About

A Word on Words with John Seigenthaler, 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.

These 3-minute episodes, hosted by Nashville authors J.T. Ellison and Mary Laura Philpott, engage viewers on books and literary topics set on a backdrop of exciting, Nashville locations.

Find A Word on Words on NPT’s main channel, Sundays at 10:26 am and Thursdays at 7:26 pm or watch the episodes anytime.

View our archive of A Word on Words with John Seigenthaler.

Generous support for A Word on Words is provided by
Judy and Steve Turner.


A Word on Words Hosts

J.T. Ellison

J.T. Ellison A Word on Words Host NPT

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty 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-seven countries and sixteen 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.

Mary Laura Philpott

Mary Laura Philpott A Word on Words Host NPT

Mary Laura Philpott is the author of the memoir-in-essays I Miss You When I Blink and an essayist who has written for publications including The New York TimesThe Washington Post, Lit Hub, The Paris Review Daily, and O, the Oprah Magazine. 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 family.


Nashville Public Television

Nashville Public Television, Nashville’s PBS station, is available free and over-the-air to nearly 2.4 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky viewing area.

NPT’s three broadcast channels are NPT, the main channel; secondary channel NPT2; and NPT3, a 24/7 PBS Kids channel. NPT is also available to anyone in the world through its array of NPT digital services, including wnpt.org, YouTube channels and the PBS video app.

NPT provides, through the power of traditional television and interactive digital communications, quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which thereby help improve the lives of those we serve.

WNPT, Nashville’s independent nonprofit PBS station, is operated by licensee Nashville Public Television, Inc.

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