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Bookable Space

Audio Literary Salon

Hosted by award-winning author and podcaster, Yvonne Battle-Felton, Bookable Space is a podcast where authors read to us, answer three questions about their books, and tell us where to find them. It's a space for writers
Latest Episode9/22/2022

Bookable Space with Fil Reid

Season 1, Ep. 4
In this episode of Bookable Space, Fil Reid reads fromBio:I live on a canal boat in the south of England with my husband, and our rescue dog and cat. I have Asperger's Syndrome and King Arthur and horses are my obsessions. In 2021 I won the Dragonblade WriteStuff competition which brought me a traditional three book deal. BLURB from AmazonThe present day – 24-year-old librarian Gwen goes to scatter her father’s ashes on Glastonbury Tor and is kidnapped back in time to become King Arthur’s Dark Age queen – Guinevere.Welcome to book 1 in the exciting new series Guinevere from Dragonblade Publishing author Fil Reid!Gwen, a twenty-four-year-old librarian, lives with her boyfriend, Nathan, in a small house, with all the accoutrements of modern living any girl could ask for. When her father dies, and with her ne’er-do-well twin brother on the other side of the world, it’s left to Gwen to fulfill her father’s wishes and scatter his ashes on the top of Glastonbury Tor in Somerset, England. Stepping into the ruined church tower, a gold ring catches her eye – a ring embossed with a dragon emblem. When Gwen picks it up, she’s snatched into the dangerous world of the Dark Ages, where she discovers she’s expected to fulfill a prophecy, by marrying Prince Arthur and helping him become the king of legend.Will she stay with Arthur?Arthur, Prince of Dumnonia, and son of the ailing King Uthyr Pendragon, has ruled the hilltop fortress of Din Cadan for his father since he was a boy of sixteen. But he has an older brother who looks set to inherit both the kingdom and the High Kingship. Tall, handsome, ruthless, he’s less than convinced that any prophecy can decide his future, and he doesn’t think he needs a wife. But news comes that his father is at last dying in far-off Viroconium. Taking Gwen with him, further and further from the Tor where she had hoped to return to her own world, he sets off to outwit his brother.Will he grow to love Gwen?Guinevere is a six book series Guinevere: The Dragon Ring (came out on Jan 11th 2022)Guinevere: The Bear's Heart (came out on March 17th 2022)Guinevere: The Sword, May 31st 2022Guinevere: Warrior Queen (TBA)Guinevere: The Quest for Excalibur (TBA)Guinevere: The Road to Avalon (TBA)About the host: Yvonne Battle-Felton, author of Remembered, is an author, academic, host, creative producer, and presenter. Yvonne also writes short stories, personal essays, a writing column in Mslexia, and screenplays and hosts storytelling and literature events. 
9/22/2022

Bookable Space with Fil Reid

Season 1, Ep. 4
In this episode of Bookable Space, Fil Reid reads fromBio:I live on a canal boat in the south of England with my husband, and our rescue dog and cat. I have Asperger's Syndrome and King Arthur and horses are my obsessions. In 2021 I won the Dragonblade WriteStuff competition which brought me a traditional three book deal. BLURB from AmazonThe present day – 24-year-old librarian Gwen goes to scatter her father’s ashes on Glastonbury Tor and is kidnapped back in time to become King Arthur’s Dark Age queen – Guinevere.Welcome to book 1 in the exciting new series Guinevere from Dragonblade Publishing author Fil Reid!Gwen, a twenty-four-year-old librarian, lives with her boyfriend, Nathan, in a small house, with all the accoutrements of modern living any girl could ask for. When her father dies, and with her ne’er-do-well twin brother on the other side of the world, it’s left to Gwen to fulfill her father’s wishes and scatter his ashes on the top of Glastonbury Tor in Somerset, England. Stepping into the ruined church tower, a gold ring catches her eye – a ring embossed with a dragon emblem. When Gwen picks it up, she’s snatched into the dangerous world of the Dark Ages, where she discovers she’s expected to fulfill a prophecy, by marrying Prince Arthur and helping him become the king of legend.Will she stay with Arthur?Arthur, Prince of Dumnonia, and son of the ailing King Uthyr Pendragon, has ruled the hilltop fortress of Din Cadan for his father since he was a boy of sixteen. But he has an older brother who looks set to inherit both the kingdom and the High Kingship. Tall, handsome, ruthless, he’s less than convinced that any prophecy can decide his future, and he doesn’t think he needs a wife. But news comes that his father is at last dying in far-off Viroconium. Taking Gwen with him, further and further from the Tor where she had hoped to return to her own world, he sets off to outwit his brother.Will he grow to love Gwen?Guinevere is a six book series Guinevere: The Dragon Ring (came out on Jan 11th 2022)Guinevere: The Bear's Heart (came out on March 17th 2022)Guinevere: The Sword, May 31st 2022Guinevere: Warrior Queen (TBA)Guinevere: The Quest for Excalibur (TBA)Guinevere: The Road to Avalon (TBA)About the host: Yvonne Battle-Felton, author of Remembered, is an author, academic, host, creative producer, and presenter. Yvonne also writes short stories, personal essays, a writing column in Mslexia, and screenplays and hosts storytelling and literature events. 
9/20/2022

