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Okie Bookcast

The Okie Bookcast is dedicated to helping curious readers like you find your next great read by connecting you to Oklahoma authors and stories. Each episode includes an interview with a contributor to the reading life of Oklahoma - it might be an author, publisher, librarian, reader, bookseller, or other figure. In addition to the interview, each episode includes a review from an Oklahoma author about a book they love. New episodes drop on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Connect with Okie Bookcast on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok - @okiebookcast.

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Behind the Rain: An Audio Anthology of Oklahoma Poetry, Volume 8
It's Volume 8 of Behind the Rain! I've got 11 poems from 10 Oklahoma poets cued up and ready for you to enjoy. Be sure to connect with the poets across their social media (linked below) to let them know how much you appreciate their work. Here's the lineup for this edition of the anthology:April and Winter - Aubrey GreenFacebook: @BlueCloverEditingWebsite: www.bluecloverediting.comLocal News From Where We Met - Seth CopelandBlueSky: @brushwithseth.bsky.socialWebsite: https://neutralspaces.co/seth_t_copeland/Unhatched and Broken - David JenningsFacebook: @DJennPhotosWebsite: davidjenningsartinphotographyandpoetry.comAnd I See It Clearly - Abagail PappasInstagram: @actually_belleGut Shot - Brand RackleyInstagram: @brandrackley Approaching Seventy - Ron WallaceWebsite: www.ronwallacepoetry.comMurrah - Paul JuhaszFacebook: Paul Juhasz AuthorNext Time - Holly JahangiriFacebook: @author.hollyjahangiriWebsite: https://jahangiri.us/2020Trying - Clay MattoxInstagram: @madoc_grams_literatureUntitled #5 - Jes McCutchenInstagram: @jesmwritesWebsite: jesmccutchenwrites.com If you'd like to submit a poem for consideration for Volume Nine of Behind the Rain (releasing July 15, 2024), visit okiebookcast.com/behindtherain for details. Submission deadline is June 15!Connect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
21:45 4/15/24
Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendations and Talk with J, Hannah, and special guest Andie Schulz
Hannah and I are joined by Andie Schulz to talk about what we've been reading and why you might love it. We cover everything from mind-bending horror to sweeping space operas to warm fuzzy rom-coms. There may also be some conversation about elements that would go into a YNGR Drinking Game. Enjoy the conversation and let us know your thoughts on the books we discuss. Connect with Hannah: website | Twitter | InstagramDiscussed on the Show:AndieApples Never Fall - Liane MoriarityThe Girl in Cabin 13 - A.J. RiversThe Long Game - Elena ArmasAll the Missing Girls - Megan MirandaHannahA Psalm for the Wild-Built - Becky ChambersAsk For Andrea - Noelle IhliEpisode Thirteen - Craig DilouieMonster - Walter Dean MyersJThis New Dark - Chase DearingerAfter World - Debbie UrbanskiEyes of the Void - Adrian TchaikovskyHouse of Leaves - Mark Z. DanielewskiConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
58:59 2/27/24
Turning Experience into Story - Author and Poet Paul Juhasz
Welcome to Chapter 59!My guest is author and poet, Paul Juhasz. A graduate of the Red Earth M.F.A., Paul’s work has appeared in several literary journals, most recently Concho River Review, Poetry Quarterly, Oklahoma Review and Main Street Rag. He has served as curator and coordinator of the Woody Guthrie Poets since 2020. He has four books, including his most recent - As If Place Matters - a collection of short fiction. In our conversation we talk about all of Paul’s work across genres and forms and his approach to connecting his lived experiences to his writing. We also get into how he unravels problems in his writing. This is a great conversation for readers and writers alike with some important things to say about how our history informs what we create. Quick content note: We talk about coping with childhood trauma and self-harm so please be aware of that content going into the conversation. Connect with Paul: Instagram | FacebookPaul's Books:Fulfillment: Diary of a Warehouse PickerRoninThe Inner Life of ComicsAs If Place Matters Mentioned on the show:Running with Scissors - Augusten BurroughsJoseph ConradLou Berney Jeannetta Calhoun MishLetters to Wendy’s - Joe WenderothFine Dog Press TC BoyleCormac McCarthyDave EggersHamlet - William ShakespeareNo Country for Old Men - Corman McCarthyConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
40:52 2/20/24
The Running Man - Pages to Pictures w/ Jamie Ray
