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KPL Podcast

Each week the Kirkwood Public Library Podcast delves into in depth conversations with bestselling authors, provides book and film recommendations, engage in lively conversation, and so much more! Our librarian hosts of the KPL Podcast bring their love of reading and lifelong learning directly to their listeners.


KPL Podcast November 2023 Week 4 with Special Guest Nalini Singh
This week on the KPL Podcast, we have bestselling author Nalini Singh.  We spoke to her about her latest thriller, There Should Have Been Eight.  The novel is set in a remote location in the New Zealand Andes.  Old friends gather for a reunion but things go begin to go wrong from the beginning.  Listen to learn more.Author RecommendationsSalvage Right by Sharon Lee and Steve MillerPayback in Death by JD RobbMidnight by Amy Mcculloch
32:32 11/24/23
KPL Podcast November 2023 Week 3 with Special Guest Alexa Martin
This week on the KPL Podcast, we have returning author Alexa Martin to tell us about her newest romance novel, Next Door Nemesis.  This is a funny, laugh out loud romantic comedy about two people competing for a new position on an HOA Board.Author RecommendationIdentity by Nora RobertsThings We Left Behind by Lucy ScoreUnrealistic Expectations by Andie J Christopher
24:34 11/17/23
KPL Podcast November 2023 Week 2 with Special Guest Clementine Taylor
This week on the KPL podcast, we have debut author Clementine Taylor speaking to us about the her amazing first novel, Something About Her.  This is a wonderful, emotional first novel.  Taylor hits it out of the park.Author Recommendations1. Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour2. Sunburn by Chloe Michelle Howarth3. Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield
30:45 11/11/23
KPL Podcast November 2023 Week 1 with Special Guest Vanessa Lillie
This week on the KPL podcast we speak with bestselling author Vanessa Lillie about her new novel, Blood Sisters. The story is a compelling mystery about a Cherokee archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs who is summoned to rural Oklahoma to investigate the disappearance of two women…one of them her sister.Author Recommendations1. Never Whistle at Night edited by Shane Hawk and Theodore C. Van Alst Jr. 2. And Then She Fell by Alicia Elliot3. Bad Cree by Jessica Johns4. A Calm and Normal Heart by Chelsea T. Hicks5. Man Made Monster by Andrea L. Rogers
29:16 11/3/23
KPL Podcast October 2023 week 4 with Special Guest Edward Carey
Welcome back.  This week on the KPL podcast we have bestselling author Edward Carey and we will be discussing his latest novel Edith Holler. A witty and entrancing story of a young woman trapped in a ramshackle English playhouse—and the mysterious figure who threatens the theater's very survival. Author RecommendationsThe Swallowed Man by Edward CareyKappa by  Ryūnosuke Akutagawa,Seeking Fortune Elsewhere by Sindya BhanooGolem Girl by Riva Lehrer
32:34 10/27/23
KPL Podcast October 2023 Week 3 with Special Guest Ashley Herring Blake
This week on the podcast we have USA bestselling author, Ashley Herring Blake to discuss her latest novel, Iris Kelly Doesn't Date. A book about a group of ride-or-die friends who have become family. “Found family” is available to everyone, but it’s a source of salvation for those within a marginalized community, particularly if you identify as queer.  This the third book in a heartwarming and inclusive series that proves there is a love out there for everyone.Author Recommendations:1. Witch of Wild Things by Raquel Vasquaz Gilliland 2. Cleat Cute by Meryl Wilsner
21:00 10/20/23
