We speak with Anne Ursu about her new book The Real Boy, which is an Indie Next Pick and was long-listed for the National Book Award. She is also the author of Breadcrumbs, acclaimed as one of the best books of 2011.
We also talk with Atina Diffley about her memoir Turn Here Sweet Corn, which won a Minnesota Book Award. In addition to being an award-winning author, she is an organic farmer-educator, consultant, public speaker and activist.
We talk with Katey Schultz about her new short story collection Flashes of War. She is a recipient of the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the North Carolina Humanities Council and a graduate of the Pacific University MFA in Writing Program.
We also chat with Matt Rasmussen about his new poetry collection Black Aperture, which won the 2012 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award.
Lynette reads poems and headnotes from the 1869 collection Christmas with the Poets, a scholarly collection published in London of the earliest known English poems associated with Christmas up to the 1860s. They include: Anglo Saxon Carols, Boar's Head Carols, In Praise of Ale, several Shakespeare poems and several Holly and Ivy Poems.
We also visit with Amy Tan – a rebroadcast of her interview with Ian, in which she discusses her newest book The Valley of Amazement.
We speak with Karen Hering about her new book Writing to Wake the Soul, offering a contemplative practice of writing that engages memory and imagination, story and poetry, images and the timeless wisdom of world religions and mythology.
We also speak with Will Alexander about his novel for young readers Goblin Secrets, which won the National Book Award. He is also the author of Ghoulish Song, which, like Goblin Secrets, is set in the magical city of Zombay.