Writers' Voices is pleased to welcome award-winning author, filmmaker, and mixed media producer William Joyce back to the air with his latest book for children, "Billy's Booger: A Memoir." Based on William's own first experience with writing a book, this delightful volume incorporates a true-to-life version of Billy's original manuscript about his booger with amazing math super-powers.
William won an Academy Award for his animated short film, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore." He won three Emmy's for "Rolie Polie Olie" on the Disney Channel and has another show, "George Shrinks" on PBS. He, with help from the team at Moonbot Studios, has written and illustrated over 50 children's books, many of which have related video games and mobile apps.
In this interview, William talks about how he got his start and the many opportunities in creative media today.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices for a preview of this evening's ecstatic poetry reading by Paul Goldman at Revelations Cafe. Paul talks about the inspiration for this, his third book of poetry, where he combines efforts with painter Natosha Keefer. Paul who has over 45,000 Twitter and Facebook followers, also talks about the importance for writers of building a platform with social media.
Writes' Voices is pleased to once again welcome Steve Semken, founder of Ice Cube Press in North Liberty, Iowa, and author of "Soul External: Rediscovering the Great Blue Heron." This book is a new breed, and difficult to describe. The Ice Cube Press web site promises a "realm full of lore, hearsay, myth, and spirt." The late environmental book reviewer from Orion magazine, Peter Sauer, called it mythological natural history, and although apt, that is only a partial description. Semken mixes in memoir, philosophical meanderings, inspirational quotes, poetry, graphic design, experimental typography, and fine artworks from Andrew Driscoll. The result? Well, you'll have to see it for yourself.
Tune in this week for another journey into the world of books.
"The Hormone Reset Diet: Heal Your Metabolism to Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 21 Days" by Sara Gottfried, MD is based on three-day "resets" of seven key hormones to help release excess weight, improve energy and jump-start your metabolism in just three weeks. Dr. Gottfried is a Harvard and MIT-educated physician and author of the New York Times best-seller"The Hormone Cure."
As an integrative gynecologist, Dr. Gottfried believes in treating the root cause of problems, not just the symptoms. "The Hormone Reset Diet" includes the science behind the plan, case studies, her personal history, plus plenty of motivation and recipes.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices for another intriguing conversation about books and writing, and check out Dr. Gottfried's top recommended books for women here.
What do you know about George Washington Carver? Not much, I'm willing to bet. You might recognize the name. Peanuts - he had something to do with peanuts didn't he?
You may not know that he was born into slavery and studied at Simpson College in Indianola Iowa and Iowa State University in Ames in the 1890's, or what it took for him to accomplish that. Carver was one of the most renowned scientists this country has ever known, and Xavier Cavazos brings this man to life using poetry that incorporates jazz improvisational techniques.
Cavazos is also an ISU alumnus. He has been part of three national poetry slam teams, was selected by the Poetry Society America as a 2013 national Chapbook Fellow, and teaches writing and other subjects at Central Washington University. ""Diamond Grove Slave Tree" was selected as the inaugural Ice Cube Press Prairie Seed Poetry Prize. Join us this week on Writers' Voices for a conversation on history, poetry, and more.
How does one go from working on a fish farm in rural Scotland to running a world-wide non-profit organization that feeds over a million children a day at a place of education, meeting the Pope, lunching with the Queen in Buckingham Palace and being named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2015?
Magnus MacFarlane Barrow shares the story behind the founding and amazing growth of Mary's Meals in his memoir, "The Shed That Fed a Million Children." Many people want to make the world a better place, but not everyone is able to take the huge leap a faith and devote their entire life to that vision like Magnus and his wife, Julie, along with many other family members and friends. Even while talking about war-torn Bosnia, orphans with HIV, and hungry children, Magnus writes with warmth and humor.
All of the profits from the book will go to Mary's Meals, whose mission is that every child deserves an education and enough to eat. By working with local volunteers, purchasing food from local farmers, and providing meals at children's place of education, Mary's Meals has found a formula to fulfill that mission that is extremely replicable.
Magnus will be speaking in Iowa this weekend, at 6:30 Pm on Friday May 29 at St Mary's Church in Solon, Saturday May 30 at 8:30 - 10:30 am at Smith Chapel at Simpson College in Indianola, and at 5:30 at St. Francis Church in West Des Moines.
For more information about Mary's Meals, go to www.marysmealsusa.org/en/.
Combine modern society's tendency to be obsessed with youth, fashion and fame with the rule of the oligarchy and take it all to the extreme. You might end up with a world like the one that Elaine Dimopoulus describes with trendy detail in her first novel, "Material Girls."
In this world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture, or at least they think they are. But who really pulls the strings? Can a few eco-conscious designers change the world and prove that revolution never goes out of style?
Elaine studied writing at Simmons College's Center for the Study of Children's Literature, where she was admitted to the MFA program on the basis of a short sotry that became chapter one of this novel. She also teaches children's literature and writing at Boston University and Grub Street.
Join us for another fun conversation about writing on Writers' Voices.
Author Sabaa Tahir grew up in California's Mojave Desert at her family's motel, with fantasy novels and comic books for a refuge from isolation. Later, working nights as a copyeditor at the Washington Post, the countless stories of tragedy and violence inspired her to write "An Ember in the Ashes," a novel set in a fantasy world with echoes of ancient Rome. The characters in this epic novel find hope and love in their quest for freedom from slavery, violence and cruelty.
Tahir's debut novel has been compared to "Hunger Games" and "Game of Thrones" - not too shabby company. It has been reviewed in the New York Times and selected by Amazon as the best Young Adult book for May. And I can tell you, it is a hard book to put down. It has been sold in 24 countries and counting and optioned by Paramount for the director of the "Chronicles of Narnia" films. If you've ever wondered what it might be like to write a book that takes the world by storm, tune in to Writer's Voices this week to find out!
I think that is the most lyrical blog post title I've ever written (for those of you not in the know, the "quet" in "Bousquet" rhymes with the "chet" in "Ricochet".) Which is quite fitting since today's guest is a wonderfully lyrical songwriter. Sharon's latest CD, "Ricochet" is rich in both words and music. Join us today on Writers' Voices as we delve into the heart and soul, and the pracitical side as well, of writing songs.
Today on Writers' Voices we delve into two of my favorite subjects- happiness and philosophy, with a delightful author who has spent a lot of time thinking about both. FRÉDÉRIC LENOIR is a philosopher, sociologist, and religious historian, and the author of numerous essays, books, and novels, including historical thrillers such as "Oracle of the Moon" and the transformative fable "The Soul of the World." He is a professor at L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, one of France’s elite universities, and is the editor of the bimonthly Le Monde des religions. Lenoir is host and producer of a weekly program about religion and philosophy on France Culture radio.
"Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide" was a bestseller in Europe and has now been translated into English. In this book, Lenoir examines how history’s greatest philosophers and religious figures have answered life’s most fundamental question:What is happiness and how do I achieve it?
At the end of today's show, we will announce details of the Inkfingerz 2015 Creative Prose Contest, co-sponsored by 1st World Publishing. Grand prize is a publishing contract! Tune in for details, or go to writersvoices.com for details.