Hummingbird in Underworld, Teaching in a Men’s Prison is poet Deborah Tobola’s memoir of working in the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo California. Working with inmate artists, a number of original theatrical productions were performed that changed people’s lives. Tobola weaves her own family history into the story for a compelling and enjoyable read. Deborah Tobola in conversation with Suzanne M. Lang on KRCB’s A Novel Idea.
Bones of the Earth is the tenth installment in the Inspector Shan mystery series by award winning author Eliot Pattison, whose interest in Tibet and the injustices brought upon the Tibetan culture and people over the past 60 years is the foundation of this series, and for mystery lovers, each one of these books is also in the best tradition of the genre. Pattison joins Suzanne Lang in conversation.
Bo Kearns and Frank Strausser join Suzanne M. Lang in conversation. Each has published a first novel after years of writing in other forms: Kearns as a journalist and Strausser as a playwright.
Ashes in a Coconut, by Bo Kearns, is set in the Indonesia of the 1980’s; a woman follows her husband there to save her marriage and discovers her own calling.
Frank Strausser’s novel is Plastic – an LA crime story involving a cosmetic surgeon who gets involved in the nastier side of the wealth machine behind the stars. It’s a Novel Idea.
The Guest Book follows three generations of a powerful American family as their wealth declines, examining “not just a privileged American family, but a privileged America.” Sarah Blake, the author of The Guest Book and also the NY Times bestseller, The Postmistress. She joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation with A Novel. Idea. Sunday, June 2nd at 4pm PT.
Also featured is Laurie Ann Doyle with her arresting volume of short stories, World Gone Missing.
Mothers always take their children somewhere in life and on the planet.
Dena Moes traveled with her two daughters and husband on a journey of passion and humility to India and Nepal. Recipient of the Independent Publisher Award for Travel, her book The Buddha Sat Right Here, a Family Odyssey through India and Nepal is travel writing at its best, along with being an intimate story of the love and challenge Dena and her remarkable family experienced. Moes is a midwife in Chico, California and has won awards for her online blog The Midwife’s Desk and continues her path as a Seeker. Dena Moes joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation.
Suzanne also talks with author and award-winning radio journalist, Jo Giese, on her memoir of Mom, Never Sit if You Can Dance, Lessons from My Mother. Her Mom, whom everyone called “Babe” was witty and colorful —in every sense, and Jo has fun remembering Babe and their relationship over the years.
Suzanne M. Lang visits with two Sonoma County writers who bring us their stories of moving beyond adversity. Journalist, blogger, and graphic artist Brian Fies brings us his graphic memoir A Fire Story. Brian has been drawing comics for just about his whole life and has two other graphic books before this depiction of his experience losing his home in the Northbay Fires of 2017.
Rising above a different loss, Suzanne also talks with R.L. Rotary, a survivor of childhood violence and sexual abuse, who has emerged with grace and wit and tells the story in her memoir, The Little Girl Next Door.
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Author and independent historian Michael Morey’s book, Fagen: An African American Renegade in the Philippine-American War, unpacks American imperialism abroad, American racism at home, and the intersection that holds David Fagen, an African-American Buffalo Soldier who joined the other side and fought with the Filipino guerrilla soldiers against their common enemy: the white American oppressors. It’s a fascinating story that ripples into our current moment. Michael Morey joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation on A Novel Idea.
At age twenty-one, while studying music abroad, Carol Rosenberger was struck with polio resulting in paralysis of the very muscles she needed to play the piano. Despite a dismal prognosis, Carol struggled to retool her neural pathways and restore her ability to play again. She not only regained her musical life, but emerged as an incredible pianist and recording artist. She tells her story in To Play Again, a Memoir of Musical Survival, just nominated for a May Sarton Women’s Book Award. Carol joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation. It’s A Novel Idea.
Barbara L. Baer, publisher of Floreant Press and author of two previous novels joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation on her latest book set in the south of India, The Last Devadasi, where passionate and forbidden love clashes with tradition and caste.
Later in the show Suzanne visits with Hilary Moore and members of the Off the Page Readers Theater who will preview pieces from their winter show, What Goes Around.
Love, Hate, & Other Filters is Samira Ahmed’s novel of a young Muslim American woman finding her way through contemporary cultural challenges. Samira is in conversation with Suzanne M. Lang on KRCB’s A Novel Idea. Suzanne also talks with founder and editor of Audiofile Magazine, Robin Whitten.