The Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts is a region rich in history, natural beauty and writers who take the Valley as their subject. On March 21, 2007, five of those writers read selections from some of their works exploring a sense of place to a packed room of local residents at the Buckland/Shelburne Community Center. Writer’s Voice was there… Continue reading
Eric Klinenberg talks about FIGHTING FOR AIR: The Battle to Control America’s Media. Also, Susie Patlove reads from her new chapbook, QUICKENING, out from Slate Roof Press.
We talk to Susan Cheever about [amazon-product text=”American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work” type=”text”]0743264622[/amazon-product].
Cheever is also the author of [amazon-product text=”My Name Is Bill: Bill Wilson–His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous ” type=”text”]0743405919[/amazon-product].
And editor and author Kitty Florey tells us about [amazon-product text=”SISTER BERNADETTE’S BARKING DOG: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences” type=”text”]0156034433[/amazon-product].
After veteran Kevin O’Hara returned from the war in Vietnam, he felt rootless. So he went to Ireland, his parents’ homeland, in search of his roots. Along the way, he met a bevy of wonderful and wise characters, and made friends with one phenomenal donkey named Missy. He tells about his journey in LAST OF THE DONKEY PILGRIMS.
And, there’s a lot of hatred being directed toward immigrants these days. But our nation’s tables would be far poorer without the cuisines they bring to our shores. Growing the vegetables that go into those dishes together with other immigrants who have made the same journey is often a way to deal with the pain of loss and transition. Patricia Klindienst explores this theme in her book, THE EARTH KNOWS MY NAME: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans.
Query to listeners: can you identify the music that goes with the interview with Kevin O’Hara? We recorded the interview in 2006 and misidentified the band as “Lunasa”. Now, we can’t find the CD we used. If you know what the band and songs are, please email us at “write at writersvoice.net”. We’ll send you a CD of your choice from our archived shows (check out the liast by clcking on shows at the top of the page).
And it’s time again for Daylight Savings Time. We talk with Michael Downing about SPRING FORWARD: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time.
In honor of International Women’s Day, we talk with Marge Piercy about [amazon-product text=”Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York” type=”text”]0060789875[/amazon-product], her novel of the first American feminist movement.