I'm joined by the host of Fave Five From Fans, Jamie Ray, to talk about the film adaptation of the Richard Bachman / Stephen King classic - The Running Man. We talk about the book and the film and all of the many (so many) ways in which the two are different. It's a celebration of spandex and catchphrases - all of the 80s Arnold magic you can stand. If you love the book and / or the film, you'll love this conversation. If you haven't read or seen it, you're going to want to by the time we're through.Check it out and let us know what we got right (or wrong).Connect with Jamie: website | Instagram | Twitter | FacebookPurchase The Running ManConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
48:40 2/13/24
Romance Writing Round Table
Welcome to Chapter 58! We've got a Round Table talking about all things romance writing. It's a fun and thoughtful conversation with something for everyone - even those of you (like me) who don't typically read romance. Magen Runyan - Podcaster (3 Book Girls) and BookstagrammerConnect with Magen: Instagram | 3 Book GirlsClay Mattox - BookstagrammerConnect with Clay: Instagram | Book Bros OKCollette Carmon - Author and VP of ORWGConnect with Collette: website | Facebook | Instagram  Sabrina A. Fish - Author and President of ORWGConnect with Sabrina: website | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok Mentioned on the Show:Icebreaker - Hannah GraceBook Lovers - Emily HenryVampires of El Norte - Isabel CanasA Game of Gods - Scarlett St. ClairUnder the Dome - Stephen KingThe Greatest Love Story Ever Told - Nick Offerman and Megan MullallyCold Blood - Marnie VingeVampire Queen's Search - Sabrina A. FishHow the Penguins Saved Veronica - Hazel PriorMexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-GarciaRed, White, and Royal Blue - Casey McQuistonMistborn - Brandon SandersonNalini SinghLove in the Time of Serial Killers - Alicia ThompsonButcher and Blackbird - Brynne WeaverFirekeeper's Daughter - Angeline BoulleyA Psalm for the Wild-Built - Becky ChambersRebecca - Daphne Du MaurierThe King of Spring - Collette CarmonOklahoma RoConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
46:34 2/6/24
Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendation and Talk with J, Hannah, and special guest Grace Filer
Looking for great books? We've got you covered! Our guest is Bookstagrammer Grace Filer who runs the "If Books Could Thrill" book club in OKC. Connect with Grace: Instagram | If Books Could Thrill IGConnect with Hannah: website | Twitter | InstagramRecommendations in this episode:GraceI Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death - Maggie O’Farrell The Swimmers - Julie OtsukaMonstrilio - Gerardo Sámano Córdova  The Midnight Club - Christopher PikeHannahA Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. MaasNestlings - Nat CassidyThe September House - Carissa OrlandoHoles - Louis SacharJDay of the Triffids - John WyndhamStarter Villain - John ScalziChain Gang All-Stars - Nana Kwame Adjei-BrenyahRingworld - Larry NivenConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
54:41 1/23/24
Staying True to Your Characters . . . and Bigfoot w/ Author Missy Hancock
Welcome to Chapter 57! My guest today is Missy Hancock. Missy describes herself as a wife of one, mom of six, and grammy of one. She’s lived in Oklahoma since she was ten and is happily settled in Guthrie, America. She says her motto in life is to live by love, not by fear. In the fall of 2023 Missy released three books in her Ele Charmichael series, under her pen name - M. Sparks Clark.We have a fun conversation about her work, self-publishing, staying true to your characters, and, of course, Bigfoot. Connect with Missy: website | Instagram | TikTokMentioned on the ShowEle Carmichael series - Missy HancockHolly Samson HallThe Floating BookshopThe Scent Keeper - Erica BauermeisterLiane MoriartyKelly HarmsAmy E. RiechertKathrine CenterLouise MillerBeth O’LearyOther Birds | The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison AllenHeather WebberA Man Called Ove - Fredrick BackmanPhaedra PatrickMadeleine L’ Engle Time QuartetCodex Alera series - Jim ButcherHarry Potter - J. K. RowlingConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
34:44 1/16/24
Behind the Rain: An Audio Anthology of Oklahoma Poetry, Volume 7
It's Volume 7 of Behind the Rain! I've got 11 poems from 9 Oklahoma poets cued up and ready for you to enjoy. Be sure to connect with the poets across their social media (linked below) to let them know how much you appreciate their work. Here's the lineup for this edition of the anthology:Pretty Wordy - Rachel WatersInstagram: @rachelwaters.coWebsite: https://rachelwaters.co/poet/Let It Burn - Brand RackleyInstagram: @brandrackley Tornado Alley - Holly JahangiriFacebook: @author.hollyjahangiriWebsite: https://jahangiri.us/2020Yoked - MAC WoodsInstagram: @mac_since1985To Nowhere and Blue Balloon - Ruth KeyCherry Creek - Andrew GilmanInstagram: @andrewmorrisgilmanReturn to the Sea - Abagail PappasInstagram: @actually_belleMy Power - Sydney AerinInstagram: @sydneysometimesWhat He'd Done - David JenningsFacebook: @DJennPhotosWebsite: davidjenningsartinphotographyandpoetry.comNew Year's Musings - Rachel WatersInstagram: @rachelwaters.coWebsite: https://rachelwaters.co/poet/If you'd like to submit a poem for consideration for Volume Eight of Behind the Rain (releasing April 15, 2024), visit okiebookcast.com/behindtherain for details. Submission deadline is March 15!Connect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
