Posts Tagged ‘literature’


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AnnHoodquoteOne of America’s most beloved writers, Ann Hood, joins Halli at her table, Wednesday, September 2, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

ANNHOODTHEITALIANWIFEAnn Hood is the author of six works of fiction, including the bestseller THE KNITTING CIRCLE and most recently THE OBITUARY WRITER, as well as a memoir, COMFORT: A JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF, chronicling the death of her five-year-old daughter Grace and her subsequent search for healing. She is also the editor of KNITTING YARNS: WRITERS ON KNITTING. The winner of two Pushcart prizes as well as Best American Food Writing, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing Awards, her essays and short stories have appeared in many journals, magazines, and anthologies, including The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Tin House. She is a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Writing program at The New School in New York City and also teaches at NYU. Her latest best-seller tells the stirring multigenerational story of an Italian-American family. In THE ITALIAN WIFE, Ann Hood brings us a delicious family saga, at its heart the life of the extraordinary Josephine Rimaldi—her joys, sorrows, and passions, a story that spans more than seven decades and as many generations, a sweeping and evocative portrait of a family bound by love and heartbreak.

What better time to sit down and read  a fantastic family saga than the end of summer? Wednesday, September 2, 3 pm ET learn all about Ann Hood’s latest book THE ITALIAN WIFE on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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RalphPeterscolorpicturesbattlewarHistory is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when New York Times bestselling authors thriller writer Steve Berry and Civil War author Ralph Peters join Halli at her table Wednesday, May 13, 3 pm ET.

RalfPetersSteveBarryBookSteve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of ten Cotton Malone novels, as well as four stand-alones. He has 19 million books in print, translated into 40 languages. He is the co-founder of History Matters, dedicated to historical preservation. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers. His latest thriller, THE PATRIOT THREAT, involves some fascinating and little known aspects of American history – things that will definitely surprise you.

RalphPetersBookRalph Peters is the New York Times bestselling author of CAIN AT GETTYSBURG and HELL OR RICHMOND. He is a retired U.S. Army officer, a strategist and veteran of the intelligence world, and a frequent contributor to Fox News. His fiction and nonfiction writing on the American Civil War, under his own name and as Owen Parry, has won numerous literary prizes. He returns with his third installment in his Boyd Award-winning series on the Civil War with VALLEY OF RHE SHADOWS, set during the battle for the Shenandoah Valley.

Mystery, the Civil War, history and lots of surprises when New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry and Ralph Peters visit The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Let’s talk Wednesday, May 13, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Around the world






If you didn’t get a chance to listen to Wednesday’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, please do. This week’s guests took us around the world in 60 minutes and with them we visited Cuba, the Caribbean and the Congo.

First up was author Ruth Behar. Ruth was born in Cuba, but raised in New York by Jewish parents, her mother of European descent (Ashkenazim) and her father a Sephardi Jew with roots in Turkey. Ruth’s latest book is Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys, and in it she shares stories of her cultural heritage and the conflict she has suffered since being forced to leave Cuba when the Castro regime took over the island nation. But Ruth’s story could be yours and mine. Don’t we all struggle with our identity? Ruth’s descriptions of Cuba in our interview and her abject honesty about her struggle as a Cuban-American are only part of the reason I suggest you read this gripping memoir by the award-winning writer.

Next up was journalist Michael Deibert whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal among others, and who has been a commentator on international affairs for the BBC, Al Jazeera, National Public Radio. But in recent years, Michael has worked to increase and sustain dialogue on international peace-building and development issues, with a particular focus on Africa and Latin America. His new book, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Between Hope and Despair is a take-no-prisoners look at the Congo, and is a cut-above the usual fare, as is our conversation. Do listen and do read the eye-opening book. You’ll be curious to hear Michael’s take on the Bush II and Clinton Administrations. Enjoy.

Third up on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show: Every so often a writer comes along with a truly unusual voice and that fits the description of award-winning author Robert Antoni. What an interesting life Robert has led, and what a fascinating family he is a part of. Robert was raised in the Bahamas, but his grandparents were early settlers of Trinidad and Tobago, with a heck of a story to tell. Robert’s latest masterpiece As Flies to Whatless Boys is fiction based on his family history. Magical, mystical, melodic is the only way to describe this coming of age story filled with unique characters and plot twists. Don’t miss this one.

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Miami Book Fair

By the way, all three of my guests will be making appearances at the Miami Book Fair International November 17-24.  Check out the book fair’s website for date and times of appearances, and to see a list of all the authors participating in the fair and the many events that will take place. I’ll be there, so come on down to Miami and let’s meet in person!


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