Between the Pages of WELL READ Magazine

Between the Pages of WELL READ Magazine

Hear interviews and readings from some of today’s hottest authors and learn more about the stories behind the stories you’ll find in each issue of WELL READ Magazine - THE online magazine for readers, writers, and booklovers of all genres.

Episodes

May 15, 2023 35 mins

Neema Avashia was born and raised in southern West Virginia to parents who immigrated to the United States from India. She has been a history and Civics teacher in the Boston Public Schools since 2003. Her essays have appeared in the Bitter Southerner, Catapult, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. Her memoir, Another Appalachia, Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place, was released to much acclaim in March 2022.

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Annie McDonnell asks Amy Ferris some interesting questions...

Amy Ferris is an author, screenwriter, editor and playwright. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney: Confessions From A Midlife Crisis debuted theatrically (Off-Broadway) in 2012.

Ruth Pennebaker of The New York Times called her memoir "poignant, free-wheeling, cranky and funny." Amy co-edited, along with Hollye Dexter, the new anthology DANCING AT THE SHAME PROM. She has ...

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Zak Salih earned his BA in English and Journalism from James Madison University, and his MA in English from the University of Virginia. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Foglifter, Epiphany, Crazyhorse, The Florida Review, The Chattahoochee Review, The Millions, Apogee Journal, Kenyon Review Online, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. Let's Get Back to the Party is his debut novel. He lives in Washing...

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April 30, 2023 97 mins

From Annie: "The author I choose each month is one that I believe was born to shine - this month I want to introduce the smart, motivational, inspiring, and wise author - Meg Nocero."

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Few writers evoke the complexities of the heart and the gritty fascination of the American South as vividly as Donna Everhart, whose lyrical new novel, set against the background of the Great Depression, is a powerful story of courage, survival, and friendship . . .

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“Rousing… movingly explores Jessie’s struggle with her eating disorder, viscerally describing her twin desires for nourishment and purging in relation to a deep need to define herself… Everhart’s story of self-discovery, rife with colorful characters and a satisfying twist, will thrill readers.” – Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

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“Reminiscent of the novels of Lee Smith, Kaye Gibbons, and Sandra Dallas, Everhart builds a firm sense of place, portraying the tiredness and hope of a dry southern summer and voicing strong southern women.” ~Booklist

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“Readers will find The Road to Bittersweet to be a lovingly crafted coming-of-age novel set in the unforgiving Carolina hills. Everhart understands the mindset of a young girl on the cusp of womanhood as her world fills with hardship, betrayal, and the wonderment of growing up. Readers will be struck by how beautifully Everhart captures the dialect of her well-drawn characters and the landscape – both harsh and beautiful. Here is a...

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“Young Dixie Dupree is an indomitable spirit in this coming-of-age novel that is a heartbreaking and honest witness to the resilience of human nature and the fighting spirit and courage residing in all of us, and for those who have lived in the underbelly of betrayal and child abuse. A triumphant debut novel which can transform a brokenness, bring forth a wholeness, The Education of Dixie Dupree would make a wonderful resource and ...

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March 6, 2023 11 mins

Welcome to The Holley House! Each month, Holly Hart Shirley will share stories with WELL READ. In February's issue, Holly shares the story of her grandmother, Lenis Holley.

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March 6, 2023 21 mins

Welcome to the Holley House!

Holly Hart Shirley shares stories about her family with WELL READ. In March's issue, she introduces us to her Grandfather, Dr. Al Fonto Holley, otherwise known as Doc.

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Donna Everhart is full of surprises and a pleasure to talk with!

We covered lots of topics, including her writing process, what she's been reading, what's on her to be read list, what she's working on, and lots of encouraging words for fellow writers.

Donna is the USA Today bestselling author of authentic, vivid Southern fiction, including the Southeastern Library Association Award-winning The Road to Bittersweet, Indie Next Pick a...

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Originally from the Ozarks, Paulette Kennedy now divides her time between her Missouri hometown and Los Angeles, where she lives with her family and a menagerie of rescue pets.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys tending to her garden, knitting, and finding unique vintage treasures at thrift stores and flea markets. As a history lover, she can get lost for days in her research—learning everything she can about the places in her stor...

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Jeff Arch received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay, Sleepless in Seattle, and his debut novel, Attachments, quickly became a bestseller.

The entire trajectory of Jeff’s life pivoted when, in 1976, he made a phone call to Conrad Hall, a well known and successful American Cinematographer...

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Vincenzo (Vince) Spinnato, author of My Pursuit of Beauty: A Cosmetic Chemist reveals the Glitz, the Glam, and the Batsh*t Crazy, Cosmetic Chemist and President/CEO of TurnKey Beauty Inc, has been selected by The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation and Ella Fitzgerald's licensing and brand management agency Evolution USA, to create a perfume that honors the iconic “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. 

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Join Robert Gwaltney and Jeffrey Dale Lofton as they talk about Jeffrey's debut novel, growing up in Georgia, finding your voice, mixing truth and fiction, and realizing the power of words on the page. 

 

RED CLAY SUZIE - A novel inspired by true events The coming-of-age story of Philbet, a gay, physically-misshapen boy in rural Georgia, who battles bullying, ignorance, and disdain as he makes his way in life as an outsider—before...

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January 31, 2023 24 mins

Mary Gauthier is a decorated musical artist, with numerous awards and recognition for her songwriting, including a Grammy nomination.

She's also the author of, Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting. Part memoir, part philosophy of art, part nuts and bolts of songwriting, her book celebrates the redemptive power of song to inspire and bring seemingly different kinds of people together.

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January 31, 2023 32 secs

Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting

"Gauthier has an uncanny ability to combine songwriting craft with a seeker's vulnerability and a sage's wisdom."--Amy Ray, Indigo Girls

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January 31, 2023 40 secs

From the Grammy nominated folk singer and songwriter, an inspiring exploration of creativity and the redemptive power of song - Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting

"Think Anne Lamott meets Julia Cameron meets Patti Smith... Anyone who can still write from the heart about writing from the heart after being in the music business as long as Gauthier has is the real deal. Her book invites seasoned artists to deepe...

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Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting

The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier one of the best songwriters of her generation. Her album Rifles & Rosary Beads was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Folk Album and Record of the Year by the Americana Music Association. Her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Boy George, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Kathy Mattea, Amy Helm and Ca...

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