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We speak with Mira Bartok about her new children’s novel The Wonderling. She is the author of numerous books, including The Memory Palace: A Memoir, which won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.

We also talk with Douglas Schofield about his new novel Killing Pace, a mystery about a woman with amnesia who is held prisoner by a man claiming to be her boyfriend. Douglas Schofield is also the author of Time of Departure and Storm Rising.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-03-06.mp3
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Liz talks with Dianna Hunter about her memoir Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life. A firsthand account of the lesbian feminist movement at its inception, Wild Mares is a deeply personal, wryly wise, and always engaging view of identity politics lived and learned in real life and, literally, on the ground, flourishing in the fertile soil of a struggling dairy farm in the American heartland. Dianna Hunter is the author of the book and radio series Breaking Hard Ground: Stories of the Minnesota Farm Advocates. She taught writing and women’s and gender studies at four universities, including the University of Wisconsin–Superior, where she was a lecturer and director until she retired in 2012.

Steve talks with Lou Berney about his most recent novel November Road. A thriller and love story set against the backdrop of the JFK assassination, it centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America—a story of unexpected connections, daring possibilities, and the hope of second chances from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-10-23.mp3
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Liz talks with Suzanne Schiffman about her new murder mystery Between a Rock and a Dark Place, surrounding the death of a French entrepreneur in a rural American backwater. She has degrees in journalism and French and has been writing most of my life. She lives with her husband in rural Virginia and on Amelia Island, Florida. When not writing, she is either walking, hiking, biking, reading or traveling.

Conor interview Meghan O'Gieblyn on her collection of essays titled Interior States. Meghan is a writer who was raised and still lives in the Midwest. Her essays have appeared in Harper's Magazine, n+1,The Point, The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Best American Essays 2017, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She received a B.A. in English from Loyola University, Chicago and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-10-16.mp3
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Liz talks with Gary Morganstein about his new novel A Mound Over Hell, a post-apocalyptic book about baseball, in which America has nearly been wiped out by radical Islam, and where holograms run the bases for out-of-shape players. Gary Morganstein is the author of many books, including Jesse's Girl, Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman, How to Find a Woman...or Not, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

Conor will be interviewing Amy Bonnaffons about her story collection The Wrong Heaven, which straddles the line between the real and the fantastical. Her stories uncover the mysteries beneath the mundane surfaces of our lives. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Kenyon Review, and has been read on This American Life.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-10-09.mp3
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We are having another Pledge Drive Episode. We will be asking for your support in keeping community radio alive while we share our personal experiences being involved with KFAI, Write On! Radio!, and maybe even hear us share our own writing on the air.

Liz will be interviewing Jenni Walsh for her recent work Side By Side: A Novel of Bonnie & Clyde. Jenni L. Walsh has spent the past decade enticing readers as an award-winning advertising copywriter. Her passion lies in transporting readers to another world, be it in historical or contemporary settings. She is a proud graduate of Villanova University, and lives in the Philly 'burbs with her husband, daughter, son, and goldendoodle. She is the author of Becoming Bonnie.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-09-25.mp3
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Anne talks with Emily France about her Young Adult novel Zen and Gone. Emily France is the critically acclaimed young adult author of Signs of You. She graduated from Brown University and also holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a JD. She lives in sunny Colorado with her husband and son. Her Zen practice is the taproot of her inspiration. Connect with her online at emilyfrancebooks.com.

Liz talks with Siobhan Adcock about her latest novel of speculative fiction The Completionist. In a near future in which plummeting birth rates have ominous political and personal implications for women, a young man's search for his missing sister leads him into a disturbing and desperate underworld, where bitter freedoms are bought at a terrible price. Entertainment Weekly ranked it as one of the "10 prescient new feminist dystopias to read after The Handmaid's Tale". Siobhan is also the author of The Barter, 30 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do Before Turning 30, and Hipster Haiku.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-09-18.mp3
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We speak with Keziah Frost about her debut novel The Reluctant Fortune Teller, which is about friendship, small acts of kindness and recognizing one’s talents. She holds a master’s degree in English and counseling, and works as a psychotherapist who specializes in pet grief.

We also talk with Lisa Carrico, who is the Director of Family and Veteran Programs for the Missouri Humanities Council. She coordinates Veterans Writing Workshops in the state of Missouri and her organization partners with Southeast Missouri State University Press on Proud to Be: An Anthology of American Warriors, an annual writing contest and anthology which features the work of veterans and family members of veterans.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-03-13.mp3
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On September 11th, Lynette Reini-Grandell talks with former long-time "Write On! Radio" host Jules Nyquist about her newest collection of poetry Homesick, Then. Jules Nyquist has an MFA from Bennington College in Vermont and formerly was a program associate for education at the Loft as well as a "Write On! Radio" co-host. She founded Jules' Poetry Playhouse in Albuquerque, MN, where she now lives. Her previous collections of poetry include Behind the Volcanoes and Appetites.

Steve speaks with Steven Johnson about his new book Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions that Matter the Most. He is the bestselling author of 11 books, including Wonderland, Where Good Ideas Come From, and The Invention of Air. He is also the host and co-creator of the PBS and BBC series How We Got to Now.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-09-11.mp3
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On September 4th, Ian talks with Roma Calatayud-Stocks about her recent work A Symphony of Rivals. A Symphony of Rivals, the second book in a trilogy, is a compelling historical novel set in 1930s Germany, Austria, Italy, and the United States. Alejandra Stanford Morrison pursues her dream of becoming a symphonic conductor at an unfortunate time when culture and the arts are falling under the influence of Nazism, but through her devotion to music and Beethoven's legacy, she finds a measure of hope and strength. Award-winning novelist and composer Roma Calatayud-Stocks holds a Bachelor's degree in Music and Psychology, and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. She later continued her studies in creative writing at the University of St. Thomas. She's currently working on the third book, An Ode to Joy.

We then hear from author Thomas Lamarre discussing his latest work in Japanese animation, The Anime Ecology: A Genealogy of Television, Animation, and Game Media. With his field-defining study The Anime Machine, critics established Lamarre as a leading voice in the field of Japanese animation. He now returns with more broadening insights to give a complete account of anime’s relationship to television while placing it within important historical and global frameworks.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-09-04.mp3
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Steve speaks with Jill Santopolo about her debut adult novel The Light We Lost. She is also the author of three successful children’s and young adult series, including The Nina, The Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure, and the Sparkle Spa Shimmering Collection books. She works as the editorial director of Philomel Books, and in addition, she is an adjunct professor in the New School’s MFA program. 
Ian talks with Lezlie Lowe about her recent work No Place To Go: How Public Toilets Fail Our Private NeedsNo Place To Go is a toilet tour from London to San Francisco to Toronto and beyond. From pay potties to deserted alleyways, No Place To Go is a marriage of urbanism, social narrative, and pop culture that shows the ways — momentous and mockable — public bathrooms just don't work. Lezlie Lowe is a freelance journalist and journalism instructor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been recognized for her long-form journalism by the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Atlantic Journalism Awards. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College, where she also teaches in the Journalism department. No Place To Go is her first book. 
Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-08-28.mp3
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Josh talks with Christopher Bolton about his recently published Interpreting AnimeInterpreting Anime is a thoughtful, carefully organized introduction to Japanese animation for anyone eager to see why this genre has remained a vital, adaptable art form for decades. What emerges from the sweep of Interpreting Anime is Bolton’s original, articulate case for what makes anime unique as a medium: how it at once engages profound social and political realities while also drawing attention to the very challenges of representing reality in animation’s imaginative and compelling visual forms.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-08-21.mp3
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Liz talks with Brantley Hargrove about his first book The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras. Brantley Hargrove is a journalist who has written for Wired, Popular Mechanics, and Texas Monthly. He’s gone inside the effort to reverse-engineer supertornadoes using supercomputers and has chased violent storms from the Great Plains down to the Texas coast. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Renee, and their two cats. The Man Who Caught the Storm is his first book.

