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- Writer's Voice - 20131122- Paul Gandy

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Furious Cool This week, Writers' Voices welcomes guest host Paul Gandy, local attorney, to the air as he and Monica interview Joe Henry, coauthor with his brother David of the biography "Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him."

Richard Pryor is a fascinating subject - born and raised in Peoria, Illinois into a rough world of brothels and drug-runners, he was truly a comedic trail-blazer and introduced an entire generation of white America to Black culture.

 How this book came to be is a story in itself. Over a decade ago, Joe Henry, a 4 time Grammy-winning producer, singer and songwriter, contacted Richard Pryor to get his permission to use his name in a song title ("Richard Pryor Addresses a Tearful Nation" on Joe Henry's "Scar" album.)  One thing led to another, and soon Pryor had recruited Henry and his screenwriter/producer brother David to write the script for a bio-pic.  Shortly before going into production the movie was derailed, and the Henry brothers decided to convert the wealth of material they had gathered on their (flawed) hero into this book. Tune in for a fascinating conversation!

- Writer's Voice - 20131206- Inkfingerz Writing Competition

59:31 minutes (81.74 MB) Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

InkfingerzToday's the day that Writers' Voices announces the winners in the 2013 Inkfingerz Writing Competition!  Our six finalists all have a Fairfield connection, and are competing for a grand prize of a publishng contract with 1st World Publishing, with a runner up prize a of full manuscript critique.

Listen in to Writers' Voices today (Friday December 6) at 1 pm or Monday November 9 at 8 am, as contest sponsors Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn (co-hosts of Writers' Voices) and Rodney Charles (of 1stWorld Publishing,) discuss the contest and the finalists' entries.  We will also play short excerpts of the writers reading their work.  You can listen to and/or read the full contest entries (which are 6 - 10 page excerpts of a completed book) at the Writers' Voices writing competition site. You can continue to vote on the Inkfingerz Facebook page for your favorite by hitting the "Like" button until 12:45 on Friday, while we are on the air. It is a close race. Let's show these authors some love for all their hard work!

The finalists are: "Shiny Apalaris" by Rudy Wilson, "Untold" by Amy Spitzfaden, "City of Three Rivers" by Grace Carter,  "Home Quest: Banished" by Tom Carlisle, (all novels,) "The Sprite" a short-story collection by John Michael Foster,and "On Writing By an Old Novice," poetry by Emily June Breffle.

- Writer's Voice - 20131213- Susan Nussbaum

60:01 minutes (54.95 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Good Kings Bad Kings"Good Kings Bad Kings: A Novel" by Susan Nussbaum, won the 2012 PEN/Bellwethr Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, among many accolades. Well known novelist Barbara Kingsolver says "This is fiction at its best...A stunning accomplishment."  The LA Review of Books called it "an easy book to love and admire."

What makes this books such a standout?  Well, start with the fact that the main characters are living in an institution for young adults with disabilities, but the story is about their lives, not their disabilities.  Nussbaum herself was hit by a car when she was in her 20's, leaving her a wheelchair-user.  She became an acclaimed playwright and disability rights activist.  In an aritcle for Huffington Post, Nussbaum wrote "Can't there ever be a disabled character in a book or film just because?  where the topic doesn't ever come up?  All sorts of interesting stories can be written about a disabled character... you know, just like real people."

Good Kings Bad Kings" is Nussbaum's first novel. Please join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn how this book came to be, and how it has made a difference.

- Writer's Voice - 20131220- Elizabeth Partridge

59:57 minutes (82.34 MB) Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Migrant MotherThis photo, "Migrant Mother," is one of the most famous Depression-Era photographs.  "Dorothea Lange" Grab a Hunk of Lightning," by Elizabeth Partridge, tells the story behind this and many other famous and lesser known works by Dorthea Lange.  Perhaps most fascinating of all is the story of how Lange became a photographer.  Join us this week on Writers' Voices, as Partidge, Lange's goddaughter, talks about producing this companion book to the PBS American Masters episode on Lange which will air in 2014.  

Partridge was an acupuncturist for 20 years before she closed her practice to focus on writing.  She has written over a dozen books and is on the core faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

- Writer's Voice - 20140124- David Menasche

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The Priority list If you've been listening to Writers' Voices for awhile, you probably know that Caroline is a retired English teacher, as is our guest today, David Menasche.  After reading his book, Caroline says she wished she had been able to read it while she was still teaching.

David taught high school English at a magnet school in the Miami area.  At the age of 34 he was diagnosed with a brain cancer and told he had a few months to live.  David continued teaching for six more years - as he explained to students who asked him why he wasn't out doing what he loved in the short time left to him; he was.  Then, in 2012, David's lost most of his vision and much of the mobility on his left side and had to quit teaching.  But he was not a man to sit around waiting to die.  Instead, he decided to couch-surf around the country, visiting friends and former students.  Within days of putting the word out on Facebook, he had invitations for over 100 places to stay.  Along the way, he recorded his conversations and emailed himself notes about his journey, which he turned into a book after returning home.  

