We speak with author Bart Schneider about his newest Augie Boyer mystery, Nameless Dame: Murder on the Russian River. Bart Schneider was the founding editor of Hungry Mind Review and Speakeasy Magazine, and he has written a collection of poetry as well as four previous novels. He will be reading April 10 at Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis and April 12 at Micawber’s in St. Paul.
We also chat with surprise guest Jules Nyquist about her poetry and how important it is to support KFAI and Write On! Radio — a unique community-based radio station and a fantastic program unlike any other around the country.
We speak with Winona State University professor Colette A. Hyman about her new book, Dakota Women’s Work: Creativity, Culture, & Exile, which explores the changes in the lives of Dakota women, starting before the arrival of whites and moving beyond the U.S.-Dakota War. She is also the author of Staging Strikes: Workers’ Theatre and the American Labor Movement.
In the second half of the show, we chat with poet and bestselling author Rita Mae Brown about her newest Mrs. Murphy mystery, The Big Cat Nap. She is the author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series, the Sister Jane series and a number of other novels, including Rubyfruit Jungle. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award for her screenplay writing.
Poet Richard Broderick joins us to talk about a new theater endeavor at Celtic Junction in St. Paul April 27-28 with the Celtic Players, a new non-profit theatre group exploring Celtic heritage across the world. A wee bit about their playlist: it is “not confined only to the Celtic Fringe countries and regions (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany etc.), but also sounds its magical enchantments in the works of Shakespeare (particularly, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet), and the Arthurian lyrics of Alfred Lord Tennyson.”
We also talk with Alethea Black about her debut collection of short stories, I Knew You’d Be Lovely. It was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and was an Oprah.com Book of the Week. More information is available at AletheaBlack.com.
We speak with Jonah Lehrer his book Imagine: How Creativity Works. He is a Contributing Editor at Wired and the author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist. He has written for The New Yorker, Nature, Seed, and is a Contributing Editor at Scientific American Mind and National Public Radio’s Radio Lab.
We also talk with novelist Roma Calatayud-Stocks about her book A Song in My Heart. It’s a work of historical fiction about a young woman born into a privileged bicultural family in Minneapolis of 1902 who finds music is the perfect expression of her own artistic inclinations, emotions, and ambitions. As a young pianist and budding composer, she is affected by legendary composers and Minnesota’s musical pioneers and resolves to become an orchestral conductor despite the obstacles.