Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

"Ever After" - the new Hollows Series novel

Feb 8, 2013

Kim Harrison, author of the Hollows series of supernatural books, is out with the newest installment of the Cincinnati-based saga. There have been 10 Rachel Morgan tales so far, with just two more after this new one, so lovers of this series won’t want to miss Ever After. Kim Harrison was recently in town for an appearance at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills, so she stopped in our studio for a talk with Mark Perzel.


A Love Story for the Ages

Feb 1, 2013

Jane Durrell introduces listeners to a fascinating author from Cincinnati. Vivian Kline is 83 years old, a widow, mother of three and grandmother of six. She was once and artist known for her enameling, and has written three books. Her newest, Love in the 40’s When Mail Came Twice a Day, is a deeply personal look at love. After 67 years in storage, she found a box of love letters from when she was 19 and her soon-to-be husband Danny was 26. They lived 80 miles apart and phone calls were prohibitively expensive, so they wrote letters… not only proclaiming their love for one another, but with references to life during those war years.


A.G. Lafley, former chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble, has written Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works, his look at successful business practices from his years of corporate leadership. He joins Mark Perzel by phone to discuss the book, and a special event he will headline on February 7 at Memorial Hall and presented by Joseph Beth Booksellers and Soapbox Cincinnati that will include networking, a presentation by Mr. Lafley and a book signing.


"Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker"

Jan 25, 2013

Perennial New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini has departed from her acclaimed Elk Creek Quilt series to write about Mary Todd Lincoln’s closest confidant, Elizabeth Keckley, in her newest novel Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker. She spends a few minutes talking with Barbara Gray about her new book and the current interest in the times of Abraham Lincoln.


Hymns with Cincinnati Connections

Jan 25, 2013

Our Roberta Schultz provides a commentary about famous hymns with Cincinnati connections. This is based on information found in the book The History of Hymn Singing As Told Through 101 Famous Hymns by Charles Johnson.


"The Last Runaway"

Jan 18, 2013

Tracy Chevalier, author of the bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring, has just published her latest novel, this one set in Ohio during the days of the Underground Railroad called The Last Runaway. The author and Oberlin College alum joins Barbara Gray on the phone to discuss this new, dramatic tale.


"The Wisdom of Compassion"

Jan 18, 2013

The Wisdom of Compassion is a new book that provides an intimate glimpse into the daily life of the Dalai Lama. Victor Chan is the author and a confidant of the Dalai Lama, who writes about the lessons he’s learned during his travels and conversations with this spiritual icon. Guest contributor Ron Esposito speaks by phone with Victor Chan about this book and his founding of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education in Vancouver, British Columbia.


"Enemy of Mine"

Jan 18, 2013

When author Brad Taylor writes his Pike Logan books, he knows what he’s writing about. Taylor is a twenty-one-year veteran of the US Army Infantry and Special Forces, including eight years with 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, and Pike Logan is a retired Delta Force officer, now working for a clandestine protection team called Taskforce. Brad Taylor joins Mark Perzel to talk about the newest Pike Logan story, Enemy of Mine, in advance of his appearance Saturday night, January 19, at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati.


During these cold winter months, is there anything as satisfying as good comfort food? Maryanne Zeleznik talks by phone with Danielle Crittenden, co-author of From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food. Along with the delicious recipes, the authors have included over 150 beautiful photographs that illuminate Poland’s thriving food culture.


"Never Let You Go"

Jan 11, 2013

Local author Emma Carlson Berne joins Barbara Gray to discuss her new young reader’s novel, Never Let You Go, a romantic suspense thriller about a love triangle that goes wrong.


"Only Superhuman"

Jan 11, 2013

Christopher Bennett, son of former WGUC radio host Myron Bennett, is a science fiction author living here in Cincinnati. In the past he has written books based on Star Trek, Spiderman, and X-Men, all with a hard science fiction slant. He has now published his first original novel, Only Superhuman, and he’s in the studio with Mark Perzel to talk about the book and his January 15 appearance at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Rookwood.


Rabbit Hash, Kentucky

Jan 11, 2013

Rabbit Hash, Kentucky may be best known around here for their General Store or having a dog as mayor, but the town has a long and fascinating history. In his new book, Rabbit Hash, Kentucky: River Born, Kentucky Bred, local historian Donald Clare talks with Mark Perzel about the stories of Rabbit Hash’s past, it’s one-time importance to commerce at the river’s bend, and the recent revival of Rabbit Hash as a destination location in Boone County.


Vent Haven Portrait Book of Dummies

Jan 11, 2013

You may be aware that Fort Mitchell, Kentucky is the home of the world’s only museum of ventriloquist dummies, called Vent Haven. Recently, nationally known celebrity portraitist Matthew Robinson did a photo shoot of many of the dolls for his new book, Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits and his work is profiled in this month’s Cincinnati Magazine. Mark Perzel welcomes Linda Vaccariello from the magazine into the studio to talk about this unique project.


Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans

Jan 4, 2013

Cincinnati native Ben Sandmel has studied music and musicians during his career, and now living in New Orleans, he has written about one of the true pioneers of R&B music in his new book Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans. The author was recently a part of the Books by the Banks book festival in Cincinnati, and recently spoke by phone with David Delagator to talk about this interesting artist, best known for his hit Mother in Law.


