Anola Pickett makes history intriguing for kids of all ages. She's repeated the 2011 success of her juvenile historical novel Wasatch Summer, set in Utah in 1889, with a great just-released page-turner, Whisper Island, set in 1913 in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Abandoned by her mother, protagonist Primmy longs to someday join the U.S. Life-Saving Service like her dad and older brother, but until 1919 this precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard accepted only men.
With an exquisite eye for detail and a deep understanding of human nature, Anola utlizes all the skills and knowledge she developed as an urban language arts teacher and avid world traveler to pump life into days gone by. Adults, too, will enjoy this book! Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week to learn Anola's techniques for making her travels pay off.
Chris Higdon clearly recalls helping his dad glue pink tiles onto a customer's bathroom wall when he was only four years old. in 2009 this father/son duo founded Everything Stone by Masterpiece LLC. They specialize in polishing and installing granite, marble, ceramic tile, and cultured stone. Partnered with Creative Edge Mastershop, they've tackled many ambitious projects, including the inticate floor medallion that greets visitors to the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center in Fairfield, Iowa. In this hour of The Studio, Chris, now 27, discusses the rewards and challenges of running an intergenerational small family business. Tune in to learn how the Higdons successfully solved the puzzle of how a father and son can work harmoniously side-by-side for decades.
Stuart Dybek on a slaughterhouse school field trip, Mary Kay Shanley on Thanksgiving tamales--you'll find this and more in Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food.
At 7 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 20th, authors of some of the essays will read excerpts from this book at Prairie Lights in Iowa City.
On The Studio this week, former New York Times food columnist and award-winning author, Molly O'Neill will discuss food, writing, and Midwestern culture with Peggy and Cheryl. Why does Molly think writing about food is a great warmup for other kinds of writing?
Tune in to find out!
Twenty years ago, Steven H. Semken founded Ice Cube Press, an independent publishing company operating out of North Liberty, Iowa.
To bolster its application to become an official City of Literature, Iowa City referred to Ice Cube Press and mentioned its focus on how to best live with the natural world and its interest in topsoil, Devonian fossil beds, landcape art, weather patterns, and prairies.
Over the years Ice Cube Press's mission has broadened; it now publishes novels, short stories, poetry, real-life murder mysteries, and children's books, as well as nature-focused fiction and nonfiction.
To learn how a lone entrepreneur built and sustains a thriving Midwestern small press, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Steven this week.
For seven and a half years, under the dedicated guidance of Station Manager James Moore, radio station KRUU LP 100.1 FM has fulfilled its mission "to give Fairfield a voice and strengthen the community by encouraging creativity, dialogue, and community involvement."
During this hour James will explain upcoming changes in Federal law regarding low-power stations and explore KRUU's past, present, and likely future. Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week, and when you get a chance, take a minute to thank James for his devoted leadership.
Cedar Rapids Arts Professional Rob Cline returns to The Studio to report on the success he and his critique group buddies experienced after teaming up to inspire each other to finish, self-publish, and market their novels. Rob also reveals how his 365 Short Stories in 2013 project inspired him to write and submit short stories of his own. Rob's the Director of Marketing and Communications for the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium and the Grants Manager of the Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids. He's appeared at Prairie Lights Bookstore and other venues to promote his self-published mystery, Murder By the Slice.
Author Patrick Irelan earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa. He also studied poetry at the Iowa Writers Workshop. For many years, Patrick wrote and edited educational materials for the university's Division of Continuing Education. His award-winning short stories have appeared in many regional publications, including Kansas Quarterly, Crosscurrents, Iowa City Magazine, and Wisconsin River Valley Journal. A versatile writer, Patrick has also authored two memoirs, Central Standard: a Time, a Place, a Family, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2002, and A Son of the Middle West, published by Ice Cube Press in 2006. Ice Cube Press also published Patrick's first collection of short stories, Reruns, in 2009, and has just released his second story collection, The Miracle Boy.
Alex Cequea is Editor-in-Chief of iPhone Life Magazine and a Managing Partner at Mango Life Media. An MBA holder, he's knowledgeable about personal branding, business, and mobile technology. At the 2013 CTIA iZone Innovation Stage meeting, Alex served as the main host, moderated panels, presented talks, and conducted on-stage interviews. He placed in the top 200 speakers worldwide out of 25,000 people in the 2011 Toastmasters International Inspirational Speech Contest.
In June of 2013 he broke (unofficially so far) the Guinness World Record for Longest Speech Marathon by giving a series of back-to-back presentations for almost 37 hours straight. His work and projects have been featured on TIME.com, Discovery Tech, NBC, ABC, Univision, and CBS. A former Division I college tennis player, Alex travels between Boulder, Colorado, Houston, Texas, and Fairfield, Iowa. He's the featured speaker 7:30PM, Tuesday, Oct. 22nd at Fairfield, Iowa's Golden Speaker Toastmasters Club meeting.
In his new book Truth in the Rivers, author, educator, and political activist Bruce Hopkins weaves together seemingly disparate elements. Via poems, essays, photographs, and paintings, he explores Japanese American Internment during World War II, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and the importance of exploring nature's lessons with children. Bruce's deceptively slim new book, just released by Ice Cube Press, is an artful tapestry of complex and important issues. Tune in to The Studio this week for a thought-provoking hour with Cheryl, Bruce, and his wife Jeanette.
Wayne Johnson's new memoir Baseball Diaries: Confessions of a Cold War Youth reads like a series of interconnected, cleverly-crafted and hilarious short stories. Using all the skills he developed writing critically acclaimed, best-selling novels and popular nonfiction books, Wayne poignantly reveals what it was like to grow up during the bombshelter-building era. Wayne's been a Chesterfield Writers' Film Project Fellow in Hollywood and has received recognition from the Sundance Film Festival for his screenplays. His short stories have appeared in anthologies and in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Story, and other magazines. Wayne's received many accolades for his work, including a listing as a London Times bestseller for his first novel, The Snake Game; three Pulitzer nominations; and New York Times Notable Book citations.