Jessie will talk with our very own Steve McEllistrem about his newest work Hound of God, the story of a researcher doing DNA testing and preparing for grad school, suddenly becoming a werewolf. At first, she doesn’t believe it. However, she soon realizes that the dreams are real and that she has become the victim of an ancient mystical curse. Steve McEllistrem has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years. His Susquehanna Virus novels include The Devereaux Dilemma and The Devereaux Disaster, both finalists for the International Book Award in Science Fiction, The Devereaux Decision, named a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, a Midwest Book Award and an International Book Award, and The Devereaux Deity, also a finalist for an International Book Award. He has been a producer and host of Write On! Radio in Minneapolis - where he interviews local, national and international authors - for many years.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-08-14.mp3
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Ian talks with Marilene Phipps about her memoir Unseen Worlds: Adventures at the Crossroads of Vodou Spirits and Latter-day Saint. In this powerful memoir, we enter the lives of a family who are both descendants of European aristocrats and African slaves. We meet Phipps's godfather, the rebel leader Guslé Villedrouin, and we relive her experiences with Vodou priests and spirits, a cold-eyed pope, a charismatic Muslim astrologer, Catholic monks and exorcists, American Mormon bishops, scholars and missionaries. Her collection, The Company of Heaven: Stories from Haiti, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her poetry won the 1993 Grolier poetry prize, and her collection, Crossroads and Unholy Water won the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize.

Steve talks with Gail Honeyman about her debut novel Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. It has received massive praise from many outlets, including the NY Times, NPR, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and was selected by Reese Witherspoon for her book club and for the film rights. Honeyman studied French language and literature at Glasgow University. While working as an administrator, Honeyman enrolled in a Faber Academy writing course where she submitted the first three chapters of what would become Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine to a competition for unpublished fiction by female writers run by Cambridge’s Lucy Cavendish College.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-07-31.mp3
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Paul speaks with Heidi Czerwiec and Anthony Ceballos, and Roy Guzmán about their work. Heidi Czerwiec is the author of the poetry collection Conjoining as well as the essay Sweet/Crude: A Bakken Boom Cycle. Her work has been published in many publications. She teaches in the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Anthony Ceballos received his BFA from Hamline University. His work has been featured in The Fulcrum and Yellow Medicine Review. Raised in Miami, Roy G. Guzmán is a Honduran poet whose first collection will be published by Graywolf Press. 

Jessie speaks with Cecilia Konchar Farr about her book The Ulysses Delusion: Rethinking Standards of Literary Merit. She is a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the women's college St. Catherine University in St Paul. Her research interests all circle around novels—their history, their (women) readers, and their social, educational, aesthetic, and political work.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-08-07.mp3
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Steve talks with Jason Mott about his new novel The Crossing, a literary post-apocalyptic work about two siblings trekking to see the last great thing humanity will ever do. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various literary journals. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 "New Hollywood: Next Wave" people to watch. He is also the author of The Wonder of All Things and The Returned, which was made into the TV series Resurrection.

Paul talks with Joseph Di Prisco about his novel coming out on August 14th Sibella and Sibella. Part tell all, part mystery, and part coming-of-age novel, Sibella & Sibella is a biting look at the world of publishing from a reluctant witness who pulls no punches with anyone. Least of all herself. Di Prisco was born in Brooklyn and lives today in Northern California, with his wife. He's the author of the novels All for Now, The Alzhammer, The Confessions of Brother Eli, and books about childhood and adolescence.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-07-24.mp3
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On July 10th, Conor talks with Issac Baily about his memoir My Brother Moochie. A rare first-person account that combines a journalist’s skilled reporting with the raw emotion of a younger brother’s heartfelt testimony of what his family endured for decades after his eldest brother killed a man and was sentenced to life in prison. Bailey was born in St. Stephen, South Carolina, and holds a degree in psychology from Davidson College in North Carolina. Having trained at the prestigious Poynter Institute for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida, he has been a professional journalist for twenty years. He has taught applied ethics at Coastal Carolina University and, as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, has taught journalism at Harvard Summer School. Bailey has won numerous national, state, and local awards for his writings. He currently lives in Myrtle Beach with his wife and children.

Josh talks with Joe Hart about his newest novel Obscura. Merging thrilling science-fiction adventure with mind-bending psychological suspense, Hart explores both the vast mysteries of outer space and the even darker unknown that lies within ourselves. Wall Street Journal bestselling author Joe Hart is the author of eleven novels that include The River Is Dark, Lineage, EverFall, and the highly acclaimed Dominion Trilogy. When not writing, he enjoys reading, exercising, exploring the great outdoors, and watching movies with his family.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-07-10.mp3
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Josh & Paul talk with Chuck Palahniuk about his new novel Adjustment Day. Chuck Palahniuk's novels are the bestselling Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Diary, Lullaby, Survivor, Haunted, and Invisible Monsters. Portions of Choke have appeared in Playboy, and Palahniuk's nonfiction work has been published by Gear, Black Book, The Stranger, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Conor talks with Jonathan Santlofer about his memoir The Widower's Notebook. Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist. His debut novel, The Death Artist, was an international bestseller, translated into seventeen languages, and is currently in development for screen adaptation. His fourth novel, Anatomy of Fear, won the Nero Award for best novel of 2009. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. He is also the creator and editor of several anthologies including It Occurs to Me That I Am America, a collection of original stories and art. His paintings and drawings are included in many public and private collections. He lives in New York City.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-07-17.mp3
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Jessie talks with Francesca Lia Block about her recently published book on the craft of writing,The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process. Francesca Lia Block is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including the award-winning Weetzie Bat series. Her writing has been called "transcendent" by The New York Times, and her books have been included in "best of" lists compiled by Time magazine and NPR. In this long-anticipated guide, Block offers an intimate glimpse of an artist at work and a detailed guide to help readers channel their own experiences and creative energy. Sharing visceral insights and powerful exercises, she gently guides us down the write-to-heal path, revealing at each turn the intrinsic value of channeling our experiences onto the page.

