Books in Three Bytes

Books in Three Bytes

Books in Three Bytes from the AuthorBytes Cafe serves up conversations with successful fiction and nonfiction authors whose work spans numerous genres and topics. Hosted by celebrated book talk show host Jordan Rich, the podcast focuses on three essential elements related to an author's books or writing career. Sit back and take a sip of the Cafe's weekly brew.

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May 13, 2018 12 min
Today's cafe interview takes us from books to movies, and how author JP O'Donnell has forayed into both mediums. In our first byte, we'll talk with JP about the inception of Gallagher--a tough Boston detective and the protagonist of Fatal Gamble and Deadly Codes. Byte two takes us to the movies; JP will tell us how his book made it to the big screen. Byte three forages further into the idea of optioning your book to the...
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This episodes' guest is author and economic journalist Robert Kuttner. Bob is also the cofounder and coeditor of "The American Prospect." A scholar and teacher, he currently holds an endowed chair at Brandeis University. In this episode, Bob discusses his latest book, CAN DEMOCRACY SURVIVE GLOBAL CAPITALISM? During the first byte, he provides a clear definition of global capitalism. Next, Bob explains why the resurgence...
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April 8, 2018 14 min
Books in Three Bytes guest Tim Wendel is known for his writing about the world of sports. In his latest book, CANCER CROSSINGS: A BROTHER, HIS DOCTORS AND THE QUEST FOR A CURE TO CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIA, Tim explains a different kind of team, the cadre of remarkable doctors and caregivers who helped his brother live for 8 years, despite a prognosis of surviving 12 to 18 months at most. During the podcast, Tim shares his family’s experie...
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April 1, 2018 15 min
Meet Gay Gaddis, the owner of Austin-based T3, one of the largest woman-owned advertising agencies in the U.S. and author of COWGIRL POWER: HOW TO KICK ASS IN BUSINESS AND LIFE. In our first byte, Gay explains how cowgirls aren’t just a metaphor; cowgirl culture is real and has distinct values. In byte number two, Gay and host Jordan Rich discuss the elements of character; how fairness and respect fit side-by-side with cowgirl toug...
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March 25, 2018 12 min
Today, Books in Three Bytes is pleased to have with us New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer. He’s penned landmark titles such as THE TENTH JUSTICE and THE BOOK OF FATE. His latest thriller, THE ESCAPE ARTIST, marks the 20th anniversary of his first published novel. Our first byte examines the plot of THE ESCAPE ARTIST and how it connects to Harry Houdini, as well as magicians in the government. In the second byte, Brads t...
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True crime is the focus of this podcast, and what better guest to guide us through than author Sebastian Rotella. Sebastian is a successful journalist with more than twenty years of experience, writing for newspapers like the LA Times where he reports on true crime stories here and around the globe. His latest thriller is RIP CREW, and we’ll delve into the book’s intriguing plotline in our first byte. In our second byte, Sebastian ...
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Books in Three Bytes is pleased to have New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian with us. He’s taking time out from his busy schedule to give us an inside tour of his latest novel, THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT. Bohjalian has penned 20 books, and his always-in-demand novels include MIDWIVES (an Oprah’s Book Club selection), THE SANDCASTLE GIRLS, and THE GUEST ROOM. Listen in as Chris reveals the unusual plot of his new book and giv...
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If you think Sally Ride was the first American woman in space (1983), listen up; more hidden figures in the space program are about to emerge. In her book, “THE MERCURY 13,” journalist, author, and editor Martha Ackmann details the true story of a group of women who were secretly trained for spaceflight in the 1960s. But they never left earth, due to politics and cultural arguments. The tale of how these talented women who performe...
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Up to bat in this episode is America's favorite pastime, courtesy of noted journalist, author, and editor Martha Ackmann. Martha writes about little-known women who have changed America. One such woman is the subject of Martha’s book, “CURVEBALL: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League.” Martha provides fascinating details about Toni Stone’s rise to fame in the leagu...
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February 18, 2018 17 min
In this episode, investigative journalist and author Matthew Sweet shares insights about his latest book, OPERATION CHAOS: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Themselves. Matthew and host Jordan Rich discuss how the deserters wound up in Sweden and the alleged role of the CIA in this remarkable story. The saga takes some surprising twists and turns, proving again the old adage that truth can be stranger ...
