Write On Radio

We celebrate Veterans Day by speaking with Tom Newman about his book Just War: A Soldier's Revelation, which follows his experiences as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He is also the author of A Brief History of the Bible.

We also talk with J.A. Moad, who has served as a professor of War Literature at the US Air Force Academy and who has been a fiction editor for the War, Literature & the Arts Journal. He recently started a program to make October Veterans' Voices Month across the country.

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It's an all science fiction show. First, we speak with William Gibson about his new novel The Peripheral. He is also the author of many other works, including Neuromancer, which won the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick Memorial Awards, and the Bridge trilogy.

Next, we talk with acclaimed sci fi author John Scalzi about his new novel Lock In. He is also the author of Old Man's War and Redshirts, which won a Hugo Award, and many other works, including the bestsellers The Last Colony and Fuzzy Nation.

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We speak with Lev Grossman about the conclusion to his New York Times bestselling fantasy trilogy - Magician's Land, which also includes The Magicians and The Magician King. He is additionally the author of the novel Codex and is the book critic for Time Magazine.

We also talk with Geoffrey Saign about his new fantasy for middle grade readers Whipeye. He has worked in special education for more than 20 years and won the Shabo Award in 2010. He is also the author of The Great Apes, The African Cats and Green Essentials: What You Need to Know About the Environment.

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We talk with Aaron Isaacs about his new book Twin Ports by Trolley. He edits Tourists Railroads and Railway Museums Magazine and is also the author of Trackside Around the Twin Cities and The Como-Harriet Streetcar Line.

We also reprise a broadcast of an interview with Nicholson Baker, who discusses his novel Traveling Sprinkler. He is the author of 13 books, including The Anthologist, which also featured the protagonist Paul Chowder, and Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper.

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11/4/2014 Stuart Neville & Joyce Sidman

We speak with acclaimed Northern Irish author Stuart Neville about his new book The Final Silence. He is also the author of Collusion, Stolen Souls, Ratlines and The Twelve, which was published in the United States as The Ghosts of Belfast.

We also talk with poet and children's author Joyce Sidman about her new book Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold. She is also the author of Dark Emperor: Poems of the Night, which won a Newbery Honor, and Songs of the Water Boatman, which won a Caldecott Honor, as well as many other books.

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10/28/2014 Steven Jacques & Adrian Lee

We speak with Steven Jacques about his new novel Advance Man. He is a former advance man for political campaigns and served as a political appointee for three Administrations.

We also talk with historian and paranormal investigator Adrian Lee about ghosts and haunted buildings. He is the author of Mysterious Minnesota - Digging Up the Ghostly Past at 13 Haunted Sites and Tales from a Pioneer Town - the Earliest Stories of Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

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10/21/2014 Carrie Mesrobian & Becca Barniskis

We speak with Carrie Mesrobian about her new young adult novel Perfectly Good White Boy. She is also the author of Sex & Violence, which won numerous awards, including a Minnesota Book Award.

We also talk with Becca Barniskis about her new chapbook Mimi and Xavier Star in a Museum That Fits Entirely in One's Pocket. She is joined by musicians Nick Jaffe and Anthony Cox, and by visual artist Laurie Brink. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals, among them Handsome, Mid-American Review, Conduit, Blackbird and the Northwest Review.

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10/14/2014 Paul Oliver & J. Otis Powell

We speak with Paul Oliver about Get Carter, which has just been republished in the United States. Get Carter was written by Ted Lewis and was made into two movies over the years. It is considered a major influence on the noir school of English crime fiction.

We also talk with J. Otis Powell about Pieces of Sky. J. Otis Powell is one of the founders of Write On! Radio and he has received many awards for his work, including a Loft Creative Nonfiction Award and several Jerome Grants. He is also the author of Theology and My Tongue Has No Bone. His writing has appeared in many publications.

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10/7/2014 Dr. Jay Cohn & Eric Lorberer

We speak with Dr. Jay Cohn about his new book Saving Sam: Drugs, Race, and Discovering the Secrets of Heart Disease - a memoir about his involvement in the development of BiDil, which is aimed at the treatment of heart failure in black patients.

