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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Maud Casey and Edwidge Danticat

Maud Casey (The Art of Mystery) and Edwidge Danticat (The Art of Death) join Marrie to talk about Graywolf Press's "Art Of" series. They provide insights into craft, process and the techniques they incorporate when writing their own fiction. Maud discusses a number of ways to create a sense of mystery in your characters, imagery, structure and more. Edwidge discusses how to find new ways in an ancient topic.

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(Broadcast date: December 13, 2017)

Monday, December 04, 2017

Caitlin Rother on Writing True Crime on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Journalist and true crime author Caitlin Rother joins Marrie Stone for the entire hour to give a mini-course on writing true crime and narrative nonfiction. She talks about the necessary elements she looks for when choosing a subject, interview techniques, research and investigation tools, organizing her materials, creating a compelling narrative, and more.

Caitlin is the author of a dozen books, a writing coach, teacher and investigative journalist. She can be found both on FaceBook and her website: http://caitlinrother.com/.

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(Broadcast date: November 29, 2017)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Beverly Gray and Carmen Machado on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Beverly Gray, author of Seduced by Mrs. Robinson, and Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their new books and the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: November 22, 2017)

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Jeffrey Eugenides on his Novels and the Short Story Form on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Jeffrey Eugenides joins Marrie Stone for the entire hour to discuss his short story collection, Fresh Complaint. The stories were written over several decades. Jeffrey talks about revisiting old work, a story's inspiration, how the story form is more difficult from the novel, how writing helped him deal with his mother's dementia, one mistake new writers are making that's got him worried, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: October 25, 2017)

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach, on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach, A Visit from the Goon Squad, and Look at Me, joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett for the entire hour. Jennifer is a writer's writer, so generous in sharing her writing process.

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 (Broadcast date: Oct. 18, 2017)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

David Williams, author of the debut novel, When the English Fall, on KUCI-FM in Irvine

David Williams, author of When the English Fall, an epistolary dystopian novel that takes place in Lancaster, PA, after a solar storm disrupts all technology, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about getting an agent and how Nanowrimo helped.

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(Broadcast date: October 4, 2017)

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Nathan Englander and Alisyn Camerota on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine

Novelist and short story writer Nathan Englander joins Marrie to talk about his latest "turducken" of a novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth. They chat about humor, how the personal becomes universal, the benefits of writing as an ex-pat, and how to write intentional chaos.

In the second half, CNN correspondent and novelist Alisyn Camerota joins to talk about her debut, Amanda Wakes Up. She talks about writing what you know, how she did (or did not) predict the 2016 election, her thoughts on how journalism has changed, and the magic of writing 5 minutes a day.

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(Broadcast date: September 20, 2017)

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Richard Polt, author of The Typewriter Revolution, on KUCI-FM 88.9 in Irvine

Richard Polt, author of The Typewriter Revolution, and Barbara DeMarco-Barrett talk about typewriters, why they're becoming popular again, and why writers should give them a chance.

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(Broadcast date: Sept. 27, 2017)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Nathan Hill, Author of The Nix, on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine, Calif.

Novelist Nathan Hill, author of The Nix, joins Marrie for the hour. They talk politics, betrayal, what we owe each other and what we don't, how history repeats itself, writing over the course of a decade, weird Amazon reviews, and much, much more.

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(Broadcast date: September 6, 2017)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mystery author Wendy Corsi Staub on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine, CA

Wendy Corsi Staub, mystery author with more than 75 books to her credit, talks with B. DeMarco-Barrett about writing mystery and suspense fiction, and her path to becoming a NYT bestselling author. Staub will be a keynote presenter at Ladies of Intrigue, sponsored by the Orange County chapter of Sisters in Crime, on Oct. 1, 2017. More info here.

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(Broadcast date: Sept. 13, 2017)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Novelists Don Winslow and Janelle Brown, on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Don Winslow, author of The Force, and Janelle Brown, author of Watch Me Disappear join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to talk about their latest novels. Don talks about a writer's job and his pathway to publication, and Janelle talks about how Watch Me Disappear began as a story about a dysfunctional family and turned into a suspense novel about a mother who disappears.

