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Hopeton Hay Podcasts is the founder, producer, and host of Diverse Voices Book Review (formerly known as KAZI Book Review) which features interviews with a wide range of culturally diverse authors of recently published fiction and nonfiction, and Economic Perspectives, an audio interview show featuring discussions on finance, economic, and small businesses and policies.
 
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Diverse Voices Book Review host Hopeton Hay interviewed Lan Samanatha Chang, author of the novel THE FAMILY CHAO. THE FAMILY CHAO is a drama about a Chinese American family in the Midwest, and the conflict between the eldest son and the father over inheritance and control of the family restaurant. Chang said the novel was inspired in part by the cl…
 
Crime Fictions Picks of the Month hosts Hopeton Hay, Scott Montgomery, Molly Odintz, and Amanda Moore discussed their favorite recently released favorite crime fiction ANYWHERE YOU RUN by Wanda Morris, SOUTH CENTRAL NOIR edited by Gary Phillips, and THE FAMILY GAME by Catherine Steadman.
 
Diverse Voices Book Review contributor Amanda Moore interviewed Yasmin Angoe, author of They Come at Knight, the second installment in the Nena Knight series about an intrepid female assassin who will stop at nothing to protect her family. Follow Yasmin on Twitter at @YasAWriter, on Instagram at @author_yas, and Facebook under Yasmin Angoe Author. …
 
Diverse Voices Book Review host Hopeton Hay interviewed Peniel E. Joseph, author of THE THIRD RECONSTRUCTION. In THE THIRD RECONSTRUCTION Joseph weaves in his personal experiences growing up in segregated neighborhood of New York City with three critical periods in history in American history he describes as reconstruction periods: 1865-1898, 1954-…
 
Diverse Voices Book Review contributor Amanda Moore interviewed Margaret A. Burnham, author of BY HANDS NOW KNOWN. In the book, Burnham, director of Northeastern University’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, challenges our understanding of the Jim Crow era by exploring the relationship between formal law and background legal norms in a…
 
Host Hopeton Hay interviewed Gary Phillips, editor of the short story collection SOUTH CENTRAL NOIR. In his introduction to the collection, Phillips wrote: "...The settings herein reflect South Central today or chronicle its colorful past, such as the days of the jazz joints along Central Avenue . . . From South Park to East Martin Luther King Jr. …
 
After a three-month hiatus for Crime Fiction Picks of the Month, host Hopeton Hay and Crime Fiction Picks cohosts Scott Montgomery, Molly Odintz, and Amanda Moore opened the podcast discussing how they came together to edit or contribute stories to AUSTIN NOIR, a short story collection being published in May 2023 by Akashic Books. The rest of the s…
 
Host Hopeton Hay interviewed Gabino Iglesias, author of THE DEVIL TAES YOU HOME. Published by Muholland Books, here is a description of the plot: "Buried in debt due to his young daughter’s illness, his marriage at the brink, Mario reluctantly takes a job as a hitman, surprising himself with his proclivity for violence. After tragedy destroys the l…
 
Host Hopeton Hay interviewed Rudy Ruiz, author of the novel Valley of Shadows. "...Through luminous prose and soul-searching reflections, Rudy Ruiz transports readers to a distant time and a remote place where the immortal forces of good and evil dance amidst the shadows of magic and mountains..." More information on the novel is available at VALLE…
 
Diverse Voices Book Review host Hopeton Hay interviewed Charlise Lyles, author of DO I DARE DISTURB THE UNIVERSE? Charlise’s memoir covers her rise from a struggling student to winning a scholarship to a prestigious private school through the lens of race, family, and poverty from 1968 to 1977. It reveals the role her father, though absent, played …
 
Diverse Voices Book Review host Hopeton Hay interviewed Terry Dawson, author of THE AFTER: Poems Only A Planet Could Love. “Dawson's poems explore the beauty and fragility of our planet and remind us of our responsibility to protect it.” Diverse Voices Book Review Social Media: Facebook - @diversevoicesbookreview Instagram - @diverse_voices_book_re…
 
On Diverse Voices Book Review host Hopeton Hay interviewed Mark Pryor, author of DIE AROUND SUNDOWN. In the novel, French Police detective Henri Lefort is given five days by the Germans to solve the murder, in the Louvre Museum, of one of their own. More information on the book is available on Pryor’s web site, markpryorbooks.com/books. Diverse Voi…
 
