Bookmark with Don Noble
English professor Don Noble engages authors in a thoughtful discussion about their lives, creative influences, and of course, their literary works.
Bookmark airs each Sunday at 11:00 a. m. on Alabama Public Television.
Episode 1 / June 24
Bobbie Ann Mason
The author of Shiloh, winner of the PEN/Hemingway award talks about growing up on a Kentucky dairy farm, reading Nancy Drew, and beginning her career writing about Elvis and Hollywood stars. And she discusses the theme of war in both her Vietnam based novel, In Country and her latest WWII era work, The Girl in the Blue Beret.
Episode 2 / July 1
Isabel Wilkerson (program one)
The daughter of a Tuskegee airman and the first black women to win a Pulitzer discusses her life and The Warmth of Other Suns, her epic narrative of The Great Migration.
Episode 3 /July 8
Isabel Wilkerson (program two)
The Pulitzer Prize winner continues her conversation about the conditions which prompted The Great Migration of African Americans away from the South after World War I, the subject of her book The Warmth of Other Suns.
Episode 4 / July 15
Sena Jeter Nasland
The Birmingham native and author of Ahab’s Wife, picked by Time magazine as one of the five best novels of 1999, discusses her life, career and latest work, Adam and Eve.
Episode 5 / July 22
The prolific author of 14 novels including Snow Angels, Everyday People, The Good Wife, and The Odds, also co-wrote Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season with Stephan King.
O’Nan discusses his life and work with host Don Noble.
Episode 6 / July 29
An investigative journalist best known for his best seller, Fast Food Nation, Schlosser was born in Manhattan , grew up in Los Angeles, and started his career as a playwright before turning to non-fiction. He discusses his life and career including his latest, Reefer Madness: Sex, drugs, and cheap labor in the American black market.
Episode 7 / August 5
The Alabama historian’s latest is a memoir, Keeping the Faith which includes accounts of the inner workings of academic life at Samford and Auburn . Flynt talks with host Don Noble about his career, the book, and his assessment of contemporary political and cultural life in Alabama.
Episode 8 / August 26
The 2012 winner of the Clarence Cason Award in Non-fiction Writing from the University of Alabama, the Mobile native has had a prolific career as a storyteller with a fascination for the history and culture of the South. A winner of the prestigious Lillian Smith prize, Gaillard’s books include Cradle of Freedom, about the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. Among other topics: Jimmy Carter, Billy Graham, NASCAR racing and country music.
Episode 9 / September 2
A distinguished Southern historian who has written widely on the interaction between economy, society and culture in the South, Cobb talks with host Don Noble about his views on the region, past and present, and about his recent book Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity.
Episode 10 / September 9
Carmen Agra Deedy
Born in Havana, Cuba but raised in Decatur, Georgia this award-winning author of children’s literature, is also a lively storyteller, and a regular voice on NPR’s All Things Considered. She discusses her writing and the humor and insight she has drawn from her distinctive cross cultural life experience.
Episode 11 / September 16
A New York Times Bestselling novelist and former actor from Decatur, Georgia whose previous works include gods in Alabama, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, and Backseat Saints talks with host Don Noble about her life and her latest book, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty.
Episode 12 / September 23
Her debut novel, The Well and the Mine explored themes not unlike To Kill A Mockingbird to excellent reviews and received the Barnes and Noble Discover Award in 2009. The Montgomery native and graduate of Birmingham Southern now lives in Birmingham. Her conversation with host Don Noble also includes her latest novel, Come In and Cover Me an archeological mystery with mystical overtones.
Lila Weaver / author of Darkroom
Chip Cooper / author of Old Havana