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GCL Book Club

For intelligent, candid conversations with authors of all genres, tune in to the Gulf Coast Life Book Club with Cary Barbor. Listen in on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 1 pm and 9 pm on WGCU FM.

Latest Episodes
  • Dr. Yungman Kwak is a Korean ob-gyn who immigrated to the US after the Korean War and took up his practice in the rural Minnesota town of Horse’s Breath. Now, toward the end of his career, the foundation he’s built is shifting. Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s new novel The Evening Hero is Kwak’s story.
  • Six Kentucky nuns set up a hospital in India in 1947. Jyoti Thottam wrote the history in Sisters of Mokama and we talk to her on GCL Book Club.
  • Alison Espach discusses her outstanding new coming-of-age novel Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance.
  • This time on the GCL Book Club, we hear from Sarah Weinman about her gripping new book Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him Free.
  • Grant Ginder's comic novel Let's Not Do That Again explores family life within a turbulent political framework.
  • This week, we listen back to one of our favorite GCL Book Club conversations of the year. Poet and journalist Clint Smith’s How the Word is Passed, A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, is essential reading.
  • Essayist Laurie Easter writes about grief and loss as well as love and redemption.
  • This week we hear from former This American Life producer Stephanie Foo, who talks about her compelling memoir What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma.
  • This astute and riveting collection of linked short stories explores who has power and who does not in Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Kate Bowler joins us to talk about her two memoirs—No Cure For Being Human and Everything Happens For a Reason and Other Lies I Have Loved—on the Gulf Coast Life Book Club.