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Authors John and Lottie Christian have long been influenced by Scottish, Irish and English cultures. Joining our Barbara Gray, they discuss their new book, Isle of Man: Fear agus deithe (Men and Gods) as they reflect on the historical value of that time period and their writing process.

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Elaine Welteroth, editor of Teen Vogue and best-selling author, has solidified her role as a titan in her industry with her new memoir, More Than Enough; Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say). Recounting her own journey and ideals, she joins Barbara Gray as they delve into how far her “relentless character,” has taken her.

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Alice Connor is an Episcopal priest who serves as a chaplain on the University of Cincinnati campus. In her latest book, How to Human: An Incomplete Manual for Living in a Messed-Up World, Connor draws on her experiences to provide a tender and irreverent take on one of life's most fundamental questions: how to be a better human in a world dead set against it.

Alice Connor (@pastoralice) joins Cincinnati Edition to discuss her thoughts on how to be a better human and share some of her experiences as a college chaplain.

"Strange Noir" From Local Author Arthur C. Jett

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Cincinnatian Arthur C. Jett owns his own trucking company and has taken up both painting and writing on the side. Earlier this year, he released his collection of three novellas called Strange Noir, and he's in the studio to talk about his writing with our Barbara Gray.

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Lafcadio Hearn was a popular writer in the 19th century who spent time in Cincinnati as a reporter for the Enquirer. He wound up in Japan and wrote a series of fairy tales that have now been assembled into a new book titled, aptly, Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn

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A decade ago, Sarah Widmer was found dead in the bathtub of the Hamilton Township home she shared with her husband, Ryan Widmer. The call Ryan made to 911 shortly after Sarah's death was played repeatedly in news coverage and interviews since, with particular attention to the chilling line, "I think she's dead."

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James Patterson, James Patterson, James Patterson. Cincinnati readers really like James Patterson.

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Andrew Watts is a former naval officer and helicopter pilot from Cincinnati who has become a successful author and veterans' advocate. His latest book is Overwhelming Force and he joins our Barbara Gray to discuss his military service and how that led to his writing career.

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Many Cincinnatians remember the tragic and disturbing case of Donald Harvey, the notorious mass murderer who hid in plain sight and may be responsible for up to 87 deaths. That story, along with several others, are detailed in a new book by former profiler and FBI Special Agent John Douglas

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Author Crystal Wilkinson, who daylights as an Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, has received great acclaim for her most recent novel, The Birds of Opulence. She speaks with our Barbara Gray about this multigenerational story of women in a bucolic southern black township.

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In her very personal memoir, author Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey into her family's history of war, the Holocaust, and how the mysterious Richard fits into the story. Barbara Gray is on the phone with the author to learn more about her amazing story, Where the Angels Lived.

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William Dean Howells was born in Martinsville, Ohio, in 1837 and went on to become a significant literary figure, earning the nickname the "Dean of American Letters." A novelist, critic, playwright and editor of The Atlantic Monthly, Howells forged friendships with the likes of Mark Twain, Henry James and Oliver Wendell Holmes. 

Local author Dee Garretson is back with a new young adult novel set during WWI. She is in the studio with Barbara Gray to talk about her work and her latest, All is Fair.

Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray is back with another novel in her Walnut Creek series, set in Ohio's Amish Country, The Patient One. Formerly a Cincinnati-area resident, she tells our Barbara Gray that her recent move to Colorado won't change her writing as she's found several Amish communities there.


Bestselling novelist David Baldacci is back with a new Amos Decker mystery called Redemption. He's on the phone with Barbara Gray with a spoiler-free conversation about his latest, set in Ohio.

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Nora McInerny gets recognized by strangers. People come up to her in the grocery store, or on the street. They know about her podcast or her books or her advice series. But they're not looking for a selfie with a semi-celeb. McInerny is a grief magnet. These brief interactions are filled with tragic stories strangers want to tell her. That's because she's been there. She's still there.

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It was called the "Crime of the Century."

Award-winning fantasy novelist (the Binti trilogy) and author of Black Panther comic books, Nnedi Okorafor, is coming to town for an appearance at the downtown branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

A new book from Arcadia Publishing spotlights the rich visual history of the iconic Cincinnati Art Museum. Editor Geoff Edwards and Jill Dunne, Director of Marketing and Communications from the Museum discuss the book, part of Arcadia's "Images of America" series and available in the museum's gift shop , in this conversation with Lee Hay. 

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Chelsea Clinton's fifth children's book introduces readers to a variety of endangered animals and the threats to them. Like her other books, including the #1 New York Times best selling picture book She Persists, Clinton has focused on encouraging activism in her young readers.

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