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 Ken Chawkin's 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!
This week's guest on Writers' Voices "accidentally" founded National Novel Writing Month in 1999. Through this annual web-based motivational program for writers (which takes place every November), as well as teaching at Stanford University's Writers' Studio and around the world, Chris Baty has inspired hundreds of thousands of would-be novelists.
In his new book, "No Plot? No Problem!" Baty provides pep talks, exercises to define characters and plot, and methods for maximizing creativity and output, all with the goal of helping you write a novel in a month.
Join Monica and Caroline as we discover the story behind NaNoWriMo, and what keeps it going. Maybe you'll get inspired to write a novel this month!
Writers' Voices is pleased to welcome Fairfield therapist and author Michael Morgan, LMT, CST-D this week to talk about his new book, "The BodyEnergy Longevity Prescription: How CranioSacral Therapy Helps Prevent Alzheimer's and Dementia While Improving Your Quality of Life."
Morgan has been an instructor of CranioSacral Therapy for the Upledger Institute for over 16 years. Recently he has focused on the application of CranioSacral therapy to dementia and Alzheimer's disease, developing classes for therapists, laypersons and advanced practitioners. As part of his ongoing research on aging, Morgan specializes in inflammatory processes that affect the body and brain, and the role of the immune system.
Join Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices as we learn about the latest advances in this area of treatment.
Monicah interviews Meg Wolitzer
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If you have been listening to Writers' Voices awhile, you probably know that co-host Caroline Kilbourn is single-handedly attempting to keep alive the lost art of letter-writing. You know, the kind written on paper (often by hand, with a pen), and actdually mailed? with a stamp? Well, perhaps not single-handedly, since the people she writes to often write back!
And there's also Shaun Usher, whose belief in "the importance and unrivalled charm of old-fashioned correspondence" led him to start a website in 2009 called lettersofnote.com. There are currently over 900 "letters, postcards,telegrams, faxes and memos" featured on the site, written by people both famous and ordinary. From this intriguing archive, Usher selected more than 125 letters to feature in this beautifully designed anthology. As one critic wrote, this books is "the literary equivalent of a box of chocolates - bite-sized and pure addictive pleasure."
Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn how Usher finds the letters, how he chose which ones to include in the book, and the process of creating such a beautiful work of literary history.
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!
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.
The writers whom we have interviewed on Writers' Voices came to writing from a wide range of backgrounds. It is always interesting to hear their stories - for some, how they came to write a book at all is surprising. This week's guest, Ray Bourhis, is an attorney specializing in representing people whose long term disability claims were denied by insurance companies. As such, he has a unique perspective on greed, and the concentration of power, although his fictiional response to this in "Revolt: The Secession of Mill Valley," may seem a bit extreme.
Still, the issues that are raised in this political thriller - including government surveillance of average citizens and elections dominated by big money, - couldn't be more timely. Join Monica and Caroline this week to learn how political passions can turn into a political thriller.
When Mary Rockefeller Morgan's twin brother Michael disappeared off the remote coast of New Guinea in 1961, at the age of 23, her loss was both deeply personal and extremely public, as the event was front page news around the world. In this touching memoir, Morgan discusses grief, healing, and her life-long work as a psychotherapist specializing in twin loss and bereavement counseling. Morgan is also Executive Producer of a forthcoming documentary on genetic determinism and the American dream.
Join us on Writers' Voices this week for what promises to be a moving conversation.
Our second guest, Molly Knight Raskin, is a journalist and former writer/producer for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. You may never have heard of her subject, Danny Lewin, but you will wonder why not. Danny grew up in the US and Israel, became a member of an elite counterterrorism unit in Israel, came to MIT to study abstract math, and co-founded one of the early dot-com companies that tranformed the internet. And, he was most likely the first victim of the 9/11 attacks when he was fatally stabbed while attempting to stop the terrorists on one of the planes that flew into the World Trade Center. The book is titled "No Better Time."
We have a rare treat for biography lovers this week! First up, John Adago, author of "East Meets West," the stories of the remarkable men and women from the East and the West who built a bridge across a cultural divide and across the centuries, and introduced Meditation and Eastern Philsophy to the West ( and yes, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is one of the featured teachers.) Check out thejourneyback.net for more information on the author and this many subjects.
Three Fairfield women join Monica and Caroline in the studio this week to share examples of free writing done in classes led by Rae Bird, and writing groups that sprouted from Rae's classes. Pictured at the mike, from left to right, are Mary Ellen Maguire, Laya Hawthorne and Sallee Garst Haerr.
According to these women, Rae Bird helps to create a safe space for women to develop their creative voice, being supportive and encouraging while pushing her students to go deeper. The focus is on free writing and sharing the result, not critiquing, although the women acknowledge that there is a time and place for critique groups. The works the women read on air are honest, intimate, and remarkably polished considering they are only lightly edited.
