Author Interviews http://kut.org en Novelist Elizabeth Strout Talks About 'The Burgess Boys' http://kut.org/post/novelist-elizabeth-strout-talks-about-burgess-boys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The novel</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"</em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Burgess-Boys-Elizabeth-Strout-ebook/dp/B009MYAWIA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594376&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Burgess+Boys" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Burgess Boys</a>"<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took the nation by storm last year. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">This month, the novel is available in paperback.</span></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The follow-up to </span><a href="http://www.elizabethstrout.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Elizabeth Strout’s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2009/0420/olive-kitteridge-takes-2009-pulitzer-prize-for-fiction" style="line-height: 1.5;">Pulitzer Prize winning novel</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Olive-Kitteridge-Stories-ELIZABETH-STROUT-ebook/dp/B0013TRR80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594395&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Olive+Kitteridge" style="line-height: 1.5;">Olive </a></span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Olive-Kitteridge-Stories-ELIZABETH-STROUT-ebook/dp/B0013TRR80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594395&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Olive+Kitteridge" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kitteridge</a>"<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;spent weeks atop the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller list and months making the rounds of book-circles. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elizabeth </span>Strout<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> visited with the&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Standard's&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emily Donahue&nbsp;to talk about her book. Listen to their conversation in the audio player below.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144868719&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:49:53 +0000 Emily Donahue 10225 at http://kut.org Novelist Elizabeth Strout Talks About 'The Burgess Boys' Austin Author's New Thriller Links Love, Mystery and World War I http://kut.org/post/austin-authors-new-thriller-links-love-mystery-and-world-war-i <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A young man about to go to war meets a young woman. They fall in love. A reckless, passionate affair follows. It lasts just a week, but it reverberates through six lifetimes.</span></p><p>That's just one layer of the narrative in a new novel by Austin author Justin Go. “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Steady-Running-Hour-Novel/dp/1476704589">The Steady Running of the Hour</a>” includes a race against time and crosses two centuries and multiple continents – from the drawing rooms of London to the horror of <a href="http://www.ww1battlefields.co.uk/">World War I battlefields</a> – through Europe, Asia and the U.S.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144672187&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 10209 at http://kut.org Austin Author's New Thriller Links Love, Mystery and World War I Renowned Texas Journalist Shares Family History in 'The Harness Maker's Dream' http://kut.org/post/renowned-texas-journalist-shares-family-history-harness-makers-dream <p>The Kallison family name has resonated amongst Texans for generations.</p><p>It's the name of the department store in San Antonio crowned by a cowboy carrying a saddle on his right shoulder. It's also the of the Kallison Ranch, the place that brought Texas ranching into the 20th century.</p><p>"The Harness Maker’s Dream" recounts the story of Nathan Kallison, the Jewish Russian who escaped persecution and later became a successful rancher in Texas.</p><time datetime="2013-11-02T22:07:20+00:00" pubdate="">&nbsp;</time><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132017402&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:00:08 +0000 David Brown 9670 at http://kut.org Renowned Texas Journalist Shares Family History in 'The Harness Maker's Dream' 'The Obedient Assassin' Tells the Story of Trotsky's Killer http://kut.org/post/obedient-assassin-tells-story-trotskys-killer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine – you have it all – a life of luxury, famous friends, a beautiful lover. You are a good, supportive friend – happy and content.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And it’s all a lie.</span></p><p>The truth keeps you up at night, tortures you during the day. But you can’t change who you are.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132243586&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 9681 at http://kut.org 'The Obedient Assassin' Tells the Story of Trotsky's Killer Amy Tan's New Book 'The Valley of Amazement' is Filled With Family Secrets http://kut.org/post/amy-tans-new-book-valley-amazement-filled-family-secrets <p>It’s been eight years since Amy Tan’s last book. But critics are already saying “<a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17383934-the-valley-of-amazement">The Valley of Amazement</a>” was worth waiting for.