Janelle will be a guest at the Pen on Fire Speaker Series & Salon's final 2017 gathering on Tues. Sept 12. Click here for more information and to register.

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 (Broadcast date: August 30, 2017)

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Meghan Kenny and Michael Knight on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine, CA

Short story writers Meghan Kenny, Love Is No Small Thing, and Michael Knight, Eveningland, join Marrie to talk about their collections.

Both writers discuss the importance of place in their fiction. They dissect a few of their most challenging stories, beginning from the original kernel of an idea through the revision process and how the final product came to be. They discuss titles, endings and beginnings. And they each share the wisdom and advice that sustains them as writers.

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(Broadcast date: August 23, 2017)

Please note that the views and opinions expressed on this podcast do not reflect those of KUCI, its management, or the UC Board of Regents. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Memoirist Bernadette Murphy on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Bernadette Murphy, author of the memoir, Harley and Me, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art and craft of writing the memoir, with a focus on the hybrid memoir, among other things.

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(Broadcast date: August 16, 2017)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Jonathan Dee & Shari Lapena on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Jonathan Dee joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest novel, The Locals, and its relevancy in the rise of Trump. He talks about the complications of class relations, as well as craft issues including point of view, writing challenges he sets for himself, and what that wonderful first chapter does for the rest of the novel.

In the second half, Shari Lepena talks about her new thriller, A Stranger in the House. She talks about creating suspense, how to craft a compelling thriller, the subtle psychological issues underlying the plot, and creating unreliable narrators.

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(Broadcast date: August 9, 2017)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Benjamin Ludwig and Melissa de la Cruz on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM 88.9

Benjamin Ludwig joins Marrie Stone to talk about his debut novel, Ginny Moon. Benjamin shares his personal experiences raising an adopted autistic daughter, the ways in which being immersed in this world gave birth to Ginny Moon, how to establish an effective voice of an autistic narrator, and more.

In the second half, young adult writer Melissa de la Cruz joins to talk about her novel, Alex & Eliza. She talks about writing historical fiction, managing minor characters, balancing history against the love story, writing historical dialogue and more.

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(Broadcast date: July 26, 2017)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Deborah Willis and Jardine Libaire

Short story writer Deborah Willis joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest collection, The Dark and Other Love Stories. She deconstructs a few of her stories, from initial kernel of an idea through the revision process to completion. She talks about themes, what inspires her, opening and closing lines, titles and more.

In the second half, Jardine Libaire joins to talk about her novel, White Fur.  She discusses the sense of time and place, the charged nature of adolescence, issues of class, how to write effective sex scenes and more.

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(Broadcast date: July 19, 2017)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Novelist Maile Meloy and Agent Sarah Bowlin with Nicole Nelson

Novelist Maile Meloy, author of Do Not Become Alarmed joins Nicole Nelson to talk about what she learned about plot from having written for kids, learning to push through scenes, and how writing is a muscle that we need to work as much as possible, to improve.

In the second half of the show, literary agent Sarah Bowlin of Aevitas Creative Management talks about her switch from editor to agent, her new home as a Los Angeles-based agent with Aevitas Creative Management, and advice about querying, first pages, synopses and more.

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(Broadcast date: July 5, 2017)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Ahkil Sharma and Scott Spencer on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Ahkil Sharma, author of the short story collection, A Life of Adventure and Delight, and Scott Spencer, author of River Under the Road talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their current projects, and the art and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: July 12, 2017)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thrity Umrigar and Elizabeth Kostova on Writers on Writing

Novelist Thrity Umrigar, author of Everybody's Son, joins Marrie Stone to talk about issues of race, class, authority to tell another person's story, and the somewhat magical way this book came to her.