Bookable Space with Hillary S. Webb

Season 1, Ep. 3
In this episode, we're joined by Hillary S. Webb reading from The Friendliest Place in the Universe: Love, Laughter, and Stand-Up Comedy in Berlin. About the author: Hillary S. Webb, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist and mixed-media storyteller. A professor at Goddard College in the United States, she is the author of The Friendliest Place in the Universe, Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World, Traveling Between the Worlds, and Exploring Shamanism.About the book: Dismayed by the divisiveness of the Trump/Brexit era, anthropologist Hillary S. Webb began to fear that the better angels of our nature had deserted us entirely—if they had ever existed at all. In the fall of 2017, Webb traveled to Berlin, Germany, where she found renewed hope at Cosmic Comedy—an international stand-up venue described as “The Friendliest Comedy Club in Europe.” There, she watched as demographically diverse comedians and audience members were transformed from strangers into allies through laughter. Convinced that Cosmic Comedy offered a model of togetherness that could help heal the divisions between us, Webb returned to Berlin with the intent of uncovering the club’s recipe for communitas  or "collective joy." The result is a humorous and hopeful examination of the nature of human togetherness.About the host: Yvonne Battle-Felton, author of Remembered, is an author, academic, host, creative producer, and presenter. Yvonne also writes short stories, personal essays, a writing column in Mslexia, and screenplays and hosts storytelling and literature events. 
9/15/2022

Bookable Space with Tim Wendel

Season 1, Ep. 2
In this engaging episode, Tim Wendel reads to us from and talks about Escape from Castro's Cuba.About the author: Tim Wendel is the award-winning author of 15 books, including 'Summer of '68' and 'Cancer Crossings.' A writer in residence at Johns Hopkins University, his stories and columns have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Psychology Today, and Esquire. Visit his website -- www.timwendel.com.About the book: In this visionary sequel to Castro’s Curveball, the former Washington Senators Minor League catcher has returned to Havana with a small role in a movie being filmed on location. Billy Bryan soon realizes that this place and his past remain as star-crossed as when he played winter ball in the Cuban capital decades before.Against his better judgment, Billy becomes entangled in a scheme to spirit a top baseball prospect off the island. This pits him against his old friend Fidel Castro. Despite being in his final days, the dictator remains a dangerous adversary, as does the Cuban sports machine and the Mexican crime syndicates that now direct baseball talent toward the U.S. Major Leagues.In Escape from Castro’s Cuba, Billy must once again navigate the crosscurrents of the so-called City of Columns: a place where the sunsets from the Hotel Nacional along the Malecón breakwater are as beautiful as ever, but where the alleyways in Old Havana still fan out, crooked and broken, like an old catcher’s fingers.About the host: Yvonne Battle-Felton, author of Remembered, is an author, academic, host, creative producer, and presenter. Yvonne also writes short stories, personal essays, a writing column in Mslexia, and screenplays and hosts storytelling and literature events. 
9/13/2022

Bookable Space with Courttia Newland

Season 1, Ep. 1
This episode features the legendary Courttia Newland reading from and talking about A River Called Time.About the Author: Courttia Newland is the author of eight books including his much-lauded debut, The Scholar. His most recent novel, A River Called Time, was longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. He coedited The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain, and his short stories have featured in various anthologies and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. As a screenwriter, he has written episodes of Steve McQueen's 2020 BBC series Small Axe.About the Book: : A monumental speculative fiction story of love, loyalty, politics and conscience set in parallel Londons The Ark was built to save the lives of the many, but rapidly became a refuge for the elite, the entrance closed without warning. Years later, Markriss Denny is one of the select few granted entry. He carries with him a closely guarded secret: the ability of his spirit to leave his body and transcend the known world. But once in, he learns of another who carries the same power, and their existence could spell catastrophe for humanity. Denny is forced into a desperate race to understand his abilities, and in doing so uncovers the truth about the Ark, himself and the people he thought he once knew.author photo by Sharmila ChauhanAbout the host: Yvonne Battle-Felton, author of Remembered, is an author, academic, host, creative producer, and presenter. Yvonne also writes short stories, personal essays, a writing column in Mslexia, and screenplays and hosts storytelling and literature events.