We also talk with Eric Lorberer from Rain Taxi about the upcoming Twin Cities Book Festival at the Progress Center of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 11th. Many of us Write On! Radio folks will be there.

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9/30/2014 Marlon James & Lynette Reini-Grandell

We speak with Marlon James about his new novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. He is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won a Minnesota Book Award, and John Crow's Devil.

We also talk with our very own Lynette Reini-Grandell about her new poetry collection Approaching the Gate. Her poem "Radio Girls" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she has received grants from the Finlandia Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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We speak with James Lenfestey about his new memoir Seeking the Cave. Jim Lenfestey is a long-time friend of Write On! Radio and an award-winning academic, journalist and advertising executive, who has published five books of poetry and a collection of essays. His most recent poetry collection is Earth in Anger.

We also talk with Pamela Carter Joern about her new story collection In Reach. Her debut novel The Floor of the Sky was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and winner of a Nebraska Book Award. She is also the author of The Plain Sense of Things.

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Tuesday, September 9th, on Write On! Radio, we speak with writer and comedian Lorna Landvik about her new book Best to Laugh. She is the author of 10 books, including Patty Jane's House of Curl and Mayor of the Universe.

We also talk with Eileen Beha about her new middle grade novel The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea: The Story of Annaliese Easterling & Throckmorton, Her Simply Remarkable Sock Monkey. She is also the author of Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog.

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9/2/2014 Kira Pelkoff & Julie Schumacher

We speak with Kira Peikoff about her new novel No Time to Die. She is also the author of Living Proof and has worked as a journalist and editor, and she is currently attending Columbia University's Masters of Science program in bioethics.

We also talk with Julie Schumacher about her new novel Dear Committee Members. She is the author of six other novels, including The Body is Water and The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls. She is also a faculty member in the Creative Writing program and the English Department at the University of Minnesota.

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8/26/2014
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8/19/2014
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8/12/2014
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8/5/2014
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7/29/2014
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7/22/2014
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7/1/2014
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6/24/2014
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6/17/2014
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We speak with David Downing about his new novel Jack of Spies. He is the author of six books in the John Russell espionage series, set in WWII-era Berlin, including Zoo Station, Potsdam Station and Masaryk Station.

We’ll also talk with Gabrielle Zevin about her new novel The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. She is the author of 8 novels for adults and young adults, including an American Library Association Notable Book, Elsewhere, Margarettown, and The Hole We're In.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2014-06-10.mp3
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We speak with Jules Nyquist – a former Write on Radio co-host who now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she leads creative writing classes and hosts visiting poets at the Poetry Playhouse. Her previous poetry collection, Appetites, was a finalist for the New Mexico/Arizona 2012 Book Awards. Her newest collection is called Behind the Volcanoes.

We’ll also talk with John Roche, who lives in the Genesee River/Western Finger Lakes Region of New York State and teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His previous books include On Conesus, Topicalities, and Road Ghosts. His newest book, Mo’ Joe: The Anthology will be released by Beatlick Press in this month. He and Jules Nyquist will be reading Thursday, June 12th, at 6 p.m. at the Hennepin County History Museum.

And we’ll chat with Kate Christensen about her new memoir Blue Plate Special. She is the author of the novels In the Drink, Jeremy Thrane, The Epicure’s Lament, Trouble, The Astral and the PEN/Faulkner award-winning The Great Man.

 
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We speak with Ethan Rutherford about The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, which won a Minnesota Book Award. He has received awards from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

We also talk with R. Michael Conley about his new novel Lethal Trajectories, which won a Midwest Book Award. The book is a geopolitical thriller that takes place in 2017. He also wrote the pamphlet Weathering the Storm.

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5/20/2014 Charlie Quimby & Phyllis Root

We speak with Charlie Quimby about his debut novel Monument Road. He is a songwriter, playwright and blogger, and has written for Harvard Business Review, Financial World Magazine and the NFL Hall of Fame.

