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Podcast Interview with NYT bestselling author Patti Callahan

Written By Brad Hill

FEBRUARY 8, 2022


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This season begins with an incredible guest and author, the lovely Patti Callahan Henry.

What an honor to have Patti with us to kick off this season on The Storied Outdoors.

Patti is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sixteen novels and podcast host. She is the recipient of The Christy Award — A 2019 Winner “Book of the Year”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020 and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019. She is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. Patti is also a contributor to the weekly life lesson essay column for Parade Magazine. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.

Along with all of Patti's accolades, she brings a wealth of knowledge about one of our favorite authors, C.S. Lewis. Having written two Lewis-adjacent books, Patti has an extensive knowledge of the more intricate details of Lewis' life. It was so fun to pick her brain about a shared literary hero of ours.

We also dive into her other writings and discuss how place is such an important part of every story. She writes, “Landscape holds our collective memories in the curve of its hand. Offering them to us whenever we pay attention and at the same time we hold landscapes in the hidden places of our individual memories and stories.” We know you will enjoy this episode with Patti Callahan Henry as much as we did.

Be sure to follow her online with the links below and buy her books as well! Her books are available wherever books are sold.

Follow Patti on her website

Follow Patti on Instagram @pattichenry

Follow Patti on her Youtube

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Music Written and Recorded by Brad Hill






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About the hosts

The Storied Outdoors

Bryan and Brad, long time friends, dreamed up “The Storied Outdoors” in the spring of 2020 on a fly fishing trip to Blue Ridge, Ga. Inspired by listening to a fly fishing audiobook on the way by essayist, John Gierach, they realized they too had stories to tell of the great outdoors. After fleshing out the details, the result was the birth of a podcast that included reading essays about faith, life, and adventures outdoors—a combination of Bryan’s experience as a writer and Brad’s experience with all things audio and both of their loves for the outdoors. In addition to reading essays, they will interview like-minded men and women who have great stories of being outdoors.

The tagline, “A podcast that is somewhere between Lewis and Tolkien and Lewis and Clark,” is not a claim to be the masters of writing like Lewis and Tolkien or experienced explorers like Lewis and Clark. But the influence of these men is evident in Bryan and Brad’s life with their love of literature and their desire to find clarity through adventures. WEBSITE

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