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s a complicated story of mothers and daughters, secrets and lies, the past and the present, China and America. And – perhaps above all – it’s about women’s fierce wills to survive.</p><p>KUT's Emily Donahue spoke with Amy Tan about her new book. She was five years into writing a different novel, Tan says, when she took a new look at an old family photo.</p><p>“I had a photo of my grandmother sitting on my desk and it was my favorite photo of her,” Tan says. “She looks quite beautiful and dreamy eyed, and it is in fact the photo that is on the hard cover edition of ‘<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Bonesetters-Daughter-Amy-Tan/dp/0804114986">The Bonesetter's Daughter</a>.’”&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123380660&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:55:09 +0000 Emily Donahue 9317 at http://kut.org Amy Tan's New Book 'The Valley of Amazement' is Filled With Family Secrets 'Dallas Noir' Explores the City's Alluring Shimmer and Seedy Underbelly http://kut.org/post/dallas-noir-explores-citys-alluring-shimmer-and-seedy-underbelly <p>While Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurty <a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/horsemen-goodbye/page/0/1">described Dallas in <em>Texas Monthly</em></a> as “a second-rate city that wishes it were first-rate,” literary agent and editor David Hale Smith prefers a different description. This one’s found in the lines of Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s song “<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbnjPdr9EmY">Dallas</a>:"</p><p><em>Dallas is a rich man with a death wish in his eyes</em></p><p><em>A steel and concrete soul in a warm-hearted love disguise.</em></p><p>“It’s one of the great lyrics of all time. The song is a poem, but it really nails Dallas, and of course nails the essence of this book we put together,”&nbsp;Smith says. He&nbsp;sat down with&nbsp;KUT's&nbsp;David Brown to discuss that new book, “<a href="http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/dallas-noir/">Dallas Noir</a>."&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121066825" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:57:16 +0000 David Brown 8840 at http://kut.org 'Dallas Noir' Explores the City's Alluring Shimmer and Seedy Underbelly The Lair: The Story Behind the Story of the Teen Vampire Series http://kut.org/post/lair-story-behind-story-teen-vampire-series <p>Imagine a book about the future – a future where children are groomed to feed wild vampire-like beasts. A book with good guys who are bad guys, bad guys who retain a touch of humanity, and a few characters primed to save the world.</p><p>“<a href="http://www.escapethefarm.com/">The Lair</a>”&nbsp;is the second in a series of young adult books from Round Rock author <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/876105.Emily_McKay">Emily McKay</a>. The first was&nbsp;“The Farm.”&nbsp; Both are set in a post-apocalyptic future, in which adults have failed young people, and young people have adulthood thrust upon them.</p><p>McKay's vampires are neither glamorous nor elegant, but they are smarter, stronger and faster than humans. And in both&nbsp;“The Farm”&nbsp;and “The Lair,”&nbsp;human children are farmed to feed human/vampire Ticks.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119040021" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:35:18 +0000 Emily Donahue 9137 at http://kut.org The Lair: The Story Behind the Story of the Teen Vampire Series Why Superman's Origins May Be Steeped in Judaism http://kut.org/post/why-supermans-origins-may-be-steeped-judaism <p>It's a bird&nbsp;…&nbsp;it's a plane …&nbsp;it's …&nbsp;you guessed it: Superman.</p><p>The high-flying Son of Krypton has been been a cultural force for 75 years and, while&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">he's graced the panels of comic books and the silver screen, his humble beginnings and evolution over the years have reflected</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; "> changing political and cultural tides, says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Superman biographer&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.larrytye.com/" style="line-height: 1.5; ">Larry&nbsp;Tye</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/118717417" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:59:57 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 9095 at http://kut.org Why Superman's Origins May Be Steeped in Judaism Donna DeCesare's Unsettling Portraits of Children of War http://kut.org/post/donna-decesares-unsettling-portraits-children-war <p><strong>Update: </strong>Donna DeCesare is one of four gold medal winners of the 2013 Maria Moors Cabot prize, awarded by the Columbia Journalism School for outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean. “The Cabot Prize honors journalists who have covered the Western Hemisphere and, through their reporting and editorial work, have furthered inter-American understanding,” <a href="http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/page/1026-cabot-prizes-current-winners/852">reads a statement</a> on the journalism school’s website.