We also talk with Phyllis Root about her new picture book Plant a Pocket of Prairie. She is the author of many award-winning children's books, including Big Belching Bog and Big Momma Makes the World, which won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.

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5/13/2014 Lori Degman & Steve McEllistrem

We speak with Lori Degman about her new children's book Cock-A-Doodle Oops. She is also the author of 1 Zany Zoo and she works as a teacher for the hearing impaired.

We also talk with our own Steve McEllistrem about his new science fiction novel The Devereaux Disaster. He is also the author of The Devereaux Dilemma and dozens of books on education law, employment law and insurance law.

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4/29/2014 Carl Hoffman & Matthew Algeo

We speak with Carl Hoffman about his new book Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art. He is a contributing editor at National Geographic Travel and has won numerous awards for his travel writing.

We also talk with Matthew Algeo about his new book Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport. He is also the author of Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure, The President is a Sick Man and Last Team Standing.

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5/6/2014 Nicole Kelby & Norah Labiner

We speak with Nicole Kelby about her new book The Pink Suit. She is also the author of White Truffles in Winter, Murder at the Bad Girl's Bar and Grill, Whale Season, In the Company of Angels and Theater of the Stars.

We also talk with Norah Labiner about her new book Let the Dark Flower Blossom. She is also the author of Our Sometime Sister, Miniatures, which won a Minnesota Book Award, and German for Travelers.

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4/22/2014  Kenneth C. Davis & Rene Denfeld

We speak with Kenneth C. Davis about his new book Don't Know Much About the American Presidents. He is the author of the phenomenal bestseller Don't Know Much About History, as well as A Nation Rising and America's Hidden History.

We also talk with Rene Denfeld about her amazing debut novel The Enchanted. She is an author, journalist and death penalty investigator who has written All God's Children, Kill the Body, the Head Will Fall, and The New Victorians, which was an international bestseller.

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4/15/2014 Mary Casanova & Joe Pickett

We speak with Minnesota author Mary Casanova about two new books, Riot and Curse of a Winter Moon. Riot examines the labor dispute in International Falls in 1989, while Curse of a Winter Moon is set in 16th-century France. Mary Casanova has won many awards for her children's books.

We also talk with New York Times bestselling author CJ Box about his newest Joe Pickett novel Stone Cold. CJ Box has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe and Barry Awards, among many others, and his books have been translated into 27 languages.

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4/8/2014 Josh Ostergaard & Pledge Drive

We speak with local author Josh Ostergaard about his new book The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes from Left Field, which uses baseball as a symbol of American Empire.

We also talk about how we got involved with Write On! Radio, what we're writing now and some of our favorite guests of the past year.

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4/1/2014 MN Prison Writing Workshop & Patrick Hicks

We speak with Jennifer Bowen Hicks and Scott Dominic Carpenter, author of Theory of Remainders, about the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, which was founded in 2011 by Jennifer Bowen Hicks.

We also talk with Patrick Hicks about his new novel The Commandant of Lubizec. He is a poet and author, who has four poetry collections, three chapbooks, a non-fiction work and the novel The Collector of Names.

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3/25/2014 Cullen Bailey-Burns & Nicole Helget

We speak with Minnesota author and teacher Cullen Bailey Burns about her new book Slip. She is also the author of Paper Boat, which was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in poetry.

We also talk with Nicole Helget, another Minnesota author, about her new novel Stillwater, which details the lives of abandoned twins in Stillwater's early years. She is also the author of The Turtle Catcher, about life in a rural Minnesota town before, during and after WWI.

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3/18/2104 Robert Morgan & Brian Freeman

We speak with Robert Morgan about his new novel The Road from Gap Creek, the follow up to his bestseller Gap Creek. He is a poet and biographer as well as a novelist and is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and an American Academy of Arts and Letters award.

