Paul Brinkley-Rogers joined the US Navy right our of high school, in 1959, and soon found himself on a ship that sailed the South China Sea and frequently docked in Japan. There he met an unusual woman, who spoke English, shared his literary and cultural interests, and encouraged him to be a writer. When he returned to the US, he never saw her again, but his life took the direction that she had predicted. Rogers became a war correspondent for Newsweek, then later, as a reporter for the Miami Herald, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for his team's reporting on the Elian Gonzalez custody battle.
A few years ago, Paul came across some of the letters that Kaji Yukiko had written to him. Her passionate words reawakened his memories of that time. It is another world, half a century removed, and yet the mystery and adventure is so immediate. This is one of the most moving memoirs I have ever read.
Writers' Voices welcomes Jerry Yellin to the studio this week. Jerry returns to Fairfield to work on getting a film made of his true story, "The Blackened Canteen."
This inspirational book tells a story of honor between enemies, and the healing that can come after a war.
Jerry is one of the last remaining WWII fighter pilots, and has spent his golden years bring the message of peace and healing to wounded warriors around the world.
Jerry is the author of 3 other books, "Of War and Weddings, "The Resilient Warrior, and "The Letter." You can listen to Jerry's previous interviews on Writers' Voices here.
When Mary North Allen passed away in 2011, she left behind dozens of versions of her memoir, "Falling Light and Waters Turning: Adventures in Being Human" as well as hundreds of photographs of trees, people, and her signature color photos. She also left boxes of old family papers, some dating back to the 1600's.
Mary North Allen was a pre-med student who loved biology. Later she became a professional nature photographer and photography teacher. She had a life-long love affair with trees.
Sherlock Holmes seems to be having a resurgence, and no one is happier about that than me, unless it is Bonnie MacBird, an avowed Sherlockian enthusiast. "Art in the Blood" is the first in a series of Sherlock Holmes adventures that Bonnie is writing for Harper Collins.
Bonnie has a successful career in the entertainment industry, as a screenwriter, film story editor, and actor. Her first screenplay became the Disney movie "Tron." She teaches screenwriting at UCLA, has won three Emmy awards for documentary filmmaking, and has produced and acted in numerous plays, musicals and films.
"Art in the Blood" is written in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, set in Victorian times, but with a somewhat more vulnerable hero than the original. Join us on Writers' Voices to learn more about creating new adventures for an old hero.
Bethanne Patrick reads, and she writes and speaks about books. She is the founder of the hashtag #FridayReads, which I am definitely going to ask her about. She had a 4 year run with "The Book Studio" on a PBS Station in Washington, moderated Barnes & Noble's first on-line book club, and her author interviews have been widely published.
This week on Writers' Voices, Patrick will be discussing her third book, "The Books That Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians and Other Remarkable People." These essays by such literary and cultural lights as Margaret Atwood, Mayim Bialik, and Fran Lebowitz gave me a whole new list of Must-Reads. I was especially delighted to find no less than four former Writers' Voices guests included - Susan Orlean, John Scalzi, Meg Wolitzer and Luis Urrea.
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg knows what it's like to parent small children. In "Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Depseration, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting", Ruttenberg looks at the experiience from an unusal perspective. What if, instead of being a distraction from spiritual growth, the all-encompassing endeavor of parenting is a spiritual path all its own?
Ruttenberg's previous books include "Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion," nominated for the 2010 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature. She was named one of ten "rabbis to watch" by Newsweek and has written for many magazines. She is a contributing editor to "Lilith" and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post.
In "Nurture the Wow," Ruttenberg combines personal revelatons and anecdotes about parenting with a deep knowledge of religious history and spirituality.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices as we go behind the scenes of dance in 1960's-70's New York City with Kenny Pearl, who has a Fairfield connection in the Ken Chawkins family.
Straight out of college and with minimal professional dance experience, Kenny headed from Toronto to New York to follow his passion - modern dance. "The Dance Gods" tells the story of his very successful career.
Kenny danced with the greats - including Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey, even touring Russia, before returning to Toronto to teach dance. And finally, to write his memoir!
Tune in to Writers' Voices this week to learn how Richelle Mead became an international best-selling author of young adult fantasy fiction with her series "Vampire Academy."
Her new series, "The Glittering Court" combines fantasy, history and good old-fashioned story-telling.
Set in a world that combines an old world with features of Elizabethan England and a "New World" that bears some resemblance to the American colonies, this series has the ingredients for a smash hit YA series - romance, adventure, and powerful heroines.
In "Journey Interruped, A Family Without a Country in a World at War," Hildegarde Mahoney shares the fascinating story of her German-American family being stranded in Japan on the way to visit family in Germany at the onset of the war. Hillie was only 7 when the story begins, and 16 when she and her family finally returned to New York.
The details of their stay in Japan, and then later in Germany where they were repatriated after the war, paint a vivid picture of a unique time in history.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices to meet Hildegarde Mahoney and hear more about her fascinating story.
Artist, author, creative director, filmmaker, podcaster, blogger, teacher and speaker Danny Gregory joins us on Writers' Voices this week to discuss his latest book, "Shut Your Monkey: How to Control Your Inner Critic and Get More Done."
Danny lives and breathes creativity, and knows just how damaging that inner voice can be!