Our first guest is Alexander McCall Smith, author of many beloved novels of mystery and practical philosophy, including The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, featuring Precious Ramotswe, and also the Isabel Dalhousie series. He talks with Janis Lane-Ewart about his newest book, The Lost Art of Gratitude.
Also in this week’s show, we talk with James King about his novel, Bill Warrington’s Last Chance. The story of an old man’s search for redemption, it was the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winner.
On Tuesday, November 9th, we welcome to the studio multiple Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Lois McMaster Bujold, who will talk about Cryoburn, her newest novel in the Vorkosigan / Naismith series.
Also in this week’s show, we talk with children’s book author and illustrator David LaRochelle, whose book The Best Pet of All was recently read out loud at the White House. He’s also written Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet and 1+1=5 and Other Unlikely Additions.
We talk with Sharon Chmielarz about her newest collection of poetry, Calling. Sharon Chmielarz is the author of seven books of poetry and her poems have been published in The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, and Notre Dame Review, among others. She will be reading Tuesday night at ArtStart Gallery in St. Paul and at Micawber’s Books Thursday, November 18th at 7 p.m.
Also in this week’s show, Carolyn Crane joins us in the studio to talk about her novel Double Cross. It’s the second installment of her urban fantasy trilogy that began with the book Mind Games.
Our show for Tuesday, November 23rd features three guests involved with St. Cloud-based North Star Press, now in its 42nd year.
Corinne Dwyer, editor and publisher at North Star, calls in to talk about her Minnesota-based science fiction novel Harris’s Ark.
Cartoonist, artist, and filmmaker Charley Murphy also joins us to talk about his novel Cute Eats Cute, a comic story for both adults and young adults.
Nancy Baker also joins us in studio to talk about her novel Magel’s Daughter, a dark comedy of deadly manipulations and subterfuge of matriarchal power within a Norwegian family in Minnesota, with a touch of magical realism.
Nicole Krauss talks about her newest book, Great House, a soaring, powerful novel about memory struggling to create a meaningful permanence in the face of inevitable loss. Nicole Krauss is also the author of The History of Love and in 2010 The New Yorker named her one of the 20 best writers under 40.
Also in this show, poet Jen March joins us to talk about her collection of poetry SWIM, and poetry-film premier for SWIM (which she directed with Peter Hogan), as well as a launch for the Co-Kisser poetry-film production company and website. It all happens beginning at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2nd, at Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis.