Okie Bookcast

Okie Bookcast

The Okie Bookcast is dedicated to helping curious readers like you find your next great read by connecting you to Oklahoma authors and stories. Each episode includes an interview with a contributor to the reading life of Oklahoma - it might be an author, publisher, librarian, reader, bookseller, or other figure. In addition to the interview, each episode includes a review from an Oklahoma author about a book they love. New episodes drop on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Connect with Okie Bookcast on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok - @okiebookcast.


June 18, 2024 49 mins

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 | Instagram


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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...

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It's Volume 8 of Behind the Rain! I've got 11 poems from 10 Oklahoma poets cued up and ready for you to enjoy. Be sure to connect with the poets across their social media (linked below) to let them know how much you appreciate their work. 

Here's the lineup for this edition of the anthology:

April and Winter - Aubrey Green

Local N...

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Hannah and I are joined by Andie Schulz to talk about what we've been reading and why you might love it. We cover everything from mind-bending horror to sweeping space operas to warm fuzzy rom-coms. There may also be some conversation about elements that would go into a YNGR Drinking Game.

Enjoy the conversation and let us know your thoughts on the books we discuss.

Connect with Hannah: website | Twitter | ...

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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.

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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 conver...

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February 6, 2024 46 mins

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 Bookstagrammer
Connect with Magen: Instagram | 3 Book Girls

Clay Mattox - Bookstagrammer
Connect with Clay: Instagram | Book Bros...

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Looking for great books? We've got you covered!

Our guest is Bookstagrammer Grace Filer who runs the "If Books Could Thrill" book club in OKC.

Connect with Grace: Instagram | If Books Could Thrill IG

Connect with Hannah: website | Twitter | Instagram

Recommendations in this episode:

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death - Maggie O’Farrell
The Swim...

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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 wor...

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It's Volume 7 of Behind the Rain! I've got 11 poems from 9 Oklahoma poets cued up and ready for you to enjoy. Be sure to connect with the poets across their social media (linked below) to let them know how much you appreciate their work. 

Here's the lineup for this edition of the anthology:

Pretty Wordy - Rachel Waters

Let It B...

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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 lo...

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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 offer
  • The comic creation scene in Oklahoma
  • The role Buck and...
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It's the December 2023 edition of Your Next Great Read! This is a special one as Hannah and I are actually recording in the same room for the first time. We don't have a guest for this episode, but we do talk about our favorite three books of 2023 in addition to our usual conversation.

Connect with Hannah: website | Twitter | Instagram


A Court of Thorns and Roses - S...

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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 McKin...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Welcome to Your Next Great Read! We're taking an international spin this month with our special guest, Lydia Filiou, who oversees the Translated Fiction Book Club in Oklahoma City. Translated Fiction meets once a month at a local bookshop in town to discuss a work translated into English.
You can find out more about the club, including upcoming books for discussion on their Instagram: @translatedokc.

Lydia Filiou...

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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 momentu...

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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...

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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 Cher...

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