Books

Interviews with authors, commentaries / reviews on books

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.


Gluten-Free Baking

Dec 7, 2012

With holiday baking comes the awareness of people’s food allergies and dietary restrictions. Jeanne Sauvage has a new cookbook to help bakers navigate one of those restrictions. She tells Mark Perzel about her new cookbook, Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays: 60 Recipes for Traditional Festive Treats, which allows those avoiding gluten to still enjoy a tasty holiday season.


"How to Spell Chanukah..."

Dec 7, 2012

Mark Perzel discusses the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah with Emily Franklin, the editor of the new book How to Spell Chanukah...And Other Holiday Dilemmas- Eighteen Writers Celebrate Eight Nights of Lights. This is a collection of short stories about Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, which starts Saturday, December 8 and runs to December 16.


The classic Mad Magazine is celebrating 60 years of mocking politics, entertainment and pop culture. To commemorate this anniversary, they have released a new book, Totally MAD: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity that includes a removable set of 12 classic Mad cover prints. Frank Johnson talks parody and longevity with Mad’s editor, John Ficarra.


Artists and authors David and Barbara Day join Brian O’Donnell to talk about their new book of drawings and stories about our ever-changing city. Vanishing Cincinnati seeks to preserve some of the classic architecture and geography of this area as was seen from the 1800’s on in a unique and artistic way. The book’s launch will take place on Sunday, December 2 at the Main Branch of the Public Library downtown.


Dog Trainer/Handler John Preston Smith

Nov 23, 2012

John Preston Smith has been a dog trainer and handler for almost 50 years and has written two books: The Bog, a sort of fantasy dog tale; and 14,000 Dogs Later, about his long career. He’s with our Robyn Carey-Allgeyer to talk about his fascinating career and his writings.


The Hiding Place

Nov 23, 2012

Author, Miami U alum and now assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University, David Bell, joins Lee Hay to talk about his latest novel, The Hiding Place, set in the fictional town of Dove Point, Ohio.


And Now We Shall Do Manly Things

Nov 23, 2012

What happens when a suburban dad, used to the comforts and conveniences of modern day life, suddenly receives a 12 gauge shotgun from his dad, who simply told him it was for “shooting?” Local author Craig Heimbuch shares his experiences of breaking out of his comfort zone and learning to hunt and better understand his family legacy in his new memoir, And Now We Shall Do Manly Things; Discovering My Manhood Through the Great (and Not-So-Great) American Hunt, and he shares some of this humorous tale with Mark Perzel.


Glittering Images

Nov 23, 2012

Camille Paglia is one of todays most acknowledged cultural critics, author of provocative books such as Sexual Personae and Break, Blow, Burn, is now out with 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.


Life Among Giants

Nov 23, 2012

In his novel, Life Among Giants, author Bill Roorbach freely admits that there are touches of a memoir woven through this tale of murder, seduction and revenge. The book has been highly praised by critics and readers alike, and even our Mark Perzel was completely enthralled by the story. Mark talks with Bill Roorbach about this book and how the initial premise came to be.


Chef, cookbook author, and host of PBS’ Simply Ming, Ming Tsai, recently returned to his native Ohio and stopped by the WVXU studios to talk with Robyn Carey-Allgeyer. He discussed his East meets West cooking philosophy, the success of his TV show, and his newest cookbook, Simply Ming in your Kitchen.


A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music

Nov 16, 2012

Roberta Schultz has a review of the book A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music from University Press of Kentucky.


The Graphic Canon, Vol. 2

Nov 16, 2012

Literature from the 1800’s, including works by Poe, Twain, Bronte, Carroll and many more are given the graphic novel treatment in the new book, The Graphic Canon, Vol. 2: From "Kubla Khan" to the Bronte Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray. Author and Editor Russ Kick tells Chelsea VandeDrink about this anthology and the contributions of some of today’s finest artists and graphic novelists.


Preparing Root Vegetables

Nov 9, 2012

The nutritional and health values of eating root vegetables cannot be denied. How to prepare them in a healthy, yet tasty, way has been a struggle. Now, Diane Morgan, author of 10 other cookbooks, has written perhaps the penultimate cookbook for root vegetable lovers. Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes is now available and Diane Morgan joins Mark Perzel to talk about the various vegetables and some preparation secrets.


Harriet's Homecoming

Nov 9, 2012

Author Susan Sachs Levine has utilized Cincinnati landmarks and our history with the peregrine falcons as the focus of her new children’s book, Harriett's Homecoming: A High-Flying Tour of Cincinnati. Illustrated by Erin Burchwell, this book will take children all around the Queen City: the Zoo, Suspension Bridge, Main Library and more. Susan Sachs Levine joins Mark Perzel to discuss Harriet’s Homecoming and its inventive use of local attractions and landmarks.


Judy Collins

Nov 2, 2012

Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, the memoir of singer/songwriter Judy Collins, is now out in paperback, and she joins Barbara Gray by phone to talk about her life, her music and her book.


John Quincy Adams

Nov 2, 2012

Historian and author Harlow Giles Unger has delved into the lives of many known and lesser known historical figures, but his new book tells the story of a man who fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of The Amistad.

Your Internal Clock

Nov 2, 2012

Once again, it’s time to reset our clocks…we fall back one hour Saturday night/Sunday morning. These changes in clocks and the sudden changes in daylight patterns can really throw off our internal clocks. Dr.

Haunted Asylum?

Oct 26, 2012

The Athens Asylum has seen its share of spooky happenings. Even the History Channel confirmed this. Barbara Gray discusses this frightening facility in Southeast Ohio with Katherine Ziff, author of Asylum on the Hill: History of a Healing Landscape.

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