Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

"Daybreak"

Mar 8, 2013

Local author Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose newest novel, Daybreak, has now been published. The author joins our Barbara Gray to talk about her writing, the success she’s achieved, and this new novel.


"Ever After" - the new Hollows Series novel

Mar 1, 2013

Barbara Gray spends a few minutes with acclaimed author Kim Harrison, talking about her “Hollows” series of books, and the newest installment, Ever After. As with all of the books in the "Hollows,” this one is also set in Cincinnati.


News Director Maryanne Zeleznik, proud mother of a young girl, spoke recently with Ana Homayoun, author of the recently released book The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life. The book makes the case that in our achievement driven, success at any cost lifestyle, even for junior high and high school girls, that the stresses of being the best, or seen as the best, is costing them to lose sight of their true identity. As author Susan Shapiro said of the book, "A smart, funny and engaging study on how to give girls the tools to figure out what they really want - and how to get it.  A must-read for girls, mothers, educators and anybody who wants to understand half the population."


David Delegator reviews Bill Morgan's book The Typewriter is Holy: The Complete Uncensored History of the Beat Generation.  


Poet Kate Fadick's New Book

Feb 22, 2013

Local poet Kate Fadick joins Barbara Gray to discuss her newly released book, Slipstream.


Lloyd E. Moore - Attorney and Photographer

Feb 22, 2013

Judith Turner-Yamamoto has a review of a new book of photography from the Ohio University Press. Face to Face: The Photography of Lloyd E. Moore features works by the longtime Lawrence County, Ohio attorney. Lawrence County, along the Ohio River in southeast Ohio, sits at the start of the Appalachian Mountains, and in the mid-1970’s, Lloyd Moore began photographing his clients who came from all walks of life and backgrounds.


Jim Rogers, Investing Expert

Feb 22, 2013

Jim Rogers is a name every serious investor knows. He’s spent years studying the markets, not just here at home, but all around the globe. His books have been must-reads and now he’s put pen to paper to write his memoir. Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets details his early years in Alabama, then on Wall Street, to his co-founding of the tremendously successful Quantum Fund. But it’s not just a typical memoir. He still makes observations on the state of the markets today and some trends he sees for the future. Jim Rogers is On the Money with Chris DeSimio to share some thoughts about the markets and his book from his current home in Singapore.


On the Same Page Community Reading Selection

Feb 22, 2013

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County have kicked off their annual On the Same Page community reading program, this year featuring the book The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. On March 2, the author will be in Cincinnati to discuss his moving account of a book club he and his mother had during the waning years of her life. Will Schwalbe joins Mark Perzel by phone to talk about his book and having it chosen as the twelfth On the Same Page community reading selection.


"Trying"

Feb 15, 2013

Cincinnati native Rebecca Gale has had a distinguished career in Washington, DC, working as a press secretary and communications director for various Senators and Members of Congress, now she’s a contributing editor at Roll Call, DC’s political newspaper. She has just published her first novel, Trying, and she’s in our studio to talk about the book and the career that took her away from Cincinnati, with Barbara Gray.


Author Chris (C.J.) Ashbrook

Feb 15, 2013

Chris Ashbrook, who writes under the name C.J. Ashbrook, had an amazing career as a film and video director before he turned to writing. He’s the man responsible for one of the most iconic music videos of the 80’s, “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics. His newest novel, A Darker Gold, has just been released, and he is on the phone to talk about the book and share some stories from those halcyon days of music videos with our David Delegator.


Author and Cultural Critic Camille Paglia

Feb 15, 2013

Camille Paglia is one of todays most acknowledged cultural critics, author of provocative books such as Sexual Personae and Break, Blow, Burn, and recently released her assessment of art from earlier times right up to Star Wars. In Glittering Images, she selects more than two dozen images and provides some background on the author and the work, but also places it in within its historical context. It’s a fascinating walk through time using arts as the guideposts, and she’s on the phone to discuss this journey with Mark Perzel.


Louisa May Alcott and Abigail May Alcott

Feb 8, 2013

With newly uncovered family papers long thought destroyed, Eve LaPlante-a great-niece and cousin of Abigail and Louisa May Alcott – was able to write two recently released books about this famous, yet not fully understood family. Barbara Gray had the opportunity to talk by phone with the author about Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother and My Heart is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott, Louisa's Mother.


"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.


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