creative process

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    Sep 18
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    Sep 20
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Susan's "Genuine" Stories Win Award

Susan Smith DanielsInspired by a dead possum on a bike path, SUSAN SMITH DANIELS penned THE GENUINE STORIES, tales so riveting that they captured Fairfield University's MFA Book Prize for 2017. Featuring a young healer who wishes she were ordinary, the stories will be published by New Rivers Press in 2018.

Doodling is a strategy award-winning author and illustrator Michelle Edwards used to produce many published books for children, a nonfiction book for adults, and nearly 100 essays for knitters. Her children's picture book, CHICKEN MAN, won the National Jewish Book Award. Her children's book illustrations have been exhibited in several shows, and her essays have been monthly features in a yarn company's newsletter. Jane Smiley and a host of other knitters highly praised her first book for adults, A KNITTER'S HOME COMPANION. For insight into how one artist ignites her creative spark, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Michelle Edwards.

The Pharos Gate by Nick BantockBored with his mail, Nick Bantock grew jealous when he visited his local post office and spotted people clutching personal letters. He fantasized about receiving such letters himself. The result? Two fan-cult favorite, best-seling trilogies that are about to reach closure with the upcoming grand finale, The Pharos Gate: Griffin & Sabine's Lost Correspondence. Twenty-five years ago, Nick redefined the art of storytelling by combining fine art, fiction, and three-dimensional interactive books in his Griffin & Sabine trilogies. Multi-million best sellers, his books spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and received wide critical acclaim.

Author B. K. Loren

 

What's B. K. Loren up to? Her novel THEFT's been optioned for film! B. K.'s writing the screenplay! She just won the 2014 Colorado Book Award for Creative Nonfiction for ANIMAL, MINERAL, RADICAL: A FLOCK OF ESSAYS ON WILDLIFE, FAMILY & FOOD!

Here at The Studio we're celebrating these successes of one of our favorite authors by rebroadcasting an interview in which B. K. explains in detail how she approaches writing, creativity, and life. 

I Knead My Mommy Turning grief into a wildly popular, hilarious series of pet poetry books is one of Francesco Marciuliano's many accomplishments. His latest book, I Knead My Mommy and Other Poems by Kittens was just released by Chronicle Books. It follows two other volumes, I Could Chew on This and Other Poems by Dogs and I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats, which made it onto many best-seller lists. Francesco dedicated his first pet poetry book, I Could Pee on This, to his cats, Natasha and Boris. After they died, he coped with losing them by writing humorous poetry from their point-of-view.  

Where does the creativity to spin sadness into joy come from? Francesco (who's also a cartoonist and playwright) employs several tactics to avoid writers block and facilitate creative expression. For insights into the creative process of a very talented guy, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Francesco Marciuliano.

Esther Ehrlich, Author of NestWhy do people's stories matter? Because they help us discover what it means to be human. They help us explore how to make good choices about how to live, too. So says oral historian and author Esther Ehrlich. Her recently released historical novel NEST is receiving well-deserved and widespread critical acclaim. Nest explores serious issues (family dysfunction, physical disability, depression, grief, and loss). Still, joy leaps off its pages, and the healing power of nature, friendship and art is stressed. For a glimpse into the creative journey of a gifted writer, tune in to The Studio with Cheryl and Esther Ehrlich this week.

 

D. J. MacHale Book StormNYT best-selling author D. J. MacHale's YA thriller trilogy The Sylo Chronicles is going strong with publication of Book #3, Strike, slated for mid-October 2014. Book #2, Storm, hit stores in March. In this rebroadcast interview, first aired in July 2013 shortly after publication of Book #1, Sylo, D. J. shares secrets of success he's gleaned from famous people (Stephen King, Alfred Hitchcock, Haig Manoogian) and the less well known (a young fan, a school librarian, and his then 10-year-old daughter). D.J. explores the best way to help reluctant readers, wordsmithing vs.

Book Cover: Lost Clerihews

With authors and book titles swirling incessantly inside his head, legendary literary tastemaker Paul Ingram of Iowa City's Prairie Lights Bookstore fell victim to clerihew mania. The result? A new book, The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram, published recently by Ice Cube Press and illustrated with Julia Anderson-Miller's witty and thoughtful pen-and-ink drawings.

As award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken reports in the foreword, this book is "everything that Paul Ingram himself is: hilarious, ribald, tender, erudite, naughty." Watch out! Containing over 120 four-line poems that lampoon a variety of public figures, Paul's book (and Julia's artwork) just might inspire clerihew mania to grow inside you! For a glimpse of the super creative minds that produced this naughty new book, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl, Julia and Paul.

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    Sep 23
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    Sep 25
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What Artists' Studios Reveal About the Creative Process

Studio Life Book Cover

 

Artist Sarah Trigg investigated the creative processes of 200 fine artists by visiting their studios, interviewing them, and photographing the bizarre collections, odd rituals, and makeshift tools that help and inspire them. Then Sarah culled her photos and interviews down into an exploration of 100 artists.

The result is Studio Life: Rituals, Collections, Tools, and Observations on the Artistic Process, released by Princeton Architectural Press last week. Following a narrative arc that loosely explores all stages of artists' lives, this book provides a unique view of artists and their creative process. Sarah's photos of and commentary on how artists work just may inspire you, too, to unleash your playful side so don't miss The Studio with Cheryl this week!