The show turns the big 5-0 in Richmond, Virginia, where the boys have gathered to celebrate the launch of Jon’s novel The Whiskey Baron (and may have partaken in the title drink, because when in Rome…). Together, they get giddy talking about the excitement of releasing and promoting a novel, then try to assess the state of their writing after 50 podcasts and take a stroll through the archives to talk about their favorite WITTScast readings to date.
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- Jon Sealy’s novel The Whiskey Baron, available now from Hub City Press. Look out for Jon on tour at a bookstore near you!
- If you’re down in the Shockoe Bottom area of Richmond, check out the Fountain Bookstore. They have a terrific aesthetic.
- Or, if you find yourself in Carytown, swing by Chop Suey Books, workday haunt of Andrew Blossom, whose story “A Word from the Chimpanzees” was discussed on Episode 49, and is included in his new collection I’ve Got a Message For You and You’re Not Going To Like It, from Makeout Creek.
- The Madwoman in the Volvo? Just another day in Ithaca, New York.
- Richmond: Southern home of the wily and elusive hipster.
- The boys spent an afternoon taking in the sights and writing at the jewel of Richmond, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
- Outside of three people he saw reading A Game of Thrones (in paperback), Ender’s Game (on a tablet), and some unidentified chick lit, Brian noticed a distinct lack of reading on his flights.
- Regardless, Brian didn’t want those flights to end, because that meant he had to stop reading The Color Master, the latest story collection by Aimee Bender, a writer he’s loved since before he got to interview her in the Missouri Review.
- Want to get ahead in the book world? It helps to know Porter Shreve.
- One of the first stops on Jon’s tour was his alma mater, the College of Charleston, where he got to catch up with his old professor, Bret Lott.
- Despite his busy schedule, Jon’s had time to read an advanced copy of (and admire the sentences in) Joshua Ferris’ novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.
- If you were going to teach a story collection to undergrads, you could do a hell of a lot worse than Barry Hannah’s Airships.
- If you missed any of our favorite reads from the first 49 episodes, get caught up by going through our archives.
- You’ll be helpless if you fall into Ben’s “Skunk Hour” bear trap.