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 — the new collection of essays by longtime Gourmet Magazine wine editor Gerald Asher — A Vineyard in My Glass.

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.

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.

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.

Biographer Rich Cohen

May 29, 2012

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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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