Write On Radio

We also talk with Zeke Caligiuri about This Is Where I Am: A Memoir. He is currently incarcerated at the Faribault Correctional Facility and he has won multiple awards from the PEN Prison Writing Contest in fiction, poetry. His work has appeared in the collection Prison Noir, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, and other publications.

We speak with Craig Johnson about his new novel An Obvious Fact. He is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, which are the basis for the television series Longmire – and he has received many awards, including the Western Writers of America Spur Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award.

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We speak with Senator Amy Klobuchar about her new memoir The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland. She is Minnesota’s senior senator and the daughter of a newspaperman and a schoolteacher.

We also talk with Nancy Shih-Knodel about her forthcoming poetry collection The Landscape of the Body. She is a professor of English at North Hennepin Community College right here in Minneapolis.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:38am CDT

We speak with Benjamin Percy about his new book Thrill Me – a collection of essays on how to craft a thrilling read in any genre. He is the bestselling author of the novels The WildingRed Moon and The Dead Lands, as well as two books of stories – Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk.

We also talk with Reed Farrel Coleman about his new novel, Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay: A Jesse Stone Novel. He took over writing the Jesse Stone series after Robert Parker’s death in 2010. Reed Farrel Coleman has been called a “hard boiled poet” and the “noir poet laureate.” He is the author of 24 previous novels and has won many awards.

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We speak with Philip Beard about his new novel Swing, which became the first self-published novel ever to win the Independent Publishers National Gold Medal for Best Contemporary Fiction Award. He is also the author of Dear Zoe, which was named one of the Ten Best First Novels of the Year by the American Library Ass’n, and Lost in the Garden.

We also talk with Chris Santiago about his poetry collection Tula, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. His poems, fiction, and criticism have appeared in FIELDCopper NickelPleiades, and the Asian American Literary Review – and he teaches at the University of St. Thomas.

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We speak with Nathan Hill about his debut novel The Nix, which has been receiving rave reviews. His short fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and Fiction, where he was awarded the annual Fiction Prize.

We then talk Charlie Quimby about his new novel Inhabited. He is also the author of Monument Road, which was an Indie Next pick, a Booklist Editors’ Choice 2013 and a Reading the West finalist. His nonfiction has appeared in the Star Tribune, High Country News and Harvard Business Review.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:07pm CDT

We speak with Adrian Lee about his new book Mysterious Midwest: Unwrapping Urban Legends and Ghostly Tales from the Dead. Adrian Lee is a historian and paranormal investigator who is also the author of several books including Mysterious Minnesota and How to be a Christian Psychic. In addition, he is the host of More Questions than Answers on another radio station.

We also talk with James Lenfestey about If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems out from the University of Minnesota Press, which he edited. James Lenfestey is a former editorial writer for the Star Tribune, where he won several Page One awards for excellence. He has published five collections of poems, a collection of essays and a memoir, Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain, which was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.

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We speak with retired University of Minnesota professor of communication and creativity Fred Amram about his new book We’re in America Now: A Survivor’s Stories. He spent his early years in Hanover, Germany, where he experienced the Holocaust from its inception in 1933. He witnessed Kristallnacht and the Gestapo invading his home. More information can be found at http://www.FredAmram.com

We then talk with Lawrence Kessenich about debut new novel Cinnamon Girl. He is also a playwright, essayist, reviewer, editor and poet, who has three books of poetry: Strange News, Before Whose Glory, and Age of Wonders. One of his essays appeared on NPR’s This I Believe, and he won the People’s Choice Award in a national drama competition.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:58pm CDT

We speak with Tim Applegate about his debut novel Fever Tree. He is the author of the poetry collections At the End of the Day, Drydock, and Blueprints. His poetry, essays and short fiction have appeared in many publications, including The Florida Review and Lake Effect.

