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The KTEP Book Club on Perspectives is a weekly program that highlights best-selling authors, local authors, and independent authors of note. The show not only takes you into the books' characters but into the mind of the writer.  Crime, memoir, history, mystery...it's all covered on our popular program!

The USS Indianapolis was charged by President Truman to deliver the components of the atomic bomb, from California to the Pacific Islands. But shortly after they delivered the cargo, they were struck by Japanese torpedos, sinking the ship. This week we spoke with co-authors Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic, authors of Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man. They shared their stories of the horrible incident, survivors, and the legacy of the USS Indianapolis.

Would you write or read a book about things that embarrass you? Things like chin hair, or sweating! Well, Mara Altman has found that putting her shame on a page helps defuse the stigma of certain things. This week, we spoke with Altman about her latest book, Gross Anatomy.

Rosato and DiNunzio take pride in the fact that they're an all-female law firm. But, when three men announce they're suing the firm for sex discrimination, things get deadly. This week, we visited with New York Time's best-selling author, Lisa Scottoline and discussed her latest legal thriller, Feared.

It was perhaps one of the most troubling years in history. A year of assassinations, problems with North Korea and Vietnam. This week we visited with author Kyle Longley to discuss his book LBJ's 1968: Power, Politics and the Presidency in America's Year of Upheaval

The tornado has long captured our imaginations as one of nature's fiercest and inexplicable forces. This week, on part 1 of this 2-part Perspectives, we visited with Brantley Hargrove to discuss his latest work The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras. Then, Rus Bradburd joins us to discuss his incredible story about gun violence in West Chicago in his latest book All the Dreams We've Dreamed.

It's been almost a century since she wrote her first novel, but Agatha Christie continues to captivate her readers with her mystery novels. This week, we visited with New York Time's best-selling author Laura Thompson to discuss her latest work, Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life. 

We often hear stories of men going through mid-life crises buying sports cars or doing whatever it takes to make them feel young. But how about buying a sailboat and heading off to become a competitive sailor? On this week's two-part book club, we visit with historian Nathaniel Philbrick to discuss his book, Second Wind. Then, we switch gears and visit with the queen of thrillers, Lisa Gardner and her latest Look for Me.

In light of the recent Texas primaries, we feature two authors in this edition of Perspectives as their works explore past and present cultural/political climates. Steve Phillips, author of Brown in the New White, and Elaine Weiss, author of  The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, are our guests on this week's book club.

He was born into money and privilege, and the son of one of the most powerful journalists in Ohio. But Chester Seltzer was afflicted with wanderlust. This week we visited with UTEP alum and journalist, Robert Seltzer to discuss his book about the life of his wandering father who fell in love with Mexico and adopted the pen name Amado Muro.

It's no secret that J. Edgar Hoover hated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. From 1963-1968, COINTELPRO launched an aggressive legal, but mostly illegal surveillance against the Civil Rights Movement. New York Time's best selling author Steve Berry joins us again to discuss new thriller The Bishop's Pawn.

David Plante is an American novelist, diarist, and memoirist. Plante’s work, for which he has been nominated for the National Book Award, includes Difficult Women and the widely praised Francoeur Trilogy--The Family, The Country, and The Woods. Host Louie Saenz has the opportunity to speak with Plante about his latest novel, American Stranger.


Jeffrey Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and the founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He joins us this week to discuss his latest work, When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War.

Marta McDowell lives, writes and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Country Gardening and The New York Times. Scholars and specialists have read her essays on American authors and their horticultural interests in the journals Hortus and Arnoldia. McDowell joins us and shares details on her latest book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, which tells the tale of the plants and places of the beloved author of the Little House series.

Reading was a big part of the Cortez family, and Saturday's were "pancake days." On this week's book club, we visit with UTEP alumn and author, Phillip Cortez. He shares his memories of the Public Library's Bookmobile and how those Saturday pancake specials gave him the idea for his book Pancakes for Dinner.


