Writing

Hugh FerrerHugh Ferrer will be at the KRUU station on Friday to talk with Monica Hadley and Chamaigne Montana on Writers’ Voices.
Hugh Ferrer is the associate director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. He earned an AB in Philosophy from Princeton University and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has been with the IWP since 2001. For five years he was fiction editor of The Iowa Review, and is now working on his first novel.
The topic of Hugh Ferrer's lecture at University of Iowa Summer
Writers' Festival this year was “The Big, Silent Dialogue”. He has graciously agreed to come speak with us about his lecture and the dialogue between books. This should be a fascinating interview!

Mary GottschalkPlease help Monica Hadley and Chamaigne Montana welcome Mary Gottschalk to Fairfield by tuning in to Writers' Voices this Friday at 1pm. Mary is coming in from Des Moines to be a live guest on KRUU and looking forward to exploring our Fair city.

After 35 years and six career changes that took her to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Central America, Mary finished her first book, Sailing Down the Moonbeam.
Today, Mary makes her living as a free lance writer and speaker. Her lectures cover topics such as career planning and the amazing things that can happen when you look at risk as a career management tool.

Mary’s memoir is the tale of a New York career woman who decided there was more to life than high finance and a million frequent flier miles she would never have time to use.
In what seemed like an outrageous risk at age 40, she and her investment banker husband left family, friends and careers behind in favor of seeing the world from the deck of a sailboat. The three-year journey took her through uncharted waters -- in her marriage and her career as well as on the ocean. When the sailing voyage came to an unexpected end, she found the winds had blown her to a better place than she ever hoped to go.

Mrs. Lincoln

Catherine Clinton will be calling us all the way from Italy on Friday to talk with us about her new book, Mrs. Lincoln - A Life. Often brushed off as crazy, Mrs. Lincoln was actually a very accomplished woman, but who suffered a lot of tragedy. She was the first president's wife to be known as the "First Lady", and as a First Lady and wife of President Lincoln, she had a shaping influence on American History.

Catherine Clinton is also the author of Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, which was named as one of the best nonfiction books of 2004 by the Christian Science Monitor and the Chicago Tribune, as well as Fanny Kemble's Civil Wars.

Educated at Harvard, Sussex, and Princeton, she is a member of the advisory committee to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Bicentennial Commission, and holds a chair in U.S. history at Queen's University Belfast.

 

The Pickle Patch Bathtub“Imagine how much fun it was to ask the Ten Speed Press for 45,000 copies of The Pickle Patch Bathtub,” says Iowa’s First Lady, Christy Vilsack, who selected the book to be given to each of Iowa’s 42,000 kindergartners as part of her literacy program in 2006.

In her column on Offenburger.com, Christy writes, “When I chose The Pickle Patch Bathtub,” by Dubuque writer Frances Kennedy,… I had no idea it would also touch a chord in Iowa’s senior citizens.” While visiting small town libraries, Christy recounts the true story told in the book, about the author’s mother Donna. When Donna was 12, she grew pickles to make money to buy a real bathtub from the Sears and Roebuck Catalog. (She had outgrown the galvanized tub in the kitchen.) With the contribution of her sibling’s Christmas dimes, she finally had enough to buy the tub, which sat in a crate on the front porch until after harvest, when it was enjoyed by the whole family.

Facts Don't Matter

This week on Writers' Voices, we interview Dixie Burkhart, author of "Facts Don't Matter", a provocative book about what she calls "court assisted business fraud", something that she experienced personally when a business agreement gone bad ended up in court. Is "judicial discretion" a door that has opened too wide to allow rulings by opinion?

Dixie Burkhart was born, raised and continues to live in Southeast Iowa with her second husband. She has children, grandchildren, and an extended family. She was a state bureaucrat for seventeen years, worked in the financial services for more than twenty years, was involved with a radio station actively for five years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Iowa Wesleyan College, a Master of Science from The American College, and a PHD from Walden University. She also holds several professional designations including Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant.

Brown Water BoatingFormer Fairfield Ledger Editor Dean Gabbert and his publicist Marilyn Candido will be at the KRUU studio on Friday August 7, to be interviewed by Caroline Kilbourn and Chamaigne Montana on Writers’ Voices.

Dean's river writings have earned him two awards: the 2006 James V. Swift Prize in Maritime Literature from the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library, St. Louis; and a 1993 Public Service Commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Dean and his wife were both long time staffers at the Fairfield Ledger. They moved to Nuavoo when he retired as Editor and Publisher in 1985.

If you go for rivers and riverboats, you'll enjoy Dean Gabbert's latest book, a collection of river stories entitled Brown-Water Boating. Spanning 45 years, the stories will take you places you’ve never been before. Many of these stories appeared in the Waterways Journal and other publications, including the Fairfield Ledger. Among other things, this book is a fascinating history of our area.

Dean is also the author of two Mississippi River novels, The Log of the Jessie Bill (1993) and Let the Lower Lights be Burning (2002).

Please tune in to welcome Dean Gabbert back to Fairfield!

Living a Charmed LifeWho couldn’t use a little hope in their lives these days? Times may be tough, but we still have the power to live richly and to create potential in each moment. Bestselling author Victoria Moran shares her effervescent vision in LIVING A CHARMED LIFE, which offers fifty action-inspiring essays that show us how to custom craft our very own blessed lives. Covering topics such as living richly, staying close to what makes you come alive, and how to be completely, utterly yourself, Moran emphasizes that this kind of happiness is possible for anyone of any age in any circumstance.

Victorian Moran is an inspirational speaker, a certified life coach, and the author of ten books including the international bestseller Creating a Charmed Life. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Body + Soul, Natural Health, and Yoga Journal. Her blog, “Your Charmed Life,” is published daily on BeliefNet.com. She lives a charmed life in New York City.

MarinaMarina Spence founded The Pink Edge (www.pinkedge.com) in 2007 to help women change their work or their attitude toward work Her book, Make Every Day a Friday! The Joy of Connecting Who You Are With What You Do helps readers successfully navigate the world of career and purpose, with practical actions and spiritual insights. Road tested during Marina’s years in the aggressive, fast-paced atmosphere of Wall Street, the book reveals the Stress-Free Career Change System.

Marina has over 25 years practice with the #1 stress-buster, meditation. While she knows she wasn’t the only person on Wall Street who meditated for an hour before work, sometimes it felt that way. She also taught meditation in Manhattan.

Now Marina juggles management consulting with being an author and mentor. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please Join Chamaigne Montana and Caroline Kilbourn for this interview on Friday at 1pm

First30Days You won’t want to miss this interview with Ariane de Bonvoisin, hosted by Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn. Ariane’s staggering list of accomplishments is topped off by her latest project, The First30Days.

The First30Days is a New York City-based media company focused on guiding people through all types of changes, both personal and professional. Ariane is both Founder and CEO of the company, which launched its beta web site with nearly 50 life change subjects in February 2008.

Its first expression in other media was the release of Ariane’s new book in May 2008, by HarperCollins, aptly entitled The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Any Change.

The First30Days management team is comprised of seasoned former executives from a variety of media companies, including About.com, CNN, International Data Group, News Corporation and Sony. The company’s headquarters, editorial and sales teams are based in the Flatiron district of
New York City.

David PattersonJoin us on Writers' Voices this Friday for a behind-the-scenes talk with the writers for the Iowa Play Festival, July 8-12 at the Sondheim Center. David Patterson and Savannah Quinn will tell us about the festival, and then we’ll hear from two of the writers: William Coleman and Robert Lynn.

The show is hosted by Monica Hadley and Caroline Kilbourn.