In the second half, Elizabeth Kostova joins to talk about her novel, The Shadow Land. She discusses her connection to Bulgaria, what her research revealed, why this novel has gained importance in our political climate, and more.

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(KUCI-FM broadcast date: June 28, 2017)

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Outriders Jenni Fagan & Bonnie Jo Campbell

This year, the Edinburgh Book Festival paired five Scottish writers with five writers across North and South America and sent them on a quest for truth. Two of those Outriders, Jenni Fagan and Bonnie Jo Campbell, joined Marrie Stone to talk about their journey, their observations and their findings as they traveled from New York, across the Rust Belt, to the Silicon Valley.

Drawing from their unique perspectives and their individual talents, these Outriders discuss politics, landscape, the people they met, the architecture they observed (with all its cultural implications), dogs, blueberry pancakes and more. Fagan shares selections from her truth poem. Both authors have films in the making, and blogs chronicling their adventure. Check them out here:

Jenni Fagan
Bonnie Jo Campbell

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(Broadcast date: June 21, 2017)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Anthony Horowitz & Anna Quindlen on Writers on Writing

British mystery and suspense writer Anthony Horowitz joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest novel, Magpie Murders. Horowitz talks about constructing a mystery, how close-up magic can help a mystery writer, the structure of a novel within a novel, and how he's been inspired by Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and others.

In the second half, Anna Quindlen joins to talk about her novel, Miller's Valley. She shares her love of landscape, of Charles Dickens, and insights on how to create compelling characters that endure in a reader's mind.

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(Broadcast date: June 14, 2017)

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Yoojin Grace Wuertz & Julianne Pachico on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Debut novelists Yoojin Grace Wuertz, author of Everything Belongs to Us, and Julianne Pachico, author of The Lucky Ones, join Marrie Stone.

Grace discusses the politics and culture of South Korea in the 1970s. Julianne talks about growing up in Columbia, and how perceptions of that country have changed over the past ten years. Both women talk about how being bilingual enriches their craft, and how writing about the countries that feel closest to them have changed their understanding of those places . . . or not.

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 (Broadcast date: April 19, 2017)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Omar El Akkad and Scott Turow on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Omar El Akkad, author of American War, and Scott Turow, author of Testimony, talk with Barbara about their new novels, how they came to be, their writing process, and more.

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(Broadcast date: May 31, 2017)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Elizabeth Strout & Andrew Roe on Writers on Writing

Marrie Stone welcomes back Elizabeth Strout to discuss her latest novel in stories, Anything is Possible. Elizabeth talks about how the work grew out of My Name is Lucy Barton, and how she works in the short form.

In the second half, Andrew Roe shares his latest collection of stories, Where You Live. He discusses the importance of place and portraying a California that exists outside the Hollywood industry. Andy also talks about recurring themes and the power of the subconscious in creating stories full of depth and insight.

Both authors deconstruct one of their short stories, from original kernel of an idea, through the revision process, struggles, challenges, and the ultimate end-product.

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(Broadcast date: May 17, 2017)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Martha Hall Kelly and Ben Blatt on Writers on Writing

Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lilac Girls and Ben Blatt, author of Nabokov's Favorite Word is Mauve.

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(Broadcast date: May 24, 2017)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, on Writers on Writing

Novelist Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, joins guest host Chris Bahnsen for the entire hour to talk about her new novel.

(The show begins 30 seconds in, so patience, please.)

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(Broadcast date: April 12, 2017)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Memoirist Daphne Merkin on Writers on Writing

Memoirist Daphne Merkin, author of This Close to Happy, spends the entire hour on the show talking about her book and the process of writing memoir.

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 (Broadcast date: April 26, 2017)

Friday, May 12, 2017

David Joy talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing

North Carolina native David Joy, author of The Weight of This World, talks about his path to publishing without an MFA, Appalachian noir, picking POV characters based on how interesting their perspective is, and more. The New York Times calls his book "bleakly beautiful" and it is. And talk about an ending that makes you want to read the next book of his. Stunning.

