Created with Sketch.
Olivia's Book Club
24 minutes | Jan 31, 2023
Elle Cosimano, “Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun”
When a misunderstanding at a Panera results in an offer that’s impossible to refuse, Elle Cosimano’s title character springs to life for readers who can’t help but root for her heroine to find love, money, and kick a lot of butt along the way. Elle returns to the podcast to talk to Olivia about the third book in her series, FINLAY DONOVAN JUMPS THE GUN. This time we see Finlay and her bestie/nanny/accountant, Vero, head off to a citizen’s police academy that puts her right in the focus of the police, for better or worse. The author says the situation was inspired by a real-life writer’s academy she took part in, which provides a safe space to ask questions that might otherwise make you look like an aspiring serial killer. “My google search probably has me on several very scary watchlists… but the writer’s police academy was great for those questions that would be frowned upon for asking anywhere else!” FINLAY DONOVAN JUMPS THE GUN is available from Minotaur Books on January 31, 2023, and as an audiobook from Macmillan Audio. For more on the author, visit www.ellecosimano.com
44 minutes | Jan 24, 2023
Dani Shapiro, "Signal Fires"
Dani Shapiro is the author of eleven books, and the host and creator of the hit podcast Family Secrets. She joined the podcast to talk with Olivia about her most recent novel, SIGNAL FIRES, her first work of fiction in thirteen years. SIGNAL FIRES was named a best book of 2022 by numerous publications, including Time Magazine, and The Washington Post. Dani tells Olivia about how the idea for SIGNAL FIRES first struck her years ago, and that she felt only recently capable of crafting the moving story in part due to her life experience in recent years, specifically the revelations about her own family she shared in her bestselling memoir, INHERITANCE. SIGNAL FIRES is available in hardcover from Knopf Doubleday, and in audiobook (narrated by the author) from Penguin Random House. For more on Dani Shapiro, visit her website: https://danishapiro.com/ Dani Shapiro will be part of an author event in Phoenix in March. To request ticket information visit: https://www.brandeisphoenix.org/2023ba.html
34 minutes | Jan 17, 2023
Valerie Tejeda, "Self Care by the Signs"
2023 is going to be a good year according to astrologer Valerie Tejeda. Tejeda is a bestselling author, an astrologer with a degree in psychology and certificates in astrology and music therapy, and the creator of the digital brand Big Cosmic Energy. She is the writer and narrator of SELF CARE BY THE SIGNS, a #1 Audible bestseller, a #1 Amazon bestseller, an AP bestseller, as well as SELF CARE BY THE MOON, an Audible Top 10 Listen and Editor's Pick for a 2021 favorite in self-development. She joins the podcast to chat with Olivia (in spite of Mercury being in retrograde messing with reception,) and the powers of the planets and how we can use the stars to better understand ourselves and others. During the chat, Valerie explains why Mercury is messing with us all (and those with Olivia’s signs in particular,) and shares the inspiration for her contemporary romance novel GOOD ON PAPER. If you are astrology curious, this conversation is for you! Do you want to know if dogs are guided by their signs? Of course, we do! But you’ll have to listen as she shares some insight into her own canine cutie, Dulce. Valerie has contributed to Self Magazine, Vanity Fair, MTV, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, among other publications, and is working on her next book, COSMIC CARE. To learn more about Valerie, purchase her books, or schedule an astrological reading, visit valerietejeda.com
32 minutes | Jan 3, 2023
Mary Kubica, “Just The Nicest Couple”
Queen of suspense Mary Kubica opens the year with her latest suspenseful mystery, JUST THE NICEST COUPLE, to be released January 10th. The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author joins the podcast to talk about her twisty tale of two seemingly perfect couples, and the secrets that are exposed between them when one of the husbands disappears. Mary joins the podcast to talk with Olivia about her previous career as a teacher, how she constructs her storylines, and how motherhood helped to launch her successful career. Mary will celebrate her books birthday with an event at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale on January 10th. For event information or to pre-order a copy of JUST THE NICEST COUPLE, visit https://poisonedpen.com/ To learn more about the author visit https://marykubica.com/
33 minutes | Dec 27, 2022
Kiersten Modglin, “A Quiet Retreat”
“You are cordially invited to visit the new Black Hills Manor Writing Retreat,” says the invitation received by five mystery/thriller writers, what could go wrong? That’s the lure that leads protagonist Blakely to a remote southern manor with a dark history in Kiersten Modglin’s novel, A QUIET RETREAT. Kiersten joins the podcast to talk to Olivia about writing strong women who save themselves, how she maintains her intense writing schedule with a goal of a book every other month (!), and why she can only enjoy her own fiction, such as IF YOU’RE READING THIS, once it becomes an audiobook. An Amazon bestselling author who is a favorite for so many readers, don’t miss the conversation with the talented writer whose books always embody the theme: Love, Lies, Alibis. To download her full book list, visit: https://www.kierstenmodglinauthor.com/
36 minutes | Dec 20, 2022
SANTA, BRING US THE BOOKS (and Mary Kay Andrews!)
