Renowned writer Lorna Landvik joins us in the first half of the show. Lorna Landvik is the author of several novels, among them Patty Jane’s House of Curl, Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, and The View from Mount Joy.
Also this week, Stephanie Wilbur Ash joins us to talk about the new edition of The Electric Arch Radio Show at the Ritz Theater, Powder Keg Live! More information about the show can be found at www.electricarcradio.com:http://www.electricarcradio.com. Stephanie Wilbur Ash’s fiction has appeared in Mississippi Review, River City, and Rake Magazine. She is at work on a novel about a woman C.P.A. who falls for a high school vocational agriculture teacher.
Carolyn Crane joins us to talk about her debut urban fantasy novel Mind Games, which is the first book in the Justine Jones Disillusionist trilogy. Her second novel in the series, Double Cross, comes out in September 2010.
Mary Sharratt joins us to talk about her new novel Daughters of the Witching Hill, which is set in Lancashire, England, during the infamous witch trials of 1612. She is also the author of The Vanishing Point and The Real Minerva, which won the 2005 WILLA Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction.
Performance poet J. Otis Powell! phones in to talk about the re-release of his spoken word CD Theology: Love and Revolution.
Also in this show, Peter Hessler talks about his book Country Driving: A Journey through China from Farm to Factory. Peter Hessler is also the author of the Kiriyama Book Prize-winning River Town, which explored China’s changing sense of geography, and Oracle Bones , a National Book Award finalist that examines the role of history in contemporary China. Country Driving, exploring the impact of the automobile and the improved road system in China, completes the trilogy.
On Thursday, April 22nd, celebrated author Alexander McCall Smith talks about his newest book, The Double Comfort Safari Club, the newest installment in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series, which introduced readers to Precious Ramotswe.
Also this week, Christopher Valen joins us to talk about his thriller, The Black Minute, which is a finalist for a Midwest Book Award, and which features the fictional detective John Santana of the St. Paul Police Department.
On Thursday, April 29th, Ian interviews two publishers about how they are dealing with America’s poor record of getting the work of other countries into translation for American readers. Jill Schoolman from Archapeligo Books, and Martin Riker from Dalkey Archive will have plenty to say on the subject.