25:15 1/15/24
Where the Red Fern Grows - Pages to Pictures w/ Betsey Kulakowski
I'm joined by author and podcaster, Betsey Kulakowski, to talk about the 1974 film adaptation of an Oklahoma classic - Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. We talk about the book and the film and ways in which the movie got it "right" and a place or two where it might have missed the mark. Spoiler alert, I've got some strong thoughts on that front. If you love the book and / or the film, you'll love this conversation. If you haven't read or seen it, you're going to want to by the time we're through. Check it out and let us know what we got right (or wrong).Connect with Betsey: website | Twitter | Facebook | InstagramUnfreakingbelieveable Podcast: InstagramPurchase Where the Red Fern GrowsConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
43:29 1/9/24
Storytelling and Comics w/ Buck Berlin from New World Comics
Welcome to Chapter 56!Today I get to introduce you to the owner of one of the great comic shops in Oklahoma - Buck Berlin from New World Comics in OKC. New World has been a fixture in Oklahoma City for decades and Buck has been its owner and chaos coordinator for the last couple of those. In our conversation we cover:The origins of the store and what it has to offerThe comic creation scene in OklahomaThe role Buck and a group of superhero cosplayers perform in the communityAdvice for those just getting interested in comicsWhat to expect when you walk into a comic shop for the first timeThe value of comics for reluctant readersthe significance of comics as a medium for storytellingConnect with Buck at New World Comics: FacebookNew World Comic Con: websiteTitles and Creators Mentioned on the Show:Watchmen - Alan MooreMaus - Art SpiegelmanCharles Martin / Literati PressGlamorella’s Daughter - Charles Martin and Jerry BennettHeathen - Natasha AltericiThe Black-Jack Demon - Nick HermesWe Promised Utopia Scud the Disposable Assassin - Harmon, Carter, Schrab, GreyArsenic LullabyDaniel Warren JohnsonKyle StarksStan LeeCharacters Mentioned on the Show:SupermanBatmanThe CrowBladeXMenSpidermanCaptain AmericaMr. Fantastic / Fantastic FourGuardians of the GalaxyRed TornadoTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
39:11 1/2/24
Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendations and Talk with J and Hannah
It's the December 2023 edition of Your Next Great Read! This is a special one as Hannah and I are actually recording in the same room for the first time. We don't have a guest for this episode, but we do talk about our favorite three books of 2023 in addition to our usual conversation. Connect with Hannah: website | Twitter | InstagramRecommendations:HannahA Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. MaasIron Flame - Rebecca YarrosOne Day in December - Josie SilverLove and Other Words - Christina LaurenHannah's 2023 Top 3:Black Sheep - Rachel HarrisonLocal Woman Missing - Mary KubicaFourth Wing - Rebecca YarrosJWorth Dying For - Lee ChildHorrorstor - Grady HendrixThe Lost Cause - Cory DoctorowDogs of War - Adrian TchaikovskyJ's 2023 Top 3:Piranesi - Susanna ClarkeShutter - Ramona EmersonThe Long and Faraway Gone - Lou BerneyConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
45:30 12/26/23
The Life of a Small Publisher w/ Casie Dodd from Belle Point Press
My guest for Chapter 55 is Casie Dodd. Casie is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma but now lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas with her husband and two children. Her work has appeared in This Land, Oxford American, Image, Arkansas Review, and other journals. Casie is the founder and publisher of Belle Point Press, a fantastic independent press that has published several books from Oklahoma authors and poets, including Ben Myers, Damon McKinney, and Rob Roensch. In our conversation, we talk about the origins of Belle Point Press and its mission and heartbeat. We also talk about the advantages and challenges of small presses and about Casie’s work, as well as that of many others. It’s a great look behind the curtain of publishing from the perspective of a small press. Connect with Casie: writing website | Belle Point Press website | Substack | InstagramMentioned on the show:Mid-South Anthology: Ben MyersTyler Justin SmothersKristen GraceBeer Breath Kisses - Damon McKinneyIn the Morning, The City Is the Prairie - Rob RoenschDeep Vellum BooksHeadless John the Baptist Hitchhiking: Poems - C.T. SalazarNight Angler - Geffrey DavisHub City PressCleave - tiana nobile Texas Review PressBull City PressThe End of the Affair - Graham GreeneConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
