Write On Radio

We speak with Minneapolis author Jane St. Anthony about her new middle grade novel Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart. She is also the author of The Summer Sherman Loved Me and Grace Above All, now available from the University of Minnesota Press.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-09-22.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:48pm CST

We speak with Geoffrey Saign about his new middle grade fantasy Gorgon, the sequel to Whipeye, which won the International Book Award and the Independent Author Network Award. He is a teacher and environmentalist and is the author of Green Essentials and The Great Apes/African Cats.

We also speak with Matt Bell about his wonderful new speculative fiction novel Scrapper. He is the author of the story collection How They Were Found, the novel Cataclysm Baby and the highly acclaimed novel In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-09-15.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:45pm CST

We speak with Stephan Eirik Clark about his acclaimed novel Sweetness #9. He is also the author of the story collection Vladimir's Mustache, which was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.

We also speak with Paula McLain about her new novel Circling the Sun, which is based on the real-life exploits of Beryl Markham. Among her other works is the New York Times bestseller The Paris Wife, which fictionalized Ernest Hemingway's first marriage.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-08-25.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:16pm CST

We speak with L.T. Graham a/k/a Jeffrey Stephens about his new mystery The Blue Journal, a Detective Anthony Walker novel. He is also the author of the bestselling Jordan Sandor series, which includes Targets of Deception, Targets of Opportunity and Targets of Revenge, and which he writes under the name Jeffrey Stephens.

We also speak with Irish author Nuala O'Connor about her new novel Miss Emily, which reimagines the private life of Emily Dickinson. She is the author of two other novels, The Closet of Savage Mementos and You, and has written four poetry collections, including most recently The Juno Charm.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-08-18.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:13pm CST

We speak with Tanner Curl and Jackie Fletcher about the Loft Literary Center's 40 for 40 - 40th Anniversary celebration, which presents 40 events in 40 hours in various venues around the Twin Cities.

We also speak with transplanted Minnesotan J. Ryan Stradal about his wonderful debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest, which has been named an Indie Next Pick and a #1 Library Reads Pick, and has been garnering some great reviews.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-08-11.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:59am CST

It's our Portland, Oregon, author show. First up, we speak with Lidia Yuknavitch about her new novel The Small Backs of Children. She is also the author of the widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water and the novel Dora: A Headcase.

Then we re-broadcast an interview we conducted with Amanda Coplin about her highly acclaimed debut novel The Orchardist, which follows an orchardist throughout his life.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-08-04.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:31am CST

We speak with Brian Panowich about his debut novel Bull Mountain, which chronicles succeeding generations of a Southern crime family and which has received praise from the likes of CJ Box, Tom Franklin and James Ellroy.

We also chat with Bruce Rubenstein about his new true crime story collection The Family That Couldn't Sleep at Night. He is the author of the novels Smoke and The Key Man as well as the story collection Greed, Rage and Love Gone Wrong and the nonfiction work The Rockwell Heist and he has written many stories, including Smoke Got in My Eyes, which was nominated for the Shamus Award


Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-07-28.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:03am CST

We speak with Dr. David Casarett about his new book Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana. He has been published in many publications, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, and is also the author of Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead.

We also chat with J. Otis Powell and Katherine Pehrson about J. Otis Powell's work and artistic philosophy. J. Otis Powell is one of the founders of Write On! Radio and is a poet and improvisational artist who transcends the traditional boundaries of poetry. His CD BALM! was released by TruRuts/Speakeasy Records in late 2012.

Katherine Pehrson is an instrumentalist, vocalist, actor, student and writer who has worked with J. Otis Powell.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-07-21.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:12am CST

We speak with Holly Day about her new book, which she wrote with Sherman Wick, Nordeast Minneapolis: A History. She has been a freelance writer for over 25 years and teaches at the Loft Literary Center. Along with Sherman Wick, she has written several books about the Twin Cities, including The Insider's Guide to the Twin Cities and Walking Twin Cities.

We also chat with Deborah Levy-Bertherat about her debut novel The Travels of Daniel Ascher, translated from the French by Adriana Hunter. She teaches comparative literature at the École Normale Supérieure and has translated Lermontov's A Hero of Our Time and Gogol's Petersburg Stories into French.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-07-14.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:27pm CST

We speak with Jason Good about his new Memoir Rock, Meet Window. He is a Minneapolis blogger and comedian and is also the author of This Is Ridiculous This Is Amazing.

We also chat with Allison Hedge Coke about her new poetry collection Streaming. She is the award-winning author of many collections of poetry, including Burn, Blood Run, Off-Season City Pipe and Dog Road Woman, which won the American Book Award.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-07-07.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:04pm CST

It's all about children's literature as we speak with Stephanie Watson about her new picture book Behold! A Baby, illustrated by Joy Ang. She is also the author of the picture book The Wee Hours, illustrated by Mary GrandPre and the middle grade novels Elvis & Olive and Elvis & Olive: Super Detectives.

