Episode 20: Linda Kass

That Word Chat with Editor Mark Allen welcomes author and independent bookstore owner Linda Kass on October 20.


Kass is the founder and owner of Gramercy Books, an independent bookstore in central Ohio. She began her career as a magazine writer and correspondent for regional and national publications, including TIME, The Detroit Free Press, Columbus Monthly, Full Grown People, The MacGuffin, Jewish Literary Journal, and Kenyon Review Online. She is the author of two historical World War II novels, both inspired by true events: A Ritchie Boy (September 1, 2020), interconnected stories that reveal one young immigrant’s journey in America during World War II that was named by Indie booksellers as an Ingram best indie when it was released; and Tasa’s Song (2016), which Publishers Weekly called “a memorable tale of unflinching courage in the face of war—and the power of love and beauty to flourish amid its horrors.”


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Episode 3 (April 21): Roy Peter Clark

Episode 4 (April 28): Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett

Episode 5 (May 5): Ellen Jovin and Brandt Johnson

Episode 6 (May 12): David Crystal

Episode 7 (May 19) Ammon Shea and Peter Sokolowski

Episode 8 (May 26) Lynne Murphy

Episode 9 (June 9): Karen Yin

Episode 10 (June 16): Mignon Fogarty

Episode 11 (June 23): Jesse Sheidlower (with special guest Colleen Newvine)

Episode 12 (June 30): Jane Friedman

Episode 13 (July 14): Stan Carey and James Harbeck of Strong Language

Episode 14 (July 28): Steve Bien-Aime

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Episode 16 (August 25): Alaina Lavoie and Caroline Tung Richmond of We Need Diverse Books

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Episode 18 (September 22): The Quad: Erin Brenner, Sarah Grey, Katharine O'Moore-Klopf,
Adrienne Montgomerie, Lori Paximadis, Laura Poole, Amy Schneider

Episode 19 (October 6): Carol Saller

Episode 20 (October 20): Linda Kass of Gramercy Books

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