KGNU & Boulder Bookstore Radio Book Club

KGNU Community Radio and The Boulder Bookstore

Each month, we have an conversation with the author from a selection curated by The Boulder Bookstore.

All Episodes

Boulder-based author Hermione Hoby joined us at the Boulder Bookstore for a socially distanced live event, to discuss her latest novel Virtue, which tells the story of Luca. Originally from Broomfield, Colorado, Luca goes to New York City for an […]

Oct 28

31 min 25 sec

Best-selling horror author Stephen Graham Jones joined us at the Boulder Bookstore for a live event on September 2, 2021. In this Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub podcast, he answers audience questions and talks more about the art of writing […]

Oct 2

23 min 50 sec

Stephen Graham Jones joined us at the Boulder Bookstore in September for a socially distanced, mask-wearing live event, to discuss his new novel My Heart is a Chainsaw, a slasher novel that tells the story of Jade, “an angry, half-Indian […]

Oct 1

29 min 46 sec

The August 2021 selection for the Radio Bookclub has been The Guide, a thriller from Denver author Peter Heller. The book, set in Colorado, features Jack, a character we previously met in Heller’s book The River. Jack is hired as a fishing […]

Sep 3

29 min 39 sec

Listen to more of our conversation with best-selling author Peter Heller who joined us to discuss his latest book The Guide at an event at the Boulder Bookstore. This is Heller’s fourth visit to the Radio Bookclub. Listen to the […]

Sep 3

22 min 53 sec

For July 2021 we’ve been reading The Leave-Takers, a thriller from local author Steven Wingate, which tells the story of Jacob and Laynie whose relationship blew apart but fate pulled them back together in a windblown, isolated house on the […]

Aug 6

32 min 57 sec

Author Steven Wingate returns to the Radio Bookclub for a second visit to talk about his latest novel The Leave-Takers. In this special podcast-only version of the Radio Bookclub, Wingate speaks about the impact of losing a parent at a […]

Aug 6

20 min 37 sec

For June 2021 we’ve been reading The Dead Husband, a thriller from local author Carter Wilson. Twenty years ago an unspeakable tragedy rocked Rose Yates’s small, affluent hometown… and only Rose and her family know the truth about what happened. https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/kgnu-news/2021/06/6-24-21_RadioBookClubDeadHusband.mp3 This […]

Jun 30

30 min 42 sec

Colorado author Carter Wilson joins us for this special podcast-only version of the Radio Bookclub to speak about the process of writing a mystery/thriller and why the coronavirus pandemic won’t be featured in any of his future work. Listen to […]

Jun 30

25 min 12 sec

Fort Collins author Jim Davidson joins us for this special podcast-only version of the Radio Bookclub to speak about the lessons in resilience that he learned while summiting Everest, lessons that he applies to the rest of his life. Listen […]

May 27

15 min

For May 2021 we’ve been reading The Next Everest by Colorado author Jim Davidson. The book chronicles his attempts to summit the world’s tallest mountain. His first summit attempt was thwarted by a natural disaster. On April 25, 2015, an […]

May 27

29 min 58 sec

The April selection for the Radio Bookclub was Tiny by Colorado author Mairead Case. The book is a contemporary, poetic retelling of Sophocles’ Antigone, set in the mossy greens and foggy grays of the Pacific Northwest. Instead of two brothers who kill each other in a civil war, Tiny has a brother who kills himself after coming home from a far-away war.

Apr 30

30 min 53 sec

Listen to more of our conversation with author Mairead Case in which she talks about the pop culture references that are scattered throughout her novel Tiny. Listen to the broadcast interview with Mairead Case, originally aired on KGNU at 9am […]

Apr 30

21 min 45 sec

Listen to more of our conversation with author Helon Habila where he talks about immigration policy in Europe and modern African literature. Listen to the broadcast interview with author Helon Habila, broadcast on KGNU at 9am on Thursday, March 25th. […]

Mar 25

21 min 17 sec

The February selection for the Radio Bookclub is Perestroika In Paris, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley. The novel’s protagonist is a runaway racehorse who befriends a German shorthaired pointer. Together they live on the streets of Paris until they befriend a human boy, Etienne, and discover a new, otherworldly part of the city.

Mar 25

32 min 21 sec

The February selection for the Radio Bookclub is Perestroika In Paris, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley. The novel’s protagonist is a runaway racehorse who befriends a German shorthaired pointer. Together they live on the streets of Paris until they befriend a human boy, Etienne, and discover a new, otherworldly part of the city.

Feb 26

28 min 58 sec

Listen to more of our conversation with author Jane Smiley where she talks about her love of horses, which feature in so many of her books, and what it means to be such a prolific writer. Listen to the broadcast […]

Feb 26

20 min 40 sec

Listen to more of our conversation with Jon Krakauer as he reflects on the 25th anniversary of the publication of his best-seller Into the Wild. Listen to our broadcast interview with Jon Krakauer about his latest book Classic Krakauer. The Radio […]

Jan 28

26 min 10 sec

The January selection for the Radio Bookclub is Classic Krakauer - Essays on Wilderness and Risk. Best-selling author Jon Krakauer began his writing career writing for magazines. This latest book is a collection of ten essays that were published in a variety of magazines going back to the 1980s.