KPL Podcast October 2023 Week 2 with Special Guest Alex Hay
We are back with a new episode of the KPL Podcast.  Do you enjoy a good heist book or movie?  Then I highly recommend, The Housekeepers by Alex Hay.  It's Ocean's 8 meets Downton Abbey.  1. The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl2.  A Lady's Guide to Fortune-hunting by Sophie Irwin3. Ocean's 8 4. Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley 
22:24 10/13/23
KPL Podcast October 2023 Week 1 KPL 200th Episode with Special Guest Ryan Drinkard
It is hard to believe but we have 200 episodes of the KPL Podcast.  This week Ryan and Jigisha talk about a few of the memorable guests that we interviewed in the last few years. Links for the episodes are included.1. Erik Larson, Splendid and the Vile 2. Clint McElroy, Petals to the Metal3. Nalini Singh, Archangel's Light4. Elliot Kalan, Sharko and Hippo5. Richard Osman, The Bullet that Missed6. Amanda Tyler, Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life's Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union.Honorable Mentions7. Becky Chambers, The Galaxy and the Ground Within8. Anna North, Outlawed9. John Allison, Giant Days10. Anthony Daniels, I am C3PO11 Jared Reinmuth and Ameziane, Big Black: Stand at Attica12.  Laurell K. Hamilton, Smolder
29:35 10/6/23
KPL Podcast September 2023 Week 5 with Special Guest Kerri Maher
This week on the KPL podcast we have bestselling author Kerri Maher.  We talked about her latest novel, All You Have To Do Is Call.  A fascinating new historical fiction set in 1970 about the Jane Collective.Other Book by Kerri Maher1. The Paris Booksellar2. The Girl in  White Gloves: A Novel of Grace Kelly3. The Kennedy Debutante
20:32 9/29/23
KPL Podcast September 2023 week 4 with Special Guest Mona Susan Power
Welcome Back to the KPL podcast.  This week we have Pen Award winning Mona Susan Power.  We discuss her latest novel, A Council of Dolls. Mona was a delight to speak with and we had fun talking about her book.  Author ReadsCalling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar HokeahSwim Home to the Vanished by Brendan Shay BashamNever Whistle At Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology
37:05 9/22/23
KPL Podcast September 2023 Week 3 with Special Guest Ben Purkert
Welcome back to another episode of the KPL podcast.  This week we have author Ben Purkert telling us about his debut novel, The Men Can't Be Saved.  This book was considered one of the most anticipated book of this summer and received numerous raving reviews. Luminous Republic by Andres BarbaSuch Small Hands by Andres Barba
25:17 9/15/23
KPL Podcast September 2023 Week 2 with Special Guest Greg Marshall
This is week on the KPL Podcast we have first time author Greg Marshall to tell us about his memoir, Leg:  The Story of a Limb and the Boy Who Grew From It. A hilarious and poignant memoir grappling with family, disability, and coming of age in two closets—as a gay man and as a man living with cerebral palsyAuthor ReadsTom Lake by Ann PatchettEasy Beauty by Chloe Cooper JonesHero of this Book by Elizabeth McCrakenImpossible People by Julia Wetz
62:36 9/8/23
KPL Podcast September 2023 Week 1 with Special Guest Amy Brady
This week on the KPL podcast explore the fascinating history of Ice with author Amy Brady.  Her new book, Ice: From Mixed Drinks to Skating Rinks--a Cool History of a Hot Commodity, details the how ice came to be such a major part of American life. Author ReadsIce Book by Camper EnglishCult Classic by Sloane CrosleyLiquid Intelligence: the Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail by Dave Arnold
43:09 9/1/23
KPL Podcast August 2023 Week 4 with Special Guest Lauren JA Bear.