Paul talks with K.J. Howe about her newest Kidnap-and-Ransom Thriller Skyjack. She is a Thriller and Barry Award nominee, and she has won several writing awards, including three Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellent in Mystery and Suspense. While honing her fiction skills, KJ worked as a medical, health, and fitness writer. She then became involved with the International Thriller Writers as the Executive Director of ThrillerFest, the organization’s annual conference held every July in New York City. In preparation for writing The Freedom Broker series, which focuses on elite kidnap negotiator Thea Paris, KJ spent extensive time researching the dark world of kidnapping. She has interviewed former hostages, negotiators, hostage reintegration experts, special forces operatives, and K&R insurance executives.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-07-03.mp3
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We speak with Gary Kaunonen about his new book Flames of Discontent: The 1916 Minnesota Iron Ore Strike, which just won the 2018 Hognander Minnesota History Award. He is the author of several books, including Finns in Michigan, Challenge Accepted, and the co-author of Community in Conflict. He is an independent historian of labor and immigration, and a documentary filmmaker based in International Falls.

Also, as a special feature of our pledge drive episode, Write On! Radio hosts read from their work. 

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-03-20.mp3
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Liz talks with Scott Holliday about his new book Punishment in the Detective Barnes Series. Scott J. Holliday was born and raised in Detroit. In addition to a lifelong love of books and reading, he’s pursued a range of curiosities and interests, including glassblowing, boxing, and much more. His two previous novels are Stonefly and Normal, the latter of which earned him recognition in INKUBATE.com’s Literary Blockbuster Challenge. He loves to cook and create stories for his wife and two daughters.

Conor interviews Sheila O'Connor about her latest book Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth. Sheila O’Connor is a multi-genre writer whose novels for both adults and young people include Where No Gods Came and Sparrow Road. She is a professor in the MFA program at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she also serves as Fiction Editor for Water~Stone Review. In fall 2019, her new hybrid novel for adults, V, will be published by Rose Metal Press.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-05-29.mp3
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Steve interviews CJ Box about his new novel The Disappeared, his eighteenth Joe Pickett mystery/thriller. He is also the author of six stand alone novels and a story collection. He has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe and two Barry awards, among others.

Jessie talks with Rachel Wiley about her second full-length poetry collection, Nothing is Okay. Rachel's work simultaneously deconstructs the lies that we were taught about our bodies and our beings, and builds new ways of viewing ourselves. As she delves into queerness, feminism, fatness, dating, and race, Wiley molds these topics into a punching critique of culture and a celebration of self. A fat positive activist, Wiley's work soars and challenges the bounds of bodies and hearts, and the ways we carry them.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-06-12.mp3
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Josh talks with John Connolly about his most recent novel He. John Connolly conjures the Golden Age of Hollywood in this moving, literary portrait of two men who find their true selves in a comedic partnership. When Stan Laurel is paired with Oliver Hardy, affectionately known as Babe, the history of comedy--not to mention their personal and professional lives--is altered forever. Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, The Book of Lost Things, the Samuel Johnson novels for young adults and, with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard, the co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders series. His debut, Every Dead Thing, swiftly launched him into the top rank of thriller writers, and all his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award, and the first Irish writer to be awarded the Edgar by the Mystery Writers of America.

Ian Graham Leask talks with Hanna Orstavik about the English translation of her book Love. With the publication of the novel Cut in 1994, Hanne Ørstavik (b. 1969) embarked on a career that would make her one of the most remarkable and admired authors in Norwegian contemporary literature. Her literary breakthrough came three years later with the publication of Love (Kjærlighet), which in 2006 was voted the 6th best Norwegian book of the last 25 years in a prestigious contest in Dagbladet. Since then the author has written several acclaimed and much discussed novels and received a host of literary prizes.

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Steve talks with Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar about her debut novel The Map of Salt and Stars. She is a Syrian American author whose short stories have appeared in The Paris Review Daily, The Kenyon Review, The Saturday Evening Post and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-06-19.mp3
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We speak with Sequoia Nagamatsu about his story collection Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone, a collection of twelve fabulist and genre-bending stories inspired by Japanese folklore, historical events, and pop culture. His work has in appeared in many publications, including Lightspeed MagazineThe Fairy Tale Review, and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories. He teaches creative writing at St. Olaf

We also talk with Gary W. Evans about his debut novel Death by Drowning, inspired by the series of drownings of young men near college campuses in the 1990s and 2000s. He has spent 30 years in Midwest newsrooms as an award-winning writer, editor and publisher.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-12-05.mp3
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We speak with Andrea Swensson about her new book Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound. She is an author, radio host, and music journalist. She hosts a weekly program about the Minnesota music scene, The Local Show, at Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current and contributes to the Local Current Blog. Prior to joining MPR, she was the music editor at City Pages, where she founded the AAN AltWeekly Award-winning Gimme Noise music blog

We also talk with James Rollins about his new Sigma Force novel The Demon Crown. His bestselling thrillers have been translated into 40 languages and they all explore some element of the real world in addition to maintaining their breakneck pace. His most recent works are The Seventh PlagueThe Bone Labyrinth, and The 6th Extinction.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-12-19.mp3
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On May 22nd, Liz talks with John Copenhaver about his new book Dodging and Burning: A Mystery.  His short fiction has appeared in Glitterwolf Magazine, Roanoke Review, and Gaslight, the Lambda Emerging Voices Anthology. He won the 2015 Larry Neal Writers’ award for short fiction, and was first runner-up in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest and the Narrative Magazine Winter Story Contest. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Ian interviews Brian Freeman about his latest book in the The Jonathan Stride series Alter Ego.  Brian Freeman writes psychological thrillers that have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. His novel Spilled Blood won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards, and his novel The Burying Place was a finalist for the same award. Other winners of this award have included authors Lisa Gardner, John Sandford, and Stephen King.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-05-22.mp3
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Paul talks with Kristin Hannah about her most recent novel The Great Alone. The novel, an epic love story and intimate family drama set in Alaska in the turbulent 1970's is a daring, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival and the wildness that lives in both nature and man. Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People's Choice award for best fiction in the same year

Steve also speaks with Kaethe Schwehn about her debut novel The Rending and the Nest. Her memoir, Tailings, won the 2015 Minnesota Book Award for creative nonfiction and her chapbook of poems, TANKA & ME, was selected by Kiki Petrosino for the Mineral Point Chapbook Series. Schwehn is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and currently teaches at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-05-08.mp3
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Steve talks with Chris Clearfield about Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It, which he wrote with Andras Tilcsik. The book reveals why ugly designs make us safer, why teams with fewer experts are better at managing risk, and why diversity is one of our best safeguards against failure. The result is an eye-opening, empowering, and entirely original work. Chris Clearfield is a former derivatives trader who worked in New York, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. He is a licensed commercial pilot and a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied physics and biology. Chris has written about complexity and failure for The Guardian, Forbes, and the Harvard Kennedy School Review. He lives in Seattle.