41:24 12/19/23
Adapting A Christmas Carol - Pages to Pictures w/ Luke Swanson
I'm joined by author Luke Swanson to talk about our favorite adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1843 classic, A Christmas Carol. Not to give it away, but Kermit may be involved. We talk about the book and the film and look at faithfulness and changes - including all of the music. If you're a fan of the story or the film, you're going to love the conversation. If you've never seen the movie, you'll be looking for it as soon as you finish listening. Check it out and let us know what we got right (or wrong).Connect with Luke: website | Instagram | TikTokGrab Luke's new book - Curtains on a Christmas CarolPurchase A Christmas CarolConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
45:06 12/12/23
Storytelling Beyond Genre w/ Shark Heart author, Emily Habeck
Welcome to Chapter 54!My guest is debut novelist, Emily Habeck, author of Shark Heart: A Love Story. Emily has a BFA in Theater from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts as well as master’s degrees from Vanderbilt Divinity School and Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Since it's release in August, Shark Heart has been named a USA Today Bestseller, a Book of the Month selection, a New York Times book review editor’s choice, and was the #1 Indie Next pick for August 2023. She is from Ardmore, Oklahoma and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Connect with Emily: website | Instagram | TwitterPurchase Shark Heart: A Love Story from Bookshop.orgBooks mentioned on the show:You Could Make This Place Beautiful - Maggie SmithSmile - Sarah RuhlBluets - Maggie NelsonFellowship Point - Alice Elliot DarkConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
47:34 12/5/23
Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendations and Talk with J, Hannah, and Lydia Filiou
Welcome to Your Next Great Read! We're taking an international spin this month with our special guest, Lydia Filiou, who oversees the Translated Fiction Book Club in Oklahoma City. Translated Fiction meets once a month at a local bookshop in town to discuss a work translated into English. You can find out more about the club, including upcoming books for discussion on their Instagram: @translatedokc.Lydia FiliouBattle Royale - Koushun TakamiOranges Are Not the Only Fruit - Jeanette WintersonThe Hunger Games - Suzanne CollinsNotes of a Crocodile - Qiu Miaojin HannahThe Only One Left - Riley SagerEveryone Here is Lying - Shari LapenaFriends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir - Matthew PerryThe Vegetarian - Han KangJThe Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder - David GrannThe Balloon Hunter - Hugh Howey and Elinor TaylorRed Sneaker Writers series - William BernhardtThe Remembrance of Earth’s Past Trilogy - Liu CixinOther books mentionedElena Knows - Claudia PinieroDeath and the Penguin - Andrey KurkovDrive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead - Olga TokarczukSilo series - Hugh HoweySand series - Hugh HoweyA Stranger in the House - Shari LapenaThe Couple Next Door - Shari LapenaHurricane Season - Fernanda MelchorSeasons of Migration to the North - Tayeb SalihConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
56:47 11/28/23
Sharing OKC with the World - Author Rob Roensch
Welcome to Chapter 53 of the Okie Bookcast! My guest is Rob Roensch, Rob is an award-winning author of short fiction and author of three books, including his latest, In the Morning, the City is the Prairie. In addition to his writing, Rob teaches at Oklahoma City University.  In our conversation, we talk about Rob’s new book, setting books in Oklahoma City, and using description and dialog to generate and maintain momentum through a book. We also talk about the author Rob would most like to take to Sonic.Connect with Rob: website | TwitterOur reviewer, Sydney Aerin, should be a familiar voice. Sydney  contributed a review back in Chapter 48 and her poetry has been featured in Volumes 5 and 6 of Behind the Rain, our audio anthology of Oklahoma Poetry. Sydney is a licensed therapist who is passionate about mental health education, disability awareness, and equality for all. You can find Sydney's performance and publication information on her Instagram @sydneysometimes.Sydney is reviewing a book by another Oklahoma poet - Mr. Monday Morning's Broken Songs and Testimonies by Durell Carter. Mentioned on the Show:Belle Point Press The Long and Faraway Gone - Lou BerneyBoom Town - Sam AndersonThe Moviegoer - Walker PercyEdisto - Padgett PowellAnnie John - Jamaica KinkaidThe Chocolate War - Robert Cormier Walden - Henry David ThoreauConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
35:19 11/21/23
Adapting Murder on the Orient Express (1974) - Pages to Pictures w/ guest, Jamie Ray
