I think there has never been a more exciting time to write for children. Start with an intriguing story, and you can end up with many forms. For our first guest today, William Joyce, the forms include short animated films and digital apps. And yet, the picture book itself is still the backbone of the multi-media experience.
Joyce, co-founder of Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, LA,
This story begins in the 1800's, but let's pick it up on June 22, 2014, the last day of the 2014 Fair Fest, which was sponsored by KRUU. That's the day that was partially rained out but the show went on in the Sondheim Theater, which is where I sat in the late afternoon for a while. Between sets, Denise Gallagher spotted me and, with great enthusiasm, told me about this writer who was in Iowa City for a reading of her recently published book about her great grandmother, and drove down to Fairfield to do research on the subject of her next book, her great-great grandmother Mrs. Doctor Keck.
Denise used my cell phone to call the writer, Greta Nettleton, right then and there, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Mrs. Doctor Keck, was "the quack" in "The Quack's Daughter: A True Story About the Private Life of a Victorian College Girl." She came to Fairfield as a young woman, married, bore children, and soon gained renown as a gifted healer; her medical knowledge probably based on her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Unfortunately, she ran afoul of the medical establishment of the time, and moved her family to Davenport, where she became a patent medicine millionairre and eventually sent her young daughter, Cora, east to Vassar College.
Greta discovered her great grandmother Cora's diary and a trunkful of memorabilia from her college days, and from that came this wonderful book.
To bring this story full circle - Fairfield is celebrating its 175th birthday this weekend, Julya 4 - 5! Greta will be back in town for Art Walk, with books to sign at the Fairfield Public Library's Art Walk booth. Anyone with an interest in Fairfield's history, or how the medical establishment got so established will enjoy speaking with Greta, or listening to this insightful interview.
If you have ever dreamed about publishing your first novel, you will definitely want to tune in to Writers' Voices this week as we speak with Amy Spitzfaden, co-winner of the first Inkfingerz Publishing Contest sponsored by Writers' Voices and 1st World Publishing, both of Fairfield Iowa.
It is really exciting for us to read this book and know that we helped make it happen!
She graduated with a literature and writing degree from Maharishi University of Management in 2012 and now lives in Temple, New Hampshire with her husband, Ravi. She works as editor and social media manager at PSCS Consulting in Peterborough.
Amy is back in Fairfield for a short time to launch her book. She will be reading and signing books at Revelations Saturday, June 28 at 1:30 pm so y'all come!
Tune in to Writers' Voices this week to hear the fascinating stories behind two great new books written by strong women.
First up, Heather Gray, with "Faith, Hope, Love & Deployment," a devotional for military families that she started writing with her husband David during his last deployment to Afghanistan. Sadly, he was killed in action, but inspired by his last letter home which began "To answer the question of why I'm willing to lay my life on the line for my country...", Heather finished this truly needed book.
The second half of this week's show features the truly impressive Lillian Darr, now 92 and a resident of Fairfield. Lilllian, author of a very entertaining look back on her life so far, "Memoirs of a 90-year Old Hippie," will be joining us live in the KRUU studio.
Caroline and Monica are delighted to bring these two wonderful women to Writers' Voices!
Bruce Joshua Miller has worked in the book industry for thirty-five years, much of it as a sales rep (he was named Publisher's Weekly Sales Rep of the Year in 2013). Miller previously edited two books and has written for public radio, the Chicago Tribune, and other publications. In "Curiosity's Cats: Writers on Research" Miller commissioned thirteen authors to write original essays that read like fiction and tell the real story behind the story. More than anything, these fascinating explorations of hands-on research make the case for the importance of libraries and archives even in today's wired world.
Curiosity's Cats was published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.
Any writer who needs to research (and I think that means every writer), and readers who like to see behind the curtain will definitely want to tune in to this weeks Writers Voices!
Imagine that you decide to write a novel. A young adult fantasy suspense novel, set in the United Kingdom (where you live). But you are not J K Rowling, and your novel is not Harry Potter. It is darker, more realistic, and your hero is a sixteen year old who lives in a cage and is trained to kill. Like so many writers before you, when you are finished you try to get published.
Now imagine that your debut young adult novel, the first in a planned trilogy, attracts the attention of several major publishers and is auctioned to the highest bidder, sold in 45 countries, sets a world record for the most translated book by a debut author prior to publication, and is optioned to be made into a movie by FOX, with the producer of "Twilight" and "The Book Thief" at the helm.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices as we sit down with Sally Green and hear what it's like to write a dark fantasy and then live a light and joyful one.
This week on Writers' Voices we went to the archives and brought back our interview with Markos Moulitsas. Markos is the author of "American Taliban: How War, Sex,
Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right." The book is a no holds barred treatise on the similarities between the radical conservatives in our own country and Islamic terrorists. Citing examples of fear of change, heavy use of militaristic solutions, disdain for non-traditional lifestyles, and their ultimate goals of imposing their own worldview on the rest of society.
Markos, the founder and publisher of the progressive community blog Daily Kos, was named "the single most successful entreprenuer of the progressive movement" by the New York Times magazine writer Matt Bai. He served in the U.S. Army from 1989 through 1992. He is also the author of two previous books.
"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 writersvoices.com. ) 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!
How much interesting conversation about books and writing can one squeeze into an hour of live radio? This week on Writers' Voices we are trying for the maximum. At 1 pm Friday (rebroadcast at 8 am Monday) we welcome New York Times bestselling author Craig Nelson with his latest, "The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Age." Nelson begins with an unknown German physicist working in a "Frankenstein-style lab" in the 1800's, and carries us through the fascinating lives of the Curies, Enrico Fermi, and Edward Teller, clear up to the modern nuclear disasters. Let me just say about this book - I had no idea that learning about science could be so intriguing! Nelson's previous books include "Rocket Men" and "Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations."
From science, we turn to the spiritiual. For our second half-hour, Monica and Caroline will be joined by local creative Laura Goldman Weinberg, who will be presenting her inspired book "I AM:365 Inspirational Messages from the Great I AM" along with four booklets and a CD of nondemoninational hymns, at Revelations Cafe in Fairfield on Saturday, May 17. Laura's expression of her inner voice cover a full range of forms, from devotional messages to poetry, children's stories to music.
This 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!
"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.