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 (Broadcast date: May 10, 2017)

Friday, May 05, 2017

Pam Jenoff & Eric Puchner on Writers on Writing

Pam Jenoff, author of The Orphan's Tale, joins Marrie Stone to share her thoughts regarding writing about the Holocaust and the responsibilities of sensitively portraying that period of history. She talks about juxtaposing WWII against the backdrop of the circus arts, how being a lawyer serves her writing life, and more.

In the second half, Eric Puchner shares his latest collection, Last Day on Earth. He deconstructs the genesis of one of his stories, shares wisdom about the secret of unlocking a short story, how Ray Bradbury set him upon his life's path, how he knows a story is finished, and more.

Finally, we are celebrating our Annual KUCI Fund Drive. If you listen to our podcasts, please consider donating to support our show and public radio. We have an array of fun premiums to offer as a thank you (gift certificates, books, CDs, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and more). Call (949) 824-5824 or donate online at www.kuci.org. Please indicate you're donating for Writers on Writing. We're all volunteers here and depend on donations to keep the lights on and keep water in the cooler. Any amount helps. We appreciate your support!

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 (Broadcast date: May 3, 2017)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Jonathan Lethem & Deb Olin Unferth on Writers on Writing

Jonathan Lethem, author of More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers, joins Marrie to talk about the books and writers he loves, his pen-pal relationship with Thomas Berger, the value of misinterpreting an author's work, some fabulous advice for writers, how to read like a writer, and much much more.

In the second half, Deb Olin Unferth shares her collection, Wait Till You See Me Dance.  She talks about the art of flash fiction, how her experiences in war and prisons influence her writing, but why she never seeks out those experiences to serve her writing, and she deconstructs one of her stories from inception to completion.

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(Broadcast date: April 5, 2017)

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Ariel Levy and Caitriona Lally on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine

Memoirist and New Yorker writer Ariel Levy joins Marrie Stone to talk about her memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply.  She shares her story of losing her wife, her son, and her life in rapid succession, and deriving a narrative arc out of her life.  She discusses how to dig deep into her life for answers, while protecting the loved ones who appear in her book.

In the second half, Caitriona Lally talks about her debut novel, Eggshells.  She talks about writing an unsavory character, her obsession with lists, how losing her job helped her write the novel, how physical work (housecleaning) aids her writing, and the value of walking her city with her own feet, but with the eyes of her character.

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(Broadcast date: March 15, 2017)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Elinor Lipman and Marcia Clark talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on KUCI-FM

Novelists Elinor Lipman, author of On Turpentine Lane, and Marcia Clark, author of her new series, Blood Defense and Moral Defense, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their novels.

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(Broadcast date: March 29, 2017)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Novelists Jami Attenberg and Jean Hanff Korelitz with Nicole Nelson

Jami Attenberg, author of All Grown Uptalks to guest host Nicole Nelson about writing dialogue that she knows won't be used in the novel just so that "the characters get to know each other," the importance of figuring out what you do well as a writer and doing it a lot, so that you start to do it automatically, and her message to aspiring writers: there are no shortcuts.

In the second half of the show, Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of The Devil and Webster, talks about
how this book came to her fully formed,writing about the theme of women wearing their power with great discomfort, and at great personal cost, and how, in her experience, if you are brave enough to go forward without knowing everything that is going to happen in your book, eventually you will be rewarded with the answer.

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(Broadcast date: March 22, 2017)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Melissa Febos and Caite Dolan Leach on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Memoirist Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me, joins co host Marrie Stone to talk about how this new book is both braver and more personal than her former memoir, Whip Smart.  She discusses how to go deep, protecting the ones you love in writing, how to structure a memoir as a book of essays, and much more.

In the second half, Caite Dolan Leach joins Marrie to talk about her novel, Dead Letters.  She talks about writing unlikable characters, creating suspense, and more.

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(Broadcast date: March 1, 2017)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Novelist Kevin Canty and literary agent Noah Lukeman on Writers on Writing with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Kevin Canty, author of The Underworld, and literary agent Noah Lukeman, author of The First Five Pages, talk with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their work and the business of publishing.