We're talking about the 1974 adaptation of Agatha Christi's Murder on the Orient Express. I'm joined by Jamie Ray, host of Fave Five From Fans, to talk about the book and the film adaptation. What did they get right? What got changed? Which actors nailed the characters and which might have missed (our interpretation of) the mark?If you've never read or seen Murder on the Orient Express, we'll give you plenty to whet your appetite and talk about whether you should read the book or watch the film first. If you're a fan, listen along and let us know where we got it right (or wrong). We also try to avoid spoilers and we do not give away the ending. Connect with Jamie: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookPurchase Murder on the Orient Express Connect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
47:12 11/14/23
Raising Awareness through Fiction - Vanessa Lillie
Welcome to Chapter 52!My guest is Vanessa LIllie. Vanessa is the best-selling author of the thrillers Little Voices and For the Best. She also co-authored the instant bestselling Audible Original Young Rich Widows. Her latest novel, titled Blood Sisters, released October 31st, and is the first in a new series with missing and murdered indigenous women at the heart of the stories. Vanessa is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma living on Narragansett land in Rhode Island.In addition to her writing, she also hosts an Instagram Live show where she talks with crime fiction authors. In our conversation, we talk about Vanessa’s new novel and why it was important to her to set it in Northeast Oklahoma. We also talk about writing for audio versus writing for the page and why she finds it important to support the work of other authors. Connect with Vanessa: Website | Instagram | Facebook | TwitterMentioned on the show:Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction AnthologyAnd Then She Fell - Alicia ElliotBad Cree - Jessica JohnsSisters of the Lost Nation - Nick MedinaMan Made Monsters - Andrea L. RogersTommy OrangeStephen Graham JonesFirekeeper’s Daughter - Angeline BoulleyAnne of Green Gables - L. M. MontgomeryConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
39:04 11/7/23
Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendation and Talk with J, Hannah, and author S.A. Barnes (Stacey Kade)
It's a deluxe edition of Your Next Great Read!Our guest is S.A.Barnes (Stacey Kade), author of Dead Silence - one of J and Hannah's favorite reads of the last couple of years. In addition to our dozen recommendations, we talk about including the COVID-19 pandemic in fiction and the progression of fan fiction authors in publishing. We also talk about another dozen or so books in the process of our recommendations. Best of luck to your TBR pile!Connect with SA (Stacey): website | Instagram | Twitter | FacebookConnect with Hannah: website | Twitter | InstagramRecommendations:StaceyThe Death of Us - Lori Rader-DayWhalefall - Daniel KrausBlack Sheep - Rachel HarrisonTangled Planet - Kate BlairFamous Last Words - Katie AlenderHannahThe Minds of Billy Milligan - Daniel KeyesHolly - Steven KingThe Love Hypothesis - Ali HazelwoodPercy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick RiordanJFractal Noise - Christopher PaoliniDark Ride - Lou BerneyThe Android’s Dream - John ScalziThe Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - C.S. LewisAll of the extra booksDead Silence - S.A. BarnesGhost Station - S.A. BarnesThe Black Hour - Lori RaderDayTo Sleep in a Sea of Stars - Christopher PaoliniParadise-1 - David WellingtonFlowers for Algernon - David KeyesThe Long and Faraway Gone - Lou BerneyRedshirts - John ScalziMr. Mercedes - Steven KingThe Return - Rachel HarrisonChildren of Time - Adrian TchaikovskyThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins ReidConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
67:45 10/31/23
Killers of the Flower Moon - Adapting Book to Film
Something a little different for this episode. I'm joined by Garret Castleberry and Scott McMurry from the Special Topics in Media podcast to talk about the film version of Killers of the Flower Moon and how it works as an adaptation of David Grann's book. We talk a lot about different elements and how they compare between the two versions and ultimately answer the question of whether someone should read the book or watch the film first. This is Part One of our conversation. Part Two focuses on an analysis of the film itself and will be posted to the Special Topics in Media feed soon. Special Topics in Media: Facebook | Listen to the showFor further reading:Killers of the Flower Moon - David GrannRich Indians: Native People and the Problem of Wealth in American History - Alexandra HarmonOklahoma's Poor Rich Indians - Bonnin, Fabens, and Sniffen (1924)Connect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
57:35 10/24/23
Crime Fiction with Dark Ride Author, Lou Berney