Tune into Writers' Voices for an inspiring conversation with a man who gets our vote for Teacher of the Decade.

- Writer's Voice - 20140207 - Elizabeth Scarboro

59:33 minutes (81.78 MB) Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

My Foreign CitiesFirst, a little explanation as to the title of this post.  I read the end of this book on an airplane and although no one around me seemed to notice, I was, quite obviously, crying. So be forewarned.

When you are young and in love, "until death do us part" seems like a daunting amount of forever.  Unless the one you love suffers from something like cystic fibrosis. Elizabeth Scarboro and her high school sweetheart/first husband, Stephen, refused to let his illness define their lives or love, but they could not avoid its impact.Elizabeth Scarboro

Scarboro's story, "My Foreign Cities" was an Oprah Book of the Week and named by Library Journal as one of the bestmemoirs of the year.  Previously, Scarboro published two novels for children.  Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, and more.

Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn what it takes to share such a personal story with the world.

- Writer's Voice - 20140221 - Craig Pearson

59:39 minutes (81.93 MB) Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Supreme AwakeningThis week on Writer's Voices, Monica and Caroline welcome MUM Executive Vice President Craig Pearson to discuss his recently released book, "The Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time  - and How We Can Cultivate Them." The product of research Dr. Pearson did for his doctoral dissertation, this book allows the reader to share the enlightened experiences of people throughout history. By gathering these many stories from across history, from saints and mystics, writers, world leaders, even athletes,Craig Pearson Dr. Pearson provides a unique perspective on what is obviously a universal experience.  

Many of the people profiled within are expected, people who are well-known for their spiritual experiences - Buddha, St. Teresa of Avila, Thoreau, Rumi. But there are many surprises here as well - Anwar Sadat, Einstein, Plato and many more.  I was most fascinated by these stories.  It made me realize that the accomplishments of many great persons may have been a direct result of their experiences with other states of consciousness.

Dr. Pearson is also the author of "The Complete Book of Yogic Flying."

- Writer's Voice - 20140314 - Jane Isay

59:56 minutes (82.31 MB) Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Secrets and LiesThis week's guest on Writers' Voices spent 40 years as an editor, working with some of the top writers in the fields of psychology and neuroscience, including Anna Freud and Mary Pipher ("Reviving Ophelia"). When she retired, she turned to writing books about family relationships.  Jane Isay considers herself  "a mapmaker, sketching out the routes to conflict and acceptance, to anger and to love."

In Isay's most recent book, "Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths That Change Our Lives,"  she reveals the secret that deeply impacted her first marriage.  By sharing her own and other's stories of secrets kept and seJane Isaycrets found, she illustrates the many ways that secrets affect family relationships and cause emotional distress, but also provides guidance in how to move past the pain, guilt and blame.

Join Monicaand Caroline for an intriguing conversation with a woman who knows both sides of the desk when it comes to writing and publishing.

- Writer's Voice - 20140321 - Robert Lautner

59:47 minutes (82.1 MB) Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Road to Reckoning"The Lord made men, but Sam Colt mad them equal."  This week on Writers' Voices we go back in time, to 1837, when the idea of a revolver that could shoot 6 times without reloading was novel - and the basis for this taut, suspenseful young adult novel set in the wilds of Pennsylvania during a depression. 

Robert Lautner, who lives in a wooden cabin in Wales, had a childhood fascination with guns and loved the legend of Colt creating a wooden revolver in order to get a patent for his invention. The seed for  "Road to Reckoning" was "What type of man could walk into a room filled with armed murderers with only a wooden gun?"

"Road to Reckoning" is a most unusual combination of fast-moving action, compelling characters, rich historical detail, and literary language. It was a February Book Club selection by BBC Radio 2 and has garnered much attention - understandably so!  Join us this week for a look at this fascinating era in American history.

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Three Fairfield womenWomen Who Write join Monica and Caroline in the studio this week to share examples of free writing done in classes led by Rae Bird, and writing groups that sprouted from Rae's classes. Pictured at the mike, from left to right, are Mary Ellen Maguire,  Laya Hawthorne and Sallee Garst Haerr.

According to these women, Rae Bird helps to create a safe space for women to develop their creative voice, being supportive and encouraging while pushing her students to go deeper.  The focus is on free writing and sharing the result, not critiquing, although the women acknowledge that there is a time and place for critique groups.  The works the women read on  air are honest, intimate, and remarkably polished considering they are only lightly edited.

