Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

"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.


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.


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