Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm
This series, produced by Blue Ridge PBS and hosted by Rose Martin, features writers who are from Virginia or who write about Virginia. Recorded on location, each half hour interview delves into the stories behind the stories.
If you miss episode, watch them on PBS Video!
October 30 & November 2 - Liz Long (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
Liz is a USA Today bestselling author of Young Adult and urban fantasy. We'll kick off season two, talking to her about her recent works, The Brighton Duology along with her Heroes of Arcania Trilogy. Visit Liz's website at lizclong.com/
November 6 & 9 - Betsy Ashton (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
We'll travel to Smith Mountain Lake and meet the author of the Mad Max Mystery series. We'll also learn about her novel, Eyes Without a Face.
November 13 & 16 - James Morrison (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
We'll take a look at the World War II era through the books of James Morrison - Bedford Goes to War: The Heroic Story of a Small Virginia Community in World War II and Class of 1940: Coming of Age in World War II. Visit his website at morrisonjamesw.com/
November 20 & 23 - Krista Davis (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
We venture to the New River Valley and Claytor Lake to talk with New York Times best seller, Krista Davis. Learn about her latest books: The Diva Cooks Up a Storm (Domestic Diva Series); The Coloring Crook (Pen and Ink Mystery Series); and Paws & Claws Mystery Series. Visit Krista's website at kristadavis.com/
December 11 & 14 - Mary Carter Bishop (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
We visit with Pulitzer Prize winner and investigative journalist, Mary Carter Bishop and discuss her book, Don’t You Ever: My Mother and Her Secret Son.
December 18 & 21- Leah Weiss (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
We travel to Lynchburg to meet Leah Weiss and talk about her award winning debut novel, If the Creek Don't Rise. Visit Leah's website at leahweiss.com
January 8 & 11 - Michael Abraham (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
Sitting beside the famous J-611 locomotive, we'll chat with Michael Abraham about his book, Chasing the Powhatan Arrow.
January 15 & 18 - Diane Fanning (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
We''ll travel to Bedford, VA, to visit National Bestselling author and Edgar Award nominee, Diane Fanning. We'll talk about her true crime books and her works of fiction including the Secret City series. Visit Diane's website at dianefanning.com
January 22 & 25 - Ann Goethe (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
We visit the New River Valley home of playwright, poet, essayist and novelist, Ann Goethe, to talk about her new book, Goner. Visit Ann's website at anngoette.com
January 29 & February 1- Adriana Trigiani (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
We catch up with Big Stone Gap native and New York Times best selling author Adriana Trigiani. We'll discuss her new release, Tony's Wife and much more!
February 5 & 8 - Jim Sargent
We talk with him about his love of baseball, history and his Mickey Mathews mystery series.
February 12 & 15 - Heath Lee (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
Learn about her new book that launches in April, The League of Wives, The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the US Government to Bring Their Husbands Home from Vietnam. It's the powerful, true story of unknown heroines who ignored protocol and battled Washington and Hanoi to bring their POW husbands home.
February 19 & 22 - Nikki Giovanni
We travel to the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, to visit with a living legend and one of America’s most celebrated writers. This scholar, educator, poet, American icon, wonderful cook and space enthusiast talks with us about her life and work.
If you missed an episode from Season 1, watch them on PBS Video!
Episode 101 - Beth Macy
The premiere episode is an interview with New York Times best selling author, Beth Macy whose works include "Factory Man" and "Truevine." Visit Beth's website at AuthorBethMacy.com
Episode 102 – Robyn Schon
Most people know Robyn in her professional role marketing and managing live entertainment & sports events. What they may not know is that she is an artist and a poet. We take a look inside her book, “Portrait of the Wind.”
Episode 103 – John Ketwig
John Ketwig was an optimistic 19 year old who loved hot rods, drums, and music. He entered the army and soon found himself in Vietnam. He shares his experiences in “…and a hard rain fell: A GI’s true story of the War in Vietnam.”
Episode 105 – Cece Bell (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
Cece Bell is a children's book author and illustrator. Her graphic novel memoir, “El Deafo,” won a Newbery Honor and the Geisel Award. Visit Cece's website at CeceBell.wordpress.com
Episode 106 - Terri Fisher
We travel to the Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston, Virginia, to talk with Terri Fisher, co-author of "Lost Communities of Virginia."
Episode 107 - Sharyn McCrumb (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
We chat with New York Times best selling author, Sharyn McCrumb. Find out how she digs into the historical details of every story and pieces them together to uncover the truth. We’ll talk about her recent books "The Unquiet Grave" and "Prayers The Devil Answers." Visit Sharyn's website at SharynMccrumb.com
Episode 108 - Bruce Ingram (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
This high school teacher writes about the outdoors, "Living the Locavore Lifestyle", and the roller-coaster ride of high school in "Ninth Grade Blues" and "Tenth Grade Angst." Find out how his students help out with his books!
Episode 109 - Lee Smith (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
Learn the story behind the stories of award winning author, Lee Smith as we visit with her in her North Carolina home. We'll talk about her life, her inspirations and her book, "Dimestore". Visit Lee's website at LeeSmith.com
Episode 110 - Barbara Dickinson
We’ll visit with the author of the mystery, "Rose in Charge." In addition to be a lifelong writer, Dickinson helped to launch Roanoke’s long running Annual Sidewalk Art Show.
Episode 111– Susan Coryell
We visit Smith Mountain lake to talk with Susan Coryell about her Southern Gothic novel, “A Red, Red Rose,” the first book of her Overhome Trilogy. Visit Susan's wewbsite at SusanCoryellAuthor.com
Episode 112 – Vivian Howard (Watch a bonus clip on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
If you love food you’ll love our interview with Vivian Howard, the host of the PBS series “A Chef’s Life”. We’ll chat with her about her award winning cookbook, “Deep Run Roots.” Visit Vivian's website at Vivianoward.com/
Episode 113 – Angie Smibert
Learn about her new book, “Bone’s Gift,” a supernatural historical mystery set in 1942 in a southern Virginia coal-mining town. We'll also hear about some of her other works. Visit Angie's website at AngieSmibert.com
Episode 114– David Baldacci (Watch bonus clips on Blue Ridge PBS Passport!)
We visit with international bestselling author, celebrated storyteller, and literacy advocate, David Baldacci. With 100 million books in print, 40 novels translated into 45 languages and in 80 countries, he believes books can change your life." Visit David's website at DavidBaldacci.com
Special Thanks to our underwriters:
Major production funding provided by Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropy. Engagement funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret A Cargill Philanthropy.