Once we have the show archived, we will also post the manuscripts on so listeners can read them as well. In the meantime, enjoy these wise and melodious voices of Fairfield Women Who Write.

- Writers' Voices - 20140411 - John Adago

31:04 minutes (42.67 MB) Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

East Meets WestWe have a rare treat for biography lovers this week!  First up, John Adago, author of "East Meets West," the stories of the remarkable men and women from the East and the West who built a bridge across a cultural divide and across the centuries, and introduced Meditation and Eastern Philsophy to the West ( and yes, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is one of the featured teachers.) Check out for more information on the author and this many subjects.


- Writers' Voices - 20140414 - Molly Knight Raskin

28:58 minutes (39.78 MB) Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

No Better Time

Our second guest, Molly Knight Raskin, is a journalist and former writer/producer for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. You may never have heard of her subject, Danny Lewin, but you will wonder why not. Danny grew up in the US and Israel, became a member of an elite counterterrorism unit in Israel, came to MIT to study abstract math, and co-founded one of the early dot-com companies that tranformed the internet. And, he was most likely the first victim of the 9/11 attacks when he was fatally stabbed while attempting to stop the terrorists on one of the planes that flew into the World Trade Center. The book is titled "No Better Time."

- Writer's Voice - 20140418 - Mary Rockefeller Morgan

59:36 minutes (81.85 MB) Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

When Grief Calls ForthWhen Mary Rockefeller Morgan's twin brother Michael disappeared off the remote coast of New Guinea in 1961, at the age of 23, her loss was both deeply personal and extremely public, as the event was front page news around the world.  In this touching memoir, Morgan discusses grief, healing, and her life-long work as a psychotherapist specializMary Morganing in twin loss and bereavement counseling.  Morgan is also Executive Producer of a forthcoming documentary on genetic determinism and the American dream.

Join us on Writers' Voices this week for what promises to be a moving conversation.

- Writers' Voices - 20140425 - Ray Bourhis

59:47 minutes (82.1 MB) Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

RevoltThe writers whom we have interviewed on Writers' Voices came to writing from a wide range of backgrounds.  It is always interesting to hear their stories - for some, how they came to write a book at all is surprising. This week's guest, Ray Bourhis, is an attorney specializing in representing people whose long term disability claims were denied by insurance companies.  As such, he has a unique perspective on greed, and the concentration of power, although his fictiional response to this in "Revolt: The Secession of Mill Valley," may seem a bit extreme.

Ray BourhisStill, the issues that are raised in this political thriller - including government surveillance of average citizens and elections dominated by big money, - couldn't be more timely. Join Monica and Caroline this week to learn how political passions can turn into a political thriller.

- Writers' Voices - 20140502 - Peter Korn

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Peter KornThis week's Writer's Voices interview is in memory of Monica's father and Caroline's husband, John Lefever Herr, who passed away almost 33 years ago at the very young age of 49.

Why you may ask?  Because among his many interests, one of his foremost passions was woodworking.  Like our guest, Peter Korn, John Herr attempted to make a living making fine furniture, although he started about 15 years earlier. Unlike Korn, Herr was not able to make a career out of it.  Being the provider for five children may have have had something to do with that!

John Herr

"Why We Make Things and Why It Matters" is part memoir, part history of the Arts and Crafts movements and its lasting impact on how we view craft, and part philosphy.  Not only does Peter Korn remind me of my father, but he also reminds me of one my father's favorite authors, Eric Sloane, author of many books, chief among them "A Reverence for Wood," on the history and philosophy of woodworking.  

This photo is from a newspaper article showing a miniature table that John Herr made for the Armstrong Cork Co of Lancaster, PA for a display at Rockefeller Plaza during the 1964 World's Fair. 

Join us on Writers' Voices this week for unique perspective on working with your hands, as we speak with Peter Korn, master craftsman, writer and educator.

- Rudy Wilson - 20140516

59:28 minutes (54.45 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Shiny"Shiny"  is a powerful and touching novel by Rudy Wilson, co-winner of the 2013 Inkfingerz writing competition sponsofed by Writers' Voices and 1st World Publishing.  Join us this week on Writer's Voices as Rudy tells the story behind "Shiny" and its long and winding path to publication. We will also delve into how Rudy stepped onto the writing path and what has kept him writing through its many ups and downs.

Rudy is the author of four books including "The Red Truck" and "Sonja's Blue," and has published widely in literary magazines and online (Check out some of his essays about writing and publishing on ) Among his many distinctions, Rudy was awarded an NEA fellowship for fiction and was nominated last year for the prestigious Pushcart Prize.  He has an MFA from the University of Iowa's Writing Workshop and has taught fiction writing for many years. Rudy is a popular guest on Writer's Voices and we are glad to have him back!