Write On Radio

We speak with Lauren Sanders about her new novel The Book of Love and Hate. She is also the author of the novels Kamikaze Lust, which won a Lambda Literary Award, and With or Without You. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including Bookforum, the American Book Review, and Time Out New York.

We also talk with Stan Kusunoki – a third generation Japanese American writer – about his new poetry collection, Items in the News. He is also the author of the collection 180 Days: Reflections & Observations of a Teacher. He is a teacher, poet, arts advocate and musician who has received many awards, including a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.

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We speak with Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, who together comprise the writing team of Michael Stanley, about their new novel Dying to Live, #6 in the Detective Kubu series. It has already received praise from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus as the best one yet. They won the Barry Award and were finalists for an Edgar for Death of the Mantis, and were finalists for an International Thriller Award for Deadly Harvest.

We also talk with Elizabeth Tannen and Michael Kleber-Diggs about the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, which offers creative writing workshops in prisons throughout the state. Elizabeth Tannen is a multi-genre writer, editor and teacher whose work has appeared in many publications, including SlateNPRThe Rumpus and The Morning NewsMichael Kleber-Diggs is an essayist and poet living in St. Paul who has been involved in the Loft’s mentor series in poetry and creative prose.

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We speak with Dan Hendrickson about his new poetry collection Dark Glasses. He is the author of several previous collections under the name Henry Rifle, including Shooting GalleryBullet TrainA Bullet West and Ballistics Train. He has dabbled in standup comedy and script writing, and has been published in The Rake.

We also talk with Dave Page about his new book F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer & His Friends at Home. A former professor at Inver Hills Community College, he is also the co-author of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: Toward the Summit, and editor of The Saint Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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We speak with bestselling author Brian Freeman about his new thriller Marathon, a Jonathan Stride novel. He is also the author of the Cab Bolton series and the Frost Easton series, and his books have been published in 46 countries in 20 languages. His novel Spilled Blood won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards, and The Burying Place was a finalist for the same award.

We also talk with Douglas Wood about his new memoir Deep Woods, Wild Waters. His first book, Old Turtle, was named book of the year by the American Booksellers Ass’n. He is also the author of the bestseller, Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth, and the humorous Can’t Do series.

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We speak with author and entertainer Lorna Landvik about her new effort Once in a Blue Moon Lodge, due out in April, the follow-up to her bestseller Patty Jane’s House of Curl. She is also the author of many other books, including Best to LaughAngry Housewives Eating Bon BonsMayor of the Universe and The Tall Pine Polka.

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We speak with Anka Muhlstein about her new book The Pen and the Brush: How Passion for Art Shaped Nineteenth-Century French Novels. She is the author of many other books, including LaSalle: Explorer of the North American Frontier, and Baron James: The Rise of the French Rothschilds.

We also talk with David McNally about his new book Mark of an Eagle: How Your Life Changes the World. He is the author of many other books, including Even Eagles Need a Push: Learning to Soar in a Changing World, and Be Your Own Brand.

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We speak with James Stitt about his new novel Rise of the Spring Tide, which was recently named a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in Genre Fiction. He is also the author of Sagar’s Tale. His works explore our mythologies and the intuitive knowledge of the ancients.

We also talk with Carolyn HolbrookMarcie Rendon and Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen about More Than a Single StoryAnh-Hoa Thi Nguyen is a poet, community artist, activist and educator. She is the founder of Pomelo Press and is a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant Winner. Carolyn Holbrook is an adjunct professor of creative writing at Hamline University and is a writer, educator, and long-time advocate for the healing power of the arts. She also won a MN Book Awards Kay Sexton Award. Marcie Rendon, an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, is a playwright, poet, and freelance writer. Her debut novel is Murder on the Red River.

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We speak with Brian Freeman about his new novel The Night Bird. He is the bestselling author of the Cab Bolton series and the Jonathan Stride series, and his books have been translated into 20 languages. His debut thriller Immoral won the Macavity Award and was a finalist for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony and Barry Awards.

We also talk with Katherine Ludwig about Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age, the book she wrote with Edward D. Hess. Edward Hess is a professor of business administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He has written twelve books on how organizations and individuals can be consistent high performers. Katherine Ludwig is a research, editing and publishing associate at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and previously worked as a lawyer.

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We speak with Hester Young about her new novel The Shimmering Road, Book Two in the Charlie Cates trilogy. She is also the author of The Gates of Evangeline, which received much praise.

We also re-broadcast an interview we conducted with B.A. Shapiro about her new novel The Muralist. She is the author of many books, including the New York Times bestseller The Art Forger, as well as the novels The Safe RoomBlind SpotSee No EvilBlameless, and Shattered Echoes.