Host Hopeton Hay interviewed Meng Jin, author of the short story collection SELF-PORTRAIT WITH GHOST. From the publishers web page: “Written during the turbulent years of the Trump administration and the first year of the pandemic, these stories explore intimacy and isolation, coming-of-age and coming to terms with the repercussions of past mistake…
 
Diverse Voices Book Review host Hopeton Hay interviewed Salar Abdoh, author of the novel OUT OF MESOPOTAMIA. “Informed by firsthand experience on the battlefronts of Iraq and Syria, Abdoh captures the horror, confusion, and absurdity of combat from a seldom-glimpsed perspective that expands our understanding of the war novel.” More information on t…
 
Hosts Maya Hay, Alex Winston and Alexis Winston interview Kelis Rowe, author of FINDING JUPITER. The novel “is a timeless love story set in Memphis, Tennessee where two hearts are threatened to be torn apart by old family secrets.” Kelis Rowe writes sweeping classic teen romance novels from Black teen points of view. FINDING JUPITER was launched ou…
 
Host Hopeton Hay interviewed Meg Gardiner, co-author of HEAT 2. “Michael Mann, four-time-Oscar-nominated writer-director of The Last of the Mohicans, The Insider, Ali, Miami Vice, Collateral, and Heat teams up with Edgar Award-winning author Meg Gardiner to deliver Mann’s first novel, an explosive return to the universe and characters of his classi…
 
Host Hopeton Hay interviewed Denise Mina, author of the crime novel CONFIDENCE. FROM DENISE MINA’S WEB SITE DESCRIPTION OF THE NOVEL: “When amateur film-maker Lisa Lee vanishes from a Scottish seaside town, journalists Anna and Fin find themselves at the centre of an internet frenzy to find her…On a thrilling chase across Europe to discover what ha…
 
On the second episode of the podcast of Travis County Commissioner for Precinct One Jeffrey Travillion, Tip of the Iceberg, hosted by Hopeton Hay, the focus was on COVID initiatives for Travis County, and health services available east of I-35. The guest was JodyAnn McIntosh, who formerly served as a FUSE Executive Fellow within Travis County Healt…
 
Host Hopeton Hay interviews Jordan Calhoun, author of PICCOLO IS BLACK: A Memoir of Race, Religion, and Pop Culture. Jordan Calhoun is Editor in Chief at Lifehacker and The Takeout, and author of Piccolo Is Black: A Memoir of Race, Religion, and Pop Culture. His newsletter in The Atlantic, Humans Being, searches for lessons in the most popular movi…
 
Host Hopeton Hay discussed how peanuts developed into a cash crop and impacted slavery in colonial Senegal in his interview with Jori Lewis, author of SLAVES FOR PEANUTS: A Story of Conquest, Liberation, and a Crop That Changed History. Jori Lewis is an award–winning journalist who writes about agriculture and the environment. Her web site is https…
 
Host Hopeton Hay discusses the new novel AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT (published June 2022) with author John Vercher. AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT is “a harrowing and spellbinding story about family, the complications of mixed-race relationships, misplaced loyalties, and the price athletes pay to entertain.” Learn more about the book and author at https://ww…
 
Host Hopeton Hay discusses the new book SOMEWHERE WE ARE HUMAN: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings with its co-editor Reyna Grande (Sonia Guiñansaca also co-edited). The book is a unique collection of poems, and artwork by forty-one migrants, refugees, and Dreamers—including award-winning writers, artists, and activists—tha…
 
In his interview with acclaimed author Don Lee, host Hopeton Hay discussed the inspiration for his short collection THE PARTITION. The collection explores Asian American identity in settings across the U.S. and Asia. Learn more about THE PARTITION at http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/the-partition/. Host Hopeton Hay cab be contacted at hbh@divers…
 
Host Hopeton Hay interviews award winning author Elizabeth Nunez about her latest novel NOW LILA KNOWS. In NOW LILA KNOW Caribbean professor Lila Bonnard arrives in Vermont for a short-term teaching position and is forced to confront the terrible legacy of American (in)justice. In the novel, Lila says “I know the game they're playing…I suspect whit…
 