We then talk with David Culberson about his new novel Alterio’s Motive. He spent decades living and mixing with the cultures of the Caribbean, Mexico and Lake Superior, where he pioneered sustainable development and built several low-impact resort properties. He is also the author of the novel Back Time on Love City: The Carnival Never Stopped.

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We speak with our own Ian Graham Leask about his new novel House of Large Sizes, which has been garnering rave reviews.  He is also the author of The Wounded: And Other Stories About Sons and Fathers. He has taught at the University of Minnesota and the Loft Literary Center, and has been a literary consultant for many years. Recently, he helped form the publishing company Calumet Editions.

We then talk with our own Steve McEllistrem about his newest science fiction effort The Devereaux Deity. He is the author of the acclaimed novels The Devereaux Dilemma, The Devereaux Disaster and The Devereaux Decision, which was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, a Midwest Book Award and an International Book Award.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:55pm CDT

We speak with Kathleen Glasgow about her debut novel Girl in Pieces, a portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin.

We then talk with Elizabeth Tannen and Michael Kleber-Diggs about the reading series: Five Writers, Five Minutes, Five Watt at Five Watt Coffee in South Minneapolis.

Elizabeth Tannen is a writer and teacher, as well as the founder and curator of the reading series: Five Writers, Five Minutes, Five Watt at Five Watt Coffee in South Minneapolis. Her poems, essays and stories have appeared in or will be featured in various publications, including Copper Nickel, Front Porch, The Rumpus, Salon and Southern Humanities Review. This year she is a Loft Mentor Series Award Winner in Poetry.

Michael Kleber-Diggs is a poet and essayist. He was a 2015 Fellow with the Givens Foundation for African-American Literature and a 2015-2016 winner of the Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose. His work has appeared in Water~Stone Review and elsewhere.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:53pm CDT

We speak with Tim Applegate about his debut novel Fever Tree. He is the author of the poetry collections At the End of the Day, Drydock, and Blueprints. His poetry, essays and short fiction have appeared in many publications, including The Florida Review and Lake Effect.

We then talk with David Culberson about his new novel Alterio’s Motive. He spent decades living and mixing with the cultures of the Caribbean, Mexico and Lake Superior, where he pioneered sustainable development and built several low-impact resort properties. He is also the author of the novel Back Time on Love City: The Carnival Never Stopped.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:22pm CDT

We speak with Edward Hirsch about The Best American Poetry 2016. Edward Hirsch has published 9 books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems; and Gabriel: A Poem. He has also published five prose books about poetry, including How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry.

We then talk with Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew about her new novel Hannah, Delivered. She is also the author of Living Revision: Opening the Writer’s Art, Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Spiritual Memoir; Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir; and On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:20pm CDT

We speak with Thom Sandberg about his debut novel Lylian: Lost Land of the Lytles, loosely based on the Lake Harriet elf. He is a long-time advertising creative and has worked in Minneapolis, London, Istanbul and Tokyo.

We then talk with Mark Levine about the publishing business. He is the founder of Hillcrest Media and was also one of the founders of Click Media. In addition, he is the author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing and two novels.

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We speak with Cecily von Ziegesar about her new novel Dark Horses. She is the author of the bestselling Gossip Girl series, which was made into a television show, and also assisted on the series The It Girl.

We then talk with Joseph Finder about his new novel, Guilty Minds. He is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve previous novels, including The Fixer, Paranoia, High Crimes, Buried Secrets and Killer Instinct, which won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel.

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We speak with Hasan Namir about his debut novel God in Pink, which is set in Iraq in 2003 and which won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction.

We also talk with Bonnie MacBird - @macbird - about her debut novel, Art in the Blood, a Sherlock Holmes Adventure. She wrote the movie Tron with Steve Lisberger and worked in Hollywood as a producer, screenwriter, actress and playwright. Her work has garnered many awards, including three Emmy Awards. She teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:22am CDT

We speak with Tracy Barone about her debut novel Happy Family. She earned her MFA in dramatic writing at NYU and has worked as a screenwriter and playwright. She has worked on and produced a number of films, including Ali and Men in Black.