Welcome to Chapter 51!My guest for this episode is crime novelist, Lou Berney. Lou is the author of several novels, including November Road and The Long and Faraway Gone, which is on the Okie Bookcast list of 50 Essential Oklahoma Reads.  His latest novel - Dark Ride - was released earlier this fall. Lou has lived most of his life in Oklahoma City where, in addition to his writing, he teaches in the MFA program at Oklahoma City University. Lou’s work has won Edgar, Hammett, Steel Dagger, Barry, Macavity, Lefty, and Anthony awards, and he has been a finalist twice for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In our conversation Lou and I talk about his books, why he prefers to write ordinary people as his heroes, and setting books in Oklahoma City. We also talk about a shared memory that he describes as the secret handshake of Oklahoma City residents from a particular time period.Connect with Lou: Website | Instagram | Twitter | FacebookOur review comes from Vanessa Lillie - Vanessa is the bestselling author of the thrillers Little Voices, For the Best and coauthor of the Young Rich Widows series. Her forthcoming novel, Blood Sisters, launches a new suspense series and releases on October 31. Vanessa will be touring around Oklahoma in early November in support of her book release. You can find details about her appearances on her instagram - @vanessalillieVannessa reviews Man Made Monsters by another great Oklahoma author - Andrea L. Rogers. Connect with Vanessa: Website | Instagram | FacebookMentioned on the show:Elmore LeonardHappy Hollisters books - Jerry WestHappiness Falls - Angie KimWalking Through Needles - Heather LevyMysteries and Manners - Flannery O' ConnerMan Made Monsters - Andrea L. RogersConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
32:55 10/17/23
Behind the Rain: An Audio Anthology of Oklahoma Poetry, Volume 6
It's Volume 6 of Behind the Rain! I've got 13 poems from 11 Oklahoma poets cued up and ready for you to enjoy. Be sure to connect with the poets across their social media (linked below) to let them know how much you appreciate their work. Here's the lineup for this edition of the anthology:Citizen Eagle - Seth CopelandBlueSky: @brushwithseth.bsky.socialWebsite: https://neutralspaces.co/seth_t_copeland/Dragonfly - Stevie Guymon-ClemensInstagram: @royal_scumbag_I Grew Some More Today - Sydney AerinInstagram: @sydneysometimesThe Weather and Pruning - Britta Newton-TarronInstagram: @brittanewtontarronChoreography - Brand RackleyInstagram: @brandrackley Crisis of Faith - Rebecca LemkeInstagram: @newcrunchymomWebsite: rebeccalemke.comGrandmother Trueshot - Jackie KraftFacebook: @jackie.kraft.58Don't Love Me for Who I Was in the 90s - Durell CarterInstagram: @durellrcTwitter: @DurellCarter90Stepping Out of Your Own Shadow - Xander ThomasFacebook: @xanderbooksWebsite: xanderthomasbooks.comMy Fall - David JenningsFacebook: @DJennPhotosWebsite: davidjenningsartinphotographyandpoetry.comThe Sky For Me and Magical - Ruth KeyIf you'd like to submit a poem for consideration for Volume Seven of Behind the Rain (releasing January 15, 2024), visit okiebookcast.com/behindtherain for details. Submission deadline is December 15!Connect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
19:23 10/12/23
Historical Fiction and Family w/ Author Mary Kay Zuravleff
Welcome to Chapter 50 AND our second birthday! The Bookcast launched 2 years ago this week and it's been a great ride so far. Stay tuned after the interview to hear a bit about where we're heading as we move into year 3. My guest is Mary Kay Zuravleff. Mary Kay is a graduate of the original Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City and, although she now resides in Washington, D.C., she comes back often to visit her parents and sister. Her latest novel, American Ending, is her fourth book. Released in June, American Ending has won critical acclaim, including being selected to Oprah’s 2023 Spring Reading List. Her first book, The Frequency of Souls, was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award and the winner of the James Jones Award and the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy. She spent years editing and writing for the Smithsonian, which inspired her second novel, The Bowl is Already Broken, And her third novel, Man Alive!, was a Washington Post Notable Book. In our conversation, we talk about American Ending and it’s connections to both history and Mary Kay’s family. We also talk about her approach to research and writing and have a great conversation about genre. You’re going to love getting to know the fantastic Mary Kay Zuravleff. Connect with Mary Kay: Website | Instagram | FacebookMentioned on the Show:Ghost Wall - Sarah MossNow Is Not the Time to Panic - Kevin WilsonThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - Mark HaddonHow to Be Both - Ali SmithOrlando - Virginia WolffConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
48:35 10/3/23
Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendation and Talk with J, Hannah, and Special Guest Melissa Coast
