Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

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The ever-changing Cincinnati landscape of places to go and experiences to be had made a 2nd edition of 100 Things to Do in Cincinnati Before You Die inevitable. Local theatre critic and Around Cincinnati contributor Rick Pender is the author of both editions and he joins Brian O'Donnell to talk about what's new and what's gone in this updated version.

The Latest Novel From Troy, Ohio's Candace Ganger

Sep 13, 2019
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Troy, Ohio's Candace Ganger is ready to release her second novel, a young adult story of loss, mental illness, and tragedy. She's with our Barbara Gray to talk about Six Goodbyes We Never Said and her September 25 visit to Rookwood's Joseph Beth Booksellers.

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Acclaimed visual artist Maira Kalman and her son, Alex, have recently written an engrossing book about Maira's mother, Sara Berman. Our Kelly Blewett is on the phone with both Maira and Alex to talk about Sara Berman's Closet.

How to Be an Anti-Racist
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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi says there is no such thing as being "not racist." As one of the leading commentators on race in America, he argues there are only racist and antiracist ideas.

Joanne Greenway: Limited Engagement

Sep 6, 2019

Poet Joanne Greenway has published her first chapbook of free verse poetry, Limited Engagement. She joins Barbara Gray to explore its theatrical title and themes, plus read several of her poems.

Review: Guest House for Young Widows

Sep 6, 2019

Kelly Blewett reviews Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS, an exploration of the women who chose to join the Islamic State, by reporter Azadeh Moaveni, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Roberta Schultz reviews A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber by Michael J. Rosen, a look at Thurber’s work as an artist, cartoonist, and illustrator that includes his drawings and commentary from fellow cartoonists and writers.

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Last check, we thought it was just Cincinnatians who were obsessed with reading James Patterson. As it turns out, Northern Kentuckians are enamored with him, too.

The Horse Cure

Aug 30, 2019

The healing power of horses has been an integral part of Michelle Holling-Brooks' life, and she shares hers and other stories in her new book, The Horse Cure: True Stories: Remarkable Horses Bringing Miraculous Change to Humankind.

She provides more of her background and why she wrote the book in this interview with our Barbara Gray.

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Local author Connie Bergstein Dow hopes her latest book will encourage children to find new and fun ways to get moving and stay healthy. She talks about her inspiration and format for From A to Z with Energy!: 26 Ways to Move and Play as she spends a few minutes with our Barbara Gray.

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Local favorite and past Books by the Banks author David Bell just released his latest thriller, Layover. The Western Kentucky University professor joins our host, Lee Hay, for a spoiler-free talk about the new novel.

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Cincinnati's contributions to all things beer are well-known, but brewing played a significant role in the early growth and culture of the Dayton, Ohio area as well. 

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The Cincinnati Reds have played more than 20,000 games over their 150-year history, but a pair of authors compiled what they view as the 50 best. Classic Reds: The 50 Greatest Games in Cincinnati Reds History pulls games from three different centuries.

The Long, Lore-Filled History Of Shapeshifters

Jul 26, 2019
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Author John Kachuba discusses the various myths and research that went into writing his latest novel, Shapeshifters: A History. He speaks with Barbara Gray on how modern times have adapted to reflect a secret desire for the occult.

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Environmental scientist and entrepreneur Summer Rayne Oakes has just released her latest book, How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in Your Home and Heart.  She joins Lee Hay to dole out some plant-related advice on how to create a flourishing space.

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Ira Resnick is an acclaimed photographer who worked for, among others, Rolling Stone magazine and concert promoter Bill Graham. His latest book looks back at a tumultuous, memorable decade, the 1970's. He's on the phone with our host, Lee Hay, to talk more about The Seventies: A Photographic Journey.

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Jean Harper is a writer currently living in southeast Indiana who writes essays, poems, and often about her love of horses. Her latest book is about her relationship with her beloved horse, Buddy, and she's with our Kelly Blewett to talk about Still Life with Horses: A Memoir.

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Author Renée Rosen's Park Avenue Summer has been hailed as one of the best summer reads of 2019. It's the fictionalized story of Helen Gurley Brown's assistant during those early days of the salvation and controversary surrounding Cosmopolitan magazine. The author is on the phone with Barbara Gray with more about her protagonist, Alice Weiss.

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Local author and creative writing instructor Ellen Everman takes us on a journey in Bell Bottoms to Gucci, her latest novel, which launches in the year 1964 and travels through the decades of psychedelics, protests, hippies, and the titular pants. Calling the book "an ode to baby boomers," the book's publisher notes that Everman’s story examines both sides of the political fence from an intuitive personal perspective.

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Award-winning travel writer and music journalist Chris Epting is well known for some of his earlier road trip books like James Dean Died Here: The Locations of America's Pop Culture Landmarks, and Led Zeppelin Crashed Here: The Rock and Roll Landmarks of North America

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