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.

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The Sound of Books
3:51 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Susannah Cahalan's Vivid Mix of Memoir and Medical Thriller: "Brain on Fire"

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely praised new memoir by journalist Susannah Cahalan: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.

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The Sound of Books
4:22 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Obama Foreign Policy Examined in New James Mann Book

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book by journalist and bestselling author James Mann: The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power.

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The Sound of Books
3:33 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

'The Last Runaway' — A New Novel From Bestselling Author Tracy Chevalier

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new novel from New York Times-bestselling author Tracy Chevalier — The Last Runaway.

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The Sound of Books
11:28 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

The Yat Dictionary

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new volume from New Orleans poet and satirist Chris Champagne — The Yat Dictionary.  

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The Sound of Books
11:44 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from New Orleans photojournalist and jazz historian John McCusker — Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz.

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The Sound of Books
2:26 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

New in New Orleans Architecture

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from Tulane architecture professor John Klingman: New in New Orleans Architecture.

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The Sound of Books
6:07 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" To Rob You Blind

  • An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author David Cay Johnston — The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind.

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The Sound of Books
4:17 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

New Book From Bestselling Author Tanner Colby: "Some of My Best Friends Are Black"

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the critically-acclaimed new book from New York Times bestselling author Tanner Colby — Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America.

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Arts & Culture
6:11 pm
Sat November 24, 2012

Debut Novel From Tulane Law Grad Shelby Tucker Satirzes International Financial Fraud

An interview with the author.

Writer Shelby Tucker's debut novel Client Service is a satire  inspired by a major mutual-fund swindle of the 1960s. It follows three well received non-fiction books by Shelby Tucker  based on his treks through Asia and Africa. WWNO's Fred Kasten has more...

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The Sound of Books
7:24 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Visionary Author Steven Johnson Defines "Peer Progressives" in Optimistic New Book

An interview with the author.

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from New York Times bestselling author Steven Johnson: Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age.

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