July 25, 2014
In his debut novel, Smith Henderson writes about a social worker in rural Montana who runs afoul of a paranoid survivalist. The book has gotten excellent reviews, and this hour, we’ll hear from Henderson about its inspirations. We’ll also get our book critics’ top summer reading picks, and learn what to squeeze in before school starts.
May 23, 2014
Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer, but our guests are officially ready to start summer reading. It’s time to crack open (or download) whatever’s going to keep you cool. This hour we’ll talk about the beachy reads and serious literature that should top your list this season.
April 25, 2014
With the final season of Mad Men underway, fans are eager to see what Don Draper will do next. But one Ohio professor is more interested in what Don will read next. This hour we’ll talk to a prof who is teaching a course inspired by Mad Men’s bibliophilic characters. We’ll also get the panel’s latest suggestions for springtime reading.
March 14, 2014
Russell Banks has been writing for over fifty years, and this hour we’ll talk to him about his most recent collection of short stories, which explores the idea of family in all its complex and imperfect forms. We’ll also hear about local opportunities to hone your own creative writing skills, and get the latest recommendations from our book critics
February 14, 2014
On this Valentine’s Day edition of All Sides Weekend, host Chris Purdy and his panel will talk about the best in romance books and poetry. We’ll also hear an interview with author Edmund White, about his book, Inside a Pearl, which chronicles White’s move to Paris in the 1980s, and his struggles and ultimate peacemaking with French culture.
January 17, 2014
Author Robin Yocum grew up in Brilliant, OH, and his appearance on All Sides Weekend is a continuation of his illustrious trajectory. He’ll join host Christopher Purdy and the literati for a discussion of the latest and greatest literature. We’ll also talk about what’s keeping the book critics warm during these cold gray days.
November 22, 2013
It’s book season (but when is it not?)! And this hour of All Sides Weekend will feature an interview with Andre Debus III, whose new collection of stories was featured in the NY Times Review of Books. Those who don’t have time for a full novel will appreciate a discussion of the short story, and we’ll talk about the latest books on the Kennedys.
October 25, 2013
‘Tis the season to curl up with a cup of something hot (no judgment) and crack open a good book. This hour, host Chris Purdy and his panel will fill us in on Fall’s must-reads. We’ll also hear an interview with Wally Lamb, whose new book, We are Water explores the themes of racial violence, class struggles and the quest for creativity.
September 13, 2013
Not quite done with your summer reading list? Neither are we. This week, host Christopher Purdy and his bookish minions gather to discuss what’s new in the literary world. We’ll get their picks and hear what’s got you reading by candlelight as the days get shorter. We’ll also learn about all the great stuff coming up at Thurber House.
August 16, 2013
Have you visited your local library lately? Well, you should. Where else can you peruse a thousand books, learn a foreign language, chat with your neighbors and get homework help all at the same time? This hour of All Sides Weekend, we’ll talk to a Columbus Metro Library manager about what’s coming up, and get our book critics’ latest lit picks.