We also chat with Lynne Jonell about her new adventure/fantasy novel for readers 8-14, The Sign of the Cat. She is the author of Emmy & the Incredible Shrinking Rat, which won a Minnesota Book Award as well as The Secret of Zoom and Hamster Magic.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-06-30.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:37pm CST

We speak with political commentator, syndicated columnist and author Cokie Roberts about her new book Capital Dames. She also penned the bestsellers Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty.

We also chat with William D. Green about his new book Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1912. A professor at Augsburg College, he is also the author of A Peculiar Imbalance: The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Minnesota, 1837-1869.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-06-23.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:29pm CST

We speak with Craig Johnson about his new Walt Longmire mystery Dry Bones. He is the New York Times bestselling author of 12 other Longmire mysteries, which have been adapted into the television series Longmire.

We also chat with members of RhizoPoetry! - which blends the music of Rhizosphere with poets Hawona Sullivan Janzen, Kathryn Kysar and our own Lynette Reini-Grandell.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-06-16.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:06pm CST

We speak with Belgian author Bob Van Laerhoven about his novel Beaudelaire's Revenge, which won the Hercule Poirot Prize for best crime novel. He is the author of more than 30 books, available in three languages.

We also chat with British author Christie Watson about her new novel Where Women Are Kings. She is also the author of the award-winning and bestselling Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-06-09.mp3
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We speak with Matthew Karanian about his book Historic Armenia: After 100 years. He is also the author of Armenia and Karabakh: The Stone Garden Travel Guide, and he has written several books on Armenia with Robert Kurkjian, including Out of Stone: Armenia & Artsakh.

We also chat with Brian Laidlaw about his first full-length collection of poems The Stuntman, which has a companion album of music. He also released a hybrid poetry/music project called Amoratorium in 2014.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-06-02.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:18am CST

We speak with Loren D. Estleman about his new story collection Detroit is Our Beat: Tales of the Four Horsemen. He is the author of many books, including the Amos Walker series, the Peter Macklin series and the Page Murdock series. He is an authority on both criminal history and the American west, and he has been nominated for the National Book Award.

We also chat with Cheryl Blackford about her new picture book Hungry Coyote, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. She also has a middle-grade novel, Lizzie and the Lost Baby, coming out in January, which we'll discuss.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-05-26.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:54am CST

Tuesday, April 7th, on Write On! Radio, we speak with CJ Box about his newest Joe Pickett novel Endangered. He is the bestselling author of 14 other Joe Pickett novels, including Cold Wind and Breaking Point as well as four stand-alone novels and a short story collection. He has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe and Barry Awards.

We also chat with Lisa See about her new novel China Dolls. She is the bestselling author of many other books, including Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy. She was presented with the Organization of Chinese Americans Women's 2001 award as National Woman of the Year.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-04-07.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:31am CST

We speak with John Renehan about his debut work The Valley, a novel of the war in Afghanistan. He served in the Army's Third Infantry Division as a field artillery officer in Iraq and has also worked as an attorney.

We also chat with Jeane Moore about her new work Zandros in Love, a sexy romantic suspense novel set against a backdrop of big-stakes poker. She has written screenplays and won two major screenwriting fellowships, and she is an experienced earth sciences writer and editor.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-04-14.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:48am CST

We speak with Twin Cities icon Cathy Wurzer about the book she co-wrote with the late Bruce H. Kramer, We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying. She is a multiple Emmy Award-winning journalist from MPR and TPT's Almanac as well as the author of Tales of the Road: Highway 61.

We also chat with Chris Cander about her new novel Whisper Hollow. She is a teacher, freelance writer and children's book author - and her novel 11 Stories was included in Kirkus's best indie general fiction of 2013.


Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-04-21.mp3
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We speak with Benjamin Percy about his new novel The Dead Lands. He is also the author of the novels Red Moon and The Wilding, and the short story collections The Language of Elk and Refresh, Refresh, which won the Pushcart Prize.

We also chat with Satish P. Jayaraj about the Cracked Walnut reading series. He is the founder and director of the Cracked Walnut Literary Festival and writes in multiple genres with an emphasis on fantasy fiction. He received his MFA from Hamline University. His thesis project, Secret of the Naga Dragons, has metamorphosed into a complete novel and is available online with Amazon's Kindle.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-04-28.mp3
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We speak with poet, performer and publisher Janaka Stucky about his new collection The Truth Is We Are Perfect. He has also authored the collections Your Name Is The Only Freedom and The World Will Deny It For You.

We also chat with Philip Kerr about The Lady from Zagreb, the newest entry in his bestselling Bernie Gunther series. He has written 9 other Bernie Gunther novels and his most recent Field Gray was a finalist for the Edgar Award. He also writes the much-loved YA series Children of the Lamp.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-05-05.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:47pm CST

We speak with Margi Preus about her new YA novel Enchantment Lake. She is the New York Times bestselling author of books for young readers, including Shadow on the Mountain, West of the Moon (which just won a Minnesota Book Award) and Heart of a Samurai, which won a Newbery Honor and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature.

