Inside the Writer's Studio

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New York Times bestseller Charlie Lovett talks with writers about their lives, their craft, their business, and their latest work.

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Chandler Baker (11/15/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #49
42:31

Charlie chats with Chandler Baker, New York Times bestselling author of The Whisper Network—a work place thriller set against the background of #MeToo—about making the transition from YA to adult novels, the hidden (and no so hidden) secrets of women in the corporate world, and the challenges of balancing a age turning thriller with a true life behind the curtain look at workplace politics.

Nov 15, 2019
Modern Mrs. Darcy/Charlie Lovett (The Bookman's Tale) (11/1/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #48
51:19

Anne Bogel, aka The Modern Mrs. Darcy, chose Charlie's novel The Bookman's Tale for her October Book Club read. Anne came to Winston-Salem to interview Charlie live at Bookmarks in front of an audience of about 150 and her interview makes up this special episode of the podcast. 

Nov 01, 2019
Becky Chambers (10/15/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #47
45:50

Charlie talks with recent Bookmarks Festival presenter and Hugo Award winning science fiction author Becky Chambers about (you guessed it) both science and fiction. They look at how sci-fi can explore the human condition and how humans might explore the universe, all through a discussion of Becky's lovely novella To Be Taught if Fortunate. Trust us, you don't have to like science fiction to love Becky, this book, and this episode!

Oct 15, 2019
Téa Obreht (9/15/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #46
42:09

At the Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors in Winston-Salem, Charlie talks with Orange Prize winner Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife, about her acclaimed new novel, Inland. Charlie and Téa talk about the immigrant experience (both in real life and in fiction), the Arizona Territory, magical realism, and Téa's beautiful style of writing. 

Oct 01, 2019
Dave Cullen (9/15/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #45
59:45

Charlie talks with Dave Cullen, author of Columbine, about his latest book, Parkland: Birth of a Movement. They discuss the student activism based in Parkland, Florida that grew up following a school shooting there in 2018. They also touch on the place of a journalist, theatre as therapy, and Dave's book in progress about two gay men in the US Army.

Sep 15, 2019
Casey Cep (9/1/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #44
47:22

Casey joins Charlie to discuss her new book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. Casey talks about this fascinating excursion first into a bizarre and forgotten multiple murder case in Alabama and second into the story of how Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird, almost made this case her own version of In Cold Blood. Southern history, racial justice, writer's block, and literary legacies combine for a great discussion and a great read.

Sep 01, 2019
Sarah Blake (8/15/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #43
45:27

Charlie talks with the New York Times bestselling author of The Postmistress about her sweeping new family saga of a novel, The Guest Book. In discussing this tale of a wealthy American family across several generations, they encounter topics such as how the past speaks to us and through us, how one generation can be complicit in the actions of another, how racism and anti-semitism have shaped the American experiment, and how gorgeous it is on the coast of Maine.

Aug 15, 2019
Lisa Howorth (8/1/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #42
46:29

Charlie talks with novelist and bookseller Lisa Howorth about independent bookstores (including Lisa's famous Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi) and her new novel The Summerlings. They discuss childhood in the 1950s, the tradition of the child protagonist in Southern literature, the Cold War, and more as they talk about this funny, moving, thought-provoking, and downright fun novel of childhood.

Jul 31, 2019
Julie Zuckerman (7/15/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #41
44:00

Charlie is in England and Julie is in Israel as they discuss her recent novel in stories, The Book of Jeremiah. They talk about writing linked short stories, the immigrant experience in the United States and Israel, contemporary Judaism, and why a central character who is sometimes cantankerous can be so delightful to read about.

Jul 15, 2019
Louise Penny (6/27/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #40
46:44

Charlie talks with international best selling novelist Louise Penny about her beloved hero Armand Gamache, the residents of Three Pines, the sound of writing, what it's like to write a series, and much more. The conversation also delves into Penny's forthcoming fifteenth book, A Better Man and of course mentions food, weather, and Canada!

Jun 27, 2019
Gwendolyn Womack (6/15/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #39
38:24

In front of a live audience at Bookmarks, Charlie talks with bestselling author Gwendolyn Womack about her new novel The Time Collector. Listen in as they discuss psychometry, antiques, New Orleans, and the power of memory.

Jun 15, 2019
Cara Hunter (6/1/2019) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #38
40:47

In the creepy confines of the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, England, Charlie talks with best selling crime novelist Cara Hunter about her latest novel featuring Detective Inspector Adam Fawley, No Way Out. Charlie & Cara discuss Oxford, detective fiction, the secrets of writing a good mystery, and more.

