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For her final contribution to Around Cincinnati, our literary contributor Kelly Blewett has a conversation with her friend, former co-worker, and bestselling author, Liz Johnson. She just released A Dazzler of Diamonds, the final novel in her Georgia Coast Romance series.

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Barbara Gray concludes her Around Cincinnati book segments by interviewing bestselling author, Louise Penny. She provides a preview of her latest novel in the Inspector Gamache series, this one called All The Devils Are Here, scheduled for release on September 1.

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Local author Sara Bennett Wealer has just released her latest YA novel, Now & When, a romantic tale featuring a mysterious website. Barbara Gray welcomes her to Around Cincinnati for a conversation about the story and the characters in her new novel.

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Anne Arenstein welcomes Sheila Williams, a Northern Kentucky-based author and librettist. She talks about her latest novel, The Secret Women, and the opera “Fierce,” that will be presented by the Cincinnati Opera in 2021.

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Tiffany McDaniel is an Ohio born and bred author whose second novel, Betty, is coming out soon. She’s with our Barbara Gray to talk about her new book and how long she’s been working on it.

A Conversation With Amy Jo Burns, Author Of "Shiner"

Jun 26, 2020
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Two generations worth of Appalachian heartbreak and resolve is the basis for Shiner, the debut novel from Amy Jo Burns. She’s with our Barbara Gray to talk about the women and stories she brings to life in Shiner.

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Walter Thompson-Hernandez, a writer for the New York Times, has returned to his home area of Southern California for a fascinating new book about urban cowboys in one of the most notorious cities in the U.S.

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A new novel based in 1950’s Wooster, Ohio tells the tale of a nosy switchboard operator and the lives and loves of the locals. Author Gretchen Berg joins our Barbara Gray via Zoom to talk about her new release, The Operator.

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During this political season, it seemed like a good time to revisit host Lee Hay’s 2013 conversation with acclaimed presidential historian and author, Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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Bestselling author David Baldacci is out with the latest installment in his Memory Man series, this one called Walking the Wire. He talks about this latest adventure plus how COVID-19 has changed his life and travel schedule in this chat with Barbara Gray.

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For Mother’s Day: Alexander Watson, author of River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America, shares a special story about his mom.

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Stephanie Duesing is a former music teacher who understands, especially in these unusual times, how important music can be, especially for children. Besides calming or entertaining them, music helps with brain development and cognitive growth. She’s with our Elaine Diehl to talk about the importance of music (and programs like WGUC’s Classics for Kids) and her new memoir, Eyeless Mind.

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Local author and music raconteur Randy McNutt joins our Elaine Diehl to talk about his friend and one-time writing partner Wayne Perry, probably the second most successful modern local songwriter (behind Troy Seals.) Perry, whose music has been recorded by Backstreet Boys, Tim McGraw, and others, completed his first song 50 years ago this year.

A Conversation With Pianist & Author Stephen Hough

Apr 3, 2020
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Stephen Hough is a talented pianist and accomplished author who has recent releases of a Brahms CD and a collection of essays on music and life. His April appearance in Cincinnati has been cancelled, but he joins Elaine Diehl by phone to talk about his new CD (Brahms: The Final Piano Pieces) and book (Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More).

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Defining the value of "stuff" is at the core of the entertaining new novel from author Luke Geddes, Heart of Junk. The author talks with our host, Lee Hay, about this ribald tale of the attempt to save Wichita's Heart of America Antique Mall from bankruptcy.

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Longtime Hamilton Journal-News writer Ted Pollard is now retired and writing fiction. His book, Grant's Wish, is the tale of a historic inn that's fallen on hard times and one man's effort to save it, despite many obstacles. The author (whose pen name is T.S. Pollard) discusses his past and current writing with our Media Beat reporter, John Kiesewetter.

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A fascinating photo and video project from one day earlier this year has now resulted in a book and documentary that shows the wonderful world of The Walt Disney Company, from studios to theme parks. The author of One Day at Disney: Meet the People Who Make the Magic Across the Globe, Bruce Steele, speaks with Lee Hay about the genesis of this project and the logistics of such an undertaking.

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Author David Baldacci is known for penning some of the most suspenseful and character-driven mysteries and thrillers, and his latest novel is no exception. The author joins Barbara Gray by phone to talk about A Minute to Midnight, featuring the return of his first female lead character, Atlee Pine.

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Local illustrator and author Will Hillenbrand has just released his latest children's book, Santa's Story, in time for the holidays. He's in the studio with Barbara Gray to talk about the story and the feelings he gets when he's drawing the jolly old elf.

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Small Silent Things is the debut novel from Cincinnati native and current California resident, Robin Page. She's on the phone with Barbara Gray to talk about the book and the impact of growing up here on her work.

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