4 August 2019 | 58 mins 8 secs
authors, interviews, ksqd, local, non-fiction
I talk to local author Andy Couturier about his book, THE ABUNDANCE OF LESS, in which he profiles ten men and women who have chosen a life of abundant time and limited material wealth.
6 July 2019 | 58 mins 45 secs
authors, documentary theater, interviews, ksqd, plays
I talk to Luis 'xago' Juarez about his "reAlisal" plays, which tell the story of East Salinas and are based on interviews with actual residents. We also talk about his theatrical education and the social, political, and economic forces shaping the region.
8 June 2019 | 50 mins 10 secs
authors, books, interviews, ksqd, science fiction
2 February 2019 | 1 hr
authors, books, interviews, ksqd, young adult
THE DISASTERS is M.K. England's debut young adult novel about a group of space academy washouts who are forced to step up and save the world after escaping a terrorist attack. It's a wildly entertaining romp through space that has been lauded for its nuanced representation of LGBTQIA characters and the way it handles mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
In this episode, I talk to England about these issues and more, including what it's like to write action scenes, how publishing a novel has changed the way England reads books, and how their experiences with National Novel Writing Month have affected their writing. I hope you enjoy it.
5 January 2019 | 59 mins 13 secs
authors, books, california, interviews, ksqd
Katya Apekina's debut novel, THE DEEPER THE WATER THE UGLIER THE FISH, tells the story of Edie and Mae, two sisters who go to live with their estranged father in New York after their mother’s suicide attempt. It has received a great deal of attention for its unique form: the book is structured like an oral history, with a different narrator from one chapter to the next, interspersed with archival content, including poetry, letters, and interviews.
In this episode, I talk to Katya about THE DEEPER THE WATER THE UGLIER THE FISH and writing as an act of faith. I hope you enjoy it.
24 November 2018 | 47 mins 16 secs
authors, bay area, books, interviews, ksqd
When Carly Gelsinger was thirteen, she joined Pine Canyon Assemblies of God, a radical evangelical church in rural Monterey County. For years, she was “on fire for God,” speaking in tongues, slaying demons, and following her angry and abusive pastor’s every word. Only when her life literally burned to the ground did she start to make the choices that would lead her to leave the church several years later. In ONCE YOU GO IN: A MEMOIR OF RADICAL FAITH, Gelsinger tells the story of the lengths she was willing to go to in order to belong with candor and vulnerability.
In this episode, I talk to Carly about ONCE YOU GO IN and the challenges of converting her painful and deeply personal experiences into a story she would share with the world. I hope you enjoy it.