Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

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.

Career Expert Andrea Kay

Apr 19, 2013

Finding a job is more difficult now than ever before. The rules for job hunting keep changing and the competition is more intense. Career expert Andrea Kay has a new book out to help with the process.

New book about Urban Exploration

Apr 19, 2013

Urban exploration is a term for seeking out those hidden gems within metropolitan areas…to see what others who live and work in a city may never see.

Authors from Hamilton County will gather on Sunday, April 21 at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s downtown branch as part of the Ohioana 2013 celebration. Kate Lawrence from the library and Georgeanne Bradford from the Ohioana Board of Trustees are in the studio with Mark Perzel with details of the event and some of the authors who will be in attendance

Despite all you may know about the history and towns of Ohio, local author Randy McNutt is sure to surprise you with facts about long-forgotten battlefields, stagecoach inns and more in his new book, Finding Utopia: Another Journey into Lost Ohio. This is the third in his series of fascinating Ohio books, and he’s in the studio with Brian O’Donnell to talk about his newest.

Local author Mike Due

Apr 12, 2013

Mike Due is a local author who has penned the first of what he plans on being a trilogy of stories set, in part, at his alma mater, Northern Kentucky University. Immaterial: Book 1: Discovery is part science fiction, part faith and all thought-provoking. Mark Perzel talks with the author about his self-published first book and his plans for the rest of the trilogy.

Organic gardening & recipes in one book

Apr 12, 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.

One man's fight against illiteracy around the world

Apr 5, 2013

It is estimated that there are 775 million people around the world who can’t read. Former Microsoft senior executive John Wood tell his story of starting a worldwide literacy effort in his book Creating Room to Read and he speaks by phone with our Barbara Gray to share this amazing story. Room to Read is now operating programs all over Asia and Africa.

Back in the 1890’s, Pearl Bryan was brutally murdered in one of the more grisly, yet fascinating, crimes in Kentucky history. That story is now recounted by author James McDonald in his book The Perils of Pearl Bryan, and he’s on the phone Lee Hay to discuss this story.

"The Drunken Botanist"

Apr 5, 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.

Author Richard Ford

Mar 29, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford joins our Barbara Gray in the studio to discuss his runaway bestseller, Canada, which has just been released in paperback. This book took six years to write, and has garnered a mantle full of “best book of the year” awards.


Author Matthew Goodman has detailed one of the most fascinating, if lesser-known global races that happened in 1889 between two determined women. His book, Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World, takes readers along on the adventures of these two dynamic women and he talks about his fascination with this race during an interview with Mark Perzel.


Howard Rahtz has a fascinating background: 18 years as a Cincinnati police officer, attaining the rank of captain. He also served as coordinator of the SWAT negotiating team and was in charge of the Central Vice Control Section, where his focus was on reducing the assets of drug traffickers. He has put all that experience, plus a degree in rehab counseling, to try and further efforts to take drugs off the streets. He joins Ann Thompson to discuss his latest book, Drugs, Crime and Violence: From Trafficking to Treatment, in which he lays out a method to choke off the revenue stream that supports the drug traffickers.


"Otis and the Puppy"

Mar 22, 2013

Local artist and author Loren Long recently released Otis and the Puppy, the latest in his Otis the Tractor series of children’s books. He stops by to talk with our Barbara Gray about this new book and what new Otis books are in the works.


She’s known across the internet as The Bloggess, who claims (tongue-in-cheek?) “Like Mother Theresa, only better.” Her name is Jenny Lawson, and her blog is one of the most read, most hiliarious sites on the web, and she recently published a book titled Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir.) Our Tana Weingartner talks with The Bloggess about how she got started, the reaction to her blog, and why she decided to do a book on top of all this other writing.


"The Road Out" from Lower Price Hill

Mar 22, 2013

Deborah Hicks is a longtime writer and educator, employed by Duke University, and a Harvard graduate. But she’s possibly made the biggest impact in her life in Cincinnati’s Lower Price Hill neighborhood. Her new book, The Road Out: A Teacher’s Odyssey in Poor America, recounts her effort to influence the lives of seven girls, all living in poverty with limited dreams, using literature to show them the possibilities of a better life. She joins Mark Perzel to discuss her time in Cincinnati and her highly acclaimed book in advance of her appearance at Joseph Beth Booksellers at Rookwood on March 30.


Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner

Mar 15, 2013

Barbara Gray is on the phone with New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner to discuss her latest thriller, Touch & Go. Her last book, Catch Me, wound up the #2 bestseller last year according to the New York Times, so expectations for her newest novel are high.


Nationally-known librarian Nancy Pearl

Mar 15, 2013

You may have heard Nancy Pearl during one of her appearances on NPR’s Morning Edition where she opines about all things books. A former librarian, she is the creator of the first community-wide reading program back in 1998, which led the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to undertake their On the Same Page effort. As part of the wrap-up to this year’s On the Same Page, Nancy Pearl will appear via Skype at the downtown branch of the library on Saturday, March 23 at 2:00pm. But first, she joins Mark Perzel by phone to talk about the origins of community reading programs, her lifelong love of books, and her incredibly popular Librarian Action figure.


Cincinnati's Irish Heritage

Mar 15, 2013

Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, but Saturday at noon is the kick-off to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade through the streets of Cincinnati. While mostly known for our German heritage, Cincinnati has a long history of Irish influence through the generations. Mark Perzel is joined on the phone by Kevin Grace, head of the Archives and Rare Books Library at the University of Cincinnati, who has written Irish Cincinnati, a book detailing the impact and influence of the Irish during Cincinnati’s history.


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