The Sound of Books

Wednesdays at 7:35 a.m.

Each Wednesday morning on The Sound of Books award-winning producer and interviewer Fred Kasten talks to the author — or occasionally editor — of a new or recently-published book that Fred judges to be both well written and of likely interest to WWNO listeners.

Writers covered on The Sound of  Books range from such internationally acclaimed authors as Pulitzer Prize- and MacArthur Grant-winning fiction writer Junot Diaz — and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey — to emerging writers worthy of wider recognition, such as novelists Skip Horack and Amor Towles.

The Sound of Books covers work in a variety of genres, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten -- part one of a three-part series featuring writers who will appear at the 2012 Tennessee Williams Festival -- spotlighting the new memoir by three-time Oscar nominated actress Piper Laurie, "Learning to Live Out Loud."

Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten, the new book from award-winning journalist Debbie Nathan:  "Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case."

Today, on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the much-anticipated new book from award-winning New Orleans writer John Barry, Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State and the Birth of Liberty.

To find out more about John Barry's new book, and his signing January 16, 2012, at 6 p.m. at Octavia Books, please click here .

This week on The Reading Life, we'll be talking with John Barry, whose new book is Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty. We'll also hear Fred Kasten's Sound of Books interview with Anka Muhlstein, author of Balzac's Omelette: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honore de Balzac.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely-praised debut book from veteran New Orleans political and national security consultant – and writer – James P. Farwell, The Pakistan Cauldron: Conspiracy, Assassination and Instability.

To find out more about James P. Farwell, and The Pakistan Cauldron, please click here.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely-praised new book from writer Anka Muhlstein, Balzac's Omelette: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honoré de Balzac.

To find out more about Anka Muhlstein, and "Balzac's Omelette," please click here .

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from New Orleans journalist and Loyola University journalism professor S. L. Alexander, Courtroom Carnival: Famous New Orleans Trials.

To find out more about "Courtroom Carnival" – and S. L. Alexander – please click here .

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the award-winning debut novel from New Orleans writer and teacher James Nolan: Higher Ground.

To find out more about James Nolan and Higher Ground please click here .

We look back at the past literary year in New Orleans with author escort Ted O'Brien, hear a list of 2010's best books and events and a poem by Rodger Kamenetz, as well as Fred Kasten's Sound of Books interview with Rob Verchick.

Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten - conversation with New Orleans writer M. H. Herlong, the author of the widely acclaimed, award-winning novel The Great Wide Sea, which is just out in paperback...

To find out more about M. H. Herlong, and The Great Wide Sea, please click here .

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