Kombu & Collard Greens: An In Conversation with Susan Uehara Rakstang & Lisa Pegram
Lisa: Susan, your debut memoir Cooking For Her Eyes is a feast for the senses that is graceful and intricate as origami. The way you use different art forms to summon decades of memory is compelling. In this regard, what is the most surprising thing about writing a memoir?
Susan: I was astounded to discover the mind’s vast storage of memories and images. In the past, my brain was useful in presenting short and long term memories for my general information. But while writing my memoir…
An In Conversation with Joel Burcat and Jon McGoren
JOEL: Jon, you and I share an interest in writing fiction that has environmental and scientific issues at its heart. Your book Spliced, has extensive detail and references to genetic engineering and climate change. How did you begin writing the kinds of books you write? How did you first become interested in the subject matter?
JON: I’ve always been interested in science and science fiction — I started out writing science fiction as a kid. As I got older, I was drawn to mysteries and thrillers, but I never lost that…
An In Conversation with Caitlin Garvey & Margaret Henry
Margaret: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me, Caitlin. I really enjoyed your book, both because the writing is wonderful and because it is such a unique take on a common topic. Reading it also hit home for me as my mother also passed away after a long struggle with cancer. You explained your process a bit early on in the book, and it seemed like you hoped through interviewing people close to your mother’s death you might learn something to help you cope with your…
An In Conversation with Elizabeth Lewes & Alicia Dill
Elizabeth Lewes is the author of Little Falls, a military thriller to debut in August 2020 from Crooked Lane Books, Penguin Random House. She is a U.S. Navy Veteran who served six years during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Navy as a linguist. A practicing attorney, she resides in Seattle with her family.
The pandemic is a mirror. Our best and worst, revealed with piercing clarity.
A philosopher once said, more than 250 years ago, that man will regret a small injury to himself — even the loss of “his little finger” — more than if “the great empire of China . . . was suddenly swallowed up by an earthquake,” a “horror” to which he’d “snore with the most profound security.”
Was he right?
Consider the daily death tracker on CNN. The higher it gets, do we feel any worse? Or just become numb?
And notice what lurks beneath the CNN death…
A conversation with Dr. Karyne Messina, Prof. Joan Meier and Attorney John Moot
John: We have two renowned experts in the field of psychotherapy and the law to discuss the troubling effects of the current pandemic on domestic violence. We’d like to cover three main issues today: (i) the key triggers of domestic violence that are exacerbated by the pandemic, (ii) the government’s challenges in supporting the victims, and (iii) recommendations.
Let’s start with the first issue: why the pandemic increases the incidence and severity of domestic violence. Several factors are well known — couples being confined to their homes…
Stephanie Ryan has experience in curriculum development, assessment, and training staff on how to use technology and software. She earned her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences with a focus on Chemistry Education. Let’s Learn About Chemistry is her first book.
Jenny Woodman is a writer and educator. She holds a B.S. in Communication and an M.F.A. in creative writing, both from Portland State University. Her work has been published in IEEE Earthzine, OES Beacon, Portland Monthly Magazine, Ensia Magazine, and Atlantic Monthly.
Jenny: I wanted to start with what inspired you to write Let’s Learn About Chemistry?
Stephanie: I was inspired…
A conversation about misogyny between authors Dr. Karyne Messina and attorney John Moot
John: To kick things off, I could use help with terminology. When I think of misogyny and the law, my first thought is that the legal system should be designed to combat misogyny in its purest form (the hatred of women), such as by protecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. But I feel the bigger problem is “structural” sexism and gender stereotypes — such as institutional barriers in the legal realm that inhibit the equal treatment of women. How should I be thinking about this?
The Unique Ways Authors John K Danenbarger and Sheldon Greene Approach Novel Writing
John K Danenbarger: I am very curious to know how long it takes you to “transition” between novels. Or said in another way, you need to let the old novel go before you can create the new story and put it down in writing. How long does that take you?
Sheldon Greene: The issue of transition between novels is one that I have never contemplated. There is no question that I approach them one at a time. This is a linear process. Four of them are related…
An In Conversation with Audiobook Narrator David de Vries and Author John K Danenbarger
John K Danenbarger: It has been such a pleasure to get to know you (David de Vries). You did such a terrific job narrating my novel that I became interested in how a narrator works, what a narrator finds interesting, and what he/she might find difficult.
So, my first question is, how do you work? Do you have a studio constructed at home or do you travel to a studio somewhere in the vicinity?
David de Vries: I’ve had a recording studio in my home for…
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