Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

Gulp: Adventures On The Alimentary Canal

Apr 27, 2014
Provided, Mary Roach

The High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Apr 27, 2014
Provided, Elizabeth Cline

New book traces the long history of bourbon

Apr 25, 2014

Author Dane Huckelbridge has taken a “shot” at writing the definitive history of the beverage once distilled by George Washington and enjoyed by soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit takes readers through centuries of distilling, imbibing, fighting, mixing, and outlawing. The author stopped by our studio to talk all things bourbon with our Mark Heyne.

Local poet Gerry Grubbs

Apr 25, 2014

National Poetry Month: local poet Gerry Grubbs reads In the Orchard from The Hive is a Book We Read for Its Honey.

Local poet Kate Fadick

Apr 25, 2014

National Poetry Month: local poet Kate Fadick reads The Misunderstanding from her Slipstream poetry chap book.

The Holy or the Broken, Story of "Hallelujah"

Apr 20, 2014
Provided, Simon and Schuster

  How did one obscure song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy, a song each successive generation seems to feel they have discovered and claimed as uniquely their own? Celebrated music journalist Alan Light follows the improbable journey of “Hallelujah” straight to the heart of popular culture in his book, “The Holy or the Broken.” Mark Perzel talked with Alan Light about “Hallelujah,” and its unlikely ascent.

Phil Nuxhall is the official historian for Cincinnati’s Spring Grove Cemetery, the second largest in the country and the resting place for many famous local and national names. He’s written a book about some of the history of Spring Grove, Stories in the Grove, and Brian O’Donnell talks with him about some of those stories.

Poet Norman Finkelstein from Xavier University

Apr 18, 2014

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Barbara Gray talks with local poet and Xavier University English professor, Dr. Norman Finkelstein. He talks about, and reads from, his book of poetry, Inside the Ghost Factory.

Local poet Gerry Grubbs

Apr 18, 2014

National Poetry Month: local poet Gerry Grubbs recites Apple Blossoms from his book The Hive is a Book We Read for its Honey.

Local poet Brian Volck

Apr 18, 2014

National Poetry Month: local poet Brian Volck recites Why Dogs are Better Than People from his book, Flesh Becomes Word.

Provided, Harper Collins

Provided, Joseph-Beth Booksellers

  Former President Jimmy Carter’s latest book, A Call to Action, is an impassioned account of the human rights abuses against women and girls around the world, particularly in religious societies. Howard Wilkinson talked with President Carter, who will be in town tonight for a book-signing event at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. The book-signing, a ticketed event, has been sold out.

Storytime Day Encourages Young Readers

Mar 30, 2014

The Secret Life of Sleep

Mar 30, 2014
Provided, Kat Duff


The Secret Life of Sleep, by Kat Duff, explores the mysteries of slumber. Duff taps into the enormous reservoir of human experiences, including literature, culture, and spiritual traditions from around the globe, to illuminate the complexities of a world where sleep has become a dwindling resource.

The Undead Pool, Kim Harrison

Mar 21, 2014
Provided, Kim Harrison

In The Undead Pool, the latest in bestselling author Kim Harrison's Hollows series, Supernatural superhero Rachel Morgan must counter a strange magic that could spell civil war for the Hollows. Kim Harrison talks about the most recent release in her urban fantasy adventure series.

Bestselling author David Baldacci’s newest effort is the first of a four-part young adult series entitled The Finisher. As he tells our Barbara Gray, this is part of the author’s continuing support of the literacy effort, Wish You Well Foundation, which he and his wife started.

Provided, Orange Frazer Press

A chat with local author Melissa Landers

Mar 14, 2014

Barbara Gray sits down with local author Melissa Landers to talk about her young adult sci-fi romance novel, Alienated, published last month by Disney-Hyperion.

Barbara Gray has an interview with New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray about her latest novel, Hopeful, set once again in the bucolic Amish community of Sugarcreek, Ohio.

How to Build a Hovercraft

Mar 2, 2014
Provided, EepyBird

Hello Wine, by Melanie Wagner

Feb 28, 2014
Provided, Melanie Wagner

Hello Wine is an easy-to-read but informative guidebook for any newcomer to the world of wine. Author and Certified Sommelier Melanie Wagner's down-to-earth tone and comprehensive knowledge make learning about wine fun. Melanie Wagner talks about how she became a sommelier, and provides tips on how to approach your next bottle of wine.

"Pretty Girl-13" is a haunting new young adult novel

Feb 28, 2014

Liz Coley is an accomplished local author whose new young adult novel, Pretty Girl-13, is a haunting tale of a kidnapped teenaged girl who must reclaim and rebuild her life after 3 years in captivity. Barbara Gray spoke with the author about the research she put into this book and the reaction to it so far.

On the Same Page, with A Star for Mrs. Blake

Feb 21, 2014

 Now in its 13th year, On the Same Page is an annual community reading event hosted by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. This year’s book selection, A Star for Mrs. Blake, is the story of five courageous World War I Gold Star mothers’ journey to visit their sons’ graves in France.

Kentucky Writer's Hall of Fame

Feb 21, 2014

Our Roberta Schultz has a commentary on the recently created Kentucky Writer’s Hall of Fame

Kentucky Writer's Hall of Fame

Feb 21, 2014

Our Roberta Schultz has a commentary on the recently created Kentucky Writer’s Hall of Fame.

A poetry reading by Gerry Grubbs from his new book of poetry, The Hive is a Book We Read for Its Honey.

Sue Monk Kidd, author of the bestsellers The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, returns with her first new novel in eight years, The Invention of Wings (currently #1 on the New York Times bestseller list) and she’s on the phone with our Barbara Gray.

Dorothea Lange, American Photographer

Feb 7, 2014

  Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning celebrates one of the twentieth century’s most important photographers, Dorothea Lange. The companion to a PBS American Masters episode that will air later this year, the book offers an intimate view into the life and work of one of our most cherished documentary photographers.

Dr. Maya Angelou's new book about Nelson Mandela

Feb 7, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou speaks by phone with our Barbara Gray about the late Nelson Mandela, her history with him, and her new book about this iconic world leader, His Day is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute.

Local author Miriam Karp's new memoir

Feb 7, 2014

Local writer, artist and teacher Miriam Karp talks with Barbara Gray about her newly published memoir, Painting Zaidy's Dream.