We also speak with Gerry Schmitt about her new novel, an Afton Tangler thriller called Little Girl Gone. She is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 35 mysteries, including the tea shop, scrapbooking and Cackleberry Club mysteries written under the name Laura Childs.

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We speak with Sun Yung Shin and David Grant about A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. Sun Yung Shin is the author of Unbearable Splendor and the poetry collections Rough, and Savage and Skirt Full of Black. David Grant has written drama for the stage, film and television – and has written on racial bias in the justice system and racial disparities in the health care system for the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Minnesota Legislature.

We also speak with Daniel Silva about his newest Gabriel Allon bestseller The Black Widow. He is the author of 18 other books, including The English Spy, The Kill Artist, A Death in Vienna, Portrait of a Spy and The English Assassin. His books are published in 30 countries and he serves on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:28pm CDT

We speak with Steve Werle, who will be discussing his book Stassen Again, out from the Minnesota Historical Society Press. He is also the author of An American Gothic: The Life & Times & Legacy of William Gates LeDuc.

We also chat with Gary Lindberg about writing and publishing. He is the #1 bestselling author of The Shekinah Legacy, Ollie's Cloud, Sons of Zadok, and Deeper and Deeper. In addition, he is one of the principals of Calumet Editions/Wisdom Editions – a Minnesota publishing house based in Chanhassen.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:24am CDT

We speak with Jay Parini about his newly released volume of poems, New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015. He is also the author of The Last Station, made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer, as well as many other novels and biographies, including his most recent, Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal.

We also speak with Dylan Hicks about his new novel Amateurs. He is a singer-songwriter and novelist from Minneapolis, whose first novel, Boarded Windows, was released with a companion album, Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Greene.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:22am CDT

We speak with Karen Babine about her new book Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life. She is an assistant professor of English at Concordia College and her essays have appeared in River Teeth, Sycamore Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Ascent and elsewhere.

We also chat with representatives of the Normandale Writing Festival, including our own Lynette Reini-Grandell, poet and festival chair Kris Bigalk, and our own Amy Fladeboe. Lynette has a poetry collection, Approaching the Gate, recently out and Kris Bigalk also has a poetry collection available, Repeat the Flesh in Numbers. All three teach at Normandale.

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We speak with Amanda Filipacchi about her new novel The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty. She is also the author of Nude Men, Vapor and Love Creeps.

We also chat with Margret Aldrich about her new book The Little Free Library Book, due out in April - a history of little free libraries that includes quirky and poignant stories. She is also the author of This Old Quilt and several other works.

 

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We speak with award-winning journalist Andy Steiner about her new book How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People. Andy Steiner is also the mental health and addiction reporter for MinnPost and her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The Utne Reader, Self and Minnesota Monthly.

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We speak with Gillian McCain about Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose, a posthumously published diary of a teenager with cystic fibrosis. Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil compiled the diary and also collaborated on Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk.

We also speak with Allen Eskens about his debut novel The Life We Bury, which has been named a finalist for a 2014 Minnesota Book Award in genre fiction.

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We speak with Lou Berney about his new novel The Long and Faraway Gone. He is also the author of Whiplash River, which was nominated for the Edgar and Anthony Awards, Gutshot Straight, which was nominated for a Barry Award, and The Road to Bobby Joe and Other Stories.

We also speak with Rebecca Scherm about her debut novel Unbecoming, told from the point of view of the femme fatale. Her work as appeared in Subtropics, The Hairpin, Hobart and Fiction Writers Review.

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David Unowsky of Subtext Books joins us to speak with Bob Gilbert about his new novel The Shady Elders of Zion, a comedic Minnesota ghost story. He is also the author of Mintwood Place, a novel of romantic suspense.

