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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Aris Janigian and Robert Kerbeck on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist Aris Janigian joins Marrie Stone to talk about the latest novel in his "Waiting" trilogy, Waiting for Sophia at Shutters by the Beach. A challenging and thought-provoking novel about the #metoo movement and sexual harassment on college campuses, Aris discusses the many trials and difficulties he encountered while writing it (including a stolen manuscript). He also talks about being the author of six novels (and spending significant time on the LA Times bestseller list), all without an agent. Aris will be appearing at Book Soup in December to launch the book. More information about the event can be found online as the date approaches.

In the second half, Robert Kerbeck joins to discuss Malibu Burning: The Real Story Behind LA's Most Devastating Wildfire. Robert and his wife successfully saved their home from the Woolsey fire last year. Their neighbors were not so lucky. Robert conducted extensive interviews and organized the book as a series of compelling vignettes, highlighting the many tragic, shocking, and poignant stories that emerged from this devastating fire. He shares insights about what homeowners can do to be prepared, and the surprising aftermath of the fire's destruction. Check out Robert's website for information about his many appearances scheduled in and around Los Angeles.

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(Broadcast date: October 30, 2019)

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Noir crime writer Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay

Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay, her fourth novel (first stand-alone), was my guest for the entire hour, talking about writing crime fiction, specifically noir, finding your voice through reviewing on Yelp, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: Oct. 23, 2019)

Monday, October 21, 2019

Kate Braverman, from the archives of Writers on Writing

I knew Kate a few ways: through my show where she was a guest three times. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, where she sat on my panel. And a writing project for which she generously wrote an essay on spec (not yet unpublished). She wrote one of my favorite short stories: "Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta." It's in the fantastic collection, Squandering the Blue, as well as widely anthologized and googleable.

Here are the shows:

  Martin J. Smith, co-author of Oops : 20 Life Lessons from the Fiascoes That Shaped America, and Kate Braverman, author of Frantic Transmissions to and from Los Angeles.

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(Broadcast date: Mar. 16 2006)

Kate Braverman, author of The Incantation of Frida K.
(This one you have to click on her name to access audio.)
(Broadcast date: May 22, 2003)

Kate Braverman, author of Lithium for Medea.
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(Broadcast date: Sep 18, 2002)

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Elizabeth Strout and Lise Funderburg on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Elizabeth Strout returns with Olive, Again, a newly released collection that picks up where Olive Kitteridge left off. Elizabeth joins Marrie Stone to talk about how Olive reasserted herself, how the world has changed around her, and how Elizabeth managed to leave a porous space around Olive (and her other characters) so readers might insert their own experiences into the narrative.

In the second half, Lise Funderburg shares her anthology, Apple, Tree: Writers on their Parents. She talks bout the relationship middle-aged adults have with their parent's legacies, how she chose this special crop of authors, and gives a mini-class on the essay form and what makes an essay work.

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(Broadcast date: October 16, 2019)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Poet Grant Hier on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM at UC-Irvine

Poet Grant Hier, professor at Laguna College of Art and Design, and author of Similitude, The Difference Between, and co-author with John Brantingham of California Continuum, joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett for what turned out to be a masters' class in writing poetry. You don't have to be a poet or have any interest in writing poetry, to get something out of this show. And no matter what you write, reading poetry will only make you a better writer.

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(Broadcast date: Oct. 9, 2019)

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Ann Patchett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Bestselling novelist Ann Patchett joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to discuss her latest book, The Dutch House. She talks about how the writing of this novel differed from her others, and how many times she had to rewrite and revise the manuscript. She shares the one writer who can teach you everything you need to know about writing fiction, and the essay she penned that will answer all your writing related questions.

Discover how being a bookstore owner has changed her approach to writing, her feelings about cultural appropriation, separating good art from bad artists, the colorful story behind the book's cover, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: October 2, 2019)