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Fans of former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone can dive into his latest adventure with the release this week of Steve Berry’s new novel, The Warsaw Protocol.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Berry about his latest adventure that takes readers to one of Berry's favorite places - Poland.

The Warsaw Protocol, from Minotaur Books,  is out this week in all formats.  In The Author's Voice is an online feature of WSIU.

photo of book cover of Simple Abundance

As we start a new year and a new decade, author and columnist Sarah Ban Breathnach is out with a revised 25th anniversary edition of her iconic book Simple Abundance and its companion, The Journal of Gratitude.  

For this edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Ban Breathnach about the book and introducing it to a new generation.

phot of report cover Packaging Away the Planet
Green Peace

An effort is underway by environmental groups to reduce the use and reliance on single-use plastic – things like plastic bottles and those shopping bags that many grocery and retail stores use.     In an effort to reduce the plastic footprint, Greenpeace has been urging retail and grocery stores to voluntarily curb their single-use plastics.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Author Jeremy Finley about his book, The Dark Above.

Right now, only about half the world’s population has access to the internet - but that’s about to change in a big way.

Jim Cashel is a researcher and visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and chairman of Forum One – a web strategy and development firm.  His new book, The Great Connecting, examines the emergence of global broadband and how it will likely impact the world.   

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Cashel about his research and what it will mean to have worldwide internet service.

In this edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams talks with author Steve Berry about his new Cotton Malone novel The Malta Exchange.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with author Jeremy Finley about his new book, "The Darkest Time of Night."

So, what is a giraffe's favorite shoe?   Answer: Hightops!    Just in time for a good summer read for your kids or grand kids is the latest children’s story from long-time educator, and former college president Karen Gross.    Her new book, Lady Lucy’s Laugh Giraffe Journey is the latest in her Lady Lucy series.  

photo of book cover for The Wall and The Gate
Metropolitan Books

This week the United States officially opened its US Embassy in Jerusalem.   A move, that has generated praise, as well as controversy and unrest in the region.  Michael Sfard is a human rights lawyer in Israel and author of the recent book The Wall and The Gate: Israel, Palestine, and the Legal Battle for Human Rights.  As an advocate for human rights, he offers a different perspective on the much covered conflict. 

A southern Illinois native is the author of a new children's book.  Dr. Kimberly Gordon Biddle grew up in Colp.  She now lives in California where she teaches at Sacramento State University.    LaDonna Plays Hoops is a picture book that tells the story of a young African-American girl who goes to visit her grandma for a family reunion.  

In this edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Dr. Biddle about her book and a reading she will give on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Carbondale Barnes & Noble beginning at 12:00pm. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assignation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   After nearly five-decades there remain many unanswered questions surrounding the killing of Dr.

As China's trillion dollar "Road and Belt" infrastructure initiative continues working to re-shape global trade, a new book, Young China, works to bring a new understanding of China to the world - especially of Chinese millennials known as the Restless Generation.   In this edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams talks with author Zak Dychtwald about his book and his experience with China and its people.

book cover for Saigon Kids
Mango Publishing

The Vietnam War was a time of much change in America that still echos through our country's culture nearly 50 years later.  Les Arbuckle spent nearly two years of his life growing up in Saigon at the start of the Vietnam War. His father was stationed there and signed on the air Saigon's Armed Forces Radio station. Arbucfkle talks with WSIU's Jeff Williams about being a teenager in Saigon and his new memoir, Saigon Kids: An American Military Brat comes of Age in 1960's Vietnam.

More of the Conversation with Les Arbuckle:

National Geographic

The May cover story for National Geographic Magazine is Genius.    Author and journalist Claudia Kalb delves into the issue exploring where geniuses come from.  And, what role does society play in their development or is genius simply a genetic lottery?  

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Kalb about those questions and more for this edition of In The Author’s Voice. 

This week (Thursday, April 27, 2017) the Mystery Writers of America holds its 71st Annual Edgar Awards in New York City.   Named after Edgar Allan Poe, the Edgar Awards honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016.   Southern Illinois based author Laura Benedict is a finalist in the Best Short Story category for her work "A Paler Shade of Death."  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Benedict about her nominated story and the Edgar Awards.

New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry is out today (Tuesday, April 4, 2017) with his new novel The Lost Order.  It’s the latest in his Cotton Malone series.   WSIU’s Jeff Williams talked with Berry about the story and the real life history of the Knights of the Golden Circle that forms the foundation of the tale…

The Lost Order is published by Minotaur Books.  In The Author's Voice is a series of original interviews from WSIU and is a listener supported service of Southern Illinois University.

Geo-biologist and research scientist Hope Jahren has spent her scientific career studying plants. Her new memoir Lab Girl chronicles her journey of scientific discovery from playing in her father’s lab as a child to her ground breaking research on trees and plants.  It’s an honest and frank look at the life of a research scientist.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Jahren about her work, the book, and trees.