Once we have the show archived, we will also post the manuscripts on writersvoices.com so listeners can read them as well. In the meantime, enjoy these wise and melodious voices of Fairfield Women Who Write.
Those of you who listen to Writers' Voices regularly know that, on Fridays, our live broadcast follows "The Filmosophers" featuring Chris Busch and Bruce Miller. Bruce is a freqent source of recomendations for Writers' Voices and has also stepped in as co-host several times (including last week at a moment's notice), and we are pleased to welcome him back as co-host this week. Our guest, Julia Desmond, comes highly recommended by Bruce.
Julia, a Wisconsin native, is a former investment banker and now serves as a "spiritual teacher for the modern world." She teaches Oneness Meditation, and wrote this book to inspire others to experience their own insights from the divine. Tune in for what promises to be an enlightening conversation!
"The Lord made men, but Sam Colt mad them equal." This week on Writers' Voices we go back in time, to 1837, when the idea of a revolver that could shoot 6 times without reloading was novel - and the basis for this taut, suspenseful young adult novel set in the wilds of Pennsylvania during a depression.
Robert Lautner, who lives in a wooden cabin in Wales, had a childhood fascination with guns and loved the legend of Colt creating a wooden revolver in order to get a patent for his invention. The seed for "Road to Reckoning" was "What type of man could walk into a room filled with armed murderers with only a wooden gun?"
"Road to Reckoning" is a most unusual combination of fast-moving action, compelling characters, rich historical detail, and literary language. It was a February Book Club selection by BBC Radio 2 and has garnered much attention - understandably so! Join us this week for a look at this fascinating era in American history.
This week's guest on Writers' Voices spent 40 years as an editor, working with some of the top writers in the fields of psychology and neuroscience, including Anna Freud and Mary Pipher ("Reviving Ophelia"). When she retired, she turned to writing books about family relationships. Jane Isay considers herself "a mapmaker, sketching out the routes to conflict and acceptance, to anger and to love."
In Isay's most recent book, "Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths That Change Our Lives," she reveals the secret that deeply impacted her first marriage. By sharing her own and other's stories of secrets kept and secrets found, she illustrates the many ways that secrets affect family relationships and cause emotional distress, but also provides guidance in how to move past the pain, guilt and blame.
Join Monicaand Caroline for an intriguing conversation with a woman who knows both sides of the desk when it comes to writing and publishing.
This week on Writer's Voices, Monica and Caroline welcome MUM Executive Vice President Craig Pearson to discuss his recently released book, "The Supreme Awakening: Experiences of Enlightenment Throughout Time - and How We Can Cultivate Them." The product of research Dr. Pearson did for his doctoral dissertation, this book allows the reader to share the enlightened experiences of people throughout history. By gathering these many stories from across history, from saints and mystics, writers, world leaders, even athletes, Dr. Pearson provides a unique perspective on what is obviously a universal experience.
Many of the people profiled within are expected, people who are well-known for their spiritual experiences - Buddha, St. Teresa of Avila, Thoreau, Rumi. But there are many surprises here as well - Anwar Sadat, Einstein, Plato and many more. I was most fascinated by these stories. It made me realize that the accomplishments of many great persons may have been a direct result of their experiences with other states of consciousness.
Dr. Pearson is also the author of "The Complete Book of Yogic Flying."
First, a little explanation as to the title of this post. I read the end of this book on an airplane and although no one around me seemed to notice, I was, quite obviously, crying. So be forewarned.
When you are young and in love, "until death do us part" seems like a daunting amount of forever. Unless the one you love suffers from something like cystic fibrosis. Elizabeth Scarboro and her high school sweetheart/first husband, Stephen, refused to let his illness define their lives or love, but they could not avoid its impact.
Scarboro's story, "My Foreign Cities" was an Oprah Book of the Week and named by Library Journal as one of the bestmemoirs of the year. Previously, Scarboro published two novels for children. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, and more.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn what it takes to share such a personal story with the world.
This week's guest on Writers' Voices is one of the most influential writers for young adults today. Laurie Halse Anderson's first young adult novel, "Speak" is the story of a young vicitm of sexual assault and is used in classrooms across the nation. Never one to avoid the tough subjects, her most recent book, "The Impossible Knife of Memory" is inspired by Anderson's own childhood, growing up with a father suffering from war-induced PTSD. Already it is allowing teens who are living with this issue an opportunity for understanding and healing.
In speaking with Writers' Voices, Anderson tells about her journey from her early career as a journalist, why she began writing children's books, and her successful transition to young adult fiction. In addition to contemporary novels, she also has published a number of historical novels for young adults including the "Seeds of America" trilogy. The first book of that series, "Chains" takes the unusual perspective of a run-away slave during the American Revolution, and shines light on the little-known truth that at the time of the Declaration of Independence, even the Northern states were slave states.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices for this fascinating conversation on writing for young adults.
