Pickles and Preserves by Andrea Weigl (broadcast 4-14-14) Andrea, food writer for Raleigh News and Observer, defines her year by her canning sessions, from Jerusalem Artichoke Relish in winter to spring Strawberry Preserves, summer pickled and brandies peaches and later fall Fig Preserves.
With complete, easy-to-follow instructions and troubleshooting tips, she highlights the regional flair that southern cooks bestow on this traditional art of survival. The fifty classic and inventive recipes from Dilly Beans to Refrigerator Honeysuckle Jam should tempt old pros at canning as well as newbies. Also nice to know for those concerned with food safety the risk of botulism, which scares many people away from canning, is only a concern when preparing meats, poultry, seafood, and low-acid vegetables. This book contains no such recipes. I am definitely going to try the Strawberry Freezer Jam!
Dirtbags by Eryk Pruitt (broadcast 4-7-14) The blame for a county-wide murder spree lies at the feet of three people broken by a dying mill town: Calvin, a killer; London, a cook; and Rhonda, the woman who loves them both. Neither they, nor the reader, see the storm brewing until it’s too late in this Southern Gothic noir (or Southern neo-noir) that adds a transgressive, chicken-fried twist to a story ripped straight from the pages of a true crime novel or episode of Dateline NBC.
Eryk states, “If there’s one thing I want to do, it’s tell a good story. Horror, noir, suspense…film, stage, page. To me all that matters is the story. I’ll tell you one at the bar over a bourbon or in a packed movie house during a film festival. Life is short; in the end, all that remains are the stories.”
Find out more about this story of serial killers in training that is rapidly gathering devoted readers at erykpruitt.com
Two Dates a Week, Rekindling the Spark by Marion O’Malley and Art Scherer (broadcast 3-31-14) Over the course of their 30-year marriage, Art Scherer and Marion O’Malley had talked with therapists, both individually and as a couple, only to have mixed results. Then there was something else new when they became “empty nesters” and their youngest child went away to college. This professional couple experienced a new low in their relationship to the point of considering divorce.
Instead they made a pact with each other to begin a “scavenger hut” for tools to rekindle the spark in their relationship. “We agreed to really try to not focus so much on our disagreements and differences,” says Marion, “but instead, to make a regular effort to see each other with new eyes, and to date each other again.” “We all know what good date behavior is,” explains Art. “If we weren’t on our best date behavior on our first dates, we’d never have a second date.” Their thought was that they had done it before and they could do it again.The resulting self-help process was codified into this small, fun, easy-reading and inspiring book as well as, they confess, saving their marriage.
Little Colored Girls Like to Wear Pearls Too! by Janice Mack Guess (broadcast 3-24-2014) A native of Winston-Salem, NC, Janice moved to Durham with her family when she was ten years old. An alumnus of the legendary Hillside High School and NC Central University, she is retired from GlaxoSmith Kline with thirty years in the pharmaceutical industry and currently works at NCCU as an administrator. After participating in a race relations forum sponsored by the Pauli Murray Project of the Duke Human Rights Center in the summer of 2010 Janice began telling her story of how she, along with her brother and sisters, were the first black children to desegregate Brogden Junior High School in Durham, NC. In response to the enthusiasm and encouragement she received from listeners she has put her memories of that chaotic and bewildering time into this small but powerful book.
In the introduction Janice states, “I am pleased to offer these stories to you, a new generation of young people who face different but equally serious challenges. Perhaps your journey can be made smoother if you know and appreciate how hard my generation fought to break the chains of racism and prejudice.”
Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty (broadcast 3-3-2014) Mur Lafferty is a writer, podcast producer, gamer, geek, and martial artist. Her books includeThe Shambling Guide to New York City, Ghost Train to New Orleans, Playing For Keeps, Marco and the Red Granny, and The Afterlife Series. She is the host of the award winning podcast I Should Be Writing, and the host of the Angry Robot Books Podcast. She is the winner of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. In the newest of the Shambling Guides Zoë Norris (introduced in The Shambling Guide to New York City) who writes travel books for America’s community of supernatural entities, takes us on a ghostly ride to New Orleans. Zoë is human, but her boss is a vampire, her best friend is a death goddess, and at least one of her coworkers wants to eat her. A must for armchair travelers with a taste for the bizarre with a humorous twist.Find out more at murverse.com
Dream Within a Dream by Carolyn Pleasants York (broadcast 2-17-2014) Carolyn talks about the NC Poetry Society that was begun in 1932 and now has several hundred members that meet for times a year at the Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines. Among other things the society offers are 15 poetry contests, an anthology “Pine Song”, a newsletter and a mentoring program.
From there the conversation turns to dreams, their promptings for poetry and Carolyn’s novel with poems, Dream Within a Dream. Listen in to hear some good poetry. Go to ncpoetrysociety.org to find out more.
