We speak with poet Ed Bok Lee about his second collection of poetry, Whorled. Ed Bok Lee’s previous collection of poetry, Real Karaoke People, was a 2008 Poetry Foundation National Bestseller in Poetry.
We also speak with Ellen Lansky about her debut novel, Golden Jeep, a book that is part family drama, and part a coming-of-age story as the heroine, Lucy Glass, contends with a birth in the face of death.
We speak with Bill Watkins about the re-release of the first two volumes of his memoir, A Celtic Childhood and Scotland Is Not for the Squeamish. The third volume of his memoir is The Once and Future Celt.
We also chat with the Baroness Ruth Rendell about her new novel, The Vault. Rendell, whom Time magazine called “the best mystery writer in the English-speaking world” is considered one of the greatest crime fiction writers ever. Her remarkable career has spanned more than 40 years. The Vault is a sequel (of sorts) to Rendell’s 1999 novel, A Sight for Sore Eyes.
We speak with Peter Smith about his new book A Cavalcade of Lesser Horrors. Peter Smith is a 30-year veteran of Twin Cities advertising and a regular contributor to Morning Edition on Minnesota Public Radio. He writes magazine features, fiction and occasional op-ed pieces, and is the author of A Porch Sofa Almanac.
Also, we chat with Penny Noyce, author of the children’s book Lost in Lexicon and Desiree Bussiere, marketing director for Scarletta Press. They will both be participating in this year’s Midwest Booksellers Association Conference in St. Paul September 22-23.
Sharon Kay Penman calls in to talk about her novel, Lionheart, the critically acclaimed story of Richard the Lionheart, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Carla Hagen also joins us to talk about her debut novel, Hand Me Down My Walking Cane. Set in a small town on the Minnesota border with Canada during the 1930’s Prohibition, it follows a young man sent there to photograph the poverty of his childhood neighbors. Carla Hagen is also the co-host of KFAI’s Corazon Latino.