Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

Kambri Crews discusses her fascinating memoir

Jun 21, 2013

Author Kambri Crews joins Mark Perzel to talk about her provocative bestselling memoir, Burn Down the Ground, about her life as a hearing child of deaf parents and her father’s subsequent arrest and prison sentence.

"City of Women" set in WWII Berlin

Jun 21, 2013

Local author David Gillham talks with Mark Perzel about his bestselling novel, City of Women, based in World War II Berlin, and now out in paperback.

The amazing story of cycling superstar Gino Bartali

Jun 21, 2013

Mark Perzel learns the story of Italian cycling superstar Gino Bartali, the man who not only won the Tour de France in 1938 and 1948, but to this day holds the record for longest time span between victories. It also shares the story of how his secret efforts helped save Jews in Italy during World War II. Aili & Andres McConnon discuss their book Road to Valor: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation which recounts Bartali’s inspirational life.

Author and Playwright Brian Kimberling

Jun 14, 2013

Brian Kimberling has gone from the bucolic college life at Indiana University to becoming a produced playwright and, now, first time author. Barbara Gray talks with the novelist about the characters and the process of writing Snapper.

"Pinkhoneysuckle" by Barbara Everett Heintz

Jun 14, 2013

Lee Hay talks with longtime Cincinnati resident Barbara Everett Heintz about her book Pinkhoneysuckle, a semi-autobiographical tale of a woman growing up in what she refers to as “3rd world shame” in America’s Appalachian region.

Ohio author Donald Ray Pollock

Jun 14, 2013

He started as a paper mill worker in Chillicothe, living in Knockemstiff, Ohio, and now, 30 years later, he has published two books to great critical and audience acclaim. Mark Perzel talks with author Donald Ray Pollock about his first novel, The Devil All the Time.

"The Four Season Farm Gardner's Cookbook"

Jun 14, 2013

Two outstanding organic gardeners have written a two-in-one book just in time for spring planting and menu planning. The Four Season Farm Gardener's Cookbook has recipes for all seasons, plus a garden guide to help you plant what’s perfect for your personal garden. Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman are the authors, and they talk about all the benefits of organic gardening with Mark Perzel.

"I Could Pee on This"

Jun 14, 2013

Poetry takes on a distinctly feline voice with selections such as “Kneel Before Me,” “Who Is That On Your Lap,” and “Some Of My Best Friends Are Dogs.” This collection of cat verse (and accompanying photos), brought to us by Mark Perzel’s guest, Francesco Marciuliano (author of the internationally syndicated comic strip Sally Forth), is aptly titled I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats.

Bestselling author Sheryl Woods

Jun 7, 2013

New York Times bestselling author Sheryl Woods has recently introduced readers to her new Ocean Breeze trilogy of emotional novels, and she’s with our Barbara Gray to talk about Sand Castle Bay, Wind Chime Point, and Sea Glass Island.

Louisville novelist Brian Leung

Jun 7, 2013

Louisville-based author Brian Leung joins Mark Perzel to discuss his historical novel, Take Me Home, set in the 1880’s Wyoming and based on the racial tensions between white and Chinese coal mine workers.

What if Darth Vader was a better dad?

Jun 7, 2013

In advance of Father’s Day, Mark Perzel speaks with Jeffrey Brown, who has written and illustrated a charming book, Darth Vader and Son, which takes an amusing look at what would happen if Darth Vader took an active parenting role with 4-year old Luke Skywalker.

Mark Perzel delves into the business of cheap clothes with author Elizabeth Cline. Cline uncovers the true nature of cheap fashion and its impact on the economy and the environment in her new book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.

The Gardener and the Grill

May 31, 2013

They're known as the BBQ Queens, but now they're focusing on the "garden to grill to table" movement. Mark Perzel has a conversation with Karen Adler, who along with Judith Fertig, wrote the new cookbook The Gardener and the Grill: The Bounty of the Garden Meets the Sizzle of the Grill.

Jenny Lawson: Let's Pretend this Never Happened

May 31, 2013

One of the web’s most popular bloggers is Jenny Lawson (The Blogess), who has just released her memoir, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, and she speaks with our Barbara Gray about her life, her dad, and her new book.

Local author Lori Foster

May 24, 2013

Sexy cops. Hidden pasts. Deadly secrets. All these, and more, are part of local author Lori Foster’s newest novel, Bare It All, and she’s with our Barbara Gray to talk all about this newest entry in her Love Undercover series. She also talks about her popular Reader & Author Get Together event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from this event have benefited many worthy local causes. This year’s event will take place on June 6-9.

If you don’t know the story of a Kentucky-bred colt that upset the racing world in 1954, then you are going to want to hear about Never Say Die at the famed Epsom Derby in England. Author James Nicholson weaves a fascinating story of this international upset and how it impacted the thoroughbred racing industry in the Bluegrass State. James Nicholson is on the phone with our Stuart Holman to discuss Never Say Die: A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry.

