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Inkfingerz Writing Competition Winners Announced Live Today!

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.

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!

Katy Butler This week on Writers' Voices we welcome Katy Butler, whose searingly honest memoir about her parents' deaths, "Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death," is serving to open a much-needed conversation on whether extending life through medical intervention is always the right choice. It examines the ways in which our medical system encourages choices that may lead to unintended  consequences, including an increasing number of deaths in hospital intensive care units, surrounded by machines and strangers, as opposed to dying at home with loved ones.

In her book and her interview, Katy also shares a very personal account of the ways in which the extension of the dying process affect the family caregivers, both positively and negatively.  Katy Butler was awarded the Science in Society Prize from the National Association of Science Writers. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, the NY Times, Best American Essays, and Best American Science Writing.

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Inkfingerz Writing Competition 2013 Finalists

Inkfingerz Today's the day - that Writers' Voices announces the finalists 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 November 8) at 1 pm or Monday November 11 at 8 am, as the finalists read from their works, then go to to the Inkfingerz Facebook page to vote for your favorite by hitting the "Like" button. The show will be available online at kruufm.com and writersvoices.com. Text of manuscript excerpts is available at the Writers' Voices writing competition site.  Voting continues until December 6, 1:45 pm central, when we will announce the winner live on air!

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.

 

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"Somebody Up There Hates You:" A Title That Grabs Your Attention

SUTHYHollis Seamon"Somebody Up There Hates You" is a young adult debut novel by Hollis Seamon. The setting is a hospice, and the hero, 17-year old Richard Casey, and his crush, Sylvie, who lives across the hall, set out to prove that kids will be kids, even if they have a terminal illness.

Seaom spent years visiting a children's hospital while caring for her son, and this book is dedicated to the young heroes she met there.  Seamon received a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and is a professor of English and creative writing.

Join us this week on Writers' Voices as we discuss writing humorously about a deadly serious subject.

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Alice Hoffman - from "Practical Magic" to "Survival Lessons"

Alice HoffmanAlice Hoffman is one of the best-loved North American novelists of our time.  From her first novel "Property Of", written at age 21 while a student of Creative Writing at Stanford, to the upcoming "The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel" set in early 1900's New York City, her work covers a lot of ground, literally and figuratively. She has published numerous adult novels, two books of short fiction, and 8 books of fiction for children and young adults.  Among her best-known works are "Practical Magic" (which became a movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) and Oprah Book Club selection "Here on Earth," a modern version of themes drawn from Emily Brone's "Wuthering Heights."

Join us on Writers' Voices this week as we discuss Hoffman's most recent (and first non-fiction) book, "Survival Lessons," which reveals the essence of what she learned while fighting cancer.

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Keeping It Civil with "Super Lawyer" Margaret Klaw

Margaret KlawJoin Monica and Caroline this week on Writers' Voices for an inside look at the changing definition of family from a legal perspective.  Filled with interesting case histories and personal insight, "Keeping It Civil: The Case of the Pre-Nup and The Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of A Family Lawyer" describes the impact on real people from such soietal hot-button issues as divoce, custody, marriage equality and reproductive technology.

Family law is not a high-profile specialty, yet it is an area where attorneys can have real impact on the lives of their clients. In "Keeping It Civil,"  Klaw takes us inside the courtroom and discusses strategy, how attorneys work with opposing counsel, and how to determine the best approach for each case. Would-be attorneys can learn a lot about their future career from this book, but anyone with an interest in the law will find it fascinating.  "Keeping It Civil" is published by Algonquin Books.

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Queen of America, Part II

Luis Alberto UrreaQueen of AmericaIf you missed our 2012 interview with Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction, Luis Alberto Urrea, be sure to tune in this week for the rebroadcast.  Luis discusses his novel, "Queen of America". This sequel to Urrea's "The Hummingbird’s Daughter", follows Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," as she flees with her father from Mexico on to a journey through turn of the century New York, San Francisco, St. Louis and beyond. 

Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, Luis Urrea has authored over 13 books, and has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. Rumour has it that another of Luis' novels "Into the Beautiful North" is being made into a movie.

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A Story That Should Never Be Forgotten

Boy On the Wooden BoxFor decades, Leon Leyson kept his story of hardship during the Holocaust, and being one of the youngest on Schindler's List, mostly to himself.  Even his children weren't aware of the magnitude of the horrors that their father had experienced. But after the movie, "Schindler's List" came out, Leyson became more open about his history, speaking publicly on almost a weekly basis, at churches, synagogues, schools and community events.  Over and over he heard "you should write a book."  He decided to do just that, and the day after the manuscript was delivered to Atheneum, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, Leyson passed away at the age of 83.  

This week on Writers' Voices, Monica and Caroline speak with Leon's son Daniel Leyson, head coach of the UCLA water polo team and former Olympian, about his father's memoir.  Please join us.

Father Rookey

This week Monica and Caroline will be talking with author Kathleen Quasey and Father Rookey about her biography of Father Rookey titled Healer of Souls.

 92-year old Father Rookey and his biographer are driving up from Chicago for this inerveiw.

Glowing reports of his healing ministry have been heard around Fairfield. Born October 12, 1916 in Superior, Wisconsin, Father Rookey entered the Servite Seminary in Hillside, Illinois in 1930. He studied theology, philosophy and music at Loyola and DePaul Universities in Chicago. In 1941 he was ordained at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago.

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