Welcome to the September edition of Your Next Great Read from the Okie Bookcast!Our guest, Bookstagrammer Mellisa Coast, is back for a second round of recommendations and reviews. Connect with Melissa: Instagram | LinktreeConnect with Hannah: website | Twitter | InstagramMelissaThe Spaceship Next Door - Gene DoucetteDemon Copperhead - Barbara KingsolverThe Bodyguard - Katherine CenterThe Name of the Wind - Patrick RothfussHannahThe Night Parade - Ronald MalfiLove and Other Words - Christina LaurenGhost Summer: Stories - Tananarive DueThe Shining - Stephen KingJFinal Girls - Riley SagerAmerican Ending - Mary Kay ZuravleffThe Long and Faraway Gone - Lou BerneyLife of Pi - Yann MartelConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
57:54 9/26/23
Launching a New Bookstore w/ Britni and Kathryn from Second Story Books and Cafe in OKC
Welcome to Chapter 49!My guests are Britni Brecheen and Kathryn Lynn - two friends who are launching a new bookstore and cafe in OKC.Britni has worked in bookstores and libraries for 12+ years and is currently a homeschool mom of two. Kathryn's first job was in a bookstore at the age of 15. They have had many jobs in many places, but reading and writing has been constant, and for them, it all comes back to books.In our conversation we talk about their vision for the new bookstore and its place in their geographic community, but also the wider bookish community of Oklahoma City. We also get into what led them to want to open the store, the ups and downs of getting the store off the ground, and a brief interlude about time spent in an international jail. You’re going to love hearing about the level of detail with which they are chasing their dream and their passion for books and readers. Connect with Second Story Books: Instagram | Facebook | Website | Bookshop.orgOur review for this episode comes from blogger, aspiring author, and new mom, Samantha Bailey.  She is a former educator who is taking some time out of the classroom to focus on raising her daughter and working on finishing her works in progress, including a children’s book that will release in 2024. Samantha is reviewing Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy.Connect with Samantha: Instagram | WebsiteMentioned on the Show:Frog and Toad - Arnold LobelHomegoing - Yaa GyasiShark Heart - Emily HabeckBabel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution - R.F. KuangTo Shape a Dragon's Breath - Moniquill BlackgooseThe Wind in the Willows - Kenneth GrahameTreasure Island - Robert Louis StevensonGarlic and the Vampire - Bree PaulsenGarlic and the Witch - Bree PaulsenUnder the Whispering Door - T.J. KluneMigrations - Charlotte McConaghyConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
46:27 9/19/23
Writing Dystopian Fiction with Author Susy Smith
Welcome to Chapter 48 of the Okie Bookcast!My guest is  Susy Smith, author of Ascendant, the new book in her award-winning Asylum series, a set of dystopian novels set in Oklahoma that explore the intricacies of survival, freedom, and the dark side of human nature. In our conversation we talk about her novels and about starting her writing career a bit later in life. We also talk about setting books in Oklahoma, her poetry, and her important work with the Kanza tribe in the area of language learning and retention. Connect with Susy: website | Facebook | TikTok | Instagram | TwitterOur review for this episode comes from poet Sydney Aerin. Sydney is a licensed therapist who is passionate about mental health education, disability awareness, and equality for all. You can find Sydney's performance and publication information on her Instagram (@sydneysometimes), including a couple of performances coming later in September at the Sunny Dayz Mural Festival  and Norman Arts in the Wind. You can also hear Sydney perform her poetry in Volume 5 and the upcoming Volume 6 of Behind the Rain, our audio anthology of Oklahoma poetry at okiebookcast.com/behind the rain. Sydney is reviewing Love Letters for Women, a poetry collection by another Oklahoma City poet (and Behind the Rain contributor) Kristen Grace. Connect with Sydney: InstagramMentioned on the Show:Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit - J.R.R. TolkienThe Hunger Games - Suzanne CollinsThe Walking Dead - Robert Kirkman and Tony MooreRobert FrostEdgar Allen PoeThe Inheritance Games series - Jennifer Lynn BarnesThe Brothers Hawthorne - Jennifer Lynn BarnesWhere the Red Fern Grows - Wilson RawlsA Wrinkle in Time and A Wind in the Door - Madeline L'EngleEmily of New Moon series - Lucy Maud MontgomeryConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
37:00 9/6/23
Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendations and Talk with Hannah Herron and J Hall
