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Fiction

Conversations: Samantha Downing, "He Started it"

On this edition of Conversations, Samantha Downing talks with host Dan Skinner about "He Started It," a twisted tale of family dysfunction. The story follows three adult siblings taking a road trip to deliver their grandfather's ashes in order to receive their inheritance. Her previous novel, "My Lovely Wife," was a best-seller. 


Conversations: Sara Paretsky, "Love & Other Crimes"

On this edition of Conversations, Sara Paretsky talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest collection of short stories, “Love & Other Crimes.” Her acclaimed novels, featuring detective V.I. Warshawski, rank among the most celebrated crime series in modern fiction. She also discusses her connection to Lawrence and her previous novel, "Dead Land," set partially in Kansas.


Conversations: Kristan Higgins, "Always the Last to Know"

On this edition of Conversations, Kristan Higgins joins host Dan Skinner to talk about her latest novel, “Always the Last to Know.” Higgins is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 20 novels. She is also a cohost of the “Crappy Friends” podcast, which discusses the often complex dynamics of female friendships, with her friend and fellow writer, Joss Dey. 

Conversations: Crispin Boyer, "Zeus The Mighty: The Maze of the Menacing Minotaur"

On this edition of Conversations, Crispin Boyer talks with host Dan Skinner about “Zeus the Mighty: The Maze of the Menacing Minotaur.” Boyer has written more than 20 books for National Geographic Kids. This is his second novel in a series featuring the character, Zeus the Mighty.


Conversations: Soman Chainani, "The School for Good and Evil: One True King"

On this edition of Conversations, Soman Chainani talks with host Dan Skinner about “The School of Good and Evil: One True King.” The novel is the sixth and final book in the bestselling series. He also discusses how "The School for Good and Evil" is being made into a movie for Netflix, directed by Paul Feig.  


Conversations: John Kenney, "Love Poems for Anxious People"

On this edition of Conversations, John Kenney talks with host Dan Skinner about his latest collection of poetry, “Love Poems for Anxious People.” Kenney is the New York Times bestselling author of the humorous poetry collections “Love Poems for Married People” and “Love Poems for People with Children.” His novels include “Talk to Me” and “Truth in Advertising,” which won the Thurber Priz

Conversations: Robert J. Sawyer, "The Oppenheimer Alternative"

On this edition of Conversations, Robert J. Sawyer talks with host Dan Skinner about his latest novel, “The Oppenheimer Alternative.” Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history to win all three of science fiction’s highest awards: The Hugo, The Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. The novel is an alternate history about the men who invented the atomic bomb. 


Conversations: Roshani Chokshi, "Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes"

On this edition of Conversations, Roshani Chokshi talks with host Dan Skinner about her latest book in the Pandava series, “Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes.” Chokshi is the author of the best-selling Young Adult books, “The Star-Touched Queen” and “The Gilded Wolves.” She also wrote two previous books in the Pandava series, “Aru Shah and the End of Time” and its sequel, “Aru Shah and the Song of Death.” 


Conversations: Ben Oliver, "The Loop"

On this edition of Conversations, Ben Oliver talks with host Dan Skinner about “The Loop,” his first full-length Young Adult novel. Oliver grew up in Scotland and attended the University of Stirling but spent most of his time trying to write a novel. "The Loop" is the first novel in a trilogy. The book has also been optioned for a television series.


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