Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

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.

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.

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