Host Hopeton Hay discusses the SOUTHERNIZATION OF AMERICA: Democracy in the Balance with authors Frye Gaillard and Cynthia Tucker. In the interview they discussed how they went from the optimism of the civil rights movement to their deep concerns with the political trends of today. Also they revealed how the 1974 book, THE AMERICANIZATION OF DIXIE …
 
My guest is James Lee Burke, author of the novel EVERY CLOAK ROLLED IN BLOOD. The novel is described on his web site as “IN HIS MOST AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL TO DATE, JAMES LEE BURKE CONTINUES THE EPIC HOLLAND FAMILY SAGA WITH A WRITER GRIEVING THE DEATH OF HIS DAUGHTER WHILE BATTLING EARTHLY AND SUPERNATURAL OUTLAWS.” More information on his book is…
 
My partners in crime, Austin writer Amanda Moore, Scott Montgomery of BookPeople, and Molly Odintz of CrimeReads.com, joined me as they do every month to discuss the books we are recommending from May. Our crime fiction picks for May 2022 are BREATHLESS by Amy McCulloch, EVERY CLOAK ROLLED IN BLOOD by James Lee Burke, MY SUMMER DARLINGS by May Cobb…
 
Sergio Troncoso’s first crime/thriller novel, NOBODY’S PILGRIMS, is about (from his web site) “Three runaway teenagers…chased in a road trip from the Texan frontera to New England, by a drug cartel planning to unleash chaos unto the country…A coming-of-age novel of literary fiction with a thriller twist, from preeminent Mexican-American author Serg…
 
CITY ON FIRE is the first of a planned trilogy on an Irish and Italian mob families based in Rhode Island. In our interview Winslow discussed how his novel is based in part on an epic poem by Roman poet Virgil, The Aeneid, written sometime between 30 and 19 BC. CITY ON FIRE’S protagonist, Danny Ryan, is based on the protagonist of the Aeneid, Aenea…
 
My guest is John Harris, co-author of a memoir of Hall of Fame football player, Edgerrin James, FROM GOLD TEETH TO GOLD JACKET: My Life in Football and Business. In his new memoir, James shares his unique, no-holds-barred perspective in becoming an all-time NFL great while also building a financial empire while raising six children. Edgerrin Harris…
 
On June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Austin Central Library, the Library Foundation and the PEN America Austin Chapter are partnering to host a discussion about The 1619 Project and free speech. I interviewed Timothy Staley, Executive Director of the Library Foundation and Jennifer M. Wilks, an English professor and director of the John L. Warfield Center fo…
 
Nancy Bilyeau’s latest novel, THE FUGUTIVE COLOURS, is set in a fascinating time in English history, the 1760s. Its protagonist, Genevieve, is a young married woman who finds herself entangled in a web of intrigues, spies, and deceit. A Huguenot living in Spitalfields, Genevieve one day receives a surprise invitation from an important artist. Grasp…
 
In Aaron Philip Clark’s novel, UNDER COLOR OF LAW, a black police detective in Los Angeles is assigned to investigate the murder of a black police recruit. Set during our current times, the novel explores the black communities deep concerns about police violence, racism, and discrimination. It is also about the many faces of Los Angeles, and the wa…
 
Teens Choice Book Show producer and host Maya Hay interviews Natalia Sylvester about her latest novel BREATHE AND COUNT BACK FROM TEN. In this novel, Verónica, a Peruvian-American teen with hip dysplasia, auditions to become a mermaid at a Central Florida theme park in the summer before her senior year, all while figuring out her first real boyfrie…
 
Welcome to first to the first episode of the monthly podcast of Travis County Commissioner Jeffrey Travillion hosted by Hopeton Hay. In the first episode we discuss how Commissioner Travillion’s involvement with the Austin NAACP shaped the development of his leadership skills. He also discussed some of the critical issues he addressed as its presid…
 
What an enlightening interview I had with Dillard University graduate, Tara T. Green, author of a stunning biography of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, a pioneering Black woman who actively addressed racial and gender inequalities as a writer, suffragette, educator, and activist in the late 19th and early 20th century. She was born in New Orleans in 1875 to a…
 
