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The Okie Bookcast is dedicated to helping curious readers like you find your next great read by connecting you to Oklahoma authors and stories. The show features monthly interviews with contributors to the reading life of Oklahoma - it might be an author, publisher, librarian, reader, bookseller, or other figure. In addition to interviews, the show has a monthly book conversation full of reviews and recommendations. New episodes drop on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Connect with Okie Bookcast on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok - @okiebookcast.

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It's Chapter 61 of the Bookcast!This month, I sat down with three amazing Bookstagrammers - Grace Filer, Clay Mattox, and Jessica Berg - to talk about the Bookstagram community and each of their unique approaches to being a part of the ecosystem. We talk about a ton of books, but also about talking about books and building community around a shared passion for reading. Grace Filer is the Cofounder of If Books Could Thrill, a thriller book club in the metro OKC area and she’s been on Bookstagr...
Welcome back to Your Next Great Read! Hannah and J are back with tons of recommendations and reviews for curious readers like you. Remember - you can purchase any of the titles we discuss via the links below or on our Bookshop.org online store. Every book you buy helps out the Bookcast AND a local bookstore of your choosing. Win. Win. Win. Connect with Hannah: website | Twitter | InstagramHannahHorror Movie - Paul TremblayLessons in Chemistry - Bonnie GarmusLandline - Rainbow RowellThe Last H...
Welcome to Chapter 60! And welcome back! I'm so excited to be back from hiatus and bringing you bookish conversations with great authors like Jeff Schmidt.Jeff is the author of the brand new book Here Today: Oklahoma’s Ghost Towns, Vanishing Towns, and Towns Persisting against the Odds. Jeff is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma where he has taught since 2005. Jeff specializes in innovation and he also serves as Associate Divisio...
Welcome to Chapter 59!My guest is author and poet, Paul Juhasz. A graduate of the Red Earth M.F.A., Paul’s work has appeared in several literary journals, most recently Concho River Review, Poetry Quarterly, Oklahoma Review and Main Street Rag. He has served as curator and coordinator of the Woody Guthrie Poets since 2020. He has four books, including his most recent - As If Place Matters - a collection of short fiction. In our conversation we talk about all of Paul’s work across genres and f...
I'm joined by the host of Fave Five From Fans, Jamie Ray, to talk about the film adaptation of the Richard Bachman / Stephen King classic - The Running Man. We talk about the book and the film and all of the many (so many) ways in which the two are different. It's a celebration of spandex and catchphrases - all of the 80s Arnold magic you can stand. If you love the book and / or the film, you'll love this conversation. If you haven't read or seen it, you're going to want to by the time we're ...
Welcome to Chapter 58! We've got a Round Table talking about all things romance writing. It's a fun and thoughtful conversation with something for everyone - even those of you (like me) who don't typically read romance. Magen Runyan - Podcaster (3 Book Girls) and BookstagrammerConnect with Magen: Instagram | 3 Book GirlsClay Mattox - BookstagrammerConnect with Clay: Instagram | Book Bros OKCollette Carmon - Author and VP of ORWGConnect with Collette: website | Facebook | Instagram Sabri...
Welcome to Chapter 57! My guest today is Missy Hancock. Missy describes herself as a wife of one, mom of six, and grammy of one. She’s lived in Oklahoma since she was ten and is happily settled in Guthrie, America. She says her motto in life is to live by love, not by fear. In the fall of 2023 Missy released three books in her Ele Charmichael series, under her pen name - M. Sparks Clark.We have a fun conversation about her work, self-publishing, staying true to your characters, and, of c...
I'm joined by author and podcaster, Betsey Kulakowski, to talk about the 1974 film adaptation of an Oklahoma classic - Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. We talk about the book and the film and ways in which the movie got it "right" and a place or two where it might have missed the mark. Spoiler alert, I've got some strong thoughts on that front. If you love the book and / or the film, you'll love this conversation. If you haven't read or seen it, you're going to want to by the time we...
Welcome to Chapter 56!Today I get to introduce you to the owner of one of the great comic shops in Oklahoma - Buck Berlin from New World Comics in OKC. New World has been a fixture in Oklahoma City for decades and Buck has been its owner and chaos coordinator for the last couple of those. In our conversation we cover:The origins of the store and what it has to offerThe comic creation scene in OklahomaThe role Buck and a group of superhero cosplayers perform in the communityAdvice for tho...
