March 2010 Write On! Radio Archives

Jay Parini calls in to talk about his fiction writing. A prolific author of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, his 1990 book The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy’s Last Year was recently made into a movie that was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actress for Helen Mirren and Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Plummer.

Also on this show, we talk with Kim Harrison, author of Black Magic Sanction, the newest adventure in her bestselling series featuring bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan.

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Mark Mills calls in from the UK to talk about his third novel, The Information Officer, a novel of suspense, with a love story, set in the Mediterranean on the island of Malta during World War II. Mark Mills’s previous novels are Amagansett and The Savage Garden.

Also on this program, acclaimed author Kathleen Norris joins us in the studio to talk about her newest book, Acedia Me: Marriage, Monks, and a Writer’s Life. Kathleen Norris is also the author of The Cloister Walk, Dakota: A Spiritual Life, and Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, among others.

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Thursday, March 18th, Swati Avasthi talks about her debut YA novel Split. Swati Avasthi is a graduate student in the University of Minnesota’s MFA program. Kirkus, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and School Library Journal have all praised her unique story of a young man’s journey after his escape from domestic abuse. Visit her at www.swatiavasthi.com:http://www.swatiavasthi.com or follow her at www.swatiavasthi.blogspot.com:http://www.swatiavasthi.blogspot.com.

Also on this show, Timothy Kehoe talks about The Unusual Mind of Vincent Shadow. Tim Kehoe is the inventor of numerous toy products, including the world’s first colored bubbles, called Zubbles, and he was recently named one of America’s 100 Best by Reader’s Digest. -The Unusual Mind of Vincent Shadow_ is Tim’s debut children’s book about a young inventor. Visit him online at www.timkehoe.com:http://www.timkehoe.com.

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Connie Willis talks about her science fiction/historical novel Blackout. Connie Willis is the author of many book awards, including 10 Hugo awards and 6 Nebula awards.

In the second half of the show, several writers featured in the University of Minnesota’s First Books event join us to talk about their work. Among them are Laura Flynn, author of Swallow the Ocean; Michael Medrano, author of Born in the Cavity of Sunsets; Michael Walsh, author of The Dirt Riddles; Peter Bognanni, author of The House Tomorrow; and Lightsey Darst, author of Find the Girl. They are reading Thursday, March 25th, at 7 p.m. in the AI Johnson Great Room in the McNamara Alumni Center.

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