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The KTEP Book Club on Perspectives is a weekly program that highlights best-selling authors, local authors, and independent authors of note. The show not only takes you into the books' characters but into the mind of the writer.  Crime, memoir, history, mystery...it's all covered on our popular program!

GOTHAM ACADEMY is a new, monthly teen drama created by the minds of DC Comics...set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City, with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham’s past. To tell us more about this exciting new comic, is DC Entertainment's Mark Doyle, who is the Batman Group Editor, writers Brendan Fletcher and Becky Cloonan, and artist Karl Kerschl.

C. S. Lewis is the 20th century's most widely read Christian writer and J.R.R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades, they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the Inklings, which met every week in Lewis's Oxford rooms and in nearby pubs. They discussed literature, religion, and ideas; read aloud from works in progress; and rewrote the cultural history of modern times.  In THE FELLOWSHIP, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the Inklings' lives and works. Philip and Carol will join us on the KTEP Book Club on PERSPECTIVES to tell us more.

In 1951, when he was only 12 years old, ED LUCAS was struck in the face by a baseball. The blow left him blind. Ed's mother would write letters to his baseball idols, and eventually Ed became friendly with many of the players. Ed Lucas grew up to become the first blind broadcaster to report on baseball.

Ed and his son Chris Lucas will join us on the next PERSPECTIVES to share Ed's inspiring stories. Their book is called SEEING HOME: THE ED LUCAS STORY.

Author JEFF SHAARA is the son of bestselling writer Michael Shaara.  His first novel, Gods and Generals, was published in 1996, and it became a New York Times Bestseller.  His latest, and 15th, book is THE FATEFUL LIGHTNING, and Shaara will join us on the next PERSPECTIVES to tell us more about this last entry in his four-volume Civil War series of the far lesser known campaigns in the "western" theater of the Civil War.

LOUISE HARRISON knows all about Beatlemania - her brother George was a Beatle. And if it wasn't for her efforts, the Beatles might never had gained ANY popularity. Back in 1963, she promoted the band to anyone who would listen...sending letters and calling TV and radio stations. All for the love of her brother.  Louise joins us on PERSPECTIVES to talk to KTEP's resident Beatlemaniac, Louie Saenz, about her book “My Kid Brother’s Band, a.k.a The Beatles!”

Host Louie Saenz interviews Jesse Goolsby, author of I’D WALK WITH MY FRIENDS IF I COULD FIND THEM, which traces the lives of three men and their families as they move towards, through and away from Afghanistan. A fresh Army recruit and two seasoned fighters cross paths in Afghanistan in a single moment of life-or-death horror.   Goolsby, who is an active Air Force Officer, joins us on PERSPECTIVES to talk about his book and his work advocating for Wounded Warrior Care. 

Lucy Sanna's THE CHERRY HARVEST is a coming-of-age story and love story laced with suspense, and it explores a hidden side of the home front during World War II, when German POWs were put to work in a Wisconsin farm community . . . with dark and unexpected consequences.

Lucy Sanna has published poetry, short stories, and nonfiction books, and The Cherry Harvest is her first novel. She talks with host Louie Saenz on this episode of Perspectives.  

On the next KTEP Book Club, New York Times best-selling author CHRIS BOHJALIAN and daughter, GRACE EXPERIENCE talk about their careers, recent works and the joy of audio books.  Grace recently narrated her father's novel, "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands." www.chrisbohjalian.com

During World War II, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The only family internment camp during the war, Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called “quiet passage.” Hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City were exchanged for other more ostensibly important Americans—diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, and missionaries—behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany.

This week, host Louie Saenz interviews bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, whose 2015 book “WATERLOO: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles”  is his first work of non-fiction.  The book recreates what Cornwell calls, “the most significant battle of the European 19th Century.”

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.  Host Louie Saenz interviews author David McCullough about his book THE WRIGHT BROTHERS, which takes us behind the scenes of how these two brothers changed the world.

EMPIRE OF DECEPTION, by award-winning crime writer and investigative reporter Dean Jobb, is set at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties.  It is a  rollicking story of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, over-the-top and under-the-radar deceit by a charming con man who kept a Ponzi scheme alive perhaps for longer than anyone else in history. 


Jan 27, 2016

El Paso author Sarah McCoy’s latest book is THE MAPMAKER’S CHILDREN. The book alternates between present day and 1860’s West Virginia, and explores the lives of two women, Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, and Eden Anderson, a modern-day woman struggling to conceive a child. Sarah and Eden’s connection intertwines the past and present. 

Learn more about what inspired the novel when Louie Saenz talks with Sarah McCoy.  

Maps have long exerted a special fascination - both as beautiful works of art and practical tools to navigate the world. A few years ago, map dealer E. FORBES SMILEY, spent years doubling as a MAP THIEF until he was finally caught in the act. Smiley would later confess to the theft of 97 maps valued at nearly $3 million. On the next KTEP Book Club, journalist Michael Blanding joins us to tell us about his book THE MAP THIEF, which explores Smiley's secret life. 