The countdown to Christmas is ON! Whether you’re looking for the festive audiobook to listen to while shopping or gift wrapping, or a gift idea for the bookworm on your nice list, this episode is here for you. Olivia shares recommendations and future holiday favorites straight from her own TBR. This is followed by a revisiting of a festive 2021 conversation with New York Times bestselling novelist Mary Kay Andrews, author of THE SANTA SUIT. Also mentioned in this episode: HOLIDAYS ON ICE, David Sedaris SKIPPING CHRISTMAS, John Grisham LOVE ALWAYS, CHRISTMAS, Karen Schaler ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Karen Schaler CHRISTMAS SHOPAHOLIC, Sophie Kinsella Once Upon a Book Club monthly subscription service: https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/
41 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
Katherine Corcoran, “IN THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF: A Murder, a Coverup, and the True Cost of Silencing the Press”
“We are actually heading into the direction of Mexico, while Mexico is trying to be more like us, a country of free press that supports the free press,” says Katherine Corcoran about the emergence of independent journalism in Mexico that has simultaneously sparked a rise in violence against journalists. Corcoran joined the podcast to talk with Olivia about her non-fiction book, IN THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF: A Murder, A Cover-Up, And The True Cost of Silencing The Press. Corcoran’s work as a bureau chief for the Associated Press gave her the interest and the access to begin investigating and writing about the murder of Proceso reporter Regina Martinez, who Corcoran had spoken to only months before her death. “What does it mean? Why should people read this story?” she reflects, “When things started to get worse for journalists in the United States, which was something I hadn’t anticipated at all, all of a sudden it was very easy to understand why the book was important.” On her time in Mexico, Katherine shares her love of Oaxaca, Guanajuato, and Mexico City, and recommends an article written by a fellow journalist as a guideline for a visit to the capital city: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/11/17/travel/things-to-do-mexico-city.html IN THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF: A Murder, a Coverup, and the True Cost of Silencing the Press is published in hardback from Bloomsbury Publishing.
41 minutes | Nov 22, 2022
Books We Are Thankful For, with Whitney Clark
Whoa, the holidays are upon us (and the cost of dinner is up 20% on average!) So, let’s talk about what we’re thankful for: BOOKS! In particular the really special ones that stay with us well past the last page. News anchor Whitney Clark is an avid reader (44 books and counting this year) and shares her top five for 2022 on this week’s podcast. Olivia couldn’t stick to such a tight list, but shares a few others that are worth recommending. So escape the family, close the bedroom door and enjoy this reading list! Whitney’s Recommendations: -CARRIE SOTO IS BACK, Taylor Jenkins Reid -THE PARIS LIBRARIAN, Mark Pryor -CRYING IN H MART, Michelle Zauner -ATLAS OF THE HEART, Brene Brown -ONE ITALIAN SUMMER, Rebecca Serle Olivia’s Recommendations: -FAIRY TALE, Stephen King -WE ARE THE LIGHT , Matthew Quick -I'M GLAD MY MOM DIED, Jennette McCurdy -FINDING ME, Viola Davis -THE GOLDEN COUPLE, Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen -BAD VIBES ONLY, Nora McInerny -VERITY, Colleen Hoover -LA WEATHER, Maria Amparo Escandon -LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY, Bonnie Garmus -LOOK CLOSER, David Ellis
35 minutes | Nov 8, 2022
Nora McInerny, “Bad Vibes Only (And Other Things I Bring to the Table)"
When Nora and her husband Aaron collaborated on his obituary her grief was introduced to the world, alongside the creative spirit and humor she and her son’s dad shared. Since then, Nora has become a beloved voice for others trying to see their way out of the darkness- or want to know how to support someone else who is in the thick of the worst. Nora is the host of the podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” and joined the Olivia’s Book Club podcast to talk about her new collection of essays, BAD VIBES ONLY (And Other Things I Bring to the Table.) Nora now lives in Phoenix with her second husband and kids, and enjoys life dehydrating in the desert sun. BAD VIBES ONLY is available in hardcover from Atria books, and on audio from Simon & Schuster Audio. For more on the author, visit https://noraborealis.com/
31 minutes | Nov 1, 2022
Lisa Unger, "Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six"
Luxury cabin out in the middle of nowhere, what could go wrong? Readers of the November thriller SECLUDED CABIN SLEEPS SIX. “I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I never wanted to do anything else but write- ever. The fact that I get to do it… to live in this world of stories and characters and I get to share them with people, not just my mom, not just my grandma,” Lisa Unger says with a laugh about her career she considers to be “a dream come true.” New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger joins the podcast to talk about her twenty-year writing career and SECLUDED CABIN SLEEPS SIX. Lisa tells Olivia about her writing routine, the pandemic escapes that inspired this story, and what mystery/crime writers are really like. SECLUDED CABIN SLEEPS SIX is published by Park Row, also available in audio from Harlequin Audio. For more on the author visit https://lisaunger.com/ Lisa will celebrate the book’s release in Scottsdale on November 8, 2022 at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore at 7pm. Signed copies are available for pre-order.
