Allen Cobb returns to Writers' Voices this week to tell Monica and Caroline about his latest publishing venture - "The Rules for the game of life" - A novel, in which secrets are revealed.
According to Allen, "t's a little comical, a little cosmic, and hopefully a fun read. As many of you know, I've been collecting a strange set of "rules" — with tongue firmly in cheek — and I finally succumbed to repeated requests to "make them into a book." It quickly turned into an unexpected little novel, one which pretty much wrote itself. (Which is probably a Good Thing.)"
Allen is also a poet, a sound artist, and a publisher so no doubt this will be a far-ranging conversation on Writers' Voices!
Imagine devoting a year of your life to a single interest, determined to learn everything there is to know about it. And writing a book about it while you're at it. A very funny book. A New York Times bestseller even. Imagine that even before the year is up and the book is finished, your project is optioned as a movie. And you'd be played by Ben Stiller maybe, or Jim Carey, or Steve Carrell. Not a bad way to spend a year!
A.J. Jacobs, author of "The Year of Living Bibilically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible" and "Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Pefection" (do you sense a theme here?) will join Monica and Carline this week on Writers' Voices. Jacobs is an editor at large of Esquire magazine and a frequent contributor to other national magazine and NPR's Weekend Edition. He will be speaking March 14, 2013 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant Iowa at 7 pm. (check iwc.edu for details). Hear about some of the funniest things that happened while he was trying to follow the rules in the Bible as literally as possible, and how seriously he took the command to be fruitful and multiply. Jacobs speaks candidly about why the book is not offensive to believers even though it has a humorous perspective.
Humorist, Polly Frost has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other magazines. Her humorous essays have also been anthologized, including in two of The New Yorker’s “best of” collections. Her 2010 humor collection, "With One Eye Open", inspired Elle columnist, E. Jean Carroll, to call Polly Frost “the Edith Wharton of her generation."
Polly will be performing her one-person show, "How To Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Family", Saturday, May 19 at The Englert Theatre, in Iowa City. Combining storytelling, anecdotes and humorous tips, Polly presents a heartfelt and humorous exploration of the journey families take as they grow and change in often unexpected ways.
This week's Writers' Voices features an interview with local Fairfield author, Andrew Edlin. Andrew has written the fantasy novel "Inaccessible: Dragon Retreat".
Taking place in 1961, when the few solitary dragons are threatened as their invisibility begins to fail, the Protectors, allies of the dragons, led by 15-year old Griff Owen and his family, go up against the forces that are working to destroy the dragons and their Protectors.
Andrew self-published this novel and it is being released through e-book applications.
Andrew Edlin was born in Brighton, U.K. and currently lives in Fairfield, Iowa.
Tune in to the next Writers' Voices for an interview with Michael Fischman. Michael is the author of "Stumbling Into Infinity: An Ordinary Man in the Sphere of Enlightenment." The book is a spiritual memoir recounting Michael's journey, from a challenging childhood to a successful Madison Avenue advertising career, through a mysterious turn of events that leads him into a relationship with a great humanitarian and one of India's most revered spiritual leaders, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Michael recounts inner traumas, glimpses of wisdom, a fight at an Indian ashram, and a blossoming of love and devotion.
Join Writers' Voices host Caroline Kilbourn as she interviews Evelyn Birkby, a newspaper columnist, radio personality, book author, and speaker who for almost 60 years has enchanted her audience with her honest chatty ways, her warm stories, and wonderful recipes. Caroline used to listen to Evelyn's homemaking show on the radio over 50 years ago.
Writers' Voices airs live Friday at 1 pm, rebroadcast Monday 8 am.
This Friday at 1 pm and Monday at 8 am, Writers' Voices with Monica and Caroline welcomes Mt. Pleasant author and speaker Susan Klopfer. Ms. Klopfer, an award-winning journalist and formerly an acquisitions and development editor for Prentice Hall, is the author of "Where Rebels Roost: Mississippi Civil Rights Revisted," which follows the history of African Americans and their struggle for civil rights in the Mississippi Delta region.
Ms. Klopfer's prior publications include "The Emmett Till Book," and a number of computer how-to books. Her speaking topics include "There is a Book Inside You - How to Get It Out" and "How to Market Your Book and Services on the Internet."
Join us this week on Writers Voices for another stimulating conversation about books and writing.
Author and executive coach Susan Wilson joins Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices Friday Jan 18 at 1 pm and Monday Jan 21 at 8 am. Susan is CEO of Executive Strategies (www.execstrategies.com), working with high-performance companies and individuals. She is the author of "Gourmet Meetings on a Microwave Schedule," "Transformational Leadership," "Magnetic Leadership" and more. She also contributed to "Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul" and "Intimate Moments with God." Susan uses her flair for storytelling to enhance her coaching work.
Plus, her coauthor on some of the books is Caroline's daughter-in-law, Deanne Herr.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices for another informative and entertaining interview.
Former Fairfielder Carol Kline, co-author of six Chicken Soup for the Soul books, joins Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices this Friday at 1 pm and Monday at 8 am. Carol talks about the development of her career as a writer, why being a co-author is ideal for her, and how editing a collection of stories such as Chicken Soup differs from writing original material, as she did in her latest project. "Happy For No Reason" was co-authored with Marci Shimoff and set for release January 1, 2008.
Carol was a guest on Writers' Voices last December, shortly after the release of "You've Got to Read this Book," which she coauthored with Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and Gay Hendricks.