Jan 28

31 min 9 sec

The December selection for the Radio Bookclub is Agnes at the End of the World. Colorado author Kelly McWilliams was inspired by real-life cults in Arizona for this Young Adult book which is set during a pandemic. It is described as The Handmaid’s Tale meets Wilder Girls.

Dec 2020

30 min 24 sec

Listen to more of our conversation with author Kelly McWilliams about the challenges of interweaving stories about pandemics, cults, and childhood illnesses. Listen to the broadcast interview with author Kelly McWilliams, broadcast on KGNU at 9am on Thursday, December 24th. […]

Dec 2020

25 min 24 sec

The November selection for the Radio Bookclub is Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place. Writers Pam Houston and Amy Irvine, who had never met, developed a relationship as pen-pals during the COVID-19 pandemic when they began a letter correspondence chronicling their own experiences.

Nov 2020

32 min 39 sec

Listen to more of our conversation with authors Pam Houston and Amy Irvine about how they developed a relationship through letters and how that ultimately culminated in their new book Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place. Listen to […]

Nov 2020

28 min 3 sec

The October selection for the Radio Bookclub is Winter Counts by author David Heska Wanbli Weiden. The book tells the story of Virgil Wounded Horse, the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment. But when heroin makes its way into the reservation and finds Virgil’s nephew, his vigilantism becomes personal.

Oct 2020

29 min 13 sec

Listen to more of our conversation with author David Heska Wanbli Weiden where he talks about Native American literature and some of the Denver locations featured in his novel Winter Counts. Listen to the broadcast interview with David Heska Wanbli […]

Oct 2020

27 min 24 sec

The September selection for the Radio Bookclub is Water & Power by Denver author Steven Dunn, a navy veteran. The book turns the traditional concept of military literature on its head as it examines military culture and engages with perceptions of heroism and […]

Sep 2020

28 min 26 sec

Listen to more of our conversation with author Steven Dunn where he describes life on a submarine and how he became disillusioned with military culture after 10 years in the navy. Listen to the broadcast interview with Steven Dunn, originally […]

Sep 2020

25 min 4 sec

Listen to more of our conversation with R.L. Maizes where she talks about what it means to be an animal empath and the process of writing the novel. Listen to the broadcast interview with R.L Maizes, originally aired on KGNU […]

Sep 2020

12 min 35 sec

For August, the Radio Bookclub welcomes local author R.L. Maizes who joins us to talk about her new book Other People’s Pets. The novel features animal empath La La Fine who relates to animals better than she does to other people. […]

Sep 2020

28 min 22 sec

Stephen Graham Jones joined us at the Boulder Bookstore in July for a socially distanced, mask-wearing live event, to discuss his new novel The Only Good Indians, a slasher novel that follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event […]

Jul 2020

27 min 33 sec

Best-selling horror author Stephen Graham Jones joined us at the Boulder Bookstore for a live event on July 16. In this Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub podcast, he answers audience questions and talks more about the horror genre. Listen to […]

Jul 2020

21 min 28 sec

The June selection for the Radio Bookclub was The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. The novel focuses on female friendship on a small island in Korea where the women form an all-female diving collective. This interview was broadcast on KGNU on […]

Jun 2020

38 min 22 sec

In this bonus edition of the Radio Bookclub, best selling author Susan Orlean joins us to talk about her latest novel the Library Book, a look at the fire of 1986 that destroyed the Los Angeles public library. Through telling this story she […]

Jun 2020

27 min 3 sec

Good Talk, a graphic memoir by Mira Jacob, is the May selection for the Radio Bookclub. The book explores the themes of American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us.   https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/kgnu-news/2020/05/5-28-20_MiraJacobPodcastFULL.mp3     Subscribe to our Radio Book […]

May 2020

27 min 45 sec

In a bonus edition of the Bookclub, hear best selling author Elizabeth Gilbert speak about her latest novel City of Girls. This is “a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective […]

May 2020

29 min 3 sec

Beheld by TaraShea Nesbit was the April selection for the Radio Bookclub. The novel tells the story of the fledgling colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts, through the eyes of two women of very different status and means. TaraShea Nesbit joined us by […]

Apr 2020

31 min 5 sec

Listen to more of our conversation with TaraShea Nesbit here, where she explores the women in her family who have inspired her writing. Listen to more of TaraShea Nesbit in our broadcast edition. Subscribe to our Radio Book Club Series on iTunes to […]

Apr 2020

35 min 39 sec

Listen to more of our conversation with author Juleah del Rosario when she speaks about writing a novel in verse, and writing for a teen audience. Listen to more of Juleah del Rosaria in our broadcast edition. Subscribe to our Radio […]

Mar 2020

21 min 8 sec

In this YA novel-in-verse, Boulder based author Juleah del Rosario tells the story of sisters Rowena and Ariana who are each figuring out in their own separate ways how to exist in a world in which their mother is no […]

Mar 2020

29 min 7 sec