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  • Screen Shot 2020 07 03 at 7.24.45 AMFood and family sustain us, especially during trying times. We celebrate this with two award-winning authors in conversation with Suzanne M. Lang.  Meera Ekkanath Klein has just released “Seeing Ceremony -A Novel in Recipes”, a follow-up to “My Mother’s Kitchen -A Novel in Recipes”, both coming of age novels set in Southern India featuring its climate, color, traditions, and recipes!

     

     

     

    Screen Shot 2020 07 03 at 7.25.28 AMCarole Bumpus takes us to another continent in “Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, Book Two”, a companion to Book One, and a memoir (with recipes) of her travels that were the basis of her awarding winning novel “A Cup of Redemption”. Exotic places and good food, it’s A Novel Idea.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

    (Photos: Courtesy of the authors)

  • Suzanne Lang studioNon-fiction to pulp fiction, host Suzanne M. Lang explores the world of books featuring conversations with writers, academics, and readers. We all have a story to tell. It’s A Novel Idea.  
     

    A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

     
  • This month on A Novel Idea: 
     

    Elite North Koreans struggle to protect themselves and their families in the face of a paraonoid, tyrannical regime in award winning journalist, Paul H.B.

  • A Novel Idea with Suzanne M. Lang features Jessica Teich with her memoir The Future Tense of Joy. A Rhodes Scholar, Teich happens upon an obituary of a fellow Rhodes Scholar who took her own life by jumping out a hotel window, which leads Jessica on a transformative journey.

  • It’s all about food. Suzanne Lang talks with Adam Federman on his book Fasting and Feasting, the Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray.

  • Amy Edwards bookReInvention! Amy Edwards does it, again and again. From Austin, Texas, Edwards is a musician, hosts a podcast, and now is a novelist with the publication of The Trouble with Becoming a Witch, from She Writes Press. Amy joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation and we'll feature some of Amy's music. The common theme of all her work is truth and transformation. It's A Novel Idea in our new timeslot, Sunday at 10 a.m., immediately following the TED Radio Hour.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

    (Photos courtesy of the author)

  • Suzanne Lang speaks with author Cynthia Lim, whose book  Wherever You Are, A Memoir of Love, Marriage, and Brain Injury is an odyssey through loss and disability in the aftermath of her husband’s suffering an anoxic brain injury as a result of a heart attack; it’s a tale of her life of self-empowerment, care-giving, and sustaining love.

  • Baer ane May03Suzanne M. Lang welcomes Barbara L. Baer in conversation on her latest novel, The Ice Palace Waltz, the multi-generational saga of two Jewish immigrant families—the western pioneers of Leadville Colorado and the smooth ‘our crowd’ New Yorkers, who come together amid the financial and social turmoil of early 20th Century America. Barbara is a journalist, a book publisher (Floreant Press), and author of three previous novels. It’s KRCB’s A Novel Idea, Sunday, May 3rd, at 10am.

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    A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

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  • Two California writers who both had long non-literary careers before publishing these heralded first works join Suzanne M. Lang in conversation. 
     

    Barbara Ridley’s When It’s Over is a sweeping historical fiction set during WWII that exposes elements of that war and on European refugees that resonates today …and is a pretty good love story too.

  • To celebrate the release of Bruce Holbert’s third novel, Whiskey, here is a reprise of two previous conversations between Bruce and Suzanne M Lang on the release of his first novel, Lonesome Animals, followed by the truly amazing The Hour of Lead.

  • San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore, the landmark independent bookstore founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D.

  • novel artpgOur stories are important. It is our stories that connect us. So says Caitlin Hamilton Summie, author of To Lay to Rest our Ghosts, a remarkable and moving collection of 10 stories that reveal the complexity of our families and relationships, and the influence of place -all with finely rendered prose that stirs and lingers. Caitlin has a full literary life as an author and as co-owner of Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity. She has represented many authors over her long career and her book is a revelation. Caitlin joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation, Sunday, June 7th, 10 am PT.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

    (Photo: Courtesy of the author)

  • Neo-noir and crime fiction with Suzanne Lang in conversation with Daniel Pyne, screenwriter, show runner of Amazon’s hit drama Bosch, and author of Catalina Eddy, a Novel in Three Decades.

  • Bones EliotBones of the Earth is the tenth installment in the Inspector Shan mystery series by award winning author Eliot Pattison, whose interest in Tibet and the injustices brought upon the Tibetan culture and people over the past 60 years is the foundation of this series, and for mystery lovers, each one of these books is also in the best tradition of the genre. Pattison joins Suzanne Lang in conversation.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first Sunday of every month on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

  • This month on A Novel Idea:

    Featured are two novelists whose books hit big this year. 

    Fierce Kingdom is a thriller of a book by Gin Phillips, which takes place over the course of three hours in a zoo that is under attack by gunmen, and where a woman and her young son are trapped; ultimately this is a story of motherhood.

  • Emerging from the economic consulting and the tech sector, Jaime B. Hansen aims to inspire and empower women through videos, speaking and speaking out; her latest book is Expanding the Conversation.