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 (Broadcast date: March 8, 2017)

Friday, March 10, 2017

George Saunders on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

George Saunders joins co-host Marrie Stone for the entire hour to talk about his novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.  He shares his perspectives on empathy, compassion, the role of the artist in the current political climate, his views on death and dying, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: February 15, 2017)

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Poet Stephen Dunn & memoirist/novelist Judith Freeman

Stephen Dunn, author of Whereas, and Judith Freeman, author of the memoir, The Latter Days, talk with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their work.

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(Broadcast date: Feb. 22, 2017)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Roxane Gay & Kayla Rae Whitaker

Novelist, essayist and short story writer Roxane Gay joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest collection of stories, Difficult Women.  In the second half, debut novelist Kayla Rae Whitaker joins to share her novel, The Animators.  Both women talk about writing in the Trump era, the role of class, feminism, misogyny, and more.

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(Broadcast date: February 8, 2017)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sarah Manguso and Elan Mastai

Poet and essayist Sarah Manguso joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest, 300 Arguments.  She discusses the importance of writing and journaling through dangerous political times, the role of mothering in her writing life, how the state of the world impacts her work, and more.

In the second half, Elan Mastai joins to share his debut novel, All Our Wrong Todays.  He talks about creating a science fiction world, the role of identity in his own life and how it's mirrored in the novel, and more.

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(Broadcast date: January 25, 2017)

Friday, February 03, 2017

Chris Bohjalian & Manjula Martin with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Chris Bohjalian, author of The Sleepwalker, and Manjula Martin, author of Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, spend the hour talking with Barbara about the art and business of writing.

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 (Broadcast date: Feb. 1, 2017)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, is Barbara's guest for the entire hour. He talks about his new book of short stories, The Refugees, and his nonfiction book--the bookend to The Sympathizer--Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

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(Broadcast date: January 18, 2017)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Reed Karaim & Luis Alberto Urrea

Novelist Reed Karaim joins Marrie Stone to talk about his novel, The Winter in Anna.  Reed discusses the unknowable nature of characters and human beings, and the unconventional yet effective approach he chose to reveal character.  He talks about writing his hometown landscape, his elegy to the newspaper industry, and bringing minor characters to life.

In the second half, Luis Alberto Urrea joins to talk about his latest story collection, The Water Museum.  Luis shares his funny, poignant, very personal, and always heartfelt perspectives on the world and where it's headed.  And listening to his infectious love of music, lyrics, and language is always inspiring.

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 (Broadcast date: January 4, 2017)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Joshua Mohr and David Francis

Joshua Mohr, author of the new memoir, Sirens (Two Dollar Radio), and David Francis, author of the new novel, Wedding Bush Road (Counterpoint)join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to discuss their books and their writing process.

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(Broadcast date: Jan. 11, 2017)

Monday, January 09, 2017

Lisa Cron and Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Lisa Cron, author of Story Genius, published by 10 Speed Press, with Barbara. They talk about how starting with character (for fiction or memoir) is the key to unfolding the story. If you don't know your protagonist, who does? And how are you going to write a great story if you don't know whose story it is?

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(Broadcast date: Dec. 26, 2016)

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Fannie Flagg & Odie Lindsey

Bestselling novelist Fannie Flagg joins Marrie Stone to chat about her latest, The Whole Town's Talking.  Lovers of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe will fall in love all over again with Fannie's characters, her world, and her ability to render southern charm onto the page and infuse her characters with life. She talks about writing with dyslexia, how acting helps writing, and what she's learned about writing and life over the years.

In the second half, short story writer Odie Lindsey discusses his debut collection, We Come to Our Senses. He talks about his experiences in Iraq, the need to include women in the narrative of war, and the importance of the advice "revise, revise, revise."  Plus, lots of other wonderful wisdom.

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(Broadcast date: December 21, 2016)