Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

Rooftop Gardening Experrt Lauren Mandel

Sep 2, 2013
newsociety.com

  

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

 

Director Thane Maynard talks with Lauren Mandel about "Eat Up," her new book on rooftop gardening.

The Night Circus

Sep 2, 2013
Erin Morgenstern

The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change is the new book from Rebecca McClanahan that asks are we responsible for, and to, those forces that have formed us, and if so, for how long. The author tells Barbara Gray that she delved into the long history of her family to try and find the answers.

The newest installment in James Lee Burke’s acclaimed Dave Robicheaux series is here at last. Light of the World is a harrowing novel that examines the nature of evil. Lee Hay talks with the author about this newest installment and where Robicheaux goes from here.

Photojournalist Michael E. Keating

Aug 25, 2013

Bestselling author of "Steam Train, Dream Train"

Aug 23, 2013

Barbara Gray recently had the chance to speak with bestselling children’s author Sherri Rinker about her life, how her books Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Steam Train, Dream Train came to be, and she reads a bit of her writing.

Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott

Aug 18, 2013
Harper Teen

Book review: The Light Between Oceans

Aug 16, 2013

Our newest contributor, Kelly Blewett, has a review of the bestselling novel (now out in paperback) The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman. The author will be appearing at Joseph Beth Booksellers at Rookwood on August 19 for a reading and signing.

Alan Light, Author of “The Holy or the Broken"

Aug 11, 2013
Simon and Schuster

Perhaps Cincinnati’s most acclaimed author of children’s literature is Andrea Cheng. She’s in our studio with Barbara Gray to talk about her newest trilogy, which kicked off with the book The Year of the Baby.

Barbara Gray welcomes local author and UC Associate Professor Nikki Taylor into the studio to talk about her new book, America’s First Black Socialist: The Radical Life of Peter H. Clark. He led the fight for African Americans' access to Ohio's public schools and became the first black principal in the state.

Jeanne Nolan: From the Ground Up

Jul 29, 2013
The Organic Gardner

"From Behind the Blind" by Robert Murphy

Jul 26, 2013

Barbara Gray welcomes local poet and publisher Robert Murphy to talk about his newest book of poetry, From Behind The Blind, as well as to have him read several of his poems.

Walt Longmire Creator Craig Johnson

Jul 22, 2013

  Best-selling Author Craig Johnson talks with Mark Perzel about his Walt Longmire novels, and the A&E Network hit series based on the books about a sheriff in present-day Wyoming.

"The Land Beyond the Portal"

Jul 19, 2013

Barbara Gray welcomes local author J.S. Bailey into the studio to talk about her new book, the supernatural thriller The Land Beyond the Portal.

The importance of saving heirloom seeds

Jul 19, 2013

Berea, Kentucky author Bill Best has written a new book extolling the need to save and protect the native heirloom seeds for fruits and vegetables. Robyn Carey-Allgeyer talks with the author about Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia and what simple steps every farmer and gardener can do to maintain the genetic diversity these seeds provide.

History in the Trees

Jul 15, 2013
Simon & Schuster

It started as a one-woman food monologue…then other famous foodies joined in…suddenly Peggy Sweeney-McDonald had a hit which she has now turned into a beautiful coffee table book. Meanwhile, Back at Cafe du Monde…Life Stories about Food is now out and Barbara Gray learns all about it from the author.

  In his latest book, “The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die,” Harvard Professor of History Niall Ferguson gives his views on why rich countries lose their way and begin to fail. Niall talks with Mark Perzel about his book, and his theory the institutions which keep society going are degenerating.

  Author and Career Consultant Andrea Kay talks about her latest book, “This Is How To Get Your Next Job: An Inside Look at What Employers Really Want” and provides insight on landing your next job.

Barbara Gray talks with Northern Kentucky attorney and author Rick Robinson about his newest novel, leaving behind his political thrillers for the time being, and penning a personal coming-of-age story called Alligator Alley.

NKY Professor Emeritus Martin Giesbrecht's new memoir

Jun 28, 2013

Martin Giesbrecht is a retired professor of economics, having taught at Wilmington College and Northern Kentucky University. He has been a frequent contributor to WVXU over the years, doing commentary and guest spots discussing today’s economy. He has written a memoir, Before I Forget: stories and thoughts of a clarinet playing academic, and he joins Frank Johnson to talk about his love of music, economics and writing this book.

Mary McCartney is the daughter of music royalty – her parents are Sir Paul and the late Linda McCartney – and she has followed in her father’s vegetarian footsteps. She has just published Food: Vegetarian Home Cooking, and as our Barbara Gray learns, it’s full of great recipes and beautiful photography.

"The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty"

Jun 28, 2013

In a fascinating look at our propensity to lie, Mark Perzel talks with behavioral economist and author Dan Ariely about his book The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone-Especially Ourselves.

"The History of Us"

Jun 28, 2013

Leah Stewart teaches creative writing at the University of Cincinnati and is a successful novelist with her books Husband and Wife, and The Myth of You and Me receiving critical acclaim. Her newest book, The History of Us, based here in Cincinnati, is out and she joins Mark Perzel to discuss her writing and her newest novel.

The source of all your favorite spirits

Jun 28, 2013

Pretty much every spirit known to man begins life as some sort of plant: sake began with a grain of rice; scotch emerged from barley; tequila from agave; rum from sugarcane; and bourbon from corn. In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores how humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform all matter of plant life into alcohol over the centuries. She’s with Mark Perzel this morning for a little liquor education.

If one food continues to define our city, it’s Cincinnati-style chili. Brian O’Donnell is joined in the studio by Dan Woellert, author of the new book, The Authentic History of Cincinnati Chilli, which traces this specialized dish from early inception to the growth of a variety of chili parlors. Also joining in the conversation are Chris Kiradjief and his Uncle John Kiradjief from the Empress Chili restaurants.

Historic flood now detailed in a new book

Jun 21, 2013

Local author Geoff Williams has written an extensive look at one of this area’s major natural disasters. He’s in the studio with our Barbara Gray to talk about his interest and research into the book Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever. While the city of Cincinnati wasn’t terribly impacted, surrounding areas like Loveland, Cleves and Dayton took the brunt.

Mark Perzel talks with author David Herlihy about his book The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance. It’s the fascinating tale of Frank Lenz, a young man who left home in Pittsburgh in 1892 to cycle around the world on a new-fangled "pneumatic safety" bike, a prototype of the modern bicycle, only to disappear mysteriously in Turkey two years into his epic journey.

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