What do 90.3 KFAI and the Jason Bourne thrillers have in common? Minnesota, now that NYT-Bestselling suspense author (and Minnesotan) Brian Freeman is the official successor to Robert Ludlum in penning the Bourne saga. Longtime KFAI host Ian Graham Leask catches up with Freeman live on air, and the pair discuss keeping the Bourne saga going with a spectrum of *thrilling* projects, the trajectory of Freeman’s career, connecting widely with readers over COVID-era virtual events, and more.
In the second half of the hour, Annie and Liz take a guest’s no-show as a serendipitous opportunity to catch up about their creative endeavors, including Liz’s soon-to-launch Broadway history podcast and the beginning of musicals about social issues, Annie’s renewed proliferation of book review drafts (and refusal to write a slam review), how a WO!R show gets made, reading unpublished memoirs, and the value of creating a consistent personal writing schedule.
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.
Liz talks with Lee Gutkind, author of over thirty books, including You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Non-fiction and the award winning Many Sleepless Nights: The World of Organ Transplants. In 1991 he founded the magazine “Creative Non-fiction”. He was instrumental in creating the first MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh. He is known as the “Godfather of Creative non-fiction”and currently is a professor and writer in residence at the school for The Future of Innovation Society at Arizona State University.
Later in the hour, Josh is joined by author Scott Gannis to discuss his new work Very Fine People. It’s Fall 2016 in flyover country and Jude Glick’s mother has just died after a long battle with cancer, leaving behind a house in foreclosure, tens of thousands in medical debt, and compounding psychological trauma. Alternating between raw emotionalism, cutting satire, and wild flights of imagination, Gannis’s brilliant debut novel builds to an unforeseen and shattering climax.
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.
First, Josh is joined by Michael Amram, and they get political while discussing Amram’s new book Vote for America, covering the United States electoral system, its history, its flaws, and the overall limits of American democracy.
In the second half of the hour, Annie and Carolyn Holbrook dive into what makes a teacher that will inspire the next generation, anti-Blackness and class shaming in America, cultivating a creative practice in the face of serious depression, and combining creativity with community.
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.