On this episode of Diverse Voices Book Review we had our crime fiction picks of the month with Scott Montgomery and Amanda Moore, but opened with an extended conversation with Gary Phillips, author of the novel ONE-SHOT-HARRY. Molly Odintz, who is part of the monthly crime fiction team, was not able to join us this month. In ONE-SHOT HARRY, freelan…
 
In his mix of genres in his collection of personal essays, TO THOSE BOUNDED, Donald Quist examines the perils of black manhood in America. He reflects on the fracturing of identity necessary to survive living in America. Quist mercilessly examines his experiences from childhood to marriage to death, and how it interacts with the American myth of ex…
 
Ladee Hubbard, the critically acclaimed author of The Rib King, returns with THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLDOUT, a collection of short stories including the title story written exclusively for this volume, that explore relationships in a Black neighborhood over the course from the late 1980s to the eve of Barack Obama’s inauguration. Her web site is https…
 
Scott Montgomery of BookPeople, Molly Odintz of CrimeReads, and crime fiction writer Amanda Moore joined me for our monthly recommendations of books we enjoyed. They were SECRET IDENTITY by Alex Segura, LIKE A SISTER by Kellye Garrett, ONE SHOT HARRY by Gary Phillips, and THE BOOK OF COLD CASES by Simone St. James. On Twitter, follow Molly Odintz a…
 
As part of the virtual Sixth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas, Austin writer Chaitali Sen organized and moderated the panel discussion, Debut Books of Fiction by Women of Color. The panel featured authors Yasmin Angoe, Dalia Azim, and Sindya Bhanoo. This is podcast is the recording of the live Zoom event. Chaitali Sen is the a…
 
On February 26 I moderated a live virtual panel conversation on the book CIVIL RIGHTS IN BLACK AND BROWN: : Histories of Resistance and Struggle in Texas. Published by University of Texas Press last year, it is based on over 500 oral history interviews collected across Texas from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods and everywhere in between. It starte…
 
My guest is Tim Todd, author, A GREAT MORAL AND SOCIAL FORCE: A History of Black Banks. Tim is an executive writer and historian with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He is the author of eight books on the history of banking and financial services, including A Great Moral and Social Force. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Tim was a jou…
 
Each month Hopeton Hay is joined by Scott Montgomery, Crime Fiction Coordinator of BookPeople, Molly Odintz, Senior Editor of CrimeReads.com, and Amanda Moore, an Austin based crime fiction writer, to discuss their favorite crime fiction and true crime books that were recently published. Here are our picks: GREENWICH PARK by Katherine Faulkner NOTE…
 
The guest is is Alex Segura, the bestselling and award-winning author of Secret Identity, which the New York Times called “wittily original” and named an Editor’s Choice. More information on the book is available at http://www.alexsegura.com/books/secret-identity/. Alex is also the author of Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall, the Pete Fernandez Miam…
 
This is a recording of a live Zoom panel discussion I moderated as part of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas on February 19, 2022, Underreported: Racial Violence on U.S. Mexico Border in Early 1900s. It featured writers of the book REVERBERATIONS OF RACIAL VIOLENCE: Critical Reflections On The History Of The Border. REVERBERATIONS OF RACIAL VIOLENCE…
 
My guest on Diverse Voices Book Review is acclaimed Houston playwright Celeste Bedford Walker. The author of over 40 plays, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Institute of Letters in 2021. Born and raised in Houston Texas, Celeste Bedford Walker attended Jack Yates High School and Texas Southern University, both hist…
 
My guest on Diverse Voices Book Review was Liliana Valenzuela, an award-winning poet and acclaimed Spanish translator of works by authors such as Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Denise Chavez, and many other writers. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection in two languages Codex of Love: Bendita Ternura(FlowerSong Books, 2020) and th…
 
What are the critical issues facing the Austin metro areas Black community that are inadequately covered by the local media? Local journalist Alberta Phillips moderated a discussion of these issues with Travis County Commissioner for Precinct One Jeffrey Travillion and journalist and civic leader Roxanne Evans. Some of the critical issues they disc…
 
Welcome to Black Perspectives the working title of my new monthly podcast on critical issues and history in the black community. It is sponsored in part by PEN America. In this inaugural episode, we feature an interview with Howard French, author of BORN IN BLACKNESS: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1461 to the Second World Wa…
 
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