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We speak with Sebastian Barry about his new novel Days Without End. He is the author of many novels and plays and has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize – for the novels A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture. His novel On Canaan’s Side was long-listed for the Man Booker. He is also a poet and one of Ireland’s finest writers.

We also speak with Reed Farrel Coleman about his new novel What You Break, the second in his Gus Murphy series after Where It Hurts. He is the author of 25 novels, including the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series, and has won the Shamus, Barry and Anthony Awards. He also writes the Jesse Stone series for the late Robert B. Parker.

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We speak with Winona State University professor Colette A. Hyman about her new book, Dakota Women’s Work: Creativity, Culture, & Exile, which explores the changes in the lives of Dakota women, starting before the arrival of whites and moving beyond the U.S.-Dakota War. She is also the author of Staging Strikes: Workers’ Theatre and the American Labor Movement.

In the second half of the show, we chat with poet and bestselling author Rita Mae Brown about her newest Mrs. Murphy mystery, The Big Cat Nap. She is the author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series, the Sister Jane series and a number of other novels, including Rubyfruit Jungle. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award for her screenplay writing.

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We speak with author Bart Schneider about his newest Augie Boyer mystery, Nameless Dame: Murder on the Russian River. Bart Schneider was the founding editor of Hungry Mind Review and Speakeasy Magazine, and he has written a collection of poetry as well as four previous novels. He will be reading April 10 at Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis and April 12 at Micawber’s in St. Paul.

We also chat with surprise guest Jules Nyquist about her poetry and how important it is to support KFAIand Write On! Radio — a unique community-based radio station and a fantastic program unlike any other around the country.

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We speak with Jim Walsh about Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes, which details 30 years of pop, funk, and rock and roll, up close and personal. We also talk with him about Gold Experience: Following Prince in the 90s. Both books are currently available from the University of Minnesota Press. Jim Walsh was a reporter for many years with the Pioneer Press.

We then speak with Kim Schultz about Three Days in Damascus: A Memoir. For the past 7 years, she has been promoting the art of displaced Iraqi artists – and she turned their stories and her own into a critically acclaimed play – No Place Called Home: This Isn't Supposed to be a Love Story.

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We speak with award-winning author Lesley Nneka Arimah about her story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky. She is also the author of the upcoming The Children of Bones

We also talk with Phaedra Patrick about her new novel Rise & Shine, Benedict Stone. She is the author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, which has been published in 20 languages.

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We speak with Arlo Hennings about his new memoir Guitarlo, which details a decades-long journey with connections to people like Alan Ginsburg and Hunter S. Thompson. His teenage years were spent in Minnesota and he now resides in Indonesia

We also talk with Greg Hewitt about his new poetry collection Blindsight. He is also the author of the acclaimed collections darkacreThe Eros ConspiracyRed Suburb, and To Collect the Flesh. In addition to being a poet, he is a professor of English at Carleton College.

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We speak with Andrew DeYoung about his debut novel The Exo Project, in which 17-year-old Matthew has a choice to live out his days on a doomed Earth or leave his family forever to seek out a new home for humankind. 

We also talk with Jane Hamilton about her new novel The Excellent Lombards. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction, and The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World were both chosen as Oprah book club picks and were made into movies

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We speak with artist and author Brandon Graham about his novels Good for Nothing and Missing People. His first short story was published in Pleiades in 1990, and he has published poems and prose in literary journal. 

We also talk with Alex George about his new novel Setting Free the Kites, a story of the complexities of adolescence. He is also the author of the bestselling novel A Good American. 

 
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We speak with Patrick R. O’Leary about his new book from Freeborn to Freetown & Back, which details his experiences in Sierra Leone as a volunteer with the Peace Corps.

We also speak with Hans Weyandt and Celia Mattison from Milkweed Editions. Hans Weyandt has been a bookseller in the Twin Cities since 1999. He currently manages Milkweed Books in the Open Book Building and is the editor of "Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America's Indie Bookstores" which was published by Coffee House Press. Celia Mattison started at Milkweed Editions after graduating from college last year and is now a bookseller at Milkweed Books.

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We speak with director, screenwriter and novelist Martyn Burke about his new novel Music for Love or War. In 2012, his feature documentary Under Fire: Journalists in Combat won a Peabody and he was short-listed for an Academy Award. His many novels include The Truth About the NightIvory JoeLaughing War and Tiara.

We then speak with Sun Yung Shin about her new poetry collection Unbearable Splendor. She is also the author of the poetry collections Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black – and the children’s book Cooper’s Lesson. She edited A Good Time for the Truth.

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