Shelley Wood – The Quintland Sisters: A Novel
Canada , Fiction / May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019 – Our time machine travels back to the Northern Ontario, Canada of 1934, to witness a unique and risky series of births. Through the eyes of fictional midwife Emma Trimpany, we’ll meet the Dionne family. They’re humble farmers eking a living out of the land, when they’re blessed with not one but five bundles of joy — the first identical quintuplets to survive birth. But the story turned dark when the Canadian government separated the infants from their parents and put them on display, as the center-ring act of a bizarre, moneymaking circus. Our guide on this journey is Shelley Wood, author of her debut novel, The Quintland Sisters. Shelley Wood’s work has appeared in The New Quarterly, Room, The Antigonish Review, Bath Flash Fiction, and The Globe and Mail. She earned the Frank McCourt prize for creative nonfiction, Freefall Magazine’s short prose contest and Causeway Lit’s creative nonfiction prize. Visit our guest at ShelleyWood.ca, follow her @ShelleyWood2 on Twitter, or toss her a like at Facebook.com/ShelleyWoodAuthor.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 57:17 — 131.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Lynda Cohen Loigman – The Wartime Sisters: A Novel
Fiction , WWII / April 8, 2019

April 8, 2019 – Our time machine welcomes aboard book lovers live at the Meet the Author Series presented by Mayda Bosco at the Closter Public Library in New Jersey. Together, we travel back to the Brooklyn and Massachusetts of the pre- and post-World War 2 era, for a tale of sibling strife that’s as old as Cain and Abel. This is the engaging, absorbing story of two very different sisters, Ruth and Millie Kaplan. Raised in Brooklyn, each carries a hope chest full of hurt and secrets from their childhood. Although they try their best to escape it, they’re forced together again as adults at the Springfield Armory, where the Arsenal of Democracy gears up to support the war effort. Many years have passed, but marriages, husbands, and even kids of their own can’t stop them from sliding right back into the sandbox of roles forged in childhood. Weaving this tale of hurt feelings, estrangement, and siblings who are just running wildly different emotional operating systems, is Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Wartime Sisters: A Novel. It’s the sophomore offering after her critically acclaimed debut The Two-Family House, a 2016 nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards in Historical…

Martin Fletcher – Promised Land: A Novel of Israel
Fiction / March 25, 2019

March 25, 2019 – In this episode, our time machine travels back to post-World War 2 Israel. When we arrive, we’ll follow its return to statehood — beset by enemies on three sides and their back against the sea on the fourth — through the eyes of two fictional brothers and the woman they love. Our guide on this journey is Martin Fletcher who brings us Promised Land: A Novel of Israel. In it, we meet characters shaped in very different ways by the darkness of the Holocaust. Peter protects Israel as an agent for the Mossad, his kid brother Arie builds it as a businessman — and then there’s Tamara, an alluring Jewish refugee from Egypt, seeking a new life in the reborn nation. The love triangle of these three vivid characters spans the first twenty years of Israel’s modern existence, as war, intrigues and jealousy threaten to tear their lives — and the struggling nation — apart. You’ve seen Martin Fletcher’s work as NBC News Bureau Chief in Tel Aviv and he’s earned recognition with the National Jewish Book Award, a Columbia University DuPont Award, several Overseas Press Club Awards, and five Emmys. His books include The War…

Jenni L. Walsh – Side by Side: A Novel of Bonnie and Clyde
Fiction / September 24, 2018

September 24, 2018 – Our time machine welcomes aboard infamous bank robbing-legends Bonnie and Clyde, as they tear a gash across 1930s America at the height of the Great Depression. Returning to ride shotgun with us on this crime spree is Jenni L. Walsh, who we chatted with about her debut novel, the stand-alone origin story Becoming Bonnie. Jenni’s sophomore book isn’t a sequel, but the edge-of-your-seat crime spree work of fiction Side by Side: A Novel of Bonnie and Clyde. In it, we meet a very different couple in a crippled America. Instead of basking in Bonnie’s love, snug in her arms, Clyde is suffering the abuse that helps harden his heart in a Texas prison. Visit our guest at JenniLWalsh.com and follow her @JenniLWalsh on Twitter.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 52:37 — 120.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Amber Brock – Lady Be Good: A Novel
Fiction / June 18, 2018

June 18, 2018 – Our time machine travels back to the days of poodle skirts, I Like Ike and I Love Lucy. Once there, we’ll meet Kitty Tessler — a saucy, scheming socialite out to settle scores with snobs. Our guide on this whirlwind tour of Manhattan, Miami, and parts of Havana brewing with an anti-Batista revolution, is Amber Brock, author of Lady Be Good: A Novel. Amber Brock teaches British literature at an all-girls’ school in Atlanta, and Publishers Weekly described her debut novel, 2016’s A Fine Imitation, as “An absorbing tale of art, deception, romance, and forbidden desire.” She holds an MA from the University of Georgia and lives in Smyrna with her husband, also an English teacher, and their three rescue dogs. Visit her at AmberBrock.net or at AmBrockWrites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also referenced in this episode: This 2002 C-Span interview with Tom Clancy.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 51:28 — 117.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Sheila Myers – The Night is Done: A Durant Family Saga
Fiction / April 9, 2018

