A conversation with Michael Kleber-Diggs. Michael Kleber-Diggs is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. His debut poetry collection, Worldly Things, won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize and will be published by Milkweed Editions in June of this year and his essay "On the Complex Flavors of Black Joy," is included in "There's a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis," edited by Tracy K. Smith and John Freeman. This is an important, if at times painful, discussion about race, community, and hope. I'm grateful to Michael for having it with me.
A conversation with Daniel Slager, Publisher & CEO of Milkweed Editions, about the interplay between publishers, authors, and readers. We talk about independent bookstores and the impact of Amazon on the entire industry. I learned so much in this conversation about the independent publishing and book businesses. If you're at all interested in books, writers, publishers, or even the evolving nature of retailing in the era of Amazon, I think you'll get a lot from this episode.
Terry Tempest Williams is a writer, a teacher, a naturalist, and environmentalist. Terry is a force of nature and views and voice are needed now, more than ever.
Todd Davis and Noah Davis are both published poets, men sensitive to the land and our home ground. They are also father and son, which made for a fascinating and engaging discussion.
It goes without saying that 2020 was a weird year for all of us but in many ways, it allowed me the time to read a lot more than I have in most years previously. The launch of The Deckle Edge Podcast helped too, as I try and read everything I can the author has … Continue reading 2020 Books Read in Review
An interview with Brendan Bernhard Gaffney about his upcoming book, "James Krenov: Leave Fingerprints" published by Lost Art Press.
BookPeople, Austin, TX On a recent trip to Austin, TX I had a chance to stop at BookPeople. For anyone who likes making pilgrimages to independent bookstores, BookPeople has to be high on the list. BookPeople has been the leading independent bookstore in Texas since 1970. Located in the heart of downtown, BookPeople has been … Continue reading BookPeople, Austin, Tx
The Ship's Carpenter by D. E. Stockman The Ship’s Carpenter by D. E. Stockman is an historical novel set in France and England, primarily in the 1740s, as those two countries wage war at sea. The title refers to the character Abraham Robinson, an English shipwright who leaves for France in search of work during … Continue reading The Ship’s Carpenter by D. E. Stockman
Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL On a recent road trip my family and I stopped to visit Page & Palette, a great little independent bookstore in Fairhope, AL on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. I'd read a few reviews ahead of time, so my expectations of Page & Palette were pretty high. I'm happy … Continue reading Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
2019 Books Read in Review If you're curious, here's the full list of books I read during 2019. When I said "read", I mean cover to cover as there were certainly a couple I started and didn't, couldn't, or wouldn't finish. Some books just aren't worth the trouble while others drag over months or years. … Continue reading 2019 Books Read in Review