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Episode 101: James Tate Hill, Academy Gothic


This week’s book was the winner of the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel, sponsored and funded by Southeast Missouri State University. James Tate Hill‘s book is both a detective novel and an academic satire, set at a small private college where the dean has either killed himself or (more likely) been murdered.


We try our best to talk about the book without giving away any plot spoilers. We also talk about the conventions of detective novels, and the vagaries of academic life.

In the second half of the show we’ve got a new installment of Raccoon News, which this week features some historical raccoon news. Plus we pay another visit to the NaNoWriMo forums to answer questions about how college kids talk, what tweens are like, and how to make friends.

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4 thoughts on “Episode 101: James Tate Hill, Academy Gothic

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  3. The author of this book, James Tate Hill has a fascinating article here about his seeing disability and how he figured out how to do live readings. You should check it out

    • Thanks for sharing, Chris – it is really interesting, especially after having seen James at a reading in Philly, and how seamlessly he pulls it off.

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