Write On Radio

We speak with Sequoia Nagamatsu about his story collection Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone, a collection of twelve fabulist and genre-bending stories inspired by Japanese folklore, historical events, and pop culture. His work has in appeared in many publications, including Lightspeed MagazineThe Fairy Tale Review, and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories. He teaches creative writing at St. Olaf

We also talk with Gary W. Evans about his debut novel Death by Drowning, inspired by the series of drownings of young men near college campuses in the 1990s and 2000s. He has spent 30 years in Midwest newsrooms as an award-winning writer, editor and publisher.

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We speak with Andrea Swensson about her new book Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound. She is an author, radio host, and music journalist. She hosts a weekly program about the Minnesota music scene, The Local Show, at Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current and contributes to the Local Current Blog. Prior to joining MPR, she was the music editor at City Pages, where she founded the AAN AltWeekly Award-winning Gimme Noise music blog

We also talk with James Rollins about his new Sigma Force novel The Demon Crown. His bestselling thrillers have been translated into 40 languages and they all explore some element of the real world in addition to maintaining their breakneck pace. His most recent works are The Seventh PlagueThe Bone Labyrinth, and The 6th Extinction.

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On May 22nd, Liz talks with John Copenhaver about his new book Dodging and Burning: A Mystery.  His short fiction has appeared in Glitterwolf Magazine, Roanoke Review, and Gaslight, the Lambda Emerging Voices Anthology. He won the 2015 Larry Neal Writers’ award for short fiction, and was first runner-up in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest and the Narrative Magazine Winter Story Contest. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Ian interviews Brian Freeman about his latest book in the The Jonathan Stride series Alter Ego.  Brian Freeman writes psychological thrillers that have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. His novel Spilled Blood won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards, and his novel The Burying Place was a finalist for the same award. Other winners of this award have included authors Lisa Gardner, John Sandford, and Stephen King.

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Paul talks with Kristin Hannah about her most recent novel The Great Alone. The novel, an epic love story and intimate family drama set in Alaska in the turbulent 1970's is a daring, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival and the wildness that lives in both nature and man. Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People's Choice award for best fiction in the same year

Steve also speaks with Kaethe Schwehn about her debut novel The Rending and the Nest. Her memoir, Tailings, won the 2015 Minnesota Book Award for creative nonfiction and her chapbook of poems, TANKA & ME, was selected by Kiki Petrosino for the Mineral Point Chapbook Series. Schwehn is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and currently teaches at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-05-08.mp3
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Steve talks with Chris Clearfield about Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It, which he wrote with Andras Tilcsik. The book reveals why ugly designs make us safer, why teams with fewer experts are better at managing risk, and why diversity is one of our best safeguards against failure. The result is an eye-opening, empowering, and entirely original work. Chris Clearfield is a former derivatives trader who worked in New York, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. He is a licensed commercial pilot and a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied physics and biology. Chris has written about complexity and failure for The Guardian, Forbes, and the Harvard Kennedy School Review. He lives in Seattle.

Conor talks with Steve Toutonghi about his new book Side Life. Set in Seattle, Steve Toutonghi's second novel is a dazzling, intriguing, and philosophical blend of literary science fiction. A native of Seattle, Steve Toutonghi studied fiction and poetry while completing a BA in Anthropology at Stanford. After various professional forays, he began a career in technology that led him from Silicon Valley back to Seattle. He is the author of a previous novel, Join.

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We speak with D. Laszlo Conhaim about his new adventure novel Comanche Captive. He is also the author of Autumn Serenade. In 1995, Conhaim co-founded The Prague Revue, the longest-running literary journal to serve the community of international writers in Prague

We also talk with James Tucker about his debut novel Next of Kin, a Detective Buddy Lock mystery. He is a Minneapolis attorney who was awarded a fiction position at the Loft’s Mentor series and attended the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Tin House Writers’ Workshop in Portland.

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In this episode of Write On! Radio, Paul talks with Dan Darling about his new novel Aracheopteryx. Currently, he teaches English composition, creative writing, and literature at Normandale College in the Twin Cities, where he lives with his wife and young kid. You can find him bowling every Tuesday night.

Liz Olds will also be speaking with Tommy Murray about his new novel Fathers, Sons, and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball. Tommy Murray is a retired teacher from the Minneapolis Public Schools. He is the author of one other novel: the forthcoming The Empty Set.

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Tuesday, April 17th, on Write On! Radio, we speak with Michael Kardos about his new novel Bluff. Michael Kardos is also the author of the novels, Before He Finds Her, and The Three-Day Affair, as well as the story collection One Last Good Time.

We also chat with our own Lynette Reini-Grandell about her new poetry collection Wild Verge. Lynette is one of the early producers for Write On! Radio, and has also written Approaching the Gate (Holy Cow! Press, 2014), which won the 2015 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry.

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We speak with Mary Sharratt about her new novel Ecstasy. Among her prior works are Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen, Daughters of the Witching Hill, The Dark Lady’s Mask, The Real Minerva, The Vanishing Point and Summit Hill. Her works explore the hidden histories of Renaissance women.
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We speak with Scott Hartley about The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World. He has served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House and is a venture capitalist and start-up advisor. He is a contributing author to the MIT Press book Shopping for Good. He has also written for publications such as Inc., Foreign Policy, Forbes, and Boston Review.

We also chat with poet and essayist Heidi Czerwiec about her recently-released poetry collection Conjoining. She is also the author of the forthcoming lyric essay collection Fluid States, winner of Pleiades Press’ 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, and is the editor of North Dakota Is Everywhere: An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets. She lives in Minneapolis, where she is Senior Poetry Editor with Poetry City, USA and mentors with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. You can visit her at http://heidiczerwiec.com

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-04-03.mp3
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