Conor talks with Steve Toutonghi about his new book Side Life. Set in Seattle, Steve Toutonghi's second novel is a dazzling, intriguing, and philosophical blend of literary science fiction. A native of Seattle, Steve Toutonghi studied fiction and poetry while completing a BA in Anthropology at Stanford. After various professional forays, he began a career in technology that led him from Silicon Valley back to Seattle. He is the author of a previous novel, Join.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-05-15.mp3
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We speak with D. Laszlo Conhaim about his new adventure novel Comanche Captive. He is also the author of Autumn Serenade. In 1995, Conhaim co-founded The Prague Revue, the longest-running literary journal to serve the community of international writers in Prague

We also talk with James Tucker about his debut novel Next of Kin, a Detective Buddy Lock mystery. He is a Minneapolis attorney who was awarded a fiction position at the Loft’s Mentor series and attended the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Tin House Writers’ Workshop in Portland.

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In this episode of Write On! Radio, Paul talks with Dan Darling about his new novel Aracheopteryx. Currently, he teaches English composition, creative writing, and literature at Normandale College in the Twin Cities, where he lives with his wife and young kid. You can find him bowling every Tuesday night.

Liz Olds will also be speaking with Tommy Murray about his new novel Fathers, Sons, and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball. Tommy Murray is a retired teacher from the Minneapolis Public Schools. He is the author of one other novel: the forthcoming The Empty Set.

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Tuesday, April 17th, on Write On! Radio, we speak with Michael Kardos about his new novel Bluff. Michael Kardos is also the author of the novels, Before He Finds Her, and The Three-Day Affair, as well as the story collection One Last Good Time.

We also chat with our own Lynette Reini-Grandell about her new poetry collection Wild Verge. Lynette is one of the early producers for Write On! Radio, and has also written Approaching the Gate (Holy Cow! Press, 2014), which won the 2015 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry.

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We speak with Mary Sharratt about her new novel Ecstasy. Among her prior works are Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen, Daughters of the Witching Hill, The Dark Lady’s Mask, The Real Minerva, The Vanishing Point and Summit Hill. Her works explore the hidden histories of Renaissance women.
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We speak with Scott Hartley about The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World. He has served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House and is a venture capitalist and start-up advisor. He is a contributing author to the MIT Press book Shopping for Good. He has also written for publications such as Inc., Foreign Policy, Forbes, and Boston Review.

We also chat with poet and essayist Heidi Czerwiec about her recently-released poetry collection Conjoining. She is also the author of the forthcoming lyric essay collection Fluid States, winner of Pleiades Press’ 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, and is the editor of North Dakota Is Everywhere: An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets. She lives in Minneapolis, where she is Senior Poetry Editor with Poetry City, USA and mentors with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. You can visit her at http://heidiczerwiec.com

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-04-03.mp3
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We speak with Tana French about her new novel The Trespasser, now out in paperback. She is also the author of In the WoodsThe LikenessFaithful PlaceBroken Harbor and The Secret Place. She has won the Edgar, Macavity, Anthony and Barry, the Los Angeles Times Award for best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction.

We also talk with Greg Gardner about his debut thriller In Plain Sight. He is a former U.S. Navy Officer, government consultant, and technology expert who has worked in the aerospace industry, at the Pentagon, and with most federal and many state agencies.

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We speak with Alison Morse about her collection of flash fiction, If You Wave a Chicken Over Your Head. Her poems and prose have appeared in Water~Stone ReviewNatural BridgeRhino, and mnartists.org, among other journals and anthologies. She also won the 2012 Tiferet Fiction Award.

We then talk with Stephanie Chrismon, writing as DC Edwards, about Bright City, a dystopian coming of age urban fantasy. She has an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University, is a participant in the 2016-2017 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose, and was a fellow in the 2015 Emerging Writers’ Mentor Program sponsored by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-08-22.mp3
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We speak with Sean McFate about his new Tom Locke thriller Deep Black, which he wrote with Bret Witter. They are also the authors of Shadow War. Sean McFate is a professor of strategy at the Nat’l Defense University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He also wrote Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order.

We then rebroadcast an interview we conducted with bestselling author Adam Makos about his book Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice. He is also the author of A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-08-15.mp3
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We speak with Sean Hemingway, grandson of Ernest Hemingway, about The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Hemingway Library Edition, which also features a personal foreword from Hemingway’s sole surviving son Patrick. Sean Hemingway has a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College and is a curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

We also talk with Rick Polad about his new novel Cold Justice, a Spencer Manning mystery. He is the author of four previous novels in the series: Change of AddressDark AlleysHarbor Nights and Missing Boy. In addition to being an author, he is an environmental geologist, an earth science instructor, a Coast Guard volunteer, a jazz trumpeter and an editor.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-08-08.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:05pm CDT

We speak with #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz about his new novel The Silent Corner, the first book in a new series featuring Jane Hawk, an FBI agent gone rogue. Dean Koontz has sold 500 million copies of his books in 38 languages and has won many awards for his work.

We also talk with Nora Murphy about her new memoir White Birch, Red Hawthorn. She is a fifth generation Irish Minnesotan and has worked and volunteered in the native community since 1995. She has published 5 books, including Knitting the Threads of Time.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-08-01.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:50pm CDT

We speak with with Dennis Carstens about his new mystery Political Justice. A native of Worthington, MN, he has published six previous Marc Kadella mysteries, including The Key to JusticeDesperate Justice and Personal Justice

We also talk with Marcie Rendon about her debut novel Murder on the Red River. Marcie Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation and the author of two nonfiction children’s books – Pow Wow Summer and Farmer’s Market: Families Working Together. She is also a poet and playwright and the creative mind behind Raving Native Theater

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-02-27.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:40pm CDT

we speak with with Chloe Benjamin about her new novel The Immortalists, which has been receiving high praise. She is also the author of The Anatomy of Dreams, which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was longlisted for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. 

We also talk with Breezy, a young writer who lives in Minnesota and attends college, about what it's like starting out in the field – the challenges faced and the hopes for success.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-02-20.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:27pm CDT

We speak with Samira Ahmed about her debut novel Love, Hate and Other Filters, which follows an Indian-American Muslim teen who is coping with Islamophobia, cultural divides among peers and parents, and a reality she can neither explain nor escape. Samira has taught high school English, helped create dozens of small high schools, and fought to secure billions of additional dollars to fairly fund public schools

We then rebroadcast an interview we conducted with bestselling author Philip Kerr about his novel The Lady from Zagreb, book 10 in the Bernie Gunther series, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-01-30.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:53pm CDT

We speak with Carmen Maria Machado about her story collection Her Body and Other Parties, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. Her work has appeared in GrantaThe New YorkerNPRElectric Literature, and elsewhere

We also talk with Tyrell Johnson about his debut novel The Wolves of Winter, a post-apocalyptic tale of humanity pushed beyond its breaking point and a young woman who crosses a frozen landscape to find her destiny.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-01-16.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:36pm CDT

