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Steve speaks with Jill Santopolo about her debut adult novel The Light We Lost. She is also the author of three successful children’s and young adult series, including The Nina, The Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure, and the Sparkle Spa Shimmering Collection books. She works as the editorial director of Philomel Books, and in addition, she is an adjunct professor in the New School’s MFA program. 
Ian talks with Lezlie Lowe about her recent work No Place To Go: How Public Toilets Fail Our Private NeedsNo Place To Go is a toilet tour from London to San Francisco to Toronto and beyond. From pay potties to deserted alleyways, No Place To Go is a marriage of urbanism, social narrative, and pop culture that shows the ways — momentous and mockable — public bathrooms just don't work. Lezlie Lowe is a freelance journalist and journalism instructor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been recognized for her long-form journalism by the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Atlantic Journalism Awards. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College, where she also teaches in the Journalism department. No Place To Go is her first book. 
Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-08-28.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:31pm CDT

Josh talks with Christopher Bolton about his recently published Interpreting AnimeInterpreting Anime is a thoughtful, carefully organized introduction to Japanese animation for anyone eager to see why this genre has remained a vital, adaptable art form for decades. What emerges from the sweep of Interpreting Anime is Bolton’s original, articulate case for what makes anime unique as a medium: how it at once engages profound social and political realities while also drawing attention to the very challenges of representing reality in animation’s imaginative and compelling visual forms.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-08-21.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:43pm CDT

Liz talks with Brantley Hargrove about his first book The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras. Brantley Hargrove is a journalist who has written for Wired, Popular Mechanics, and Texas Monthly. He’s gone inside the effort to reverse-engineer supertornadoes using supercomputers and has chased violent storms from the Great Plains down to the Texas coast. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Renee, and their two cats. The Man Who Caught the Storm is his first book.

Jessie will talk with our very own Steve McEllistrem about his newest work Hound of God, the story of a researcher doing DNA testing and preparing for grad school, suddenly becoming a werewolf. At first, she doesn’t believe it. However, she soon realizes that the dreams are real and that she has become the victim of an ancient mystical curse. Steve McEllistrem has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years. His Susquehanna Virus novels include The Devereaux Dilemma and The Devereaux Disaster, both finalists for the International Book Award in Science Fiction, The Devereaux Decision, named a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, a Midwest Book Award and an International Book Award, and The Devereaux Deity, also a finalist for an International Book Award. He has been a producer and host of Write On! Radio in Minneapolis - where he interviews local, national and international authors - for many years.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-08-14.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:19am CDT

Ian talks with Marilene Phipps about her memoir Unseen Worlds: Adventures at the Crossroads of Vodou Spirits and Latter-day Saint. In this powerful memoir, we enter the lives of a family who are both descendants of European aristocrats and African slaves. We meet Phipps's godfather, the rebel leader Guslé Villedrouin, and we relive her experiences with Vodou priests and spirits, a cold-eyed pope, a charismatic Muslim astrologer, Catholic monks and exorcists, American Mormon bishops, scholars and missionaries. Her collection, The Company of Heaven: Stories from Haiti, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her poetry won the 1993 Grolier poetry prize, and her collection, Crossroads and Unholy Water won the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize.

Steve talks with Gail Honeyman about her debut novel Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. It has received massive praise from many outlets, including the NY Times, NPR, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and was selected by Reese Witherspoon for her book club and for the film rights. Honeyman studied French language and literature at Glasgow University. While working as an administrator, Honeyman enrolled in a Faber Academy writing course where she submitted the first three chapters of what would become Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine to a competition for unpublished fiction by female writers run by Cambridge’s Lucy Cavendish College.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-07-31.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:17am CDT

Paul speaks with Heidi Czerwiec and Anthony Ceballos, and Roy Guzmán about their work. Heidi Czerwiec is the author of the poetry collection Conjoining as well as the essay Sweet/Crude: A Bakken Boom Cycle. Her work has been published in many publications. She teaches in the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Anthony Ceballos received his BFA from Hamline University. His work has been featured in The Fulcrum and Yellow Medicine Review. Raised in Miami, Roy G. Guzmán is a Honduran poet whose first collection will be published by Graywolf Press. 

Jessie speaks with Cecilia Konchar Farr about her book The Ulysses Delusion: Rethinking Standards of Literary Merit. She is a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the women's college St. Catherine University in St Paul. Her research interests all circle around novels—their history, their (women) readers, and their social, educational, aesthetic, and political work.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-08-07.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:06pm CDT