May 31, 2019
Shawn Levy (5/15/2019) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #37
43:31

Charlie talks old Hollywood, new Hollywood, movies, gossip, and scandal with Shawn Levy, film critic and historian and author of the fascinating new book The Castle on Sunset, a history of the Chateau Marmont, one of LA's most famous and infamous buildings,.

May 14, 2019
Ian McEwan (5/1/2019) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #36
34:44

Charlie talks ethics, morality, justice, and artificial intelligence with Ian McEwan, author of Atonement, Amsterdam, and his latest novel Machines Like Me—a throughly enjoyable and thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be human in which Alan Turing, the Beatles, and a robot named Adam all take a part.

May 01, 2019
Ann B. Ross (4/15/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #35
41:35

The author of the popular Miss Julia books sits down to talk with Charlie about the creation of the Southern town of Abbottsville, listening to her characters, learning from literature, and much more—including a discussion fo her latest installment, Miss Julia Takes the Wheel.

Apr 15, 2019
Frances Mayes (4/30/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #34
41:27

Before adjourning for food and wine, Charlie and Frances Mayes discuss all things Italian, from her runaway bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun to her latest book, the Italian travel adventure See You in the Piazza. Pour a glass of Chianti, serve out a bowl of pasta, and get ready to plan your own trip to Italy as Mayes discusses what she knows (and loves) best.

Mar 31, 2019
Ariel Lawhon (3/15/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #33
43:25

Ariel Lawhon joins Charlie to discuss her novel I Was Anastasia, an exploration of two lives—Anastasia Romanov, youngest daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, and Anna Anderson, who for 50 years claimed to be Anastasia. Ariel talks about filling in the gaps in the historical record with her imagination, researching historical fiction, and the all important "Author's Note."

Mar 15, 2019
Tommy Tomlinson (2/28/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #32
44:39

Charlie talks with journalist Tommy Tomlinson about his moving and insightful book The Elephant in the Room—One Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America. They talk about living in a world that was not designed for you, the culture of southern food, developing empathy, and much more.

Feb 28, 2019
Liam Callanan (2/15/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #31
44:37

Charlie talks with Liam Callanan, author of Paris by the Book, about, what else—Paris and Bookshops! But also about strong women, The Red Balloon, Madeline, and some crazy journeys around Wisconsin. Liam was in town for Bookmarks Movable Feast and as two novelists who write about bookshops, we had a great time together.

Feb 14, 2019
Wil Medearis (1/31/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #30
41:29

Charlie talks with novelist Wil Medearis about his debut novel Restoration Heights, set in present day New York City. They discuss living in and writing about New York and many of the issues the novel grapples with from race and class to gentrification, personal vs. societal ethics, and even, to borrow a phrase, la vie boheme. Recorded live at Charlie's hotel room in NYC—you might even hear a little traffic in the background!

Jan 30, 2019
Roshani Chokshi (1/15/19) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #29
45:21

Charlie talks with the delightfully witty Roshani Chokshi about her new novel The Gilded Wolves with digressions into the place of mythology in fiction, how to own your own diversity, what's so great about the Eiffel Tower, and how to sneak into a St. Tropez night club. Roshani was at Bookmarks to launch her new novel, the first in a trilogy, which she calls "National Treasure" with more attractive people and a colonialism agenda. 

Jan 15, 2019
Ebenezer Scrooge (12/20/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #28
30:39

In a special Christmas episode Charlie speaks to a live audience about his Christmas book The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge and then calls upon his long-ago theatrical training to provide a reading of the first chapter of Scrooge's new adventures.

Dec 20, 2018
Megan Bryant (12/10/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #27
45:34

Charlie talks with children's and young adult author Megan Bryant about living in Winston-Salem, writing picture books, and her most recent young adult novel Glow, based on the story of young women who supported the war effort in WWI by painting watch dials with radium. Megan tells us about her research and shares some of the amazing story of this novel.

Dec 09, 2018
Virginia Pye (11/30/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #26
47:57

Charlie talks with award-winning author Virginia Pye about her newest collection of short stories Shelf Life of Happiness. They delve into the nature of short stories and of storytelling, inhabiting characters across differences, setting as character, and even how the weather can effect the mood of a story. If you've ever tried to write a short story, you'll want to listen in!

Nov 30, 2018
Lisa Gabriele (11/20/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #25
44:55

Charlie talks with Lisa Gabriele about her new novel The Winters, inspired by Daphne Du Maurier's immortal thriller, Rebecca. Charlie and Lisa discuss foreshadowing, women's relationships, MeToo, reader expectations and much more. 

Nov 20, 2018
David Grann (11/10/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #24
47:09

Charlie talks with New Yorker staff writer and author of The Lost City of Z about his new book The White Darkness, the story of Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley. Ever wondered what it would be like to trek across hundreds of miles of Antarctica all by yourself? Of course you have, so listen in!