April 9, 2018 – Our time machine travels back to 1931 to conclude the Durant Family Trilogy. Moving on from the Gilded Age, we’ll catch up with William and Ella, the adult children of Union Pacific Railroad tycoon Dr. Thomas C. Durant, in the final years of their complicated lives. Our guest, Sheila Myers, first introduced us to the family in her novel, Imaginary Brightness, as they had their comfortable lives in London shattered by an economic panic. Book 2, Castles in the Air, saw the William and Ella locking horns, as their father continued to exert influence on their lives from beyond the grave. In the conclusion, The Night Is Done, William and Ella cast their eyes back on their lives, and confront the stark truth about their legacy and long-gone fortune. Sheila Myers is an associate professor at Cayuga Community College, which feeds her passion for the Durant family in upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. You can follow her on Twitter @SheilaMMyers or visit her online at WWDurantStory.com. And you can listen to our previous interviews on both Imaginary Brightness and Castles in the Air in our archives at HistoryAuthor.com, or wherever you’re listening.     Podcast: Download…

Tom Grace – Undeniable: A Nolan Kilkenny Thriller
Fiction / December 31, 2017

January 1, 2018 – Happy New Year, history lovers! To kick off 2018, we welcome thriller author Tom Grace to discuss the sixth novel in his series featuring ex-Navy SEAL Nolan Kilkenny: Undeniable. Tom’s novels feature cutting-edge technology, and we discuss how DNA science is solving historical mysteries. Did Adolf Hitler have a son? Was Warren G. Harding our first black president? What sinister uses will criminal minds cook up when editing DNA is as easy as editing a Word document? Ancestry.com is set to double their database to 12 million people in the New Year. Our trained genealogist can help you unlock the history written in your chromosomes at HistoryAuthor.com/Family-History. Find Tom online at TomGrace.net, on Twitter @Tom_Grace, or like him as Facebook.com/AuthorTomGrace. All his novels are available in paperback from Regnery Fiction. Tom has guest hosted on the History Author Show three times. Jeanne Walker Harvey: Maya Lin: Artist – Architect of Light and Lines. Hugh Howard: Architecture’s Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Gerald Posner: God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:00:45 — 139.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS |…

Jennifer Kincheloe – The Woman in the Camphor Trunk
Fiction / November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017 – This week, we’ll see a familiar face in the passenger seat of our time machine under a big cartwheel hat, as we travel back to 1908 Los Angeles. Our guest is Jennifer Kincheloe, here to chat about her second novel, The Woman in the Camphor Trunk — An Anna Blanc Mystery. Since we last spoke, Jen has earned the Colorado Gold Award for Mystery, and spots as a finalist for the MacAvirty Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award, the Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Award for Best Historical Mystery Novel, and the Colorado Author’s League Award for Genre Fiction. You can catch our interview on her acclaimed debut novel, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, in the archives at HistoryAuthor.com or wherever you’re listening, and find our guest online at JenniferKincheloe.com, on Twitter @JenKincheloe, or Facebook.com/TheSecretLifeOfAnnaBlanc — where she shares all the great Gilded Age images you could ever want and then some.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 45:50 — 42.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Fiona Davis – The Address: A Novel
Fiction / October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017 – This week, our time machine shuttles back and forth between the 1880s and the 1980s, with a story anchored at the ends of family trees and DNA strands. Our guide on this journey is Fiona Davis, author of The Address: A Novel. It builds a bridge between two women, united across a century by the legendary Dakota apartment building. Famous today as the home to celebrities and artists — and infamous as the spot John Lennon met his doom — it was originally a Guided Age an enigma, plopped in the middle of Upper Manhattan’s muddy fields, still dotted with ramshackle farmhouses. By the 1980s, the Dakota had fallen into sooty disrepair, and found its grand apartments suffering architectural indignities like lime green shag carpets, bamboo walls, and mirrored closets. The Address follows on the heels of Fiona Davis’s acclaimed first book, The Dollhouse, about the famed Barbizon Hotel for Women. Born in Canada and raised in places as far-flung as Utah, Texas, and New Jersey, our guest worked for years as an actress on Broadway, and attended both the College of William & Mary and the Columbia University School of Journalism. Find her online at…

Eva Stachniak – The Chosen Maiden
Fiction / September 4, 2017

Thanks to everyone who joined us for an Author’s Evening with Eva Stachniak at the Kosciuszko Foundation on Sept. 12, 2017. September 4, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to early 20th Century Eastern Europe, where we’ll meet ballerina Bronislava Nijinsky. Bronia was a remarkable dancer and woman, who charted a course for greatness despite the upheavals outside and inside her family. The Chosen Maiden blends fiction and fact seamlessly, while including cameos by giants of the period such as prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, Coco Chanel, and Pablo Picasso. Bronislava Nijinsky was born in the last decade of the Victorian Era, and the inspiration for her brother Valaslav’s play which gives the novel its title: The Chosen Maiden. Our guide on this journey of historical fiction is Eva Stachniak. The Nijinskys inspired her with their lives as Polish dancers in a Tsarist Russia, that gave way to war and revolution. Born in a Poland still behind the Iron Curtain, Eva emigrated to Canada in 1981, and is the bestselling author of The Winter Palace, Empress of the Night, Necessary Lies, and Garden of Venus. Visit her online at EvaStachniak.com, @EvaStachniak on Twitter, or Facebook.com/EvaStachniakAuthor.     Podcast:…