Nelson DeMille's latest John Corey novel, RADIANT ANGEL, takes us into the heart of a new Cold War with a clock-ticking plot that has Manhattan in its crosshairs. Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of 18 acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, and The Panther.

New York Times-bestselling author Neal Stephenson's last book SEVENEVES is a science-fiction epic that spans 5000 years and the entire solar system.  In the novel, “The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.” Find out what came next when Louie Saenz interviews Neal Stephenson. 

JAMES BRADLEY  is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Flyboys and Flags of Our Fathers.  He is also the son of one of the men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima.  His latest book  "The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia," introduces us to the prominent Americans--including FDR's grandfather, Warren Delano--who in the 1800s made their fortunes in the China opium trade. 

Called one of the best storytellers of his generation, bestselling author STEPHEN HUNTER used to be the Pulitzer Prize winning film critic for The Washington Post. His book Point of Impact was made into the movie Shooter. His 18th novel is just being published and delves deep into the mind of notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. In "I, RIPPER," Hunter reimagines Jack’s personal story entwined with that of an Irish journalist who covered the case. 

Steve Martini, New York Times bestselling author of the Paul Madriani series, returns with THE ENEMY INSIDE, an electrifying tale of suspense that brings his titular protagonist back to the courtroom to defend an innocent man, all-the-while uncovering a tangle of corruption and greed leading to the highest levels of political power. 

PATRICIA PARK is the author of about RE JANE, is a fresh, contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre and a poignant Korean-American debut novel that takes its heroine Jane Re on a journey from Queens to Brooklyn to Seoul—and back.  

Jonathan W. Jordan's new book AMERICAN WARLORDS:  How Roosevelt’s High Command Led America to Victory in World War II.  Published for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, AMERICAN WARLORDS examines a president and his inner circle of wartime leadership, telling how these remarkable figures overcame deep personal differences to lead their nation to victory.

Ryan Gattis, a Los Angeles writer and mural artist, is the author of ALL INVOLVED: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. Riots.  The book paints a fully-realize portrait of Los Angeles under siege during the six days in 1992 when violence erupted in the wake of the Rodney King verdicts. ALL INVOLVED is grounded in nearly two years of research and background spent with former gang members, firefighters, nurses, and other L.A. citizens who lived through it.

HEATHER LENDE is a small town obituary writer in Alaska, and she must find the good in the lives of those who have passed. She writes about her experiences in FIND THE GOOD: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer. Lende tell us about the joys and challenges of writing obituaries, and about the discoveries she has made about herself while writing about the lives of others. 

  Coloring books never go out of style.  But there's a new audience growing for these books: grown ups!  SOURIS HONG joins us to talk about her book "Outside the Lines."  The book is a collection of illustrations from more than 100 visual artists each, including animators, cartoonists, street artists, video game artists, and dozens of other artistic masterminds.

The KTEP Book Club welcomes back beloved best-selling author MARY HIGGINS CLARK, who talks about the novella DEATH WEARS A BEAUTY MASK, which Mary Higgins began in 1974 before she set it aside to write "Where are the Children?," the book that launched her career.  This year she revisited DEATH WEARS A BEAUTY MASK, and she'll talk about why she decided to dust off this story, and why she enjoys suspenseful plots.

Louie Saenz talks with best-selling author Lisa Scottoline about her novel EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES.  Dr. Parrish is the chief of a psychiatric unit who finds his work life more successful than his private life.  But that eventually quickly goes south.  One of Dr. Parrish's high-risk patients has involved the doctor himself as a person of interest in a murder, and one of his own staff has charged him with sexual harassment.  Is this a run of bad luck...or is someone out to get him? 

Louie Saenz talks with David Baldacci, author of MEMORY MAN.  In this novel, Baldacci introduces a startling, original new character: a man with perfect memory who must solve his own family's murder. 

Louie Saenz talks with writer Lisa Genova about her book, INSIDE THE O'BRIENS. Genova is the author of "Still Alice," and this new novel follows a family struggling with the impact of Huntington’s disease.  Genova talks about the inspiration behind the book, and about her background in biopsychology and neuroscience.

Host Louie Saenz talks with Angela Flournoy about her debut novel, THE TURNER HOUSE, a family saga that fills in a missing piece of the American experience in fiction, that of African-Americans who worked up from poverty to middle-class in one generation only to see their dreams begin to crack in the economic crisis.

Do you have a feeling of uncertainty and fear when working with smartphones or laptops? Louie Saenz talks with Abby Stokes, author of “IS THIS THING ON?” A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming (Workman)." Abby unravels the mysteries of modern technology for anybody who wasn’t born with a keyboard or mouse in hand!