We then speak with Connie Claire Szarke about her new novel Lady in the Moon, the third novel in her Callie series. She is also the author of Delicate Armor, which was a finalist for a Midwest Book Award, and A Stone for Amer.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:29pm CDT

We speak with two Minnesota authors: Ann Treacy and Lara Avery. We speak with Ann Treacy about her debut mystery novel for young readers The Search for the Homestead Treasure. She is coeditor of A Book of Grace and her writing has appeared in Lake Superior Magazine and Highlights for Children magazine.

We then speak with Lara Avery about her new young adult novel The Memory Book, which follows a high school senior who is told that she's going to lose her memory and then her life due to a rare genetic disease. She is also the author of A Million Miles Away and Anything but Ordinary.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:27pm CDT

We speak with Minnesota author Paul Levy about his new book The Fighting Frenchman: Minnesota's Boxing Legend: Scott LeDoux. Paul Levy was a journalist for 35 years and has written for the Star Tribune, the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Mother Jones, among other publications.

We also speak with Tommy Birk about his new legal thriller Zero God. He is the author of Beneath the Rock, a historical novel about wars and their consequences.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:26pm CDT

We speak with Minnesota author Shawn Otto about his new book The War on Science. He is the cofounder of ScienceDebate.org and also wrote Sins of Our Fathers, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His film House of Sand and Fog was nominated for three Academy Awards.

We also speak with Minneapolis author Peter Geye about his new novel Wintering. He is the author of the acclaimed novels Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road. He received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University.

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We speak with Sean Wilsey about his new book More Curious, a collection of essays about people and places that explores curiosity. He is also the author of the memoir Oh the Glory of it All and the co-editor of State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America.

We also speak with Alex Kava about her new novel Breaking Creed. She is the author of the bestselling Maggie O'Dell series and won the 2013 Florida Book Award and the 2014 Nebraska Book Award for her most recent effort in that series, Stranded.

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We speak with Patrick Hicks about his new short story collection The Collector of Names. Patrick Hicks is also the author of The Commandant of Lubizec and seven volumes of poetry, including Adoptable and This London.

We also speak with Stewart O'Nan about his new novel West of Sunset, about the last few years of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life. Stewart O'Nan is also the author of many other works, including The Odds, Snow Angels and Emily, Alone.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:32pm CDT

We speak with Christine Rice about her debut novel Swarm Theory. Her stories have appeared in many publications, including the Roanoke Review and Rusted Radishes, and she has written for the Chicago Tribune and Detroit Metro Times, among others.

We also speak with Minnesota author Peter Pearson about his debut picture book How to Eat an Airplane, illustrated by Mircea Catusanu. He earned his MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and has received awards and grants from the Loft Literary Center and the Minnesota State Arts Board, among others.

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We speak with Sean Carroll about his new book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. He is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology and is also the author of From Eternity to Here and The Particle at the End of the Universe. In 2015, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

We also speak with Minnesota poet Gretchen Marquette about her new collection May Day, out from Graywolf Press. Her poetry has appeared in Harper's, the Paris Review and Tin House.

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We speak with Stephen Yoch about his debut historical novel Becoming George Washington, a meticulously researched work that examines the life of the young adult who went on to become one of our greatest presidents.

We also speak with Jeffrey Skemp and Lynn Gray about the National Beat Poetry Festival. Jeffrey Skemp is a poet, photographer, performer and videographer whose most recent CD is called Spent. Lynn Gray, a studio art professor at the University of Minnesota, is the author of To Lecture Like a Pop Song and has a CD entitled Humans in Heat.

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We speak with Jack Gantos about his new autobiographical novel The Trouble in Me. He is the author of many books, including Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and Dead End in Norvelt, which won the Newbery Medal - and he's the creator of Rotten Ralph.

We also speak with Caroline Casey of Coffee House Press, one of the editors of Cat is Art Spelled Wrong, an essay collection that asks and answers the question Why can't we stop watching cat videos? and also examines how we decide what is good or bad art.