47 minutes | Oct 25, 2022
Sulari Gentill, "The Woman in the Library"
“Things like structural edits, what the characters do, that’s really the choice of the writer,” quips Sulari Gentill, while discussing communications with the devoted fan base of her Rowland Sinclair series, and her new stand-alone literary mystery, THE WOMAN IN THE LIBRARY. All the way from Australia, the author chats with Olivia in the Arizona podcast studio before meeting her readers and leading writing workshops at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale. Sulari talks about playing with genre and the blurring of fact and fiction, with her novel about a novel, written by protagonist Hannah, whose early draft THE WOMAN IN THE LIBRARY READER is spending most of our time with. THE WOMAN IN THE LIBRARY is now available in paperback from Sourcebooks, hardcover from Poisoned Pen Press, and as an audiobook by Dreamscape Media. For more on the author, visit: http://sularigentill.com
52 minutes | Oct 18, 2022
A Moment With Margaret
It has been too long since the podcast caught up on what Margaret is reading. Olivia’s favorite reader to turn to for book recommendations, the once weekly A Moment With Margaret conversation is the sole focus of this week’s podcast! Devoted audiobook listener and reality TV watcher, Margaret shares the books she consumed over the last few months and the emoji that best captures her feelings about each one. She talks with Olivia about her reasoning for each, and they discover they disagree about at least one review! Here’s her list of books to help you determine which are a must for your TBR pile, and what you may she’s reviewing, and telling Olivia why they inspired these emojis. Keep up with her reading list by following @overbookedandoverdue on Instagram Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese (historical fiction/spooky vibes) - 👍 The Office BFFs by Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey (nonfiction) - 👍 Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney (suspense/thriller) - 👍 More Than You'll Ever Know by Kate Gutierrez (women's fiction, suspense) - 😏 Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (women's fiction) - 👍👍 The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell (suspense/thriller) - 😏 The House Across the Lake (suspense/thriller) - 😏 The Island by Adrian McKinty (suspense/thriller) - 👎 Love Me as I Am by Garcelle Beavais (non fiction) - 😏 The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (suspense/thriller) - 👎 The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle (rom/com) - 🤗 The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin (fiction) - 👍😭
29 minutes | Oct 11, 2022
Alex Finlay, "The Night Shift"
When writing the conversations between teenagers targeted in a 1999 New Year’s Eve massacre at a Blockbuster video in THE NIGHT SHIFT, Alex Finlay says he tapped into the years of eavesdropping while shuttling kids to activities, “you become invisible to your kids and their friends.” Finlay, who writes under a pen name, is an appellate lawyer who is following up his hit thriller EVERY LAST FEAR with THE NIGHT SHIFT. He joins the podcast to talk with Olivia about the book, his writing process, the old manuscript he dug up that he can objectively say now was not good, then teases his 2023 thriller WHAT HAVE WE DONE. Finlay will join Olivia’s Book Club to discuss his novel with readers of October 18. Register here: Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwof-mprjsiEtJSy9vIi_EvP5b4AjHj4fQy For more on the author, visit: https://alexfinlaybooks.com/
26 minutes | Oct 4, 2022
Laurie Lico Albanese, "Hester"
Laurie Lico Albanese, author of HESTER, a reimagining of the story behind THE SCARLET LETTER, joins the podcast to talk about her latest work of historical fiction. The story focuses on Isobel Gamble, a seamstress who moves from Scotland to Salem, Massachusetts in the early 1800s. Laurie says her heroine’s “gift is her curse, and her curse is her gift,” who is descended from an accused witch and ends up crossing paths with Nathaniel Hawthorne. She talks about the research that went into writing the book, shares advice for writers on approaching historical fiction, her own relationship with embroidery, and discusses what her character of Isobel has in common with singer Billie Eilish. HESTER is available in hardcover and audio from St. Martin’s Press, and Macmillan Audio, respectively. For more on the author, visit: https://www.laurielicoalbanese.com/
35 minutes | Sep 13, 2022
Michelle Wolett of Once Upon a Book Club
Once Upon a Book Club is a bookworm’s dream come true: a monthly delivery service of an oversized book box filled with a surprise book selection and an array of specially curated gifts to bring that book to life. The Arizona based business is the brainchild of Michelle Wolett, who also owns Chick-Lit Designs (recreating favorite books into cell phone and tablet cases). Michelle joined Olivia for the podcast to talk about the business that originated as a gift for her Mom- to motivate her to read Kristin Hannah’s THE NIGHTINGALE. Michelle tells Olivia about how she quickly went from idea to action, navigating the growth of the business, how she approaches book selection, and how she wants the gifts to appeal to all the senses, adding touch or scent to bring the books to life. “The magical experience of it is really the selling point,” she says. Started in 2016, Once Upon a Book Club has garnered national attention, and grew from 220 monthly subscribers to a peak of delivering book magic to as many as 8,000 subscribers per month! Michelle says she is most proud and pleased to hear from people who say the boxes have made them readers again. Boxes can be ordered on an individual basis when supplies allow, or on a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. One book box is $49.99, longer subscriptions come at a monthly discount. To find out more about Once Upon a Book Club, visit: https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/
