August 2012 Write On! Radio Archives

What a show! We have two New York Times bestselling authors – Amanda Foreman and Antonia Felix.

We speak with Amanda Foreman about her bestseller, A World On Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War — named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and more. She is also the author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire, which was adapted for the screen as The Duchess.

We chat with John Coates, author of The Hour between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings, and the Biology of Boom and BustKirkus Reviews describes it as "an in-depth look at how financial risk-taking is linked to human biology, especially to the testosterone levels of young male traders, and the implications of this phenomenon for financial markets and the wider economy." If you want to understand how we think, this book goes a long way toward explaining it.

We speak with Steve Kemper, author of A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles through Islamic Africa, the story of near-forgotten explorer Heinrich Barth.  The book has been praised by Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe, among others.  Steve Kemper is also the author of Code Name Ginger (about the Segway), which was selected for Barnes and Noble's Discover Great New Writers award, and he has written for many national publications, including Smithsonian and National Geographic.

We speak with Pendred Noyce about her newest novel for children, The Ice Castle: An Adventure in Music.  A continuation of her award-winning fantasy, Lost in Lexicon, in this story Ivan and Daphne return to Lexicon and must track their cousin Lila through the frozen landscape to the Land of Winter where social status and freedom are determined by how well one sings.