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We speak with Marge Barrett about her new memoir Called: The Making and Unmaking of a Nun. She is also the author of the poetry chapbook The Memoir Dress and has published poetry and prose in numerous journals. She has taught at the Loft Literary Center and the Jewish Community Center, among other places.

We also speak with Ames Sheldon about her new novel Eleanor's Wars, which recently won the Independent Book Publisher's Association's 2016 Gold Medal Award for Best New Voice in Fiction. She is also the author of the novel New Women and the reference book Women's History Sources: A Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:50am CDT

We speak with Mike Hazard about We Come from the Flower, his solo show at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. It tells the story of a year in the life of the Hmong American Farmers Association through a book, photographs and a video.

We also speak with James Rollins about his new novel War Hawk, which he wrote with Grant Blackwood. He is the bestselling author of the Sigma Force international thrillers, including most recently The Bone Labyrinth, that have been translated into 40 languages. He is also a veterinarian who gave up his practice to write full time.

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We speak with Taylor Brorby and Antonia Felix about the new book Fracture: essays, poems, and stories on fracking in America. Taylor Brorby is an award-winning essayist and poet, and edited the collection along with Stefanie Brook Trout. He also contributed an essay. Antonia Felix is the bestselling author of many books, including biographies of Sonia Sotomayor, Laura Bush, Harry Connick Jr. and Andrea Bocelli.

We also chat with Bill Nemmers about his debut novel Crude – a story about ambition, passion, rejection and revenge as well as oil in the fields of North Dakota. He is currently working on a novel about the Cold War and a book about Prince Henry (the Navigator) of Portugal.

 
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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

We speak with Mary Austin Speaker about her new poetry collection The Bridge. She is the author of four chapbooks of poetry as well as the collection Ceremony, and won the Slope Editions book prize in addition to many other awards. In addition to being a poet, she is a book designer for a number of publishers, including Milkweed Editions.

We also chat with Vijay Dixit about his new book One Split Second: The Distracted Driving Epidemic; How it Kills and How We Can Fix it, which was written with the help of bestselling author Antonia Felix and has a foreward by Senator Amy Klobuchar.

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We speak with Andromeda-Romano Lax about her new book Behave, which explores the untold story of Rosalie Rayner Watson, motherhood, science and love in the Roaring Twenties. She is also the author of the novels The Detour and The Spanish Bow.

We also chat with Mary Sharratt about her new novel The Dark Lady's Mask. She is the author of seven previous books, including Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen, Daughters of the Witching Hill and Summit Avenue.

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We speak with Brian Freeman about his new Jonathan Stride novel Goodbye to the Dead. He is the author of nine previous novels, including Spilled Blood, which won the Best Hardcover Novel Award by the International Thriller Writers organization, The Bone House and The Burying Place. In addition to his Jonathan Stride novels, he writes the Cab Bolton series.

We also chat with our R.T. Rybak about his new memoir Pothole Confidential: My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis. He has lived in Minneapolis his entire life and before becoming mayor, he was a journalist, publisher, Internet strategist and marketing consultant. He is the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, senior advisor to Living Cities, and has taught at the University of Minnesota.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:54pm CDT

We speak with Gary Hart about his new book, The Republic of Conscience. He is a former U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate and the author of 21 books, including his Oxford doctoral dissertation on Jefferson's ideal of the republic.

We also chat with our own Lynette Reini-Grandell, author of the poetry collection Approaching the Gate, and Ian Graham Leask, author of the story collection The Wounded, about Lynette's poetry and Ian's newest work, House of Large Sizes, which will be published this year. And we have a few other surprises in store as well, including a 6:30pm start time this week.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:51pm CDT

We speak with Elizabeth Harris about her new novel Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman. She is also the author of the story collection The Ant Generator, which won the John Simmons Prize. Her stories have been published in many magazines, and she taught fiction writing and modern literature at the University of Texas in Austin.

