Originally aired March 23, 2021
WOR’s poetry powerhouse, Dave, opens the show by bringing Patrick Cabello Hansel to discuss his newest collection, Quitting Time, which delivers a meaningful family story spanning from the Great Depression through the World Wars and beyond in powerful verse.
After the break, Liz re-connects with local music-writing legend Jim Walsh to discuss his newest work of nonfiction, Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis, reflecting on life in the wake of loss, Minnesota music and culture, and the infinite simple joy of a warm afternoon at the Harriet Rose Garden.
originally aired March 16, 2021
This week, Dave welcomes Tamara “Tami” Lee, esteemed Ramsey County Librarian, on-air to discuss recommendations on Civil Rights reads for young people. Check out the list below to share them with the young people in your life.
After the break, Dave is joined by Diane Wilson. Along with being author of the newly released The Seed Keeper, Wilson is a Minnesota writer, speaker, editor, and Executive Director for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance.
Children’s and YA books on Civil Rights and Civil Justice
Recommended by Tamara Lee for KFAI’s Write On! Radio Program
March 15, 2021
Tamara (Tami) Lee has been a children’s librarian for the Ramsey County library for fourteen years. Tami received her MLIS from St. Catherine University and has been an ALA Spectrum scholar, adjunct instructor in the St. Kate’s MLIS program, and is a certified early literacy specialist (ECRR). Tami co-authored a piece on racial diversity and inclusion in story-time for the ALSC journal, Children and Libraries and has facilitated many workshops, trainings, and discussions around equity, diversity, and inclusion in libraries and collection development. Tami is passionate about racial equity, social justice, drumming, and kitchen chemistry.
Starred titles are those in which race/racism is incidental or that uplift BIPOC or support the BIPOC experience.
- Teen/Young Adult
- Stamped : Racism, Antiracism, And You. By Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- Black Lives Matter by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris, JD, PHD (Macalester)
- Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- The Black Friend : On Being A Better White Person by Frederick Joseph
- Dream Country by Shannon Gibney *
- The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus *
- Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (Intersectionality) *
- Black Enough – Stories of Being Young & Black in America Ibi Zobo *
- What Lane? By Torrey Maldonado
- The Talk : Conversations About Race, Love & Truth by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
- New Kid by Jerry Craft *
- Easy Picture Book
- Oh, the Things We’re For! By Innosanto Nagara
- Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky
- Intersection Allies : We Make Room For All by Chelsea Johnson, Latoya Council, and Carolyn Choi illus. Ashley Seil Smith
- Not My Idea : A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
- Justice Makes A Difference : The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire by Dr. Artika Tyner
- Something Happened In Our Town : A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazzard
- We Rise We Resist We Raise Our Voices By Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
- Black Lives Matter : Together We Stand Against Racism by Sonja Smith illus. Tejal Mistry
- All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color/Todos los colores de nuestra piel: La historia de por qué tenemos diferentes colores de piel by Katie Kissinger
- I am Enough by Grace Byers, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo *
- Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe *
- Bedtime For Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes illus. Elizabeth Zunon *
- Bedtime Bonnet by by Nancy Redd and Nneka Myers *
- A Story About Afiya by James Berry *
- The Proudest Blue : A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, illus. Hatem Aly
- Don’t Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller
- Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester and Karen Barbour
- Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes *
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originally aired March 9, 2021
First, Dave welcomes Victor Pacini onto the show to discuss his prolific and powerful writing and speaking against child sexual assault. Pacini’s “Be Seen and Heard” curriculum has been delivered to over 750,000 children and families, bringing information about body awareness, domestic violence awareness, and equipping vocabulary and knowledge for a healthier life.
After the break, we bring out a favorite former interview—Liz’s recent conversation with smash-hit bestseller Kristin Hannah, author of the Four Winds, the Great Alone, and others. It’s not to be missed!
In the first half of the hour, Susan Conley joins Annie to discuss parenthood, the limits of personal perspective, and fishing villages in the time of climate change in the context of her new novel, Landslide.
After the break, Dave welcomes Abayomi Animashaun on-air to discuss his new collection of poetry, Seahorses, his career, Wisconsin, and more.
This week on Write On! Radio, Dave welcomes frequent New York Times Magazine contributor Russell Shorto on-air to discuss his book Small-Time: A Story of My Family and the Mob.
After the break, novelist and Rutgers professor Lisa Zeidner joins Annie to discuss her new work of nonfiction, Who Says? Mastering Point of View, which takes a close, practical, and curious look at how narrative voice construction affects reading experience.
In the first half of the hour, Liz brings NYT bestselling mystery author Jacqueline Winspear on-air to discuss her new memoir, This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing, an eye-opening and heartfelt story of her working-class upbringing in England in the wake of World War II.
After the break, Kirun Kapur reads from her newest poetry collection, Women in the Waiting Room, and chats with Dave about the inspirations behind her work, her intercontinental childhood, and the tales of women she breathes life into.
Michael Oberman has interviewed over 300 musical greats, including Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Joni Mitchell, and now Liz interviews Oberman for KFAI! Rock magic and madness ensue.
After the break, Dave is joined by Patricia Hoolihan to discuss her new work, Hands and Hearts Together: Daily Meditations for Caregivers. The realities of caregiving and the profundity of hope and encouragement illuminate the conversation.
In the first half of the hour, Dave talks to Ron Nyren about family, Finnish lore, and tragedy in Nyren’s new book, the Book of Lost Light.
Next, we air a legacy interview, in which Steve welcomes Mira Bartók onto the show to discuss her young readers’ book The Wonderling.