We speak with Kathleen Sharp about her new book Mr. & Mrs. Hollywood: Edie and Lew Wasserman and Their Entertainment Empire. She is an investigative journalist who also penned In Good Faith and Blood Medicine: The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever. She has written for a variety of magazines and has also worked in radio and film

We also rebroadcast an interview we conducted with Kent Nerburn about his book The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, an Elder, and the Light from an Ancient Sky. He has won two Minnesota Book Awards, for Neither Dog Nor Wolf and The Wolf at Twilight, and has published many books focusing on Native American and American culture.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-01-02_1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:16pm CDT

We speak with Robert Crais about his new mystery/thriller The Wanted – an Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel. Robert Crais is the author of 20 other novels, including The Monkey’s Raincoat, and most recently, The Promise and Suspect. He received the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award in 2014

We also talk with Bob Gilbert about his new novel Green Goes Forth, the prequel to Mintwood Place, and a coming of age story set in the 1970s. He is also the author of The Shady Elders of Zion.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-01-23.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:00pm CDT

We speak with Michael Perry about his new book Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy. He is a humorist, radio host, songwriter, and the New York Times bestselling author of several nonfiction books, including Visiting Tom and Population 485. 

We also talk with Amy Brashear about her debut novel No Saints in Kansas, a young adult, fictional reimagining of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and the brutal murders that inspired it. She is also the author of the forthcoming YA book The Incredible Story of the Making of the Eve of Destruction.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2018-01-09.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:47pm CDT

We speak with Pamela McColl about The Boy Who Lived in Pudding Lane, which takes readers through the journey of Santa Claus from childhood to the jolly, gift bearing man we all imagine and was written nearly a century ago by Sarah Addington. Pamela McColl also released a smoke-free version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

We also rebroadcast an interview we conducted with Nathan Hill about his debut novel The Nix, which tells the story of Samuel Andresen-Anderson and his mother Faye, who walked out on him when he was a child. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Award for Best Debut Novel of 2016.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-12-26.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:36pm CDT

We speak with Jennifer Egan about her new novel Manhattan Beach. She is also the author of The Invisible CircusLook at MeThe Keep, and A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award

We also talk with James P. Lenfestey about his newest poetry collection, A Marriage Book: 50 Years of Poems from a Marriage. Jim Lenfestey is a former editorial writer for the StarTribune who has published a collection of personal essays, five collections of poems, two poetry anthologies and co-edited Robert Bly in This World.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-11-28.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:57pm CDT

We speak with Margaret Killjoy about her new book The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion. She is a transfeminine author and anarchist who has written a number of other works, including A Country of Ghosts and What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower

We also talk with Jeremy D. Holden about his new novel Valley of Time, the second book in the Mal Thomas series after Sea of Doubt. He also wrote the nonfiction book, Second That Emotion: How Decisions, Trends, and Movements Are Shaped.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-11-21.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:43pm CDT

We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston about the new edition of his book The Making of Donald Trump. He has reported for the Los Angeles TimesThe Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times, and he has written several bestselling books, including Free LunchPerfectly Legal and The Fine Print. 

We also talk with our own Steve McEllistrem about his new novel The Man Who Found His Moniker. He has written four previous novels in the Susquehanna Virus series and has been chosen as a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, two Midwest Book Awards and four International Book Awards in Science Fiction.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-11-14.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:36pm CDT

We speak with Linda LeGarde Grover about her new essay collection Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year. Her short fiction collection The Dance Boots received the Flannery O’Connor Award; her novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers 2016 Fiction Award, and her poetry collection The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives, received the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award.

And because it's Halloween, we'll have a few appropriately themed readings to celebrate the occasion.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-10-31.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:57pm CDT

We speak with Lauren Sanders about her new novel The Book of Love and Hate. She is also the author of the novels Kamikaze Lust, which won a Lambda Literary Award, and With or Without You. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including Bookforum, the American Book Review, and Time Out New York.

We also talk with Stan Kusunoki – a third generation Japanese American writer – about his new poetry collection, Items in the News. He is also the author of the collection 180 Days: Reflections & Observations of a Teacher. He is a teacher, poet, arts advocate and musician who has received many awards, including a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-10-24.mp3
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We speak with Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, who together comprise the writing team of Michael Stanley, about their new novel Dying to Live, #6 in the Detective Kubu series. It has already received praise from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus as the best one yet. They won the Barry Award and were finalists for an Edgar for Death of the Mantis, and were finalists for an International Thriller Award for Deadly Harvest.

We also talk with Elizabeth Tannen and Michael Kleber-Diggs about the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, which offers creative writing workshops in prisons throughout the state. Elizabeth Tannen is a multi-genre writer, editor and teacher whose work has appeared in many publications, including SlateNPRThe Rumpus and The Morning NewsMichael Kleber-Diggs is an essayist and poet living in St. Paul who has been involved in the Loft’s mentor series in poetry and creative prose.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-10-17.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:44pm CDT

We speak with Dan Hendrickson about his new poetry collection Dark Glasses. He is the author of several previous collections under the name Henry Rifle, including Shooting GalleryBullet TrainA Bullet West and Ballistics Train. He has dabbled in standup comedy and script writing, and has been published in The Rake.

We also talk with Dave Page about his new book F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer & His Friends at Home. A former professor at Inver Hills Community College, he is also the co-author of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: Toward the Summit, and editor of The Saint Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-07-25.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:41pm CDT

We speak with bestselling author Brian Freeman about his new thriller Marathon, a Jonathan Stride novel. He is also the author of the Cab Bolton series and the Frost Easton series, and his books have been published in 46 countries in 20 languages. His novel Spilled Blood won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards, and The Burying Place was a finalist for the same award.

We also talk with Douglas Wood about his new memoir Deep Woods, Wild Waters. His first book, Old Turtle, was named book of the year by the American Booksellers Ass’n. He is also the author of the bestseller, Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth, and the humorous Can’t Do series.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-06-27.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:27pm CDT

We speak with author and entertainer Lorna Landvik about her new effort Once in a Blue Moon Lodge, due out in April, the follow-up to her bestseller Patty Jane’s House of Curl. She is also the author of many other books, including Best to LaughAngry Housewives Eating Bon BonsMayor of the Universe and The Tall Pine Polka.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-03-21.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:06pm CDT

We speak with Anka Muhlstein about her new book The Pen and the Brush: How Passion for Art Shaped Nineteenth-Century French Novels. She is the author of many other books, including LaSalle: Explorer of the North American Frontier, and Baron James: The Rise of the French Rothschilds.

We also talk with David McNally about his new book Mark of an Eagle: How Your Life Changes the World. He is the author of many other books, including Even Eagles Need a Push: Learning to Soar in a Changing World, and Be Your Own Brand.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-03-14.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:55pm CDT

We speak with James Stitt about his new novel Rise of the Spring Tide, which was recently named a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in Genre Fiction. He is also the author of Sagar’s Tale. His works explore our mythologies and the intuitive knowledge of the ancients.