It's the birthday episode of Your Next Great Read!Hannah and I talk about books we've discovered through the show and have our usual conversations about what we're reading and why you might love it.We also have a speed round segment of favorite books our listeners read in high school. Connect with Hannah: website | Twitter | InstagramHannahBoom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding... Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis - Sam AndersonUncle Paul - Celia FremlenIn My Dreams I Hold a Knife - Ashley WinsteadYou Shouldn’t Have Come Here - Jeneva RoseThe Great Gatsby - F. Scott FitzgeraldJThe Long Walk - Stephen KingAll the Sinners Bleed - S.A. CosbyRemarkably Bright Creatures - Shelby Van PeltThe Ferryman - Justin CroninLes Miserables - Victor HugoConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
55:50 8/29/23
Friends Talking Books w/ Martha, Vonnie, and Magen from 3 Book Girls
Welcome to Chapter 47! Today I'm joined by 3 of the hosts of the 3 Book Girls podcast - Martha, Magen, and Vonnie. We have a blast talking about their podcast, a ton of books from every genre, and how the 3BG are essentially The Avengers. Since they review books, I asked Magen to provide the review for this episode and she talks about Love and Other Great Expectations by Becky Dean. Connect with 3 Book Girls: website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | TikTokMentioned on the Show:VonnieKen FollettThe Pillars of the Earth - Ken FollettThe Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 - Tim MadiganThe Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather MorrisThe Hobbit - J.R.R. TolkienOdd Thomas - Dean KoontzMagenAli HazelwoodBook Lovers - Emily HenrySo This Is Christmas - Tracy AndreenIf This Gets Out - Sofie Gonzalez and Cale DeitrichUnmasked - Paul HolesFirst King of Shannara - Terry BrooksShadowhunters - Cassandra ClareMarthaStephen KingDungeon Crawler Carl - Matt DinnimanUndercurrents - Mary Anna EvansSmall Gods - Terry PratchettChildren of Time - Adrian TchaikovskyEmpire of Silence - Christopher RuocchioMaeve Fly - C. J. LeedeThe Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice BurroughsOthersFrog Music - Emma DonoghueThe Evening and the Morning - Ken FolletThe Power - Naomi AldermanLove and Other Great Expectations - Becky DeanConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
48:44 8/15/23
Writing for Middle Grade Readers with author Eileen Hobbs
Welcome to Chapter 46!My guest is Eileen Hobbs, author of the five books in the The Heath Cousins Series. Eileen grew up in Thailand as the child of missionaries and those experiences have found their way into her work, especially her most recent standalone book, Under the Golden Rain Tree.  Eileen worked and taught at the University of Oklahoma for over 20 years, but is now focused on her writing career. In our conversation we talk about Eileen’s work and the inspirations behind her books. We also talk about the importance of character progression in book series, some advice for emerging middle-grade authors, and the fun of getting to interact with students and teachers around her books. Connect with Eileen: Website | Instagram | FacebookJensen Bloom is our reviewer. Jensen is a medical writer and editor who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the rest of her time, she enjoys science fiction, humor, movies, and writing children's literature. She loves to travel and would go to outer space if they would let her. Jensen reviews Project Hail Mary by Andy WeirConnect with Jensen: Twitter | InstagramMentioned on the Show:The Silent Patient - Alex MichaelidesRizzo and Isles series - Tess GerritsenNot a Happy Family - Shari LapenaMemoirs of a Geisha - Arthur GoldenThe Ginger Tree - Oswald WyndThe Enchanted April - Elizabeth Von ArnimLittle Women - Louisa May AlcottConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
35:13 8/1/23
Your Next Great Read - Book Recommendations and Talk with J and special guests Kami Weems and Chad Lehrmann
We've got a special episode of YNGR! Hannah is traveling so I've got a special guest co-host joining me, my friend and sister-in-law, Kami Weems. Kami and I are joined by author and podcaster, Chad Lehrmann. Chad has written a variety of horror and paranormal novels as well as nonfiction work about education and history. Connect with Chad: Instagram | TikTok | Author PageChadChasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer by Sheriff David ReichertIn the Garden of Beasts by Erik LarsonThe Eradic By S. GoodyShattering the Perfect Teacher Myth by Aaron HoganKamiAnxious People by Fredrik BackmanThe Pilot’s Daughter by Audrey J. ColeThe Simple Wild by K.A. TuckerThe Outsiders by S.E. HintonJDrowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421 by T.J. NewmanThe Bomber Mafia by Malcom GladwellKindred by Octavia ButlerThe Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. CareyConnect with J: website | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookShop the Bookcast on Bookshop.orgMusic by JuliusH
50:25 7/25/23

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