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February 11, 2018 17 min
An element of suspense visits the AuthorBytes Café with award-winning thriller novelist Chevy Stevens. In our first byte, Chevy chats with host Jordan Rich about the writing process and how concepts turn into novels. In our second byte, she discusses character development and the reasons she relates to her characters personally. Lastly, find out about Chevy’s ever-changing interests and how she stays true to her writing style.
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February 4, 2018 13 min
In this episode, journalist and author Lydia Denworth explains how there’s nothing more fascinating for her than combining science and storytelling. Lydia describes the stories behind her first book, TOXIC TRUTH: A SCIENTIST, A DOCTOR, AND THE BATTLE OVER LEAD, and her subsequent book, I CAN HEAR YOU WHISPER, a personal account about deafness that involves her own child. In the final segment, Lydia gives us a sneak peek into her ne...
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New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McMahon talks with host Jordan Rich about her latest thriller, BURNTOWN, as well as her previous titles. Jennifer begins by delving into how the past influences the present in both her novels and her life. Next, Jennifer and Jordan discuss how there’s more to this world than meets the eyes. Finally, our guest rounds out the conversation by considering her quirky female characters, who are ...
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January 21, 2018 15 min
In this episode, John Griffith talks about raising three daughters as a single father. His new book, A DAD'S FUN GUIDE TO RAISING HAPPY DAUGHTERS: Imagination Activities Against Body-Snatching Zombie Naysayers and Other Foes of Happiness, is a unique entry in the parenting book market. In his first byte, John describes his unique perspective and approach, and in byte two, he talks about some of the challenges young girls face t...
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January 14, 2018 12 min
In this episode, author and retired Massachusetts state trooper and investigator James Redfearn discusses his novel, THE RISING AT ROXBURY CROSSING. The conversation with host Jordan Rich explores a volatile, but neglected period, when the Boston Police Department went on strike in the post WWI era. Redfearn also discusses why readers are fascinated by books and stories about policemen and policewomen, and how being a law enforceme...
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Dr. Lynn Webster, chronic pain and addiction expert, talks with Books in Three Bytes host Jordan Rich about the opioid crisis. The author of THE PAINFUL TRUTH book and co-producer of a documentary of the same name, Dr. Webster discusses the myths surrounding drugs and what can be done to mitigate the epidemic. His conclusions may surprise you.
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December 31, 2017 15 min
Writer Len Rosen, author of ALL CRY CHAOS, THE TENTH WITNESS, and the forthcoming KORTELISY ESCAPE, talks with host Jordan Rich about magic and escape. Len talks about why magic universally appeals to people, why we’re delighted to suspend disbelief for a “jaw dropping” moment, and how the experience of awe defines us as human beings. Listen up to learn how the “eyes can lie” and why “radical amazement” is so deeply satisfying.
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December 24, 2017 15 min
This episode reaches for the sky! Shira Boss discusses her new illustrated children's book, UP IN THE LEAVES, with host Jordan Rich. UP IN THE LEAVES is the true story of a young boy who built treehouses in New York's Central Park, his refuge from the hectic life of the City. The outcome of an eight year cat-and-mouse game with the city officials is truly surprising. The story is charming and captivating and should inspire ...
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December 17, 2017 12 min
Bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Lucinda Franks stops by the AuthorBytes Cafe to talk with host Jordan Rich about her book, TIMELESS: LOVE, MORGENTHAU, AND ME. Franks chats about her unconventional marriage to Robert Morgenthau, the legendary former DA of New York City, and how journalism and the intrigue of detective work drew them together. Lucinda talks about the "other plans" she had for her lif...
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December 10, 2017 14 min
Books in Three Bytes welcomes guest Nancy Werlin, the New York Times bestselling fantasy author and Edgar award-winning suspense writer for young adults. Nancy talks with host Jordan Rich about the suspense plot of her newest YA book, AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR, why the twists and turns of a complex plot challenge us to think about the unexpected, and the hope for justice that mysteries and suspense provide readers today.
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