We also talk with Carolyn HolbrookMarcie Rendon and Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen about More Than a Single StoryAnh-Hoa Thi Nguyen is a poet, community artist, activist and educator. She is the founder of Pomelo Press and is a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant Winner. Carolyn Holbrook is an adjunct professor of creative writing at Hamline University and is a writer, educator, and long-time advocate for the healing power of the arts. She also won a MN Book Awards Kay Sexton Award. Marcie Rendon, an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, is a playwright, poet, and freelance writer. Her debut novel is Murder on the Red River.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-03-07.mp3
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We speak with Brian Freeman about his new novel The Night Bird. He is the bestselling author of the Cab Bolton series and the Jonathan Stride series, and his books have been translated into 20 languages. His debut thriller Immoral won the Macavity Award and was a finalist for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony and Barry Awards.

We also talk with Katherine Ludwig about Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age, the book she wrote with Edward D. Hess. Edward Hess is a professor of business administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He has written twelve books on how organizations and individuals can be consistent high performers. Katherine Ludwig is a research, editing and publishing associate at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and previously worked as a lawyer.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-02-28.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:36pm CDT

We speak with Hester Young about her new novel The Shimmering Road, Book Two in the Charlie Cates trilogy. She is also the author of The Gates of Evangeline, which received much praise.

We also re-broadcast an interview we conducted with B.A. Shapiro about her new novel The Muralist. She is the author of many books, including the New York Times bestseller The Art Forger, as well as the novels The Safe RoomBlind SpotSee No EvilBlameless, and Shattered Echoes.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-02-14.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:11pm CDT

We speak with Sebastian Barry about his new novel Days Without End. He is the author of many novels and plays and has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize – for the novels A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture. His novel On Canaan’s Side was long-listed for the Man Booker. He is also a poet and one of Ireland’s finest writers.

We also speak with Reed Farrel Coleman about his new novel What You Break, the second in his Gus Murphy series after Where It Hurts. He is the author of 25 novels, including the critically acclaimed Moe Prager series, and has won the Shamus, Barry and Anthony Awards. He also writes the Jesse Stone series for the late Robert B. Parker.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-02-07.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:57pm CDT

We speak with Winona State University professor Colette A. Hyman about her new book, Dakota Women’s Work: Creativity, Culture, & Exile, which explores the changes in the lives of Dakota women, starting before the arrival of whites and moving beyond the U.S.-Dakota War. She is also the author of Staging Strikes: Workers’ Theatre and the American Labor Movement.

In the second half of the show, we chat with poet and bestselling author Rita Mae Brown about her newest Mrs. Murphy mystery, The Big Cat Nap. She is the author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series, the Sister Jane series and a number of other novels, including Rubyfruit Jungle. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award for her screenplay writing.

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We speak with author Bart Schneider about his newest Augie Boyer mystery, Nameless Dame: Murder on the Russian River. Bart Schneider was the founding editor of Hungry Mind Review and Speakeasy Magazine, and he has written a collection of poetry as well as four previous novels. He will be reading April 10 at Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis and April 12 at Micawber’s in St. Paul.

We also chat with surprise guest Jules Nyquist about her poetry and how important it is to support KFAIand Write On! Radio — a unique community-based radio station and a fantastic program unlike any other around the country.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:22pm CDT

We speak with Jim Walsh about Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes, which details 30 years of pop, funk, and rock and roll, up close and personal. We also talk with him about Gold Experience: Following Prince in the 90s. Both books are currently available from the University of Minnesota Press. Jim Walsh was a reporter for many years with the Pioneer Press.

We then speak with Kim Schultz about Three Days in Damascus: A Memoir. For the past 7 years, she has been promoting the art of displaced Iraqi artists – and she turned their stories and her own into a critically acclaimed play – No Place Called Home: This Isn't Supposed to be a Love Story.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-01-31.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:20pm CDT

We speak with award-winning author Lesley Nneka Arimah about her story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky. She is also the author of the upcoming The Children of Bones

We also talk with Phaedra Patrick about her new novel Rise & Shine, Benedict Stone. She is the author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, which has been published in 20 languages.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-05-30_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:56pm CDT

We speak with Arlo Hennings about his new memoir Guitarlo, which details a decades-long journey with connections to people like Alan Ginsburg and Hunter S. Thompson. His teenage years were spent in Minnesota and he now resides in Indonesia

We also talk with Greg Hewitt about his new poetry collection Blindsight. He is also the author of the acclaimed collections darkacreThe Eros ConspiracyRed Suburb, and To Collect the Flesh. In addition to being a poet, he is a professor of English at Carleton College.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-05-23_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:55pm CDT

We speak with Andrew DeYoung about his debut novel The Exo Project, in which 17-year-old Matthew has a choice to live out his days on a doomed Earth or leave his family forever to seek out a new home for humankind. 

We also talk with Jane Hamilton about her new novel The Excellent Lombards. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction, and The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World were both chosen as Oprah book club picks and were made into movies

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-04-04_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:49pm CDT

We speak with artist and author Brandon Graham about his novels Good for Nothing and Missing People. His first short story was published in Pleiades in 1990, and he has published poems and prose in literary journal. 

We also talk with Alex George about his new novel Setting Free the Kites, a story of the complexities of adolescence. He is also the author of the bestselling novel A Good American. 

 
Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-03-28_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:48pm CDT

We speak with Patrick R. O’Leary about his new book from Freeborn to Freetown & Back, which details his experiences in Sierra Leone as a volunteer with the Peace Corps.

We also speak with Hans Weyandt and Celia Mattison from Milkweed Editions. Hans Weyandt has been a bookseller in the Twin Cities since 1999. He currently manages Milkweed Books in the Open Book Building and is the editor of "Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America's Indie Bookstores" which was published by Coffee House Press. Celia Mattison started at Milkweed Editions after graduating from college last year and is now a bookseller at Milkweed Books.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-01-24_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:48am CDT

We speak with director, screenwriter and novelist Martyn Burke about his new novel Music for Love or War. In 2012, his feature documentary Under Fire: Journalists in Combat won a Peabody and he was short-listed for an Academy Award. His many novels include The Truth About the NightIvory JoeLaughing War and Tiara.

We then speak with Sun Yung Shin about her new poetry collection Unbearable Splendor. She is also the author of the poetry collections Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black – and the children’s book Cooper’s Lesson. She edited A Good Time for the Truth.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2017-01-17_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:41am CDT

We also talk with Zeke Caligiuri about This Is Where I Am: A Memoir. He is currently incarcerated at the Faribault Correctional Facility and he has won multiple awards from the PEN Prison Writing Contest in fiction, poetry. His work has appeared in the collection Prison Noir, edited by Joyce Carol Oates, and other publications.

We speak with Craig Johnson about his new novel An Obvious Fact. He is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, which are the basis for the television series Longmire – and he has received many awards, including the Western Writers of America Spur Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-12-27_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:40am CDT

We speak with Senator Amy Klobuchar about her new memoir The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland. She is Minnesota’s senior senator and the daughter of a newspaperman and a schoolteacher.