This week on the KPL podcast, we discuss Lauren J.A. Bear's novel, Medusa's Sisters. If you are a fan of Greek mythology and enjoyed Circe by Madeline Martin and Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, you will enjoy this novel.Author ReadsParakeet by Marie-Helene BertinoBeautyland by Marie-Helene BertinoWeaver and the Witch Queen by Genevieve GornichecHe Who Drowned the World by Shelley Parker ChanYellowface by RF Kuang
25:00 8/25/23
KPL Podcast August 2023 Week 3 with Special Guest Shari Lapena
This week on the KPL Podcast we have bestselling author, Shari Lapena.  She has written several domestic suspense novels such as, An Unwanted Guest, The End of Her, Not a Happy Family, Someone We Know, The Couple Next Door, and A Stranger in the House. We discuss her latest novel, Everyone Here is Lying Author RecommendationsThe Collector by Daniel SilvaThe Traitor by Ava GlassThe Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman
26:17 8/18/23
KPL Podcast August 2023 Week 2 With Special Guest Andrew Ridker
Allow me to introduce you to "Hope," a compelling story that takes us back to the year 2013, in the heart of Brookline, Massachusetts. Meet the Greenspans, a family that seems to have it all – success, community standing, and bright futures ahead.But life has its own way of challenging even the most exceptional families. So, if you're looking for a book that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster while reminding you of the indomitable spirit of the human heart, then dive into Hope by Andrew Ridker.Author Reads/RecommendationsStrangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
30:02 8/11/23
KPL Podcast August 2023 Week 1 With Special Guest Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray
Looking for a captivating read that takes you on a journey through history? Look no further!  Allow me to introduce you to "First Ladies" by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.  "First Ladies" is a powerful novel that intertwines the lives of extraordinary women who stood by the side of the most influential men in American history. From the talented pen of Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, this book unravels the untold stories of these remarkable women who played pivotal roles behind the scenes.
17:11 8/4/23
KPL Podcast July 2023 Week 4 with Special Guest Josh Winning
If you're a horror fan, this week's KPL Podcast episode is a must-listen! We had the privilege of interviewing the talented author Josh Winning, who will send chills down your spine with his latest novel, "Burn the Negative." This gripping book delves into the eerie world of a haunted film remake, where a spine-tingling mystery unfolds as the original cast and crew tragically meet the same fate as their on-screen characters.RecommendationsThe Only One Left by Riley SagerMaeve Fly by CJ Leede
19:47 7/28/23
KPL Podcast July 2023 Week 3 with Special Guest Terah Shelton Harris
This week on the KPL podcast, we discuss One Summer in Savannah by Terah Shelton Harris.  This is a soul-stirring narrative that explores the complexities of human emotions, the power of forgiveness, and the beauty of second chances. Harris weaves a vivid tapestry of emotions, seamlessly blending heartache and hope, love and redemption.Recommendations1. The Favor by Adele Griffin2.  No Man's Ghost by Jason Powell
24:48 7/21/23
KPL Podcast July 2023 Week 2 with Special Guest Fiona Davis
This week on the KPL podcast we have returning guest Fiona Davis.  She is known for writing novels set at famous NYC landmarks, such as the New York Public Library, Grand Central Station, and the Frick Museum.  Her latest novel, The Spectacular is about the Radio City Rockettes and the Big Apple Bomber.1. Hedge by Jane Delaney2. A Heart that Work by Rob Delaney
22:18 7/14/23
KPL Podcast July 2023 Week 1 with Special Guest Eliza Jane Brazier
This week on the KPL Podcast we have author Eliza Jane Brazier and we talk about horses, riding and her latest novel, Girls and Their Horses.  There is so much to the world of showing and competing with horses.  You'll entertained as we dive into the horse world. RecommendationsMister Magic by Kiersten WhiteThe Hurricane Blonde by Halley SuttonMidnight is the Darkest Hour by Ashley WinsteadTwisted Love Story by Samantha DowningI'm Not Done With You Yet by Jesse Q. Sutanto
29:08 7/7/23
KPL Podcast June 2023 week 5 with Special Guest Steven Rowley
This week on the KPL podcast, we have bestselling and 2023 winner of Thurber Prize in American Humor, Steven Rowley.  We sit down to discuss his latest book, The Celebrants, another funny, witty, and heartwarming book about the power of friendship. RecommendationsThe Guncle  by Steven RowleyBig Gay Wedding  by Byron Lane.Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie GarmusBe Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
29:56 6/30/23
KPL Podcast June 2023 Week 4 with Special Guest Riley Sager
This week on the KPL Podcast , we have an electrifying tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Get ready to join us on a spine-chilling journey into the pages of "The Only One Left" by the master of suspense, Riley Sager.RecommendationsThe Wager by David GrannCutting Teeth by Chandler Baker
16:17 6/23/23
KPL Podcast June 2023 Week 3 with Special Guest Sidney Karger
This week on the KPL Podcast we are thrilled to share with you all an incredible literary gem that I recently devoured: "Best Men" by Sidney Karger!  This captivating novel took me on an unforgettable journey through the complexities of friendship, love, and the human spirit. Prepare to be immersed in a world where bonds are tested and true character shines through. Recommendations1. Stone cold fox  by Rachel Koller Croft.2. The writing retreat : a novel by Julia Bartz.
