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. For broadcast schedule visit To stream these programs visit or to stream oniTunes click on the iTunesU tab on this website.

Episode 1 - Tom Franklin
Currently teaching writing at the University of Mississippi, the author of several novels and short story collections grew up in Clark County, Alabama and worked in blue collars jobs while putting himself through college. He talks about his life and his latest two novels Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and Hell at the Breech. 

Episode 2 - Marshall Chapman
The one time South Carolina debutant who became a successful and prolific singer-songwriter in Nashville talks about her tumultuous life in the 1960’s and ‘70’s detailed in her first book, Goodbye Little Rock and Roller. She partied and became friends with country musicians including Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson who are featured in her second book, They Came to Nashville.

Episode 3 - Barbara Brown Taylor
The guest is a former Episcopal pastor who attracted wide attention for her first book Leaving the Church. She left her pulpit but not her faith. Her second memoir, An Altar in the World is about finding the spiritual in everyday life and human interaction. 
Episode 4 - Inman Majors
The author of four books discusses his life and writing including Wonder Dog set in Tuscaloosa and Love’s Winning Plays a satire of SEC football culture which he learned first-hand as the nephew of former Tennessee coach Johnny Majors. 

Episode 5 - Judith Ortiz Cofer
Growing up this author led two lives. She lived part of the year with her mother and military father in New Jersey and part with her grandmother in her native Puerto Rico. The experiences have fueled a dozen books in several genres including the novel, The Meaning of Consuelo and a memoir, Silent Dancing. 

Episode 6 - Homer Hickam 
Most famous for his partly autobiographical novel Rocket Boys which was made into the film October Skies, the West Virginia native was former NASA engineer. His many works include: The Dinosaur Hunter: a novel, Red Helmet, and Sky of Stone: A Memoir. 

Episode 7 - Jill McCorkle
A North Carolina native who made her debut with the publication of two books--The Cheer Leader, and July 7th teaches at North Carolina State, and lives in Hillsborough, NC. Her latest novel is Life After Life.

Episode 8 - Al Elmore
Originally from Mississippi the author has lived an adventurous life. In addition to writing he has worked as a college professor, a playwright and theater owner, and a lawyer, including a stint as a public defender in Las Vegas. The author of Two Loving Couples and An End to War, his latest is Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and analysis of its language and biblical references. He teaches at Athens State University in north Alabama.

Episode 9 - Margaret Wrinkle
A Yale educated Birmingham native who is a teacher and filmmaker as well as an author. Her documentary feature Broken Ground about race relations in her hometown was featured on NPR. Her newly released novel Wash centers on a slave in early 1800’sTennessee and his journey to find spirituality in a dehumanizing environment. 

Episode 10 - Nick Taylor
A North Carolina native now living in New York who as a non-fiction writer has been prolific and diverse. Sins of the Father is about a mobster in the witness protection program. American Made is his latest about the history of the New Deal’s WPA program. He has also written biographies of John Glenn and Gordon Gould, the inventor of the laser, and a book on the culture of Bass Fishing.

Episode 11 - Therese Fowler
Born in Illinois the author traveled extensively as a military wife. Reading was a solace in times of strife, and led to an MFA and a career in writing. Her latest novel, her fourth, is Z, the fictionalized biography of Zelda Fitzgerald.

Episode 12 - Gay Talese
The distinguished New York based author of Honor Thy Father about mafia life, Thy Neighbor’s Wife about marriage and changing morality, and The Kingdom and the Power, a behind the scenes view of the New York Times. He worked for the Times earlier in his career writing noted pieces on Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio among others. He got his start writing for the student newspaper at the University of Alabama. His latest is The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese.

Episode 13 - Cassandra King
A novelist who writes with eloquence and insight about the experience of living as a women in the South. Her first book Making Waves in Zion was published in 1995. The Sunday Wife followed in 2002, The Same Sweet Girls in 2005, and Queen of Broken Hearts in 2006. Her latest is Moonrise. She was born in south Alabama and now lives with her husband Pat Conroy in the Low Country of South Carolina.

Episode 14 - Daniel Wallace
Daniel Wallace’s novel Big Fish was turned into a successful motion picture by Tim Burton and is now to be a Broadway musical. Wallace has also produced a short film from his short story Full Boat and has a new fanciful, mythical novel The Kings and Queens of Roam. This interview was recorded at The Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, Alabama.

Episode 15 - Sena Jeter Naslund
After several volumes of fiction, Sena Jeter Naslund had her first great success with Ahab’s Wife. Since then she has published Four Spirits, Adam and Eve, and Abundance. The latter focuses on the life of Marie Antoinette. Her new novel, The Fountain of St. James Court explores the lives of both the real 
life artist who painted the French queen and a fictional writer who writes her novel telling the painter’s