We also chat with Rene Denfeld about her debut novel The Enchanted, which was nominated for the Flaherty-Dunnan fiction prize and which describes the people who visit and live on death row from the point of view of a mute prisoner in a way that is both heartbreaking and uplifting. Rene Denfeld is also the author of the nonfiction books The New Victorians, Kill the Body, The Head Will Fall and All God's Children

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-05-12.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:31pm CST

We speak with Lin Enger about his novel The High Divide, now out in paperback. He teaches at Minnesota State - Moorhead and is also the author of Undiscovered Country as well as the recipient of a James Michener Award and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship.

We also chat with Madelon Sprengnether about her new memoir Great River Road. She is a professor at the University of Minnesota and is the author of two prior memoirs, Rivers, Stories, Houses, Dreams, and Crying at the Movies; as well as two previous collections of poetry, The Normal Heart and The Angel of Duluth.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-05-19.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:19pm CST

We speak with members of the Normandale Creative Writing Club, which produces The Paper Lantern, a literary journal featuring the work of Normandale's students. They review, select and edit work collectively before designing the publication. They also host reading events, discuss their own writing and challenge themselves with writing exercises. You can check out The Paper Lantern at http://www.thepaperlantern.org/journal.

We also speak with David J. Linden about his new book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind. In addition to being a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he is the award-winning author of The Accidental Mind and the New York Times bestseller The Compass of Pleasure.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-02-03.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:04am CST

We speak with Heather A. Slomski about her debut story collection The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons, winner of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award. She has been awarded a Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant and a Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant.

We also talk with Cynthia Kraack about her new work of literary fiction The High Cost of Flowers. She is also the author of the Ashwood speculative fiction trilogy and Minnesota Cold, which won a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-01-27.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:46am CST

We speak with Bernard Cornwell about his newest entry in the Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Tales, The Empty Throne. He is also the author of the Richard Sharpe novels, the Warlord Chronicles, the Grail Quest novels, the Starbuck Chronicles and many other books.

We also talk with #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, about the final novel in his Odd Thomas series, Saint Odd. He is also the author of the Frankenstein series and dozens of standalone novels, including Watchers and From the Corner of His Eye, and his books have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-01-20.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:44am CST

We speak with civil rights advocate Jack Rice about his blog In the Cross Hairs. He is a criminal defense attorney and former CIA officer, a journalist and storyteller. He has appeared on CNN, Al Jazeera and MSNBC, and he used to have a show on WCCO radio.

We also rebroadcast an interview with Yann Martel, author of the Man-Booker Prize winning novel Life of Pi, about his novel Beatrice and Virgil, an allegory about the Holocaust.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-01-13.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:42am CST

We speak with Lee Henschel Jr. about his new novel The Sailing Master - Book One: Coming of Age. His work has appeared in a wide range of magazines and periodicals, and he is the author of Short Stories of Vietnam and the novel Deja Nam.

We also air a rebroadcast of an interview with award-winning author Nicole Krauss, who discusses her recent novel Great House. She also wrote the novels Man Walks Into a Room and The History of Love as well as numerous short stories and essays.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-01-06.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:03pm CST

We speak with Michael Parker about his new novel All I Have in This World. He is the author of seven works of fiction, most recently the critically acclaimed novel The Watery Part of the World. Michael Parker has received many awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

We also speak with our own Steve McEllistrem about the conclusion to his Susquehanna Virus trilogy, The Devereaux Decision. He is also the author of The Devereaux Dilemma, which was a finalist for a 2014 International Book Award, and its acclaimed sequel The Devereaux Disaster. He has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years and has penned numerous works of nonfiction.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2014-12-30.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:28pm CST

We speak with award-winning author James Carroll about his new effort Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age. James Carroll is the author of eleven novels and six other works of nonfiction, and his memoir An American Requiem won the National Book Award.

We also talk with award-winning writer Shawn Lawrence Otto about his debut novel Sins of Our Fathers. He wrote the screenplay for House of Sand and Fog and also penned Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America, which won a Minnesota Book Award.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2014-12-23.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:55pm CST

We speak with Alison Hawthorne Deming about her new book Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit. She is the author of four collections of poetry and four works of nonfiction. Science and Other Poems was selected for the Walt Whitman Award and The Edges of the Civilized World was a finalist for the PEN Center West Award.

We also talk with Brad Zellar about his new novel House of Coates, with photography by Alec Soth. Brad Zellar is the author of Suburban World: The Norling Photos, The 1968 Project and Conductors of the Moving World. Alec Soth has published over a dozen books, including Sleeping by the Mississippi, Niagara and The Last Days of W.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2014-12-16.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:41pm CST

12/9/2014 Diane Ackerman & Norman Draper

We speak with Diane Ackerman about her new book The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us. She is the bestselling author of The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses, among many other books, and she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction.

We also talk with Minnesota author Norman Draper about his debut novel Backyard, which satirizes suburbia. He spent 35 years as a newspaper reporter in Minneapolis, Colorado and Mississippi. He is currently at work on the follow-up to Backyard.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2014-12-09.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:14pm CST