In the last part of the hour, Josh is joined by Sarah Rudell Beach, author of Mindfulness for Children. She is also the author of Mindful Moments for Busy Moms and writes about mindfulness, mindful teaching, and mindful parenting for the Huffington Post.
First, Dave Fettig and Adrian S Potter discuss Potter’s new poetry collection, Everything Wrong Feels Right, plus setting in writing, Potter’s scientific background, his writing process, and more.
Next, Annie Harvieux and Tiffany McDaniel use McDaniel’s latest novel, Betty, as a means to look at telling family stories through creative writing, the challenges of bringing true stories of child abuse to light, and how Cherokee versus white Christian traditions of gender dynamics play out in the novel’s multiracial family.
Dave Fettig talks with Lara Mimosa Montes, author of THRESHOLES, a poetry collection from Coffee House Press. She is a writer based in Minneapolis and New York. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and journals, and she is a 2018 McKnight Writing Fellow and CantoMundo Fellow. She holds a PhD in English from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Dave also speaks with Reid Forgrave, author of Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy. Forgrave lives in Minneapolis and writes for the Star Tribune, as well as GQ, The New York Times, and Mother Jones, among other publications. The article in which he first wrote about Zac Easter is included in Best American Sports Writing 2018.
Dave Fettig speaks with Barbara Freese, author of Industrial-Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change. She is an environmental attorney and a former Minnesota assistant attorney general. Her interest in corporate denial was sparked by cross-examining coal industry witnesses disputing the science of climate change. That earlier work led to the publication of Coal: A Human History, a New York Times Notable Book.
Josh talks with Pete Carlson about his new noir thriller Ukrainian Nights. Pete Carlson was raised in the Minneapolis area, where he graduated with his BSc and MBA from the University of Minnesota. After graduation he began developing a successful career in commercial real estate. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado.
David chats with Marie Mutsuki Mockett about her new novel American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland. American Harvest is an extraordinary evocation of the land and a thoughtful exploration of ingrained beliefs, from evangelical skepticism of evolution to cosmopolitan assumptions about food production and farming. With exquisite lyricism and humanity, this astonishing book attempts to reconcile competing versions of our national story.
Liz Olds speaks with Mary Logue, “the reigning royalty of Minnesota murder mysteries” (The Rake), about her latest murder mystery The Streel: A Deadwood Mystery. Mary Logue, author of the popular “Claire Watkins mysteries”, brings her signature brio and nerve to this story of a young Irish woman turned reluctant sleuth as she tries to make her way in a strange and often dangerous new world.
David talks with Bryon Cherry about his poetry collections Ruins, Ruminations, and Rituals and Funeral Journey. Bryon Cherry takes the reader through the crass to the beatific in this collection of poems inspired by his home city, Milwaukee, and his interactions with the spaces between.
Annie speaks with Katherine Silver, a renowned, award-winning literary translator about her translation from Spanish of María Sonia Cristoff’s book Include Me Out. She lives in Northern California and volunteers interpreting for asylum seekers.