Thomas Nickell is an 18 year old classical pianist.  This past summer he appeared in recital in London and Italy.  He's also played with orchestras in Spain, Poland, and Japan.   On Sunday he makes is solo debut at Carnegie Hall where he will give the North American premiere of Britain's contemporary composer David Matthew's Piano Concerto, Op. 111, with the the Orchestra of the Swan.  

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Nickell about his music and his upcoming performance for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

Welcome to this Edition of In The Author's Voice.  In 1980 Jonathan Sanger's first feature film debuted.  That movie was The Elephant Man.   It starred John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and John Gielgud.  It also helped launch the career of director David Lynch.

Jonathan Sanger is out with a new memoir, Making The Elephant Man.   WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Sanger about the book and his career.

Social media and its influence on today's children presents a disturbing reality.  Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Vine, Tinder, and many others form the social media landscape that continues to evolve and intertwine itself into the fabric of our lives - especially the lives and the socialization of today's youth.    Writer Nancy Jo Sales is the author of American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.

book cover for Dying for Revenge
Full Quiver Publishing

There’s a new who-done-it series from an author that knows of what she writes.   Dr. Barbara Golder is forensic pathologist and an attorney.   The first novel in her Lady Doc murders series is Dying for Revenge.   WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Golder about the book, her work, and its influence on her writing.

Dr. Barbara Golder is a retired pathologist and attorney.  Her new novel, Dying for Revenge, is the first book in her Lady Doc Murders series from Full Quiver Publishing.

photo of forest post fire
The John Muir Project

A new study by the John Muir Project shows that fire does important ecological work in forests and it may be time to re-think our federal policy on logging and forest fire suppression.  Chad Hanson is a forest fire ecologist and author of the book – The Ecological Importance of Mixed Severity Fires.  In this edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams talks with Hanson about the study’s findings and his work as a forest fire ecologist.


Bestselling author Kate DiCamillo knows a thing or two about books for young readers.  The two-time Newbery Medalist has some recommendations for those buying books for kids this holiday season.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with DiCamillo about what she looks for in books for young readers.

Have you ever wondered what's inside toothpaste? Or nail polish? Or dry erase markers?    Well, MIT trained chemist and science Educator George Zaidan has.  Ingredients, The Stuff Inside Your Stuff takes a closer look at the science behind everyday things.  WSIU's Jeff Williams talked with Zaidan about the series that is featured on National Geographic's YouTube channel. 

You can watch this season's episodes of Ingredients, The Stuff Inside Your Stuff here.

When author Carol Miller was a teenager she survived an airplane crash that took the life of her younger sister.  For 20-years she carried the guilt of having survived that trauma until a therapy know as EMDR brought her back to life.   

Miller's new memoir, Every Moment of A Fall, chronicles her journey.  She recently talked with WSIU's Jeff Williams about the book and her experience for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

photo of book cover for Chaos

Fans of New York Times Best Selling Author Patricia Cornwell have, undoubtedly, been anxiously awaiting today’s (November 15, 2016)  release of her latest Kay Scarpetta novel, Chaos.    It’s been nearly three decades since Post Mortem launched the character that has become part of the forensic literary landscape.

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Cornwell about her latest Scarpetta novel and what keeps her inspired after all of these years.

book cover for National Geographic Greatest Landscapes
National Geographic

National Geographic is out with its 2016 edition of Greatest Landscapes.   It features more than 250 unforgettable images from around the globe.

Veteran National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz  wrote the forward for this year’s book.  WSIU's Jeff Williams talked with Steinmetz about the book and about what inspires him as a landscape photographer.

National Geographic Greatest Landscapes is in stores now.

American Cancer Society

November is both Lung Cancer Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.   According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women.

In the edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams talks with Anita Logsdon, a treatment suite nurse with Oncology Hematology Care; and Katie Brown, Vice President for Support and Survivorship Programs with LUNGevity, a lung-cancer research and advocacy group about the disease and its impact on society.

book cover for The Abandoned Heart

Author Laura Benedict's latest "Bliss House" novel hits book stores Tuesday (Oct. 11, 2016).   The Abandoned Heart is the third installment in the series and chronicles the beginning of Bliss House and the sordid tale of it's patriarch, Randolph Bliss.

WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Benedict about the book for this edition of In The Author's Voice.

Part 2 - The Abandoned Heart: Continued

Part 3 - Benedict on writing mystery novels

book cover for Sting
Grand Central

Sandra Brown’s latest suspense novel, Sting, hit book stores this week.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with the New York Times best selling author about her new book and what keeps her inspired after more than 60-novels.

In the Author’s Voice is a listener supported service of WSIU Radio and Southern Illinois University.