Nov 10, 2018
Sarah McCoy (10/30/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #23
47:37

Charlie talks with his neighbor and friend New York Times bestseller Sarah McCoy about her new novel Marilla of Green Gables, set in the Anne of Green Gables universe. Their discussion ranges from visits to Prince Edward Island, to writing the story of an already beloved character, to the evolving definition of a feminist.

Oct 30, 2018
Kelly Barnhill (10/20/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #22
46:22

Charlie talks with Newberry Medal winner Kelly Barnhill about life as a mother and writer, baking pie, winning awards, and her 2018 collection Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories. The discussion ranges from magical realism and fairy tales to hiking and telling stories to our children.

Oct 20, 2018
Alan Gratz (10/10/18) Inside the Writers' Studio Episode #21
47:13

Charlie talks with middle-grade writer Alan Gratz about his historical fiction, including his latest novel, Grenade, set during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. Alan talks about helping kids understand the difficult realities of history, finding ways to help them to connect the past to their own experience, and what it's like to seek out ways to put "kid protagonists" in the middle of historic events.

Oct 10, 2018
Lee Zacharias (9/30/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #20
46:11

Charlie chats with Greensboro novelist Lee Zacharias about her new novel Across the Great Lake, wich he calls a "lyrical novel full of indelible imagery." They discuss how the novel, set on a frozen Lake Michigan in 1932, deals with retrospective point of view, non-linear narration, magical realism, and recreating a unique moment in time and space.

Sep 30, 2018
Anne Bogel (9/20/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #19
48:01

At the Bookmarks Festival, Charlie chats with the Modern Mrs. Darcy herself, Anne Bogel about the reading life, its joys, and its pitfalls. Anne's new book I'd Rather Be Reading provides a jumping off point for a broad ranging discussion of new and classic literature, reading habits, book clubs, and reading culture. In adition to her blog, The Modern Mrs. Darcy, Anne is the host of the podcast What Should I Read Next?

Sep 20, 2018
Dav Pilkey (9/10/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #18
35:55

Charlie Lovett and his nine-year-old nephew Will talk with Dav Pilkey at B.B. & T. Baseball Park in Winston-Salem just after Dave spoke to over 2500 school children. They discuss Captain Underpants, Dogman, and inspiring children to read through graphic novels as well as delving into Dav's own background and the inspiration for some of his characters.

Sep 10, 2018
Craig Johnson (8/30/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #17
49:58

Charlie Lovett talks with Craig Johnson about his new Longmire Mystery Depth of Winter. Charlie and Craig discuss the balancing act involved in creating a series, the developement of character over time, and why Craig chose to set this novel in the remote desert of Northern Mexico. Plus, they have a few laughs and Craig's dog even makes a guest appearance.

Aug 30, 2018
Bookmarks Festival Preview (7/26/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #16
45:09

Charlie Lovett interviews Ginger Hendricks and Jamie Rogers Southern, both of Bookmarks, about the 14th annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors in Wnston-Salem, NC on September 6–9. We discuss authors such as Dav Pilkey, Rebecca Makkai, Rick Bragg, Beth Macy, Zinzi Clemmons, and many others.

Jul 27, 2018
Chris Nashawaty (6/29/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #15
43:59

Charlie Lovett talks with Chris Nashawaty, film critic for Entertainment Weekly, about his new non-fiction book Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story. Chris tells stories about Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Ted Knight and gives us a glimpse behind the scenes at the making of a classic comedy movie and the book that explores its genesis.

Jun 29, 2018
Rebecca Makkai (6/21/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #14
42:53

Charlie Lovett talks with author Rebecca Makkai about her new novel The Great Believers. Partly set at the height of the AIDS crisis in Chicago in the 1980s, Rebecca's new novel is beautifully written and has earned critical praise from the New York Times Book Review, NPR, and more. She and Charlie discuss their personal experience with the AIDS crisis, researching marginalized communities, and how art, Paris, and thirty years of history combine to make one great read.

Jun 22, 2018
Amy Meyerson (6/12/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #13
44:20

Charlie Lovett talks with debut novelist Amy Meyerson about her newly published novel The Bookshop of Yesterdays. Partly set in a bookstore in Los Angeles, the book is a natural for Charlie, whose own books feature bookstores, libraries, and book collectors. Amy's heroine inherits the bookshop of the title from her uncle, and he leaves her one last treasure hunt which will help who discover who she is as family secrets bubble up from the past.

Jun 13, 2018
Elaine Neil Orr (04/09/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #12
46:54

Charlie Lovett talks with fellow North Carolina writer Elaine Neill Orr about her new novel Swimming Between Worlds, set in Charlie's home town of Winston-Salem, NC. Our discussion covers local history, race relations (the book is set in the early 1960s), and Elaine's own experience growing up in two worlds—in Nigeria with her missionary parents, and in the American South, when the family came back every three years.