27 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
Amina Akhtar, “Kismet”
Amina Akhtar is a former fashion writer turned novelist, who uses her current home of Arizona as the setting for her thriller KISMET, where enlightenment and danger go hand in hand. Amina joins the podcast to talk about the book, her move from NYC to just outside Sedona, and writing a character that reflects her own culture and color. “I was trying to find out what kind of person would want a guru,” recalls novelist Amina Akhtar when crafting her KISMET protagonist, Ronnie Khan, the character who ultimately follows Marley Dewhurst, “a Gwyneth Paltrow wannabe” to Sedona. Sedona is far from zen in KISMET, once members of the wellness community murdered. KISMET is published in hardcover by Thomas & Mercer, with the audiobook presented by Brilliance Publishing. For more on the author visit: https://www.aminaakhtar.work/
18 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
Karin Slaughter, “Girl Forgotten”
Karin Slaughter is the author of more than twenty instant New York Times bestselling novels, and she joins the podcast to talk to Olivia about her latest work of crime fiction and her passion project, the non-profit Save the Libraries. “I primarily think she did it to annoy her mother,” says Karin, of protagonist Andrea’s career as a US Marshal in her new novel GIRL, FORGOTTEN. GIRL, FORGOTTEN revisits the characters her readers and viewers of the Netflix series “Pieces of Her” already know, as Andrea completes her training and begins a specialized protection detail that leads to the investigation of a decades old unsolved murder. For more on Karin Slaughter, visit https://www.karinslaughter.com/ and learn how to support Save the Libraries: http://www.savethelibraries.com/
29 minutes | Aug 23, 2022
Jennifer Hillier, “Things We Do In the Dark”
“Jimmy was one of my favorite characters… even though he’s dead. Dead from the first word!” declares Jennifer Hillier, when talking about the character of Jimmy Peralta in her new thriller, THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK. When Jimmy is found dead, his wife Paris is arrested for his murder. Jennifer joins Olivia on the podcast to talk about her approach to the plot, why this book feels her most authentic yet, how distance learning and her writing collided, all-nighters, chicken adobo, and more. Jennifer Hillier is an award-winning, bestselling author who lives in Toronto. THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK is published by Minotaur Books. Learn more about the author at https://jenniferhillierbooks.com/
35 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
Dolen Perkins-Valdez, “Take My Hand”
Historical fiction at its finest, TAKE MY HAND is a fictional retelling of a truly shocking practice in Alabama in the early 1970s: the forced sterilization of poor, mostly Black, women and girls. Dolen Perkins-Valdez joins the podcast to talk with Olivia about the moving novel, told from the perspective of Civil Townsend, a nurse at the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, who must advocate for her patients in ways she never expected. After researching the history of the time and events, she approached the fiction with an emotional question: “What would it have been like to be a nurse at that time, under your watch…and how do you live with yourself?” Dolen Perkins-Valdez is a New York Times bestselling author, Chair of the Board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, and an Associate Professor of Literature at American University. For more on the author visit: https://dolenperkinsvaldez.com/
36 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
Bonnie Garmus, “Lessons In Chemistry”
Widely praised as one of the best books of 2022, LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY is the debut novel about the reluctant host of 1960s cooking show from Bonnie Garmus. Bonnie joins Olivia for the podcast to talk about the sensation of debuting as a bestseller decades after first dreaming of becoming a novelist, and her own frustrating professional moment that sparked the unique character of Elizabeth Zott. LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY is now in production as a limited series for Apple+ starring Brie Larsen, and Bonnie is working on a new novel. For more on the author visit: https://www.bonniegarmus.com/ A Moment With Margaret, other books that touch on reluctant stars: Audrina Patridge’s TO THE HILLS & BACK, and ONE TO WATCH from Kate Stayman-London.
Terms of Service
Your Privacy Choices
© Stitcher 2023