November 2011 Write On! Radio Archives

Leah Hagar Cohen talks with us about her fourth novel The Grief of Others, which The New York Times calls her best work yet.

Also on this week’s show, we talk with J. Otis Powell! about his upcoming project, Duende and the Sound of Soul, which he will perform with Alexs Pate, Louis Alemayehu, e.g. bailey, Andrea Jenkins, Leah Nelson, and musicians Tom Kanthak and Katherine Pehrson November 14th.

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Anthony Doerr talks with us about his collection of stories, Memory Wall+, which has won numerous prizes and was named a Notable Book of 2010 by _The New York Times.

Peter Campion also joins us to talk about his new collection of Poems – The Lions. He is also the author of a collection of poems called Other People. In addition to winning a Pushcart Prize for his work, he has recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Also with us will be Julie Schumacher, whose first novel, The Body Is Water, was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She and Peter will be promoting Charles Baxter’s annual Benefit for Hunger on November 15.

Tuesday, November 15th, Marly Cornell joins us to talk about her book, The Able Life of Cody Jane: Still Celebrating. It’s a memoir of life with her daughter, Cody Jane, who despite being born with spina bifida lived a full life into her thirties.

Also joining us this week will be poet Paul Dickinson and comedian Mary Mack to talk about the upcoming installment of the Riot Act Reading series. Paul Dickinson, formerly of the legendary punk rock/art venue Speedboat Gallery and the Electric Arc Radio Company, has co-hosted Riot Act since 2006. Mary Mack has appeared on the Bob and Tom Radio Show, XM’s National Lampoon’s Comedy Network, and Minnesota’s Polka Spotlight. She won the 2005 California’s Funniest Female Contest, and had her national TV debut on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

N.M Kelby stops by the studio to talk about her newest book, the yummy White Truffles in Winter, a novel about the great French chef Auguste Escoffier. It’s an Indie NEXT pick and BookPage’s Top Fiction Pick for November.

Also this week, we chat with Elizabeth Searle, Alan Davis and Kevin Carollo, who have all written about terrorism or tragedy and its aftermath. They recently toured to discuss the common elements in their writing.

Elizabeth Searle is the author of the novel Girl Held in Home as well as A Four-Sided Bed, which was nominated for an American Library Association Book Award.

Alan Davis is the author of the short story collection So Bravely Vegetative. He teaches in the MFA programs at Fairfield University and Minnesota State University, Moorhead. His two previous short story collections both won the MVP Competition. He has also won two Fulbrights, a Loft-McKnight Award, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship.

Kevin Carollo also teaches at MSU, Moorhead. He has published poems in Conduit, Court Green, Cranky, Lungfull!, Ellipsis, and elsewhere.

Poet Gerry LaFemina talks about his newest book of poetry, Vanishing Horizon. He is currently the Director of the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing in Frostburg, Maryland. Before his career as a poet and professor, he was the lead singer of the hardcore punk band Expletive Deleted and the ska band Tom Collins and the Cocktail Shakers.

Also, we chat with Jason Skipper about his debut novel Hustle, featuring an alcoholic ex-con man grandfather who has has hustled for money and now redemption, his restless, philandering seafood salesman son who has has hustled for women and now hustles for love of a different sort, and his hopeful musician grandson struggling to make up for their past and somehow set course for the future.