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
8:02 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

New Collection of Essays by Longtime Gourmet Magazine Wine Editor Gerald Asher

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — the new collection of essays by longtime Gourmet Magazine wine editor Gerald Asher — A Vineyard in My Glass.

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The Sound of Books
7:46 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Widely Acclaimed Debut Novel Set in 2008 Financial Crisis

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten — The Darlings, the widely-acclaimed debut novel by Cristina Alger, set against the 2008 financial crisis.

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The Sound of Books
11:08 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Ruth Salvaggio's New Book About the History of Poetry in New Orleans

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the new book from New Orleans native and University of North Carolina English and American Studies professor Ruth Salvaggio, Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward.

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The Sound of Books
11:50 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Acclaimed New Novel from New York Times Best-Selling Author Joshilyn Jackson

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely praised new novel from New York Times best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty.

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The Reading Life
7:00 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Biographer Rich Cohen

This week on The Reading Life: Biographer and memoirist Rich Cohen, whose new book is The Fish that Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King, about New Orleanian Sam Zemurray.

Then we’ll hear Fred Kasten’s Sound of Books interview with Steve Coll, author of Private Empire: Exxon Mobil and American Power, and Susan will have some thoughts on reading The Times-Picayune.

The Sound of Books
6:17 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Acclaimed New Book About Big Oil From Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner Steve Coll

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the widely-praised new book from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Steve Coll: Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

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The Sound of Books
2:46 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Acclaimed New Biography of New Orleans Icon Ernie K-Doe by Writer and Folklorist Ben Sandmel

Ben Sandmel's "Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans."

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, the acclaimed new biography of New Orleans music legend and icon Ernie K-Doe by writer, producer, folklorist  and drummer Ben Sandmel: Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans.

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The Sound of Books
2:52 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Beautiful New Book Explores Life and Work of Great New Orleans Sculptor Lin Emery

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten: critically-acclaimed art writer Philip Palmedo's lavishly illustrated new biography of New Orleans sculptor Lin Emery — titled simply Lin Emery...

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The Sound of Books
1:32 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

National Book Award-Winning Novel by Mississippi Writer Jesmyn Ward

Today on The Sound of Books with Fred Kasten, part three of our three-part series featuring writers who are appearing at this year's Tennessee Williams Festival. Today we're spotlighting DeLisle, Mississippi writer Jesmyn Ward, author of the 2011 National Book Award winning novel Salvage the Bones.

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The Sound of Books
12:50 am
Thu March 15, 2012

New York Times Bestselling Memoir By "Ask Amy" Columnist Amy Dickinson

Today on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten, part two of a three-part series spotlighting writers appearing at this year's Tennessee Williams Festival. We're featuring a conversation with "Ask Amy" advice columnist and frequent Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me panelist Amy Dickinson about her bestselling memoir "The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them."

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