"Love, In Theory"

Jan 4, 2013

Author and Ohio State alumnae EJ Levy, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for her debut book, Love, In Theory, spends a few minutes on the phone with Barbara Gray, talking about why she chose a collection of short stories for her debut, and her creative use of a narrator.


Northern Kentucky resident and writer Bruce Worden, author of Goodnight Keith Moon, plus his popular blog Homophones, Weakly, talks by phone with Jim Nolan about his newest comic book series, Woodstalk: Three Days of Peace, Music and Zombies.


"The History of Us"

Jan 4, 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 just out and she joins Mark Perzel to discuss her writing and her newest novel.


Cincinnati: Our City, Our Story

Dec 28, 2012

Local pediatrician and owner of the Blue Manatee Bookstore, John Hutton, has published and authored a book called Cincinnati: Our City, Our Story as a fundraiser for the Every Child Succeeds program. The book features photos of Cincinnati taken by children, a history of the city from Louise Borden, and additional artwork from C.F. Payne, Loren Long and Will Hillenbrand. As Dr. Hutton tells Barbara Gray, all the contributors donated their talents to this one-of-a-kind book.


Richard Burton's Diaries

Dec 28, 2012

Hollywood icon and Oscar-nominated actor Richard Burton led a tumultuous life that included two marriages to Elizabeth Taylor and a bit of drinking. For the first time, his diaries from 1939 through 1983 have been published and Chris Williams, the book’s editor, speaks with Larry Thomas about this revealing collection of personal writings, and how they provide a unique look at those supposed glamor years.


Celebrating 75 Years of Disney's "Snow White"

Dec 21, 2012

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Disney’s classic film, Snow White, author and film historian of the Walt Disney Foundation, J.B.

"What You Wish For"

Dec 21, 2012

Author Kerry Reichs talks with Mark Perzel about her second novel, What You Wish For, which follows five individuals as they make decisions about building a family and the obstacles in the way. It explores issues facing single parents, unexpected parents, issues with fertility, and those who decide to not have children

Author Jon Katz

Dec 21, 2012

New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz has a way of writing about people and their dogs like few can. His The Dogs of Bedlam Farm proved that.

Mrs. Cratchit's Christmas

Dec 14, 2012

Xavier University Professor Marilyn Clark has written an intriguing new book that looks at the classic Dickens’ tale, A Christmas Carol, from the perspective of Mrs. Cratchit. Barbara Gray talks with the author of Mrs. Cratchit’s Christmas about this book and the reason why 50% of all proceeds will be donated to the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, whose mission is to “advocate, inspire and add value to the lives of youth who face personal life challenges.”


Titans of the music industry, Columbia Records, is celebrating its 125th Anniversary with the release of the book 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story by Grammy-nominated author Sean Wilentz. He joins Brian O’Donnell to talk about the amazing artists who have recorded for Columbia Records: from Al Jolsen to Billy Joel; from Phillip Glass to Dixie Chicks. He also talks about the late, great Andy Williams and his connection to Cincinnati.


The Delta Queen Cookbook

Dec 14, 2012

For many years, the Delta Queen traveled the Ohio River from and around Cincinnati and provided travelers with a unique experience, not just in accommodations, but also in the food that was served. Now, Cynthia LeJeune Nobles is making that dining experience available to everyone with her new Delta Queen Cookbook. She spends a few minutes with Robyn Carey Allgeyer to talk about the Delta Queen experience and some of the recipes food lovers will find in the book.


The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart

Dec 14, 2012

Leanna Renee Hieber was once an intern at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company before stepping away from acting in order to write. She has now published her second novel, The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul), a haunting tale of one woman’s fight with the dark side and a man she trusts. Jim Stump interviews the one-time resident, who is now following her dreams and living in New York City.


Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat

Dec 14, 2012

Miami University alum Bob Chase is the publisher of a new book that takes readers into the world of one of the most popular authors ever, the magical Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat, was written by Caroline Smith and is a collector’s item for the Seuss and Geisel lovers. As the publisher tells Barbara Gray, Theodore Geisel not only had his beloved children’s books, he was a surrealist painter of a collection now referred to as “The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.” This book includes highlights of those works that Geisel referred to as his Midnight Collection, which he mostly kept to himself to avoid criticism, but wanted released after his death.


"Just My Type"

Dec 14, 2012

It wasn’t that long ago that any talk of fonts was left to graphic designers and printers. Now, everyone knows what fonts are, which they like, which they don’t, and the brief dominance of Comic Sans. Simon Garfield, the author of Just My Type: A Book About Fonts joins Mark Perzel to talk about his entertaining book detailing everything you’d want to know about fonts.


"Modern Sauces"

Dec 14, 2012

In many dishes, it’s the sauce that seals the flavor deal, but oftentimes, making the sauces can be an intimidating process. That was until now. Martha Holmberg, a La Varenne-trained, award winning food writer has just released Modern Sauces: More than 150 Recipes for Every Cook, Every Day. Mark Perzel talks with the author about the range of recipes in her book, from the well-known marinara and hollandaise, to the more adventurous maple-rum sabyon and coconut-curry spiked chocolate sauce.


Author Nadine Huffman and artist Marilyn Lebhar are the creative talents behind the book A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas, a beautiful book all about Cincinnati and with all proceeds going to support adoption efforts happening here in the tri-state. They are in-studio with Lee Hay to talk about the genesis of the book and how they hope to sell out this year’s supply of the book, the same as they did last year.


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