My guest for Chapter 55 is Casie Dodd. Casie is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma but now lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas with her husband and two children. Her work has appeared in This Land, Oxford American, Image, Arkansas Review, and other journals. Casie is the founder and publisher of Belle Point Press, a fantastic independent press that has published several books from Oklahoma authors and poets, including Ben Myers, Damon McKinney, and Rob Roensch. In our conversation, we talk about the o...
I'm joined by author Luke Swanson to talk about our favorite adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1843 classic, A Christmas Carol. Not to give it away, but Kermit may be involved. We talk about the book and the film and look at faithfulness and changes - including all of the music. If you're a fan of the story or the film, you're going to love the conversation. If you've never seen the movie, you'll be looking for it as soon as you finish listening. Check it out and let us know what we got right (o...
Welcome to Chapter 54!My guest is debut novelist, Emily Habeck, author of Shark Heart: A Love Story. Emily has a BFA in Theater from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts as well as master’s degrees from Vanderbilt Divinity School and Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Since it's release in August, Shark Heart has been named a USA Today Bestseller, a Book of the Month selection, a New York Times book review editor’s choice, and was the #1 Indie Next pick for August 2023. She i...
Welcome to Chapter 53 of the Okie Bookcast! My guest is Rob Roensch, Rob is an award-winning author of short fiction and author of three books, including his latest, In the Morning, the City is the Prairie. In addition to his writing, Rob teaches at Oklahoma City University. In our conversation, we talk about Rob’s new book, setting books in Oklahoma City, and using description and dialog to generate and maintain momentum through a book. We also talk about the author Rob would most like...
We're talking about the 1974 adaptation of Agatha Christi's Murder on the Orient Express. I'm joined by Jamie Ray, host of Fave Five From Fans, to talk about the book and the film adaptation. What did they get right? What got changed? Which actors nailed the characters and which might have missed (our interpretation of) the mark?If you've never read or seen Murder on the Orient Express, we'll give you plenty to whet your appetite and talk about whether you should read the book or watch the fi...
Welcome to Chapter 52!My guest is Vanessa LIllie. Vanessa is the best-selling author of the thrillers Little Voices and For the Best. She also co-authored the instant bestselling Audible Original Young Rich Widows. Her latest novel, titled Blood Sisters, released October 31st, and is the first in a new series with missing and murdered indigenous women at the heart of the stories. Vanessa is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma living on Narragansett land in Rhode Island.In a...
Something a little different for this episode. I'm joined by Garret Castleberry and Scott McMurry from the Special Topics in Media podcast to talk about the film version of Killers of the Flower Moon and how it works as an adaptation of David Grann's book. We talk a lot about different elements and how they compare between the two versions and ultimately answer the question of whether someone should read the book or watch the film first. This is Part One of our conversation. Part Two focuses ...
Welcome to Chapter 51!My guest for this episode is crime novelist, Lou Berney. Lou is the author of several novels, including November Road and The Long and Faraway Gone, which is on the Okie Bookcast list of 50 Essential Oklahoma Reads. His latest novel - Dark Ride - was released earlier this fall. Lou has lived most of his life in Oklahoma City where, in addition to his writing, he teaches in the MFA program at Oklahoma City University. Lou’s work has won Edgar, Hammett, Steel Dagger,...
Welcome to Chapter 50 AND our second birthday! The Bookcast launched 2 years ago this week and it's been a great ride so far. Stay tuned after the interview to hear a bit about where we're heading as we move into year 3. My guest is Mary Kay Zuravleff. Mary Kay is a graduate of the original Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City and, although she now resides in Washington, D.C., she comes back often to visit her parents and sister. Her latest novel, American Ending, is her fourth book. Rele...
Welcome to Chapter 49!My guests are Britni Brecheen and Kathryn Lynn - two friends who are launching a new bookstore and cafe in OKC.Britni has worked in bookstores and libraries for 12+ years and is currently a homeschool mom of two. Kathryn's first job was in a bookstore at the age of 15. They have had many jobs in many places, but reading and writing has been constant, and for them, it all comes back to books.In our conversation we talk about their vision for the new bookstore and its plac...
Welcome to Chapter 48 of the Okie Bookcast!My guest is Susy Smith, author of Ascendant, the new book in her award-winning Asylum series, a set of dystopian novels set in Oklahoma that explore the intricacies of survival, freedom, and the dark side of human nature. In our conversation we talk about her novels and about starting her writing career a bit later in life. We also talk about setting books in Oklahoma, her poetry, and her important work with the Kanza tribe in the area of langu...
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