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Bookable Space with Valerie Nieman

Season 1, Ep. 13

In this episode of Bookable Space, Valerie Nieman joins us to read from and talk to us about her book, To The Bones.

In conversation with Yvonne Battle-Felton, author of Remembered.

Bio: Valerie Nieman has toured extensively for her five novels (the latest being In the Lonely Backwater) and three collections of poetry. To the Bones, her genre-bending novel about the coal industry and its effects on Appalachia, was a finalist for the Manly Wade Wellman Award. She has published short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from The Georgia Review to Poetry to New Writing Scotland and has had her work selected for numerous anthologies: most recently, You Are the River, Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods, and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. She appears regularly in juried reading series, and teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School and other venues. She has held state and NEA creative writing fellowships. A graduate of West Virginia University and Queens University of Charlotte and a former journalist, she is professor emeritus of creative writing at NC A&T State University. 

Synopsis: Darrick MacBrehon wakes in a pit of bones. Bloodied and disoriented, the man who staggers into Redbird, WV, draws the sympathy and help of Lourana Taylor, who’s been following any lead to find her missing daughter—even the wild tales of this zombie-like figure struggling with new and deadly powers. Along with a disgraced deputy and a journalist investigating a ruined river, Darrick and Lourana fight the multigenerational conspiracy that’s bled the land and people of Redbird, confronting the Kavanaugh coal barons who legend says can “strip a man to the bones.”

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Bookable Space with James W White

Season 1, Ep. 26
Hosted by Yvonne Battle-Felton, this episode of Bookable Space features James W. White reading from Carp Cafe.About the book: Master story-teller James W. White is back with a guaranteed good time story set in the surf-side town of Carpinteria, California in the aftermath of the horrific Thomas wildfire. Everyone's got a bit of PTSD, what with the burning mountains and rising sea levels squeezing the town from all directions. Enter Shelly Friedman, a single, 45-year old personnel counselor with a drinking problem, blowing into town for a day trip in her classic sixty-four-and-a-half Mustang. She uncovers the hidden past of a slickster named Tom, a guy she has just screened for a job back in LA. Another guy named Tom, a bartender, sparks a passing fancy. They gin up a commemorative cocktail to honor the fire-fighters who saved the town.But the man of the hour is surfer Dave, an aging beach bum who comes to Shelly's rescue when she runs over the town's favorite yellow lab. Dave's in Carpinteria because he's hiding out from Hell's Angels. His girlfriend just dumped him, leaving a note in his post office box, and ran off with a gang of unsavory characters.About the author: Jim is a California-based writer of historical, literary and science fiction. He earned an MA in U.S. History. His professional career has included military service, teaching, research librarian and technical writing. Jim is currently serving as President of his town's literary non-profit organization, Benicia Literary Arts. Jim's stories have appeared in Datura Literary Journal, The Wapshott Press, and Remington Review. His fourth novella, Carp Café launched in January 2022 through Adelaide Books.