</p><p>You can <a href="http://www.destinyschildren.org/en">see more of DeCesare’s work on her website</a>.</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:07:30 +0000 Emily Donahue & Emily Donahue 7282 at http://kut.org Donna DeCesare's Unsettling Portraits of Children of War Best Selling Authors Top 2013 Texas Book Festival Lineup http://kut.org/post/best-selling-authors-top-2013-texas-book-festival-lineup <p><a href="http://texasbookfestival.org/index.php" target="_blank">The Texas Book Festival</a> has revealed its 2013 lineup. Headliners include three writers who currently sit on the <em>New York Times</em> best seller list: Reza Aslan (<em>Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth</em>), Mark Leibovich (<em>This Town</em>), and Scott Anderson (<em>Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East</em>).</p><p>Other big names include:</p><ul><li>Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson – <em>Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas</em></li><li>Lawrence Wright – <em>Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief</em></li><li>R.L. Stine – <em>A Midsummer Night's Scream</em> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:38:20 +0000 Emily Mathis 8649 at http://kut.org Best Selling Authors Top 2013 Texas Book Festival Lineup The Fight to Make Austin the State Capitol - And Keep It That Way http://kut.org/post/fight-make-austin-state-capitol-and-keep-it-way <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106685619" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Hard to imagine a city other than Austin as the capital of Texas, right? According to Austin author and historian (and doctor) <a href="http://www.jeffreyskerr.com/">Jeff Kerr</a>, Austin's status as the capital city – &nbsp;and just a city at all – was in peril several times after Texas declared its independence in 1836.</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:02:07 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 8525 at http://kut.org The Fight to Make Austin the State Capitol - And Keep It That Way A Posthumous Tribute To Guns From A Sniper Shot To Death http://kut.org/post/posthumous-tribute-guns-sniper-shot-death A killing on a Texas gun range <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/03/170990915/man-charged-in-death-of-american-sniper-author" target="_blank">in February</a> captured the headlines. The victim was Chris Kyle, considered by many to be the most deadly sniper in American military history.<p>The man who admitted to killing him was a veteran as well — a young, disturbed man who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.<p>Kyle, an outspoken advocate for both veterans and gun rights, wrote <em>American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 21:44:10 +0000 8136 at http://kut.org A Posthumous Tribute To Guns From A Sniper Shot To Death Listen: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Trailblazing Texas Women http://kut.org/post/listen-sen-kay-bailey-hutchison-trailblazing-texas-women <p>You think moving a piano is a pain now: Try doing it over rough terrain ... with no moving van.</p><p>Some of the women who came with their families to Texas in the early days of the 1800's insisted on bringing their pianos with them. While many of these women came from more genteel Southern backgrounds, the rough and rugged environment in Texas did nothing to dampen their spirits or enthusiasm.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton & Jennifer Stayton 7839 at http://kut.org Listen: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Trailblazing Texas Women Austin Author Explores History, Impact of Juarez Drug Violence http://kut.org/post/austin-author-explores-history-impact-juarez-drug-violence <p><a href="http://ricardoainslie.com/">Ricardo Ainslie</a> says the Mexican border city of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciudad_Ju%C3%A1rez">Juarez</a> used to be kind of like the state of Texas - with a strong, independent spirit.</p><p>But he says the violence of the drug cartels and the government's war hit just about everyone who lives there, and left the city vulnerable and paranoid. Eleven thousand people were killed in Juarez between January of 2008 and December of 2012.</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton & Jennifer Stayton 7317 at http://kut.org Austin Author Explores History, Impact of Juarez Drug Violence Austinite Turns Story of Brutal Attack on Her Into Novel http://kut.org/post/austinite-turns-story-brutal-attack-her-novel <p></p><p>Mirabelle&nbsp;Garret works in economic development in the Rio Grande Valley. In 1983, she takes a business trip to Austin and is the victim of a brutal attack in her hotel room. How brutal?&nbsp;Mirabelle&nbsp;is stabbed twelve times; a plastic garbage bag is stuffed down her throat; and she is hit in the face and temporarily blinded.&nbsp;Mirabelle&nbsp;thought she was going to die. But she lived. And worked hard to heal.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 7295 at http://kut.org Austinite Turns Story of Brutal Attack on Her Into Novel