Write On Radio

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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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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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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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.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-04-05_S.mp3
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