Astrology Unlocked by Philip F. Young PhD (broadcast 2-10-2014) Written to introduce readers to the complexity and elegance of astrology as a tool for self discovery, expressing creativity, maximizing skills, connecting successfully with others, charting career paths, and more, including growing into and evolving spiritual life purpose Philip provides a rich resource for those interested in learning more about one of the most ancient systems created to explain mankind to itself.
The book sets out to accomplish three tasks: 1) take readers deeper into the interpretation process than most beginner books by providing a formula for and examples of over 1,700 specific energy combinations, 2) treating the subject matter as significant and important as medicine, engineering, business, physics, law, or any other profession that requires years and years of dedicated study and practice, and 3) offering a reading strategy that will allow readers of this book and any other books on astrology to quickly enjoy their first foray into the subject. Purposeful repetition of ideas, personal stories from the author, and a worksheet process all work together to show what it takes to build a strong foundation for understanding why the practice of astrology has continued to exist and develop for so many centuries, offering what might be considered a pre-Freudian chart of the human psyche and how it might function in the world.
Vandroid by Tommy Lee Edwards (broadcast 2-3-2014) After studying film and illustration at the Art Center College of Design, Tommy Lee Edwards took the comics industry by storm with his illustrations on such titles as The Question, Marvel 1985, Batman, and Turf (with co-creator Jonathan Ross). Proving to be one of the most respected and versatile artists working today, he has also designed the video games Command and Conquer, James Bond, and Prey.
Beyond illustrating countless pieces for books, merchandise, magazines, and posters, Tommy perhaps feels most at home putting his imagination and storytelling flare to the test as a conceptual designer, storyboard artist, and director for film. He’s collaborated with the Hughes Brothers as the concept artist on their Denzel Washington epic The Book of Eli, and has also contributed to the design of many productions including Akira, Masters of the Universe, Harry Potter, Superman Returns, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Batman Begins. Microsoft’s award-winning The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator utilized all aspects of storytelling technique, with Tommy creating the ground-breaking interactive animated web-series from a script by Edgar Wright.
He is currently writing and directing a multi-media film/music/comic series with Ed Banger Records called Vandroid. Click here to find out more about Vandroid and this amazingly creative artist/writer known world-wide and living right in our own backyard.
Living the Harbour Island Dream by Roy Schmidt (broadcast 1-27-2014) A New York business executive accepts an invitation for a long weekend on a small island in the Bahamas and is overwhelmed with a desire to stay. The weekend becomes an eighteen-year sojourn of romance, humor, and challenge as he develops and manages a small resort. A tale for anyone who has ever wanted to run away from it all.
“While I lack the inventiveness and imagination of fiction writers, I did not have to make up or embellish any of the circumstances in my book. It all happened just as written. I wrote Living the Harbour Island Dream in the hope that some reader out there might be inspired to cut the ties to an unrewarding life situation and make the leap to achieve a dream of something better.” Roy Schmidt
The Flower Sermon by David T. Manning (broadcast 1-20-2014) After a long career as an organic chemist David began a second life as a poet. He was winner of the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Poet Laureate Award in 1996, 1998 and 2006. Twice a Pushcart nominee, he was winner of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize in Crucible’s Summer 2009 contest, and of the 2004 Longleaf Chapbook Prize for The Ice-Carver. His seven chapbooks also include, Out After Dark (2003), Detained by the Authorities (2007), Light Sweet Crude (2009), all from Pudding House, and Continents of Light, a collection of love poetry from Finishing Line Press in 2010.
His full-length collection, The Flower Sermon, a runner-up in Main Street Rag’s 2007 poetry book contest, has a gentle magic and sense of wonder that captivates and makes the reader want to explore the avenues opened by the poetry within. More recently Yodeling Fungus (Old Mountain Press, 2010) is a full-length excursion into comedy. Dave is the current convener of the Friday Noon Poets of Chapel Hill, with whom he has read his poetry on Chapel Hill public television and was coeditor of Always on Friday (Katherine James Books, 2006), an anthology of poems from that group. Find out more at davidtmanning.weebly.com
Apr. 21 - NC Focus on NC Poetry with guest Ruth Moose
Apr. 28 - Focus on NC Speculative Fiction Two Hour Special with Samuel Montgomery-Blinn - guests Jen McConnel, Gray Rinehart and more
May 5 - (tentative) Focus on NC Speculative Fiction - Jay Posey, Three
May 12 - Lee Smith, Guests on Earth
May 19 - Focus on NC Poetry with Sara Claytor
May 26 - Krista Bremer, My Accidental Jihad
June 2 - Focus on NC Speculative Fiction - Monica Byrne, The Girl in the Road
June 9 - Alan Michael Parker, The Committee on Town Happiness, Novel
June 16 - Focus on NC Poetry with Sara Claytor