Author David Baldacci

May 17, 2013

Barbara Gray talks with New York Times bestselling novelist David Baldacci about his newest thriller, The Hit, and his decision to bring back the character Will Robie, the highly trained assassin who periodically assists the U.S. Government in eliminating the worst of the worst.

The Joys and Benefits of Connecting With Our Cosmic Spirit is the new book by University of Cincinnati alum Lloyd Armogan and the author is on the phone with our Ron Esposito to share his story and his insights about True Meditation.

A new book provides detailed information about the Freedom Summer Monument on the campus of Western College at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, which was dedicated in 2000. Finding Freedom: Memorializing the Voices of Freedom Summer commemorates Western’s role in Freedom Summer and memorializes James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, the Freedom Summer trainees subsequently murdered in Mississippi. The book’s author, Jacqueline Johnson, is the archivist of the Western College Memorial Archives, and she talks with Mark Perzel about this tragic time in American history.

"The Girls of Atomic City"

May 17, 2013

Just off I-40, west of Knoxville, Tennessee, drivers note the exit signs for Oak Ridge and, probably, think very little of it. But this one-time secret city, a Manhattan Project site, employed thousands of small-town southern women during World War II to work on the atomic bomb. A new book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, shares interviews and personal stories of some of these women in a fascinating tale of secrecy, first-time independence, even romance. Author Denise Kiernan joins Mark Perzel to talk about these extraordinary women from an extraordinary time.

Geoffrey Rossano is the award-winning editor of the acclaimed book Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingalls, America's First Naval Ace. As Brian O’Donnell learns, David Ingalls had Cincinnati roots: his mother’s side of the family were Taft’s. Ingalls died in 1985, but this book traces his incredible naval career in his own words.

"Suspect" by Robert Crais

May 10, 2013

Barbara Gray talks with New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais about his new, explosive suspense novel, Suspect.

If you aren’t already aware, May is Zombie Awareness Month. Maysville, Kentucky resident Robert Kiskaden is an author whose first book is Z-Universe, all about a scientist whose nightmares start to become reality. The author joins Lee Hay on the phone to discuss his nascent writing career and how he came up with the idea for his debut novel.

Author Michael Pollan

May 10, 2013

No one can write about food, man’s relationship with it, how far we’ve come from what previous generations used to eat, and the hazard much of today’s food is to the human body than Michael Pollan. His newest book is Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation and in it, he returns to the true classic elements of life and food: fire, water, air and earth. He joins Mark Perzel on the phone to talk about his newest work, already a bestselling addition to his previous books: The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, Food Rules and others.

Local author Andrea Cheng

May 3, 2013

Local author Andrea Cheng joins our Barbara Gray in the studio to talk about her newest book, Etched in Clay. Not only did she write the story of a slave who finds an outlet in creating pottery, but the Cincinnati State professor also did the woodcut illustrations for the book.

Joani Lacy, well-known local musician, has recently completed the third book of her Hollister House Trilogy, three stories of a fantastic journey through the Deep South, featuring romance, mysticism and more. She joins Brian O’Donnell to discuss and read from the final installment, The Witch and the Banyan Tree. She’ll be doing a signing on Saturday, May 11 at the Roebling Point Bookstore in Covington.

Is it time to start planning that summer vacation? Not exactly sure where you’d like to go? The solution may be at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County on Saturday, May 11. Travel expert Patricia Schultz, author of the impressive and completely revised 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the second edition: Completely Revised and Updated with Over 200 New Entries, will be speaking about national and world travel at the downtown branch at 2:00pm. She joins Mark Perzel on the phone to discuss this completely rewritten update and the one place she never tires of visiting and revisiting.

Growing up with horses

May 3, 2013

On this Derby Day, Mark Perzel talks with Clare Balding, and award-winning sports broadcaster from the BBC who was proclaimed a “national treasure” after her work on the London Olympic Games. She has written her memoir, My Animals and Other Family. She talks about her championship horse trainer father and the hundreds of horses who were literally a part of the family, and as the only girl, how she ranked behind her brother and the horses while growing up.

Her online community is large and passionate. Her essay, Don’t Carpe Diem, was a viral sensation. Glennon Doyle Melton is founder of the online community known as Momastery.com. Her writings have helped her conquer her demons while realizing many other women shared the same fears and contradictions as she. Her new book, Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed, brings together many of her best and favorite essays, along with some new ideas. Our Maryanne Zeleznik speaks to the author, mother and wife, about her life’s journey and what this book means to her.

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is rewarding the public with an amnesty day, after it won a prestigious national award.

On May 15th you can return your overdue books without owing a fine. If you've already returned them but haven't paid the fine, you're also in the clear. Just bring in your card.

The library amnesty day is the first Director Kim Fender can remember.

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