Samantha Paris – February 11, 2018

Word By Word host Gil Mansergh celebrates Valentine’s Day by chatting with the esteemed voice-over actor and teacher Samantha Paris with her new memoir Finding the Bunny.

Bobbi Block grew up in Los Angeles and started doing voiceovers for cartoons and commercials when she was 15-years-old. Since then, her voice can be heard in over 1000 regional and national commercials, and 200 animated half-hour TV shows. Discovering she had the gift of teaching her skills to others, she moved north, founded her VOICETRAX school for voiceover training in Sausalito, and legally changed her name to Samantha Paris.

Dr. Matthew J. James – January 14, 2018

On today’s Word By Word, host Gil Mansergh helps us travel back 112 years to join the hardy young men who spent a year and a day collecting specimens on the Galapagos Islands for the California Academy of Sciences (CAS). Our guide is Dr. Matthew J. James, Chair of the Sonoma State University Department of Geology, a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, science advisor to the Galápagos Conservancy, and a Governing Member of the General Assembly of the Charles Darwin Foundation.

His book Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition that Vindicated Darwin was written to “set the record straight” after overhearing a CAS staffer tell visitors that the expedition “arrived in San Francisco with the fires still burning from the 1906 earthquake.” In fact, the ship didn’t sail through the Golden Gate until Thanksgiving of the same year.

2017 Holiday Gift Books Edition – December 10, 2017

Before listening to this 2017 holiday gift books edition of Word By Word: Conversations With Writers, host Gil Mansergh wants to remind everyone that this is a very important year to include books as gifts.

Immediately following the firestorm that engulfed much of Sonoma County, Gil had survivors living and eating at his house. Since several rooms are lined with book shelves, he would often find them reading the titles and pulling down a personal favorite. “I love this book,” they would tell him. “It was in the den on the left side of the shelf, only mine had a blue cover.”

The point of this, is that books are important to us—and especially to fire survivors. They can be touchstones to the past—as well as harbingers of new beginnings.

So, what do outdoor sculpture creator Andy Goldsworthy, Presidents Grant and Obama, Philip Pullman’s prequel to his Golden Compass novels, a gigantic coffee table book of animal portraits, and a disaster which results in a sofware engineer having to keep a sourdough starter alive and happy by playing music have in common? These fascinating titles are all included among the gift books Gil talks about with Sheryl Cotleur, Michelle Bellah, the book buyers for the Copperfield’s Bookstores.

Stefan Kiesbye, Sharon Hamilton – November 12, 2017

Several of Gil Mansergh’s previous Word By Word guests lost homes and businesses in the recent wildfires, and one of these, award-winning novelist and Sonoma State University fiction writing professor, Stefan Kiesbye his wife Sanaz and their dog Kurt escaped from the flames with just minutes to spare. His response was to write a piece for the Los Angeles Times he entitled “Your House Is On Fire, Your Old Life Is Gone.” Stefan shares his words and reflections with our listeners, with Gil, and with today’s other in-studio guest, Sharon Hamilton. Sharon’s award winning romance novels may feature finely-chiseled Navy SEALS, but almost a decade ago, she lost her beautifully landscaped Bennett Valley home to a fire—and her life was forever changed. Sharon recently wrote about this on a blog entry she calls “Rising From the Fire,” and she will also share this piece and her recent thoughts on-air.

CAUTION: This Word By Word conversation features tragic firestorm incidents which may trigger emotional responses for people impacted by the fire.

David Corbett – September 10, 2017

David Corbett and Word By Word host Gil Mansergh reprise a conversation they had about David’s very timely coming-of-age novel Do They Know I’m Running, a book that has become even more important with the recent changes to the DACA program and other proposals for immigration reform.

In addition, listeners hear David singing Louie Louie while Gil provides a baritone back-up. Later, Anthony Garcia plays the voice of The Rancher, and Gil is The Narrator for the novel’s opening pages.

Inga Askamit, Catherine Bramkamp, Roger C. Lubeck, Linda Loveland Reid – August 13, 2017

Award winning travel writer, Inga Askamit shares how she created her piece about alfresco theatrics, Transcendant Summer Night.

Catherine Bramkamp chats about being a poetry judge for the anthology, as well as writing her poetic elegy, Wolf House: Jack London State Historic Park

Roger C. Lubeck talks about the seductivness of dancing in a story he calls Crush, and reads his poem, “Valley of the Moon.” In addition, Roger has been assigned the task of “official question answerer” by the anthology’s editor, Robert Digitale.

Word By Word host Gil Mansergh joins the conversation as well, by revealing some of the pitfalls of creating historical nonfiction in his “written in Elizabethan English” piece Exploring the Bay of Nova Albion for Captain Francis Drake.”

Linda Loveland Reid reads from the nonfiction piece that captured Press Democrat columnist Chris Smith’s attention at the Sonoma County Fair, Confessions of a Prune Picker.

Jane Green – July 9, 2017

Gil Mansergh launches his second decade as the host of Word By Word: Conversations With Writers chatting with the international bestselling novelist Jane Green about her newest novel The Sunshine Sisters.

Jane Green is considered to be one of the founding authors of the “chick lit.” genre. Her 1997 first novel Straight Talking made her an overnight success and her second novel, Jemima J, became an international bestseller. Her first books were often reviewed as ”the kind of novel you’ll gobble up in a single sitting,” but now Jane writes more complex, character-driven novels that explore the concerns of real women’s lives. These cover marriage (The Other Woman) to motherhood (Babyville)and the complexities of having grown-up children (The Sunshine Sisters)

10 years of Word: Conversations With Writers – June 11, 2017

This is a once-in-a-decade, retrospective look back at the last 10 years of Word: Conversations With Writers broadcasts with host Gil Mansergh. The first half hour features clips by novelists and writing professors Greg Sarris and Jean Hegland, SF literary agents Michael Larson and Elizabeth Pomada, Jamaican-born novelist Margaret Cezair Thompson, and Sebastopol childrens authors and illustrators Megan McDonald and Terri Sloat.

The second half hour includes clips with award-winning, bestselling author T.C. Boyle, Irishman Eoin Coffler, who wrote an immensely popular YA mystery series about the brilliant teen-aged master criminal Artemis Fowl, Robert Digitale, Dan Tayloeand Frederick Weisel—three writers who contributed chapters to the Press Democrat’s serialized Sonoma Squares: Red Harvest mystery, and graphic novelists Maia Kobabe and Trinidad Escobar.

As an added treat, Gil reads the sign-off quote by Eoin Cofler in his pseudo-Irish accent.

Eric Puchner – April 9, 2017

Gil Mansergh welcomes the celebrated novelist and master of the short story, Eric Puchner as his guest on KRCB-FM’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers show. Professor of writing seminars at Johns Hopkins, Eric includes nine stories in his Last Day On Earth collection—each falling into distincively different categories from coming-of-age to science fiction to psycho-drama.

Last months Word By Word guest, Chinese-born novelist, poet and memoirist Yi Yun Li writes the following about Eric:

“Eric Puchner is an alchemist who captures the joy and danger in everyday life and, with precision, humor, and empathy, turns these moments into gold… in an unforgettable collection from a great storyteller.”