We then speak with Susan Thurston about her debut novel Sister of Grendel, which re-imagines the Beowulf story and posits that Grendel and his sister Rehsotis were not monsters at all but Anathians who were possessed of refined language and intelligence, great physical strength and longevity.

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We air a rebroadcast of an interview with Bob Van Laerhoven about his novel Beaudelaire's Revenge: A Novel. He is the author of more than 30 books published in Dutch, French and English. He won the Hercule Poirot Prize for Beaudelaire's Revenge as well as the USA Best Book Award 2014.

We then rebroadcast an interview with Christie Watson about her novel Where Women are Kings. She is also the author of Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, which won the Costa First Novel Award and the Waverton Good Read Award.

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We speak with Kristopher Jansma about his new novel Why We Came to the City. He is the author of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards, which received an honorable mention for a PEN/Hemingway award. And he won the Sherwood Anderson Award for fiction.

We then speak with Reed Farrell Coleman about his new novel Where It Hurts. He is the author of many series, including the Moe Prager Series and the Gulliver Dowd series. He has won the Anthony, Audie, Barry, Macavity and Shamus Awards, and he has been nominated for the Gumshoe and Edgar Awards.

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We speak with Barry Eisler about his new novel The God's Eye View. He is the author of many essays and novels, including the John Rain series and the Ben Treven series, and they include the bestseller, The Detachment. He spent three years working in a covert position with the CIA and he now works with Human Rights First against torture.

We then speak with Megan Maynor about her debut picture book Ella and Penguin Stick Together, illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet. She has won the Loft's Shabo Award for picture books.

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We speak with Sierra DeMulder about her poetry collection, Today Means Amen. She is an internationally touring performance poet and educator, a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, and the author of two previous poetry collections, The Bones Below and New Shoes on a Dead Horse. She is also the recipient of a 2014 McKnight Fellowship.

We then air a rebroadcast of an interview we conducted with Satish Jayaraj, founder of the Cracked Walnut Reading Series.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:57pm CDT

We speak with Mary Austin Speaker and Sam Gould about Beyond Repair, a new bookshop and publishing site located in the Midtown Global Market. Mary Austin Speaker is also a poet and book designer while Sam Gould is the co-founder and editor of Red76, an expanded publication platform.

We then speak with Steve Kemper about his new book, A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham. He is also the author of A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles through Islamic Africa, and Code Name Ginger.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:56pm CDT

We speak with Elizabeth Strout about her new novel, My Name is Lucy Barton. She is also the author of Amy and Isabelle, Abide with Me, Olive Kitteridge, which won the Pulitzer Prize, and The Burgess Boys.

We also speak with Mike Lofgren about his new book, The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government. He spent 28 years working in Congress and is also the author of the bestseller The Party is Over.

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We speak with Anna George Meek about her newest poetry collection, The Genome Rhapsodies. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, two Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships, and an Academy of American Poetry Prize. Her first book, Acts of Contortion, won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and her chapbook Engraved won the Snowbound Chapbook Competition.

We then speak with our own Amy Fladeboe about the Fiction takeover of the January Bosso Poetry Company show. Amy teaches at Normandale and Century Colleges, and her novel-in-progress, Boys Not Yet Men, tells the story of an Albanian refugee who flees a dictatorship for the American Dream. She is also a 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:47pm CDT

We speak with Dean Koontz about his newest effort Ashley Bell: A Novel. He is the author of many bestsellers, including the Odd Thomas series, the Frankenstein series and many, many stand-alone novels, including Whispers, Watchers, Demon Seed and Strangers. His books have been published in 38 languages.

We then air a rebroadcast of an interview we conducted with Mitch Albom about his new novel The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. He is the bestselling author of Tuesdays With Morrie, Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day and First Phone Call from Heaven, among others.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-01-05.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:40pm CDT

We speak with Robert Crais about his new Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel The Promise. He is the author of 20 novels, including Sunset Express, Suspect and Taken. He has won the Barry, Anthony, Macavity and Shamus Awards, and in 2010, he was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.