If you've been listening to Writers' Voices for awhile, you probably know that Caroline is a retired English teacher, as is our guest today, David Menasche. After reading his book, Caroline says she wished she had been able to read it while she was still teaching.
David taught high school English at a magnet school in the Miami area. At the age of 34 he was diagnosed with a brain cancer and told he had a few months to live. David continued teaching for six more years - as he explained to students who asked him why he wasn't out doing what he loved in the short time left to him; he was. Then, in 2012, David's lost most of his vision and much of the mobility on his left side and had to quit teaching. But he was not a man to sit around waiting to die. Instead, he decided to couch-surf around the country, visiting friends and former students. Within days of putting the word out on Facebook, he had invitations for over 100 places to stay. Along the way, he recorded his conversations and emailed himself notes about his journey, which he turned into a book after returning home.
Tune into Writers' Voices for an inspiring conversation with a man who gets our vote for Teacher of the Decade.
It's not every day that Monica and Caroline interview a writer and then see him on television that night - but the day that we recorded this in-depth interview with Anthony Horowitz, one of Britain's most popluar and best-loved writers who earlier this week was honored as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (just two steps shy of knighthood), he was featured on the PBS special, "How Sherlock Changed the World." That was due to his most recent adult novel, "House of Silk," a Sherlock Holmes novel written at the behest of the Conan Doyle Estate and publlished in November 2011. (Sherlock changed the world because of the advances in crime detection that resulted from the methods employed in his fictional adventures). The "House of Silk," by the way, reads just like Conan Doyle's books - and is one of the best novels I've read in years.
But that's not actually the book we are focusing on today, which is "Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin."
This week on Writers' Voices we will be diving into two seemingly disparate forms of creative expression, but perhaps we will find unexpected similarities between them.
First, we will be joined by popular blogger Jo Ann Fore, author of "When a Woman Finds Her Voice: Overcoming Lifes' Hurts and Using Your Story to Make a Difference." In this book, Jo Ann shares her own history as a victim of abuse and poor life choices and how she found her voice, as well as the stories of many other women who have broken the shell of silence and found healing through speaking out (or writing.) Jo Ann is also the founder of the web site WriteWhereItHurts.org, which encourages others to use writing as a healing tool.
Then, at 1:30, we welcome Fairfield resident Wade Kernohan, who was recommended to us by his publisher Rodney Charles of 1st World Publishing, also of Fairfield. Rodney says Wade's book, "Marks on a Page" is the most unusual he has ever published. The book is described as "an assemblage of ink strokes" that become "expressive ideas that demonstrate the relevance of abstract art..." and as a way to "expand your expressive repetoire." Perhaps another way of finding your voice, symbolically?
Join us for these explorations!
When long time Fairfielder John Viviano semi-retired from business consulting, he turned to writing action adventure novels that contain some spiritual knowledge and an element of romance. The first two books, "Silent Magic: Book One of the Adventures, Romance and Enlightenment of Clay St. Clair and Nancy Picararo" and "Quantum Silence" were released in paperback and E-book format in 2013. Book Three, "The Sixteen Kalas of Silence" is scheduled for release in 2014. The main character, Clay St. Clair, is a former Army Ranger and part-time FBI contractor who, needless to say, gets drawn into saving the world from nefarious plots.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices as we discuss with John the process of writing and publishing an action adventure trilogy, and why he chose this genre to impart spiritual knowledge.
This photo, "Migrant Mother," is one of the most famous Depression-Era photographs. "Dorothea Lange" Grab a Hunk of Lightning," by Elizabeth Partridge, tells the story behind this and many other famous and lesser known works by Dorthea Lange. Perhaps most fascinating of all is the story of how Lange became a photographer. Join us this week on Writers' Voices, as Partidge, Lange's goddaughter, talks about producing this companion book to the PBS American Masters episode on Lange which will air in 2014.
Partridge was an acupuncturist for 20 years before she closed her practice to focus on writing. She has written over a dozen books and is on the core faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
"Good Kings Bad Kings: A Novel" by Susan Nussbaum, won the 2012 PEN/Bellwethr Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, among many accolades. Well known novelist Barbara Kingsolver says "This is fiction at its best...A stunning accomplishment." The LA Review of Books called it "an easy book to love and admire."
What makes this books such a standout? Well, start with the fact that the main characters are living in an institution for young adults with disabilities, but the story is about their lives, not their disabilities. Nussbaum herself was hit by a car when she was in her 20's, leaving her a wheelchair-user. She became an acclaimed playwright and disability rights activist. In an aritcle for Huffington Post, Nussbaum wrote "Can't there ever be a disabled character in a book or film just because? where the topic doesn't ever come up? All sorts of interesting stories can be written about a disabled character... you know, just like real people."
Good Kings Bad Kings" is Nussbaum's first novel. Please join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn how this book came to be, and how it has made a difference.