A person who goes in for knee surgery is not supposed to come out in a vegetative state. When two medical students try and look into the matter, they run into a dangerous web controlled by high-dollar pharmaceutical companies and non-profit hospitals that turn out to be money mills. This week we hear all about the work of Dr. Robin Cook, author of Host.

Jeffrey Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and the founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He joins us this week to discuss his latest work, When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War.


Betty Boyd Caroli joins in conversation with host Louie Saenz to discuss her latest work, Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President.

In part one of this two-part edition of Perspectives, we visit with Daniel Golden, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and current senior editor for ProPublica. Golden talks about his latest book, Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America's Universities, which exposes how academia has become the center of foreign and domestic espionage. In part two, we hear from Alane Adams. Adams is a children's author, professor, and literacy advocate and is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens and writes Early American picture books for young children. She speaks about her latest work, The Raven God: The Legends of Orkney Series.

Author Linda Fairstein is a international best-selling author of a series of crime novels featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. Fairstein speaks to host Louie Saenz about her early ambition to become a writer and her background as a former prosecutor and how it helped inspired her novels. She discusses her newest novel Deadfall and her new book series for young readers. 

Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress and the author of Wherever You Go, There They Are. She is a New York Times best seller and a Thurber Prize finalist. She’s written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Hollywood Reporter

Joseph Finder is a New York Times bestselling author of fourteen suspense novels, including his latest novel "The Switch". Two of Finder's novels have been adapted into major motion pictures. 

Stephen Hunter is an award winning author and journalist. He has written over 20 novels including the Bob Lee Swagger Series. His latest novel "G-Man" is the most recent installment in that series. 

Les Staniford is a critically acclaimed author of 21 books including his latest work "Water to the Angels". He is He is the founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami and has received awards and recognition for his works including the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. 


Aired April 23, 2017

Blanche Weisen Cook is an award winning, New York Times best selling author and most notably the author a trilogy on Eleanor Roosevelt. Weisen Cook is also a distinguished Professor of history at John Jay College in the City University of New York. Her latest book is "Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3".


Aired April 2, 2017

Winston Groom is a best selling author of sixteen books including the New York Times bestseller "Forrest Gump" which stayed on the list for 21 weeks and was adapted into the film "Forrest Gump" starring Tom Hanks. Along with being a novelist Groom is also a renowned author of history. In his latest novel, "El Paso", Groom melds fiction with history telling the tale of a thrill-seeking Bostonian railroad tycoon who finds himself pitted against Pancho Villa amongst the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution. 


Aired March 19, 2017

Award winning author Tami Hoag joins the conversation on Perspectives this week. Known as the "Queen of Suspense", Hoag is a #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty books, more than 40 million copies of her book are in print in more than thirty languages. Her latest novel is "The Bitter Season". 


Aired March 12, 2017

On the first half of Perspectives, New York Times Best Selling author Sandra Brown joins to discuss her newest book "Sting". Brown is the author of 68 New York Times Best Sellers, she has more than a million copies of her books worldwide and her work has been translated into 34 languages.  

On the second half of Perspectives, New Your Times Bestselling author J.A. Jance dicusses her new book "Downfall", the latest installment in her Joanna Brady series. 


Aired March 5, 2017 

Hollie Overton talks about her childhood, how her Texas upbringing has influenced her work, and her journey to becoming a writer. Her first novel "Babydoll", a thriller, is already causing quite a stir catching the attention of authors such as  international best seller Tess Gerritsen. 

Dr. Nigel Hamilton is a historian and author of various biographies including biographies of President John F Kennedy and President Bill Clinton. On this episode of Perspectives Dr. Hamilton discusses his latest book "Commander in Chief: FDR's Battle with Churchill 1943". This most recent book is part two of the trilogy, "FDR at War". 

Aired Feb. 19, 2017

National Geographic editor Becky Baines joins host Louie Saenz to talk about the series, "The National Geographic Kids: Awesome 8", a picture countdown book geared towards children. "The Awesome 8" focuses on various categories from animals, history, inventions, sports and much more. 


Aired Feb. 5, 2017