We also talk with Nancy Shih-Knodel about her forthcoming poetry collection The Landscape of the Body. She is a professor of English at North Hennepin Community College right here in Minneapolis.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-12-20_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:38am CDT

We speak with Benjamin Percy about his new book Thrill Me – a collection of essays on how to craft a thrilling read in any genre. He is the bestselling author of the novels The WildingRed Moon and The Dead Lands, as well as two books of stories – Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk.

We also talk with Reed Farrel Coleman about his new novel, Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay: A Jesse Stone Novel. He took over writing the Jesse Stone series after Robert Parker’s death in 2010. Reed Farrel Coleman has been called a “hard boiled poet” and the “noir poet laureate.” He is the author of 24 previous novels and has won many awards.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-12-13_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:07pm CDT

We speak with Philip Beard about his new novel Swing, which became the first self-published novel ever to win the Independent Publishers National Gold Medal for Best Contemporary Fiction Award. He is also the author of Dear Zoe, which was named one of the Ten Best First Novels of the Year by the American Library Ass’n, and Lost in the Garden.

We also talk with Chris Santiago about his poetry collection Tula, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. His poems, fiction, and criticism have appeared in FIELDCopper NickelPleiades, and the Asian American Literary Review – and he teaches at the University of St. Thomas.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-12-06_S.mp3
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We speak with Nathan Hill about his debut novel The Nix, which has been receiving rave reviews. His short fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and Fiction, where he was awarded the annual Fiction Prize.

We then talk Charlie Quimby about his new novel Inhabited. He is also the author of Monument Road, which was an Indie Next pick, a Booklist Editors’ Choice 2013 and a Reading the West finalist. His nonfiction has appeared in the Star Tribune, High Country News and Harvard Business Review.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-11-01_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:07pm CDT

We speak with Adrian Lee about his new book Mysterious Midwest: Unwrapping Urban Legends and Ghostly Tales from the Dead. Adrian Lee is a historian and paranormal investigator who is also the author of several books including Mysterious Minnesota and How to be a Christian Psychic. In addition, he is the host of More Questions than Answers on another radio station.

We also talk with James Lenfestey about If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems out from the University of Minnesota Press, which he edited. James Lenfestey is a former editorial writer for the Star Tribune, where he won several Page One awards for excellence. He has published five collections of poems, a collection of essays and a memoir, Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain, which was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.

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We speak with retired University of Minnesota professor of communication and creativity Fred Amram about his new book We’re in America Now: A Survivor’s Stories. He spent his early years in Hanover, Germany, where he experienced the Holocaust from its inception in 1933. He witnessed Kristallnacht and the Gestapo invading his home. More information can be found at http://www.FredAmram.com

We then talk with Lawrence Kessenich about debut new novel Cinnamon Girl. He is also a playwright, essayist, reviewer, editor and poet, who has three books of poetry: Strange News, Before Whose Glory, and Age of Wonders. One of his essays appeared on NPR’s This I Believe, and he won the People’s Choice Award in a national drama competition.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-10-11_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:58pm CDT

We speak with Tim Applegate about his debut novel Fever Tree. He is the author of the poetry collections At the End of the Day, Drydock, and Blueprints. His poetry, essays and short fiction have appeared in many publications, including The Florida Review and Lake Effect.

We then talk with David Culberson about his new novel Alterio’s Motive. He spent decades living and mixing with the cultures of the Caribbean, Mexico and Lake Superior, where he pioneered sustainable development and built several low-impact resort properties. He is also the author of the novel Back Time on Love City: The Carnival Never Stopped.

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We speak with our own Ian Graham Leask about his new novel House of Large Sizes, which has been garnering rave reviews.  He is also the author of The Wounded: And Other Stories About Sons and Fathers. He has taught at the University of Minnesota and the Loft Literary Center, and has been a literary consultant for many years. Recently, he helped form the publishing company Calumet Editions.

We then talk with our own Steve McEllistrem about his newest science fiction effort The Devereaux Deity. He is the author of the acclaimed novels The Devereaux Dilemma, The Devereaux Disaster and The Devereaux Decision, which was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, a Midwest Book Award and an International Book Award.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-09-20_S.mp3
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We speak with Kathleen Glasgow about her debut novel Girl in Pieces, a portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin.

We then talk with Elizabeth Tannen and Michael Kleber-Diggs about the reading series: Five Writers, Five Minutes, Five Watt at Five Watt Coffee in South Minneapolis.

Elizabeth Tannen is a writer and teacher, as well as the founder and curator of the reading series: Five Writers, Five Minutes, Five Watt at Five Watt Coffee in South Minneapolis. Her poems, essays and stories have appeared in or will be featured in various publications, including Copper Nickel, Front Porch, The Rumpus, Salon and Southern Humanities Review. This year she is a Loft Mentor Series Award Winner in Poetry.

Michael Kleber-Diggs is a poet and essayist. He was a 2015 Fellow with the Givens Foundation for African-American Literature and a 2015-2016 winner of the Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose. His work has appeared in Water~Stone Review and elsewhere.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-09-13_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:53pm CDT

We speak with Tim Applegate about his debut novel Fever Tree. He is the author of the poetry collections At the End of the Day, Drydock, and Blueprints. His poetry, essays and short fiction have appeared in many publications, including The Florida Review and Lake Effect.

We then talk with David Culberson about his new novel Alterio’s Motive. He spent decades living and mixing with the cultures of the Caribbean, Mexico and Lake Superior, where he pioneered sustainable development and built several low-impact resort properties. He is also the author of the novel Back Time on Love City: The Carnival Never Stopped.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-10-04_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:22pm CDT

We speak with Edward Hirsch about The Best American Poetry 2016. Edward Hirsch has published 9 books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems; and Gabriel: A Poem. He has also published five prose books about poetry, including How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry.

We then talk with Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew about her new novel Hannah, Delivered. She is also the author of Living Revision: Opening the Writer’s Art, Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Spiritual Memoir; Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir; and On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-09-27_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:20pm CDT

We speak with Thom Sandberg about his debut novel Lylian: Lost Land of the Lytles, loosely based on the Lake Harriet elf. He is a long-time advertising creative and has worked in Minneapolis, London, Istanbul and Tokyo.

We then talk with Mark Levine about the publishing business. He is the founder of Hillcrest Media and was also one of the founders of Click Media. In addition, he is the author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing and two novels.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-09-06_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:35am CDT

We speak with Cecily von Ziegesar about her new novel Dark Horses. She is the author of the bestselling Gossip Girl series, which was made into a television show, and also assisted on the series The It Girl.

We then talk with Joseph Finder about his new novel, Guilty Minds. He is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve previous novels, including The Fixer, Paranoia, High Crimes, Buried Secrets and Killer Instinct, which won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-08-30_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:24am CDT

We speak with Hasan Namir about his debut novel God in Pink, which is set in Iraq in 2003 and which won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction.

