Talking with Authors

Fiona Davis: “The Lions of Fifth Avenue”

September 10, 2020 HEC Media
Talking with Authors
Fiona Davis: “The Lions of Fifth Avenue”
Show Notes

This is the thirtieth episode of "Talking with Authors" by HEC Media and HEC Books. We're a program dedicated to speaking with some of the best selling authors around, covering many different genres.

We’re excited to be able to come back to you after an unplanned hiatus due to the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020. Since no authors were able to travel, and our partners at the St. Louis County Library and Left Bank Books were physically closed in the early days of social distancing, we were unable to conduct many of the scheduled interviews that we had planned.  But, after the initial weeks of the global shutdown, we were able to set up remote video interviews with many authors. And in the coming weeks, we’ll be providing you with the audio of these interviews. The sound quality may be slightly different than our previous podcasts, but they all still contain the great content that you’ve come to expect.

Our guest this time is bestselling author Fiona Davis. We spoke with her via Zoom in July of 2020 about her latest book “The Lions of Fifth Avenue” by publisher Penguin Random House.

Her novels all follow a theme, each is a work of historical fiction based around a building in New York City. Her settings have ranged from the Dakota Apartments in the 1880s, to Grand Central Terminal in the 1920s, to the Chelsea Hotel in the 1950s. In “The Lions of Fifth Avenue” her setting is, of course, the New York Public Library. She discusses her writing process as well as how the New York Public Library’s fascinating collections and history have influenced her latest novel on this edition of Talking with Authors from HEC Media and HEC Books.

HEC Media is a production company out of St. Louis, Missouri.  With the help of independent bookstore Left Bank Books and St. Louis County Library, we are able to sit down with these amazing writers and thought leaders to discuss their work, their inspiration, and what makes them special. You can watch video versions of most of our interviews at

Producer – Julie Winkle
Host – Ashley Hasty
Video Editor – Peter Foggy
Audio Editor- Ben Smith
Production Support – Jayne Ballew and Christina Chastain
HEC Media Executive Director - Dennis Riggs
Talking with Authors Podcast Executive Producer - Christina Chastain
Podcast Producer – Paul Langdon
Podcast Host - Rod Milam

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