July 3, 2013 – Sonoma Squares Red Harvest murder mystery

Gil Mansergh welcomes listeners to a mysterious “Breakfast Serial*” broadcast of Word By Word where the conversation is with four of the 14 writers for the Sonoma Squares Red Harvest murder mystery serial currently appearing each morning in The Press Democrat in print and online.

Gil’s studio guests are:

Press Democrat entertainment reporter Dan Taylor who wrote Chapter 2.

Sonoma Squares/Red Harvest co-editor Frederick Weisel, author of the mystery Teller: A Novel, who wrote Chapter 3.

Musician, PD staff writer and blogger and author of the fantasy novel Horse Stalker, Robert Digitale who wrote Chapter 5.

And Press Democrat writer and blogger Crissi Langwell, author of the newly released novel, “A Symphony of Cicadas,” who wrote Chapter 8.

* A mystery serial you read at breakfast.

June 5, 2013 – Authors Bonnie Harvey and Rebecca Rosenberg

Join Gil Mansergh in conversation with two local entrepreneurs and writers: Bonnie Harvey, Co-Founder and Vice-President of Barefoot Cellars for 20 years and the co-author of the business adventure story, The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand; and Rebecca Rosenberg the co-owner of Sonoma Lavender and co-author of the beautiful book, Lavender Fields of America: A New Crop of American Farmer, which looks at the modern, yet ancient, phenomenon of lavender, and the 250 enterprising American farmers who have taken up its call.

April 3, 2013 – Oleander Girl

American Book Award winner Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni joins Word By Word host Gil Mansergh for a conversation on her newest novel, Oleander Girl. Known worldwide as an “enticing storyteller with an exquisite moral compass,” Chitra’s bestsellers include Sister of My Heart, One Amazing Thing, and Mistress of Spices which was made into a movie Starring Dylan McDermot and Aishwarya Rai.

March 6, 2013 – The Big Read, Emily Dickinson

This month’s Word By Word program features conversations with writers writers from two distinctive Sonoma County activities – the National Endowment for the Arts March, 2013 Big Read focusing on the poetry of Emily Dickinson, and the 6th Annual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival which runs from Thursday March 21st through Sunday, March 24th.

To honor Emily Dickinson, Word By Word host Gil Mansergh invited Anne Goldman and Gillian Conoley, two distinguished writers and professors from Sonoma State University who are, if you will forgive the pun, “well versed” in the life and work of America’s great poet. And to showcase Sebastopol’s award-winning documentary film festival, three filmmakers will be joining the festival’s director Jason Purdue to provide our listeners some insights into making their outstanding films.

February 6, 2013 – Jordan Rosenfeld and Rebecca Lawton

It’s a meeting of fire and water on February’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers on KRCB-FM, as Gil Mansergh welcomes Word By Word’s first host, Jordan Rosenfeld, and her co-author of Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life, Rebecca Lawton. Both writers are now novelists as well. Jordan’s fire-fueled novel of psychological suspense, Forged in Grace, will be released the end of this month, and Rebecca’s river rafting novel Junction, Utah, just came out.

January 2, 2013 – Quest of the Warrior Maiden

Linda C. McCabe’s historical novel Quest of the Warrior Maiden propels an entertaining conversation filled with blood, lust, fantastic adventure, and chivalrous romance.

Linda and host Gil Mansergh gab about those thrilling days of yesteryear when Charlemagne battled Saracen armies, sword-wielding knights Bradamante and Ruggiero fell in love at first sight, hippogriffs swooped in to carry one lover away to an enchanted island populated with seductive women, while his true love lopped off heads by the score with a swipe from her broadsword.

December 5, 2012 – Broadcast Guide to Gift Books

Word By Word welcomes the holidays with its traditional “Broadcast Guide to Gift Books” program this month, when a pair of experts from Copperfield’s Bookstore share their picks for the best of the best books for holiday gifting with program host Gil Mansergh.

Sheryle Cotier shares some of her favorite books for grown ups, including Flight Behavior – scientist/novelist Barbara Kingslover’s sojourn to the Tennessee countryside where a mysterious “Red Fire” glows in a secluded glen. For nonfiction, Sheryle suggests the New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov’s How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto.

Michele Bellah’s personal list of books for children and their families is topped by the humorous picture book Dragons Love Tacos written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, and Newberry Award winner Rebecca Steed’s new middle-grade novel about family and friendship entitled Liar & Spy. There’s a dozen more books on Sheryl and Michele’s lists, and we’ll cover as many titles as the hour allows.

November 7, 2012 – T.C. boyle

Gil Mansergh once again welcomes the celebrated novelist and former Sonoma County resident, T.C. Boyle for an hour-long conversation on Word By Word. They chat about T.C.’s newest novel “San Miguel” which tells the stories of three courageous women who fought against loneliness and despair as sheep ranchers on an isolated, wind swept island in the Santa Barbara Channel.