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Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

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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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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

Jun 28, 2019
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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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