Russell Banks calls in to talk about his novel Lost Memory of Skin. Cornell West says of Russell Banks, Like our living literary giants Toni Morrison and Thomas Pynchon, Russell Banks is a great writer wrestling with the hidden secrets and explosive realities of this country.
Also joining us in the studio is the incomparable Linda Back McKay, whose new collection of poetry is called The Next Best Thing. Linda Back McKay is the author of several books, including Shadow Mothers: Stories of Adoption and Redemption. She is a teaching artist, working with children and adults.
Mary Francois Rockcastle joins us to talk about her new novel, In Caddis Wood, the story of a complicated family dealing with old wounds and new challenges. She is also the author of Rainy Lake, which was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and earned a “Best Book for the Teen Age” by the New York Public Library.
Also joining us for this week’s show is e.g. bailey, co-director of Tru Ruts, which will be hosting an all-star collaboration Saturday, October 15th, with choreographers, dancers, musicians, artists, and poet J. Otis Powell, together with writer Amiri Baraka.
Seamus Cain calls in to talk about his novel, The Dangerous Islands, a surrealistic novel about the experiences and emotions of a young man living through the era of Civil War in Northern Ireland from 1965 to 1998.
Also, we speak with Stanley Trollip, one half of the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, who together are known as Michael Stanley. Their new book is called Death of the Mantis. They also wrote A Carrion Death and The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu, all featuring Detective Kubu, which in Setswana means hippopotamus.
The multi-talented Larry Millett joins us to talk about his newest book Once There Were Castles: Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities. Larry Millett is the author of several other books about Twin Cities architecture, including Lost Twin Cities.
Also joining us is Lou Ureneck, author of Cabin: Two Brothers, a Dream and 5 Acres in Maine. Cabin is a memoir Kirkus Reviews describes as a modern-day Walden with a twist.