We also talk with Bonnie MacBird - @macbird - about her debut novel, Art in the Blood, a Sherlock Holmes Adventure. She wrote the movie Tron with Steve Lisberger and worked in Hollywood as a producer, screenwriter, actress and playwright. Her work has garnered many awards, including three Emmy Awards. She teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-08-23_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:22am CDT

We speak with Tracy Barone about her debut novel Happy Family. She earned her MFA in dramatic writing at NYU and has worked as a screenwriter and playwright. She has worked on and produced a number of films, including Ali and Men in Black.

We also speak with Gerry Schmitt about her new novel, an Afton Tangler thriller called Little Girl Gone. She is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 35 mysteries, including the tea shop, scrapbooking and Cackleberry Club mysteries written under the name Laura Childs.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-08-16_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:30pm CDT

We speak with Sun Yung Shin and David Grant about A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. Sun Yung Shin is the author of Unbearable Splendor and the poetry collections Rough, and Savage and Skirt Full of Black. David Grant has written drama for the stage, film and television – and has written on racial bias in the justice system and racial disparities in the health care system for the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Minnesota Legislature.

We also speak with Daniel Silva about his newest Gabriel Allon bestseller The Black Widow. He is the author of 18 other books, including The English Spy, The Kill Artist, A Death in Vienna, Portrait of a Spy and The English Assassin. His books are published in 30 countries and he serves on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-08-09_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:28pm CDT

We speak with Steve Werle, who will be discussing his book Stassen Again, out from the Minnesota Historical Society Press. He is also the author of An American Gothic: The Life & Times & Legacy of William Gates LeDuc.

We also chat with Gary Lindberg about writing and publishing. He is the #1 bestselling author of The Shekinah Legacy, Ollie's Cloud, Sons of Zadok, and Deeper and Deeper. In addition, he is one of the principals of Calumet Editions/Wisdom Editions – a Minnesota publishing house based in Chanhassen.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-08-02_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:24am CDT

We speak with Jay Parini about his newly released volume of poems, New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015. He is also the author of The Last Station, made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer, as well as many other novels and biographies, including his most recent, Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal.

We also speak with Dylan Hicks about his new novel Amateurs. He is a singer-songwriter and novelist from Minneapolis, whose first novel, Boarded Windows, was released with a companion album, Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Greene.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-07-19_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:22am CDT

We speak with Karen Babine about her new book Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life. She is an assistant professor of English at Concordia College and her essays have appeared in River Teeth, Sycamore Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Ascent and elsewhere.

We also chat with representatives of the Normandale Writing Festival, including our own Lynette Reini-Grandell, poet and festival chair Kris Bigalk, and our own Amy Fladeboe. Lynette has a poetry collection, Approaching the Gate, recently out and Kris Bigalk also has a poetry collection available, Repeat the Flesh in Numbers. All three teach at Normandale.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-03-31.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:39pm CDT

We speak with Amanda Filipacchi about her new novel The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty. She is also the author of Nude Men, Vapor and Love Creeps.

We also chat with Margret Aldrich about her new book The Little Free Library Book, due out in April - a history of little free libraries that includes quirky and poignant stories. She is also the author of This Old Quilt and several other works.

 

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-03-24.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:38pm CDT

We speak with award-winning journalist Andy Steiner about her new book How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People. Andy Steiner is also the mental health and addiction reporter for MinnPost and her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The Utne Reader, Self and Minnesota Monthly.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-03-17.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:37pm CDT

We speak with Gillian McCain about Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose, a posthumously published diary of a teenager with cystic fibrosis. Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil compiled the diary and also collaborated on Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk.

We also speak with Allen Eskens about his debut novel The Life We Bury, which has been named a finalist for a 2014 Minnesota Book Award in genre fiction.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-03-10.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:36pm CDT

We speak with Lou Berney about his new novel The Long and Faraway Gone. He is also the author of Whiplash River, which was nominated for the Edgar and Anthony Awards, Gutshot Straight, which was nominated for a Barry Award, and The Road to Bobby Joe and Other Stories.

We also speak with Rebecca Scherm about her debut novel Unbecoming, told from the point of view of the femme fatale. Her work as appeared in Subtropics, The Hairpin, Hobart and Fiction Writers Review.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-03-03.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:34pm CDT

David Unowsky of Subtext Books joins us to speak with Bob Gilbert about his new novel The Shady Elders of Zion, a comedic Minnesota ghost story. He is also the author of Mintwood Place, a novel of romantic suspense.

We then speak with Connie Claire Szarke about her new novel Lady in the Moon, the third novel in her Callie series. She is also the author of Delicate Armor, which was a finalist for a Midwest Book Award, and A Stone for Amer.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-07-05_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:29pm CDT

We speak with two Minnesota authors: Ann Treacy and Lara Avery. We speak with Ann Treacy about her debut mystery novel for young readers The Search for the Homestead Treasure. She is coeditor of A Book of Grace and her writing has appeared in Lake Superior Magazine and Highlights for Children magazine.

We then speak with Lara Avery about her new young adult novel The Memory Book, which follows a high school senior who is told that she's going to lose her memory and then her life due to a rare genetic disease. She is also the author of A Million Miles Away and Anything but Ordinary.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-06-28_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:27pm CDT

We speak with Minnesota author Paul Levy about his new book The Fighting Frenchman: Minnesota's Boxing Legend: Scott LeDoux. Paul Levy was a journalist for 35 years and has written for the Star Tribune, the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Mother Jones, among other publications.

We also speak with Tommy Birk about his new legal thriller Zero God. He is the author of Beneath the Rock, a historical novel about wars and their consequences.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-06-21_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:26pm CDT

We speak with Minnesota author Shawn Otto about his new book The War on Science. He is the cofounder of ScienceDebate.org and also wrote Sins of Our Fathers, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His film House of Sand and Fog was nominated for three Academy Awards.

We also speak with Minneapolis author Peter Geye about his new novel Wintering. He is the author of the acclaimed novels Safe from the Sea and The Lighthouse Road. He received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2016-06-14_S.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:24pm CDT

We speak with Sean Wilsey about his new book More Curious, a collection of essays about people and places that explores curiosity. He is also the author of the memoir Oh the Glory of it All and the co-editor of State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America.

We also speak with Alex Kava about her new novel Breaking Creed. She is the author of the bestselling Maggie O'Dell series and won the 2013 Florida Book Award and the 2014 Nebraska Book Award for her most recent effort in that series, Stranded.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-02-24.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:34pm CDT

We speak with Patrick Hicks about his new short story collection The Collector of Names. Patrick Hicks is also the author of The Commandant of Lubizec and seven volumes of poetry, including Adoptable and This London.

We also speak with Stewart O'Nan about his new novel West of Sunset, about the last few years of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life. Stewart O'Nan is also the author of many other works, including The Odds, Snow Angels and Emily, Alone.

Direct download: WriteOnRadio_2015-02-10.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:32pm CDT