalities, backgrounds, philosophies and values


New York …

Nathaniel Philbrick In The Hurricane's Eye

October 26th, 2018

13:03

A conversation with Nathaniel Philbrick about his new book IN THE HURRICANE’S EYE. The book chronicles the remarkable year leading up to the siege of …

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Friday Black

October 26th, 2018

8:45

A conversation with University of Albany Alum Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah about his debut collection FRIDAY BLACK. By placing ordinary characters in …

Kyle Mills Red War

October 24th, 2018

11:03

Kyle Mills talks about his new Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp novel "Red War".

In recent years, a number of extremely dangerous world leaders have managed to increase their already considerable power. Some are busy tightening …

Mitch Albom The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

October 22nd, 2018

12:46

Mitch Albom talks about his new book " The Next Person You Meet in Heaven".
In this enchanting sequel to the number one bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie’s heavenly …

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