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Smokin' Joe and Jersey Joe

This panel recorded at the Collingswood Book Festival focuses on the lives of heavyweight boxing champions Joe Frazier and Jersey Joe Walcott. Mark Kram Jr., author of Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier, and Vincent Cream, Walcott’s grandson who wrote the foreword of the 2012 biography of Walcott, discuss the fighters.

Jonathan Miles

Miles’ novel Anatomy of a Miracle, published in 2018, was selected as the town book for the 2019 Collingswood Book Festival. This discussion from the festival explores the novel and his close friendship with Mississippi author Larry Brown.

Politics on the Page

This panel recorded at the 2019 Collingswood Book Festival features Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Will Bunch leading a discussion with Jo Piazza, author of the politically minded novel Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, and Shauna L. Shames, coauthor of Survive and Resist: The Definitive Guide to Dystopian Politics.

Goodbye to the World’s Greatest Bookstore

My all-time favorite bookstore, Port Richmond Books—with an inventory of several hundred thousand used and rare books in an old movie house in Philadelphia—is closing this fall. I celebrate the store’s glorious 16 years in business with Greg Gillespie, founder and owner, and writer William Hastings. We also discuss the future of bookselling, the devastation of a digital culture in which rolling robots deliver books, and much else.

Tony Knighton

A longtime veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, Tony Knighton is the author of Three Hours Past Midnight, a crime novel, and Happy Hour and Other Philadelphia Cruelties, a novella and collection of short stories. He discusses his gritty Philadelphia-based work, the city he knows like the back of his hand, the late Larry Brown, and much else.

Jessica Handler

Jessica Handler, author of the novel The Magnetic Girl, explores the myth and legend of Lulu Hurst, a teenager from rural Georgia whose alleged powers enthralled the nation in the 1880s, and explains why she wrote a novel about her. Handler, an Atlanta resident, also discusses her award-winning nonfiction.

Kevin Catalano

The author of the novel Where the Sun Shines Out talks about why he writes dark stories, meeting ex-Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz, and his obsession with Abraham Lincoln, among other topics.

William Hastings

Hastings, author of the novel The Howling Ages and the nonfiction book The Hard Way, works as a farmhand and a bookseller. He discusses his writing as well as the late, great Jim Harrison.

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