Today’s episode is a little different and features short conversations with several authors about their most recent book and involvement with the 2021 Boerne Book & Arts Festival. For those that don’t know, Boerne is a beautiful bedroom community just north of San Antonio, Texas, and the book festival takes place each year on Main Plaza on the first Saturday in October. This year’s event featured authors such as John Erickson and James Wade, as well as author panels with topics such as Heroines of WWII, Texas Ranches and Texas Rangers, and Early Roads and the Old Spanish Trail.
A conversation with the novelist, James Wade. James lives and writes in the Texas Hill Country with his wife and daughter. His debut novel, All Things Left Wild, won the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Historical Novel and the MPIBA’s Reading the West Award for Best Debut Fiction. His second novel, River, Sing Out, was released in the summer of 2021. James is also a winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest, and a finalist of the Tethered by Letters Short Fiction Contest.
A review of the new book, The French Baker's War, by Michael Whatling.
A conversation with Asako Serizawa. Asako has ASAKO SERIZAWA was born in Japan and grew up in Singapore, Jakarta, and Tokyo. A graduate of Tufts University, Brown University, and Emerson College, she has received two O. Henry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a fiction fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her first book, INHERITORS, won the 2021 PEN/Open Book Award and The Story Prize Spotlight Award. It was also longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.
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
Convictions of Faith by R. S. Basi Convictions of Faith is an historical novel by R. S. Basi, set in the Kongo Empire in the late 1600s and early 1700s. The novel tells the story of Dona Beatriz, or Kimpa Vita, a young girl born into a relatively well-to-do family who after a transcendent, near … Continue reading Convictions of Faith by R. S. Basi
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
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, published by Windmill Books, tells the story of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov in the years following the Bolshevik Revolution. The Count becomes a "former person", losing his land and most of his wealth, but never his class or his charm. Rostov, … Continue reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles