Author and Musician Amy Edwards on A Novel Idea – October 6, 2019

ReInvention! Amy Edwards does it, again and again. From Austin, Texas, Edwards is a musician, hosts a podcast, and now is a novelist with the publication of The Trouble with Becoming a Witch, from She Writes Press. Amy joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation and we’ll feature some of Amy’s music. The common theme of all her work is truth and transformation. It’s A Novel Idea in our new timeslot, Sunday at 10 a.m., immediately following the TED Radio Hour.

A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at its NEW time of 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

(Photos courtesy of the author)

Jonah Raskin Joins Suzanne Lang – September 29, 2019

Dark Day, Dark Night is Jonah Raskin’s sequel to Dark Land, Dark Mirror, where we were first introduced to Private Investigator, or an Op as she likes to call herself, Tioga Vignetta. Like the first novel, Dark Day, Dark Night is set in a place called Sonoma. You’ll recognize some things, but the author knows how spin it up, which makes it fun for locals and nonlocals alike. Jonah joins Suzanne Lang in conversation. It’s a Novel Idea.

(Photo: Jonah Raskin – Daniel Raskin/Courtesy of the author)

The transHuman Code and Grandmother Power on A Novel Idea – September 1, 2019

The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Heard of it? Maybe not, but I guarantee, you’re living in it.

Technology and artificial intelligence, genomics and blockchains infiltrate our banking and economic systems, transportation, our education, healthcare, communication, and every aspect of our lives. Who is managing all this and who is safeguarding us from harm and exploitation?

David Fergusson, who along with Carlos Moriera authored The TransHuman Code: How to Program your Future. The book is a guide for us to understand how we must imbed Humanity in our technology rather than the other way around. David speaks with Suzanne Lang from his home in New York.

Paula Gianturco, whose colorful book of stories and photographs is about the humanity we must bring to each other. Her book is Grandmother Power: A Global phenomenon and she joins Suzanne in conversation.

A Novel Idea airs on the first Sunday of every month on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

(All photos courtesy of authors)

Teacher, Author, and Poet Deborah Tobola on A Novel Idea – August 4, 2019

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.

Eliot Pattison in Conversation with Suzanne Lang on A Novel Idea – July 7, 2019

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 on A Novel Idea – June 30, 2019

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 Author Sarah Blake, and Author Laurie Ann Doyle – June 2, 2019

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.

Suzanne Lang has World Traveler Dena Moes and Journalist Jo Geise on A Novel Idea – May 5, 2019

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.

Brian Fies and R. L. Rotary – April 7, 2019

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.

It’s A Novel Idea, Sunday, April 7th at 4 pm.

A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 4:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org / Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

Michael Morey – March 3, 2019

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.