Literary Potpourri ~ August 29 and 30


“Barbarian Days” by William Finnegan
“Paper Towns” by John Green
“The Jezebel Remedy” by Martin Clark
“Wicked Charms” by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
“Crooked” by Austin Grossman
“Oregon Trail” by Rinker Buck
“Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party” by Alexander McCall Smith

Patrick Nolan, Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief, Penguin Books

A preview of the summer’s hottest books in wide range of genres: fiction, nonfiction, travel and occult. Elaine speaks with Patrick Nolan of Penguin Books about the publishing house’s distinguished 80 year anniversary.

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Far-Flung Countries and Cultures ~ Show Dec 27 and 28


“Strange Stones” by Peter Hessler
“The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café” by Alexander McCall Smith
“The Trigger” by Tim Butcher
“We’ll Always Have Paris” by Jennifer Coburn
“An Experience Definitely Worth Allegedly Having” compiled by Edith Zimmerman
“Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking” by Anya Von Bremzen
“No Land’s Man” by Aasif Mandvi

Alexander McCall Smith, Author

A global getaway with books about far-flung countries and cultures worth exploring. Elaine is charmed by Alexander McCall Smith, on hand to speak about the new title in his Number One Ladies Detective Agency series, “The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Cafe.”

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Elaine Meets Alexander McCall Smith At Miami Book Fair International

Alexander McCall Smith has written more than 100 books, including academic titles, short story collections, and immensely popular children’s books. But he is best known for his acclaimed No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. Perhaps you’ve seen the delightful HBO series, which aired in 2009. McCall Smith is the author of several other series… including one featuring female sleuth named Isabel Dalhousie. Look for the tenth mystery in that series, The Strange Habits of Happiness, in Spring 2015. McCall Smith’s newest series for kids is based on the adventures of the beloved Precious Ramotswe as a little girl.

McCall Smith was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and was educated there and in Scotland. He became a law professor in Scotland, and returned to Africa to work in Botswana, where he helped establish a law school at the University of Botswana. For many years, he was Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, and a visiting professor at numerous other universities. In addition to his university work, McCall Smith has been the vice-chairman of the Human Genetics Commission of the UK, the chairman of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, and a member of the International Bioethics Commission of UNESCO.

McCall Smith currently lives in Edinburgh. His hobbies include playing wind instruments. In fact, he is the co-founder of an amateur orchestra called “The Really Terrible Orchestra.” He has also written several librettos, including one for The Okavango Macbeth, set among a troop of baboons in the Okavango Delta, which has been staged in Africa and in the UK.

Listen to the upcoming shows for Elaine’s interview of Alexander McCall Smith.

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Installments From Authors You Love ~ Show May 24th and 25th

“Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932” by Francine Prose
“No One Writes to the Colonel” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“In Paradise” by Peter Matthiessen
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Mary Higgins Clark
“Andrew’s Brain” by E.L. Doctorow
“Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue
“Trains and Lovers” by Alexander McCall Smith
Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. Eleven of her novels featuring her main character, Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysterie.
A look at recent installments from authors you love….just in time to kick off your summer reading list.