Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

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.


Led Zeppelin

Dec 7, 2012

Get The Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became the Biggest Band in the World is the new book by Grammy-winning producer Denny Somach, traces the history and rise of one of the greatest rock and roll bands ever. David Delegator talks with the author about putting this book together, how critics were not fans of the band, and how the fans were the ones who made Led Zeppelin legendary.


Review: Appalachian Elegy

Dec 7, 2012

Our Roberta Schultz has a review of artist/poet/feminist/teacher bell hooks’ newest book of poetry, Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place.


The Art Forger

Dec 7, 2012

The intrigue surrounding the art world, stolen artwork and forgeries sets up the background for the new novel from B.A. Shapiro, The Art Forger. This novel has received rave reviews and is the Joseph Beth Booksellers-Cincinnati book for the month for December. B.A. Shapiro is on the phone with Mark Perzel to talk about the novel and its use of a real crime to set off her chain of events.


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