23:48 6/16/23
KPL Podcast June 2023 Week 2 with Special Guest Joshua Kezer
In this episode, we explore the compelling story behind "The Murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless: An Honest Sheriff and the Exoneration of an Innocent Man, by Stephen Snodgrass and Joshua Kezer.   The book takes us to a small town where the unthinkable happens—a young woman named Angela Mischelle Lawless is found brutally murdered.  A innocent man is arrested, tried, and sent to prison.  Our hosts recommend a few other true crime novels.1.  I'll be gone in the dark : one woman's obsessive search for the Golden State Killer / Michelle McNamara.2. Seventy times seven : a true story of murder and mercy / Alex Mar.Listen to the Podcast Episode3. Diamond Doris : the true story of the world's most notorious jewel thief / Doris Payne with Zelda Lockhart.4. Notorious Missouri : 200 years of historic crimes / James W. Erwin & Vicki Berger Erwin.Listen to the Podcast Episode5. The feather thief : beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century / Kirk Wallace Johnson.
55:29 6/9/23
KPL Podcast June 2023 Week 1 with Special Guest Pernille Hughes
Welcome back, to another exciting episode of "The KPL Podcast" We have the pleasure of diving into the captivating novel Ten Years by Pernille Hughes. Known for her heartfelt storytelling and relatable characters, Hughes has written a delightfully funny and poignant book.  Listen to learn more.Pernille Hughes Recommendations1. The Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston2. Break-Up Clause by Niamh Hargan3. Happy Place by Emily Henry4. Love Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood5. The Light We Carry: overcoming in uncertain times by Michelle Obama
38:02 6/2/23
KPL Podcast May 2023 Week 4 with Special Guest Juan Gabriel Vasquez
This week on the KPL podcast, we wanted to share a captivating read that has left us in awe. If you're looking for a thought-provoking journey through history and the power of memory, we highly recommend "Retrospective" by the brilliant Juan Gabriel Vasquez. Listen to learn more. 
26:27 5/26/23
KPL Podcast May 2023 Week 3 with Special Guest Julia Argy
Welcome to the KPL podcast episode discussing "The One," the captivating debut novel by Julia Argy. This gripping story takes us on a journey into the world of reality TV dating shows and the quest for love. As we follow the story of Emily, a last-minute contestant on the popular show, "The One," RecommendationsLessons in Chemistry by Bonnie GarmusThe Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
15:24 5/19/23
KPL Podcast May 2023 Week 2 with Special Guest Chanel Cleeton
We are back with another great episode of the KPL podcast. This week we are speaking to bestelling author Chanel Cleeton about, "The Cuban Heiress".  The mystery novel is set in 1934 during a cruise from New York to Havana aboard the SS Morro Castle. Danger lurks in every corner and the lives of two women collide as one seeks justice and the other must discover who wants her dead and why.
15:06 5/12/23
KPL Podcast May 2023 Week 1 with Special Guest Nick Medina
This week on the KPL Podcast, we have debut author Nick Medina.  We discuss his new novel 1, a book that part mystery, part coming-of-age and part Native mythology.  It also sheds light on the Native and Indigenous women that have gone missing throughout the US and Canada.
20:23 5/5/23

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