We also talk with Brian Freeman about his new novel The Cold Nowhere. Among his many novels are Immoral, which won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for the Anthony and Edgar Awards, Spilled Blood and The Bone House.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2014-03-18.mp3
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3/11/2014 Morgan Grayce & John P. Davidson

We speak with Morgan Grayce Willow about her new poetry collection Dodge and Scramble. She is the author of many books, including Silk: Meditations on T'ai-Chi Ch'uan, Between, and The Maps are Words - and she has won a Loft-McKnight Award for poetry and Minnesota State Arts Board fellowships in both poetry and prose.

We also talk with John P. Davidson about his new novel The Obedient Assassin. He is also the author of The Long Road North, and he has written for Rolling Stone, GQ, Fortune and Harper's Magazine, among other publications. He also received a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

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3/4/2014 Chang-Rae-Lee & Kate Pettit/Connie Anderson

We speak with Chang-Rae Lee about his new novel On Such A Full Sea. He is the author of Native Speaker, which won the Hemingway/PEN Award for first fiction, A Gesture Life, Aloft, and The Surrendered, which won the Dayton Peace Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

We also talk with Kate Pettit and Connie Anderson about the 11th Annual Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair, which will feature Minnesota illustrator and author Nancy Carlson as the Keynote Speaker.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2014-03-04.mp3
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2/25 2014 Jennifer Percy & Sarah Pinborough

We speak with Jennifer Percy about her new book Demon Camp: A Soldier's Exorcism. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received a Truman Capote Fellowship in fiction. She also won a Pushcart Prize and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

We also talk with Sarah Pinborough about her new historical novel Mayhem, about the torso killer who operated in London at the same time as Jack the Ripper. She has written many horror novels and thrillers and has won numerous awards, including the British Fantasy Award, Best Short Story Award and Best Novella.

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2/11/2014 Mike Hazard & Jonathan Katz

We speak with poet, photographer and video artist Mike Hazard, artist-in-residence at The Center for International Education. His series of videos includes Jim Northrup, Robert Bly, Thomas McGrath, Frederick Manfred, Tiger Jack Rosenbloom and Jerry Rudquist.

We also talk with Jonathan Katz about his new book The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story. He is a journalist who has written for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe and now Slate.com. He is also a novelist and has written many books about his relationship with dogs.

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2/4/2014 Miriam Karmel & Robin Oliveira

We speak with Minnesota author Miriam Karmel about her debut novel Being Esther. She is a widely published journalist and author and her short fiction has won numerous regional prizes.

We also talk with Robin Oliveira about her new historical novel I Always Loved You, which is set in Paris during the rise of impressionism and follows the lives of Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet. She is also the author of the bestselling historical novel My Name is Mary Sutter.

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1/21/2014 Mary Logue & Nicholas Soutter

We speak with local author Mary Logue about her new book Killer Librarian. She is a poet, editor, teacher and writer who has written the Claire Watkins mystery series, four volumes of poetry and a young adult novel.

We also talk with Nicholas Soutter about his debut science fiction novel The Water Thief, which was awarded the Kirkus Star. The book was written as a response to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged and posits a future owned by corporations.

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1/14/2014 Michael Schumacher & Diane Hammond

We talk with Wisconsin author Michael Schumacher about his new book November's Fury: The Deadly Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913. He has written twelve books, including Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Wreck of the Carl D.

We also speak with St. Paul author Diane Hammond about her new novel Friday's Harbor, a sequel of sorts to her critically acclaimed and best-selling novel Hannah's Dream. She is also the author of three other novels and she was the publicist for the aquarium that housed Keiko the Killer Whale.

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1/7/2014 Kate DiCamillo & Kent Nerburn

We speak with Kate DiCamillo about her new book Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. She has just been named the next National Ambassador of Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress. Her novel The Tale of Despereaux won the Newbery Medal and Because of Winn-Dixie was a Newbery Honor Book. Flora & Ulysses is #5 on the NYT Bestsellers List and was longlisted for the National Book Award.

We also speak with Kent Nerburn about his new book The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo. He is a two-time Minnesota Book Award-winner, for Neither Dog Nor Wolf and The Wolf at Twilight and he has written many books about Native American culture and spirituality, including Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy.

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12/31/2013 Karen Hering & Will Alexander

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.

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