Apr 09, 2018
Ben Guterson (3/28/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #11
46:23

Charlie Lovett talks with Ben Guterson about his middle grades novel Winterhouse, an Indie Next pick. Winterhouse features a young girl sent away alone to a mysterious hotel in the snowy mountains. Our discussion ranged from working with an illustrator to the use of first person narrative to the inspirations for Winterhouse itself—from the Grove Park Inn to The Shining.

Mar 29, 2018
Frank Morelli (2/28/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #10
46:04

Charlie Lovett talks with former Summit School colleague Frank Morelli about his debut Young Adult novel No Sad Songs, a moving story about a high school senior who has to care for his ailing grandfather suffering from dementia. From family dynamics to care for the elderly to music to Philadelphia sports teams—our conversation was wide ranging and enjoyable, just like Frank's book.

Mar 01, 2018
Charlie Lovett (2/4/18) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #9
43:20

In our first episode that is a monologue rather than a conversation, Charlie Lovett talks about his new novel The Lost Book of the Grail, out in paperback from Penguin Books. Charlie talks about his research into English cathedrals, medieval manuscripts, and a host of other topics as he reveals secrets about his novel that spans 1500 years in the history of an English city and one very fusty protagonist.

Feb 04, 2018
Gregory Maguire (12/12/17) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #8
46:53

Charlie Lovett talks to international best selling author Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and After Alice about his latest novel Hiddensee, inspired by the legend of the Nutcracker. Gregory talks about the influence of Grimm and other traditional fairy tales, his travels in Europe researching the book, and this dark, moving take on old European legends.

Dec 13, 2017
Emily Wilson (12/6/17) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #7
44:46

Charlie Lovett talks with old family friend Emily Herring Wilson about her new book on Eleanor Roosevelt, The Three Graces of Val-Kill. The two compare notes on trips to Roosevelt houses in Hyde Park, and Emily tells stories about her conversations with Roosevelt descendents in this candid conversation about a little explored aspect of the life of the first lady.

Dec 07, 2017
Samantha Silva (11/14/17) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #6
42:36

Charlie Lovett talks with Samantha Silva about her new novel, Mr. Dickens and his Carol, in which she presents a delightful fictional version of the creation of Charles Dickens's beloved A Christmas Carol. Charlie's own novella, The Further Adventure of Ebenezer Scrooge give the two plenty of common ground to discuss the novelist, Victorian London, and the traditions of Christmas.

Nov 15, 2017
John Grisham (7/12/17) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #5
54:57

In a twist on our usual format, John Grisham talks with Charlie Lovett about the world of books, writing, and bookselling. Recorded live at the newly opened Bookmarks gathering space and non-profit independent bookstore in downtown Winston-Salem. Charlie helped John with background research for his recent novel about a rare manuscript heist, Camino Island, and John wrote  of Charlie's novel The Lost Book of the Grail, "I enjoyed it immensely."

Oct 19, 2017
Holly Goddard Jones (9/29/17) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #4
43:47

Charlie Lovett talks with Holly Goddard Jones about her dystopian novel The Salt Line. Set in a future in which safe zones are surrounded by walls and a tick-borne disease can mean instant and painful death for those who venture into the "wilderness," the book has great relevance for today's America.

Oct 02, 2017
Robin Sloan (9/9/2017) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #3
48:16

Charlie Lovett talks with fellow New York Times bestseller Robin Sloan about his new novel Sourdough—a combination of high tech and old fashioned baking set in San Francisco. Recorded at the Bookmarks Festival Books and Authors in Winston-Salem, NC, the conversation delves into issues of writing, family, society, and how to enjoy a nice loaf of sourdough.

Sep 10, 2017
Emily Colin (8/25/17) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #2
42:21

Charlie Lovett talks with Emily Colin about her new novel The Dreamkeeper's Daughter. Set in the American South and the Carribean, the novel features time travel, a spit narrative, and some beautiful writing. Emily and Charlie find lots of common ground in the mutual interest in exploring how the past can be present in our lives.

Aug 26, 2017
Christopher Swann (8/8/17) Inside the Writer's Studio Episode #1
42:42

In a live discussion from Bookmarks in downtown Winston-Salem, Charlie Lovett talks with Christopher Swan about his debut novel Shadow of the Lions. Set in a fictional version of the boarding school which both Chris and Charlie attended, the book looks at coming of age in a community of boys. As fellow Woodberry Forest School alums, Chris and Charlie had a lot to talk about—from favorite teachers to the students who inspired some of the names in the nvoel.

Aug 10, 2017