A WORD ON WORDS, the long-running literary program created by Nashville Public Television, was hosted by the remarkable journalist John Seigenthaler for more than 40 years. John engaged our audiences with intelligent, thoughtful and surprising discussions about literature and the lives of authors. NPT is committed to building on this tradition of literary discussion with an exciting new version of A WORD ON WORDS. The updated format is designed to be accessible to more viewers on air, online and through our many community partners. This newly designed series of 3-minute programs, hosted by Nashville authors J.T. Ellison and Mary Laura Philpott, are fresh and contemporary, engaging viewers on books and literary topics while also introducing viewers to interesting locations around Nashville.

A WORD ON WORDS broadcasts on NPT Sundays at 10:26am, Thursdays at 7:26pm and throughout the NPT and NPT2 schedule.

Visit our archives to listen to A Word on Words with John Seigenthaler: http://www.nptinternal.org/productions/wow/.

Generous support for A WORD ON WORDS provided by Judy and Steve Turner.


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J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen critically acclaimed thrillers and is the co-author of the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. With over a million books in print, Ellison’s work has been published in twenty-five countries and thirteen languages. J.T. is also the founder of Two Tales Press, an independent publishing house, and The Wine Vixen, a wine review website. She lives with her husband and twin kittens in Nashville.

Web: JTEllison.com
Facebook: /JTEllison14
Twitter: @Thrillerchick


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Mary Laura Philpott is an essayist, author, cartoonist, and contributor to publications including The New York TimesThe Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Los Angeles Times, and Lit Hub. She is also the author and illustrator of the book Penguins with People Problems; the founding editor of Musing, the online magazine of Nashville’s independent bookstore, Parnassus Books; and a traveling speaker and moderator on all things literary. She lives in Nashville with her husband, two children, and two ill-behaved little dogs.

Web: marylauraphilpott.com
Facebook: /MaryLauraPhilpottAuthor
Twitter: @MaryLauraPh
Instagram: @MaryLauraPhilpott


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