Gil Welcomes Stay-at-Home Dad Turned Author, David Hightower on World By Word – November 10, 2019

We have all probably seen or heard something in the news that made us say, “Someone should do something about it.” The difference with today’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers guest, David Hightower, is that he did do something. He wrote a book.

Hightower explains,” I’m not a writer. I was a day trader in the East Bay before my wife and I came to Petaluma. My wife was pregnant when we moved, and I’ve spent a great deal of my time since then being the Dad to my four-year-old and 2-year-old boys.”

“Part of that job,” Hightower continues, “is reading more than my fair share of Dr. Seuss books, so, when I read a tweet the President had done in rhyme, I responded by jotting down my response in Seussian-style poetry. I guess I was frustrated—very, very, upset with no outlet. So I wrote my book entitled The Sun Also Sets: A Seussical Indictment of Trump.

Host Gil Mansergh chats with David about the steep learning curve transitioning from a stay-at-home-Dad, to becoming a book author, publisher, distributor and marketer.

Word by Word Conversations with Writers is hosted by Gil Mansergh and can be heard on the second Sunday of the month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org / Listen on the go – download the FREE KRCB App for your favorite mobile device.

(Photo: David Hightower, author of The Sun Also Sets – Gil Mansergh/courtesy of Petaluma Argus Courier)

The Multi-Talented Leslie Sbrocco Joins Gil Mansergh’s Word By Word for October

Leslie SbroccoGil Mansergh’s Word By Word timely conversation for October is the passionately multi-talented Leslie Sbrocco, host of Check Please Bay Area for 14 years, and executive producer, writer, and presenter of her brand new PBS series 100 Days, Drinks, Dishes & Destinations. The series will begin airing on public television stations across the country starting in October and November.

Word by Word Conversations with Writers is hosted by Gil Mansergh and can be heard on the second Sunday of the month at its new time of 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org / Listen on the go – download the FREE KRCB App for your favorite mobile device.

(Photo: Courtesy of https://www.lesliesbrocco.com)

Novelist and Particle Physicist Ransom Stephens and His Newest Book, Too Rich To Die on Word by Word – September 8, 2019

Word by Word host, Gil Mansergh, welcomes a return visit with novelist and particle physicist Ransom Stephens and his newest book Too Rich To Die. A fifth generation Californian Ransom tells people “My family insists that “Ransom” is an Irish name, so I went to Ireland and asked around and no one had heard of it… So I don’t know where it came from.”

Word By Word listeners best know Ransom as the Author of a nonfiction book about the neuroscience of innovation in art, science and life called The Left Brain Speaks but the Right Brain Laughs),and four novels including The God Patent, The Sensory Deception, and two others which are part of Ransom’s Times Weaver trilogy which began with the 99% Solution and continues with the book we will chat about today, Too Rich To Die.

(Photo: Ransom Stephens – Courtesy of Author/via Twitter)

Rhys Bowen in Conversation with Gil Mansergh on Word By Word – August 11, 2019

Word By Word host Gil Mansergh suggests that before listening to today’s show, you might like to pack your bags for both your honeymoon and an African Safari. You will soon find out why, because our guest is the New York Times multiple bestseller and winner of over 20 writing awards Rhys Bowen with her latest Royal Spyness book Love and Death Among the Cheetahs.

Our guest originally wrote children’s and young adult books using her married name, before she turned to writing mysteries using her pen name Rhys Bowen. She set her Constable Evans series in North Wales near the Mount Snowdon where she had spent many vacations in her childhood. After visiting Ellis Island the created the spunky Irish lass Molly Murphy whose first book, “Murphy’s Law”, won an Agatha Best Novel award.

Rhys created a second heroine named Lady Georgiana as part of the Her Royal Spyness series. She draws from her life in England to write the series in whichGeorgiana is distantly an heir to the British throne but is flat broke, and trying to make her way through The Great Depression. The series was a bestseller and “Naught In Nice”  won an Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery.

In Love and Death Among the Cheetahs, just married Georgina new husband surprises her by announcing they are going to spend several honeymoon weeks in far off Kenya.

Hosted by Gil Mansergh, Word By Word – Conversations with Writers is heard every second Sunday at 4:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / Streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /  On-demand with the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes App Store & Google Play!

(Photo: Janet Quin-Harkin is an author best known for her mystery novels for adults written under the name Rhys Bowen – Courtesy of the author)

Since our Word By Word host, Gil Mansergh is on a tour of Ireland, here’s an encore of his conversation with Elizabeth George – July 14, 2019

Since many Word By Word listeners first encountered Scotland Yard’s dapper Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his down-to-earth partner, Sergeant Barbara Havers on PBS’ British produced Masterpiece Mystery TV shows, they may be surprised to learn that Elizabeth George is an American who lives on picturesque Whidbey Island in Washington state.  In this show,  George introduces us to her 19th book in the Inspector Lynley series, A Matter of Consequences.

Word by Word Welcomes Murder Mystery Writer Cara Black – June 9, 2019

Word by Word listeners (and mystery writers) will enjoy the conversation (and pick up a few writing tips), during Gil Mansergh’s informative conversation with Cara Black, the New York Times bestselling author of 19 Aimee Leduc murder mysteries. Each novel takes place in a different Parisian administrative district. Known as arrondissements, these 22 districts circle outward in a clockwise spiral from the center of Paris. Cara’s newest novel takes place in the 12th district, and we learn how this specific locale prompted her latest mystery, Murder in Bel Air.

NYT Bestselling Historian Julia Flynn Siler Joins Gil Mansergh on Word By Word – May 12, 2019

Word By Word host Gil Mansergh welcomes the NYT bestselling historian Julia Flynn Siler with her newest work, The White Devil’s Daughter.

Subtitled The Women Who Fought Slavery In San Francisco’s Chinatown, the book lays bare the corruption and complicity of the police, judges, landlords, and businessmen who aided and profited by keeping thousands of young Chinese and Japanese women as sexual slaves in San Francisco.

Bestselling Novelist Lisa See – April 14, 2019

Word By Word: Conversations With Writers host, Gil Mansergh is pleased to welcome the return of bestselling novelist Lisa See with her newest tale of strong women surviving against seemingly impossible odds— The Island of Sea Women.

Booklist has called the novel “Stupendous…Mesmerizing,” and this revealing Word-By-Word conversation delves into the complexities surrounding the creation of The Island of Sea Woman—a work which Lisa See proudly proclaims is the “most mature of all my books.”

Biographer Carolyn Burke – March 10, 2019

Paintings, drawings, photographs, moving pictures, poetry, and letters infuse this episode of Word By Word: Conversations With Writers. This is because host Gil Mansergh’s and studio engineer Anthony Garcia’s guest is the respected biographer Carolyn Burke with her latest book Foursome. The four people who burst forth in this volume are photographer Alfred Stieglitz, painter Georgia O’Keefe, movie maker Paul Strand, and writer/painter Rebecca Salsbury.

Jeff Raz – January 13, 2019

Northern California Public Media’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers host Gil Mansergh wanted to juggle things up a bit, so our first guest for 2019 is the internationally renowned juggler, clown, teacher, playwright and author Jeff Raz.