The Book Doctors join us to give summer reading tips and local literary news.
By The Walt Bodine Show, May 21, 2009
Kansas City , Mo. – The Book Doctors join us to give summer reading tips and local literary news.
In honor of recent celebrations of Mother's Day, and upcoming Father's Day festivities, we talk about books that feature memorable parental characters, or that explore the complexities of the parent/child relationship.
Co-founder of the infamous and now defunct Spy magazine, Kurt Andersen is a long-time journalist, who's also written fiction and essays and is now known as the host of the public radio program Studio 360.
From his own experiences in the garden to tracking meals back to their sources, Michael Pollan writes about our relationship to the food we eat. The author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, Pollan has written not only about what we eat but where our food comes from and the impact our food choices have.
This week, the Obamas opened their first White House poetry jam; something that caught the attention of a lot of spoken word poets here in Kansas City. It just so happens that one of the poets chosen to perform at White House will be here on Tuesday, May 19, at the monthly poetry jam at the American Jazz Museum.
Local experts and authors of America's Best BBQ: 100 Recipes from America's Best Smokehouses, Pits, Shacks, Rib Joints Roadhouses, and Restaurants, join us to talk about the array of recipes and flavors they've encountered on their BBQ-themed travels throughout the nation. We've also included a couple of recipes!
Steve Kraske welcomes author Tobias Wolff to talk about Old School, his novel about a teenage boy who feels awkward and out of place at an elite New England prep school in the 1960s. The book is this year's Big Read selection at area libraries.
Journalist Mei-Ling Hopgood talks about her memoir Lucky Girl, the story of her adoption as a young girl from Taiwan, her middle-class upbringing in Michigan, and the reunion with her Taiwanese birth family at age 23.
Rupert Isaacson, author of The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son talks about taking his son with autism to Mongolia, his willingness to go to the ends of the earth to help their son, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.
The Book Doctors join us to share reading recommendations and the latest in literary news.
By The Walt Bodine Show, April 29, 2009
Kansas City, MO – The Book Doctors join us to share reading recommendations and the latest in literary news. Last time, we explored the city in a show titled "City Lights". We finish the second part in our two part series with books that feature rural life and the country in a show we've dubbed "Country Skies".
The Stinky Cheese Man author joins us to discuss writing for children and the upcoming 13th Annual Children's Literature Festival here in Kansas City.
By The Walt Bodine Show, March 23, 2009
Kansas City , Mo. – Jon Scieszka, author of THE STINKY CHEESE MAN, THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, and the "Time Warp Trio" books, was recently named America's first-ever Children's Book Laureate. He joins The Walt Bodine Show to discuss what it's like to write entertaining books for kids.
The Book Doctors meet with us to share their reading lists and to give literary news. During the second half of the show, we talk about books that feature "the city" - as a setting, character or important symbol in literature.
By The Walt Bodine Show, March 19, 2009
Kansas City , Mo. – The Book Doctors are:
Mark Luce, The Barstow School
Kaite Mediatore Stover, The Kansas City Public Library
A conversation with Historian and Author Thomas Cahill. Learn how the Middle Ages changed the modern world as he discusses his book Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe.
Jamaican-born poet Claudia Rankine's work "goes directly to the objective of literary writing--to write a book that is deeply interesting despite the expectations that received forms give us," according to interviewer and New Letters editor Robert Stewart.
Sean Hill, a native of Milledgeville, Georgia, is the author of the poetry collection Blood Ties & Brown Liquor. An homage to African-American life in the segregated South, the poems create a call and response across six generations of the fictional Silas Wright family.
Local comic book writer Jason Aaron had a breakthrough year in 2008. It started off with him landing an exclusive contract at Marvel Comics, writing stories for superheroes like Wolverine and Ghost Rider. Then Scalped - his original series about crime, poverty and activism on a Native American reservation - was nominated for an Eisner. That's the Oscar of the comic book world. Finally, he was named 2008's best comic book writer by the industry magazine Wizard.
A master of twentieth century American prose, John Updike died on January 27, 2009. This week on New Letters on the Air, we remember his life with a 1998 interview with former New Letters editor Jim McKinley. In this interview, Updike talks about his devotion to his legendary characters Henry Bech and Rabbit Angstrom, reflects on his humble origins in "the hinterlands of Pennsylvania," and examines his life as a man of faith.