We then speak with B.A. Shapiro about her new novel The Muralist. She is also the author of six previous novels: The Art Forger, The Safe Room, See No Evil, Blameless, Shattered Echoes and Blindspot as well as the nonfiction work The Big Squeeze and four screenplays.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-12-150.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:38pm CDT

We speak with Mitch Albom about his new book The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. He is also the author of Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Time Keeper, For One More Day, First Phone Call from Heaven and Have a Little Faith.

We then speak with Sherry Roberts about her new book Down Dog Diary. She is also the author of Book of Mercy, Maud's House and WriteTips. In addition, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and is the chair of the Midwest Book Awards.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-12-08.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:24pm CDT

We speak with Adam Makos about his new book Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice, which explores the life of the first black Navy pilot and the friend who tried to rescue him when he was shot down in the mountains during the Korean War. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller A Higher Call.

We then speak with Shannon Gibney about her young adult novel-in-progress, Lone Star, and the cultural experience in Minnesota of African Americans and African immigrants.  Shannon Gibney is also the author of the young adult novel, See No Color, and a memoir-in-progress Love Across the Middle Passage: Making an African/African American Family.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-12-01.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:50pm CDT

We speak with Allan Eskens about his new novel The Guise of Another, follow up to his debut The Life We Bury, which won the Rosebud Award for Best First Mystery Novel and was named a finalist for the Edgar Award.

We also speak with David Mitchell about his new novel Slade House. He is the author of many short stories and articles as well as two libretti and the novels Number9dream and Cloud Atlas - both of which were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize - in addition to Ghostwritten, Black Swan Green, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and The Bone Clocks.

Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:46pm CDT

We speak with Karin Slaughter about her new psychological thriller Pretty Girls. She is the author of many books, including the Grant County series (featuring Blindsided), the Will Trent/Atlanta series (featuring Fractured) and the Georgia series that includes Undone.

We also speak with Martín Prechtel about his new book The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise. He is a leading thinker, writer and teacher as well as a musician. He has worked with Robert Bly, lived and studied with a shaman in Guatemala, and written many books, including Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun.

Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm CDT

We speak with Karin Slaughter about her new psychological thriller Pretty Girls. She is the author of many books, including the Grant County series (featuring Blindsided), the Will Trent/Atlanta series (featuring Fractured) and the Georgia series that includes Undone.

We also speak with Martín Prechtel about his new book The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise. He is a leading thinker, writer and teacher as well as a musician. He has worked with Robert Bly, lived and studied with a shaman in Guatemala, and written many books, including Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-10-20.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:56pm CDT

We speak with Stuart Neville about his new novel Those We Left Behind. He is also the author of The Final Silence, Ratlines, Stolen Souls, Collusion and The Twelve, which was published in the U.S. as The Ghosts of Belfast.

We also speak with Amy Stewart about her debut historical novel Girl Waits With Gun. She is the author of six books, including the bestsellers The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-10-13.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:16am CDT

We speak with Bonnie Jo Campbell about her new story collection Mothers, Tell Your Daughters. She is also the author of American Salvage, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, as well as Once Upon a River, Q Road, Monsters, Women & Other Animals, and Ein wilder Tag.

We also speak with Catherine Madison about her new book The War Came Home With Him: A Daughter's Memoir. A journalist, she was editor-in-chief of Utne Reader and Format Magazine, senior editor at Adweek and Creativity Magazine and founding editor of American Advertising.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-10-06.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:11am CDT

We speak with Bloomington author Norman Draper about his new novel Front Yard, the sequel to Backyard, which both satire suburbia and the idea of the perfect lawn. Norman Draper is a former journalist with 35 years of experience.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-09-29.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:08am CDT

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