Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Book Stuff! Authors Appearing on Lake Effect, Morning Blend, Kathleen Dunn

Recent Book Segments on Lake Effect:

Phil DiMeo talks about Binoculars: Masquerading as a Sighted Person, a memoir of his battle with retinitis pigmentosa. He spoke with Audrey Nowakowski.

Greg Trine and Steve Arntson talked to Mitch Teich about their books, Willy Maykit in Space and The Trap, respectively. This was tied into their visit to Milwaukee for Middle Grade Mania.

Kimberley Blaeser talks about her role as Wisconsin Poet Laureate. From Lake Effect: "Blaeser is of Anishinaabe ancestry and she’s a native of White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. Her poetry is infused with the stories of her ancestry, her experience of nature and Native place and the longing for spiritual connection."

Mitch Teich also talked to Stewart O'Nan about West of Sunset, his new novel about F. Scott Fitzgerald. Per Lake Effect, per O'Nan, "Fitzgerald saw himself as the outsider looking in while he struggled with alcoholism, massive debt and an institutionalized wife, all while trying to find work as a writer in Hollywood during the Great Depression."

And finally, Lizzie Skurnick talks about the world of word coining with Mitch Teich for That Should be a Word: A Language Lover's Guide to Choregasms, Povertunity, Brattling, and 250 Other Much-Needed Terms for the Modern World.

Morning Blend Guests!

Here's Soman Chainani talking about The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes and why turning to writing may have cost him his edge on the tennis court. What happens if you give the princess the dark heart? Can a witch and princess look at each other and be friends?

Nickolas Butler appeared to talk about Shotgun Lovesongs. I couldn't kill anyone because then people would think it was a ripoff of Four Weddings and a Funeral. And yes, one of the characters is inspired by Justin Vernon, the musician who could have lived anywhere but moved back to Eau Claire.

And yes, Binoculars author Philip DiMeo was on Morning Blend as well, along with his guide dog Tessie. "I was worried that I would lose my job!"

Kathleen Dunn Guests!

Arlene Alda spoke to Kathleen about her book, Just Kids from the Bronx, "an autobiographical remembrance of one of America’s most influential boroughs and some of its many success stories."

Martha Hodes spoke to Dunn about her book Mourning Lincoln. Tony Horowitz wrote that "This book is a timely reminder that wars rarely end on the battlefield. Through the lens of Lincoln's death, Martha Hodes vividly portrays a scarred and bitter nation that has laid down its arms yet embarked on a conflict that endures 150 years after Appomattox."

And finally, Jeff Motske talked about his book, The Couple's Guide to Financial Compatibility: Avoid Fights about Spending and Saving--And Build a Happy and Secure Future Together.

I'll be on the Kathleen Dunn show on Wednesday, April 29, 2 to 3 pm central time, as part of the pledge drive. Here's hoping my pledge numbers are good! THe phone number is 800-486-8655 and you can listen live here.

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