Author Interview, Podcast Shownotes

Humor and Grief in the 90s with Colleen Hubbard

Ashley speaks with Colleen Hubbard about her debut novel, Housebreaking. The story follows Del, a 24-year-old who inherits a home after her mother died and dismantles it to move across the pond during one winter. In the conversation, Ashley and Colleen’s discussion includes age and milestones, welcoming humor amidst grief, and writing fulfilling gay men …

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Healing in the Past and Present with Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Ashley sits down with Dolen Perkins-Valdez to talk about her third novel, Take My Hand. This thoughtful conversation includes naming the story, the power of the main character’s name, writing about Black girls, and the Relf sisters’ case that inspired the novel’s story about the sterilization of Black girls.Content warning: abortion, forced sterilization, racism, depression …

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Author Interview, Podcast Shownotes

Labyrinth of Lineage and Education with Kimberley Baker Guillemet

In this episode Ashley interviews Kimberley Baker Guillemet about her memoir, Black Prep: Life Lessons of a Perpetual Outsider. In the interview, Ashley and Kimberley discuss family lineage, writing about childhood, being a Black girl receiving an outstanding education, and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination.  Books mentioned: Black Prep: Life Lessons of a …

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Author Interview, Podcast Shownotes

The Women Who Invented Television with Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

To close out Women’s History Month, Renee invited on Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of When Women Invented Television, to discuss the early pioneers of our second favorite medium (after books, of course). Before Lucy, Mary Tyler Moore, and Carol Burnett, we had Irna, Hazel, Betty, and Gertrude breaking barriers and setting the standard for the …

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