  • Try to Get Lost!  We continue celebrating the work of Joan Frank. We recently featured her book of four novellas, Where You’re All Going. Now we travel with her in Try to Get Lost, Essays on Travel and Place. This is no ordinary “travel writing”, but a journey into who Joan is and who we are as travelers in space and time. Joan Frank joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation. Sunday, March 1st at 10 a.m. It’s A Novel Idea.JoanFrank
  • Screen Shot 2020 01 31 at 9.36.43 AMThis week on A Novel Idea, richly drawn characters, vivid language, and compelling pace and story create the most satisfying literary experience for readers, and this is what Joan Frank always delivers. Suzanne M. Lang welcomes Joan’s wit and insight, and her luscious conversation on her recent book, Where You’re All Going -Four Novellas.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

    (Photos: Courtesy of the author)

  • Jonah Raskin has a large and ranging body of non-fiction books and articles and now has come out with a detective fiction of a different order, Dark Land, Dark Mirror.

  • Jonah Raskin photoDark Day, Dark Night is Jonah Raskin's sequel to Dark Land, Dark Mirror, where we were first introduced to Private Investigator, or an Op as she likes to call herself, Tioga Vignetta. Like the first novel, Dark Day, Dark Night is set in a place called Sonoma. You’ll recognize some things, but the author knows how spin it up, which makes it fun for locals and nonlocals alike. Jonah joins Suzanne Lang in conversation. It's a Novel Idea.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first Sunday of every month on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

    (Photo: Jonah Raskin – Daniel Raskin/Courtesy of the author)

  • LAUGHING IN THE DARK by Susan Swartz op for web 1aDeath and dementia aren’t all that funny, but really, sometimes they are, especially when we open ourselves up to the conversation.  Journalist Susan Swartz has published her first novel, Laughing in the Dark, that is all about navigating life's challenges in the company of friends and family. Suzanne Lang talks with Swartz and also talks with Tess Lorraine, a Death Dula who facilitates the Speaking of Death Cafes in Sonoma County.  Sunday at 10am. It's a Novel Idea.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

    (Photo: Courtesy of the author)

  • ani Auth MAR29Suzanne M. Lang talks with two authors whose novels reflect on gender and family, race and ethnicity, and the effects of heritage on American culture

    Margaret Wilkerson Sexton talks about her NAACP Image Award-winning novel The Revisioners, a multi-generational story set in Louisiana that is real and magical all at once. Suzanne also talks with Jessica Winters Mireles, author of Lost in Oaxaca, a novel of cross-cultural identity and discovery.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

    (Photos: Courtesy of the author)

  • From Homer to Harry Potter, literary critic and philosopher Martin Puchner takes the reader on an epic journey through the history of literature, and so the history of humanity in The Written World, The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization.

  • Novel 1Namwali Serpell, is an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley and a well-published cultural critic who has now released an epic novel of Zambia; it is sweeping in scope, wildly imaginative, and grounded in the place along the Zambezi River called The Old Drift Suzanne M. Lang talks with Namwali about it all.

     

     

    Novel2Also featured is Martin Puchner, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University, a Guggenheim Fellow, and literary scholar takes us from Homer to Harry Potter in his exciting look at how the written word has created us, socially, spiritually, and economically in his book The Written World, The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

    (All photos courtesy of authors)

  • Top intellectual property and entertainment lawyer Peter Afrasiabi joins Suzanne Lang in conversation on his recent book Burning Bridges, America’s 20-year Crusade to Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges.

  • Me as well#MeAsWell , a novel by Peter Mehlman takes on gender politics, race, and the ubiquitous control of Social Media on our lives. Mehlman was a sports writer when he began working for legendary sports journalist Howard Cosell. He was also a writer and producer of Seinfeld and joins Suzanne Lang in conversation. Also featured is Alexandra Chasin, who was just awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and her recent book is Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger's War on Drugs.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

    (Photos courtesy of the author)

  • Screen Shot 2019 11 01 at 9.40.44 AMRoberto Tejada’s Still Nowhere in an Empty Vastness is expansive in its range: from accounts of conquistador castaway Cabeza de Vaca, to the media spectacle of Elian Gonzalez that initiates us into the exploitation of suffering in the name of politics, which afflicts us to this day, this book of essays and manifestos is a beautiful dive into a poetics of the Americas.  We live in the United States of America, but America, -the Americas, is wider and richer and vital to our personal and cultural identities. Tejada joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation. Suzanne also talks with Russian River poet, Pat Nolan.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

    (Photos: Courtesy of the author)

  • A timely encore presentation of Rosemary Manchester in conversation with Brad Herzog, collaborator on Carolyn Goodman’s memoir, My Mantelpiece: a Memoir of Survival and Social Justice.

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    For June, A Novel Idea features two novelists, whose books couldn’t be more different.

  • Historical fiction radiates into the present with two novels featured on A Novel Idea.

  • JCJ dh fullWhite people kill black people. Despite Emancipation, despite the Civil Rights movement of now over fifty years ago, white people still kill African Americans in cold blood. In 1919 in the state of Arkansas in the fertile area of the Mississippi River, in a town called Elaine over the course of a couple of days, over 100 African Americans were slaughtered, as well as five white men in what came to be known as the Elaine Race Massacre.  Damaged Heritage: the Elaine Race Massacre and a Story of Reconciliation is J. Chester Johnson’s historical memoir that tells of that ugly spell of history and takes us further on his own journey of reconciliation with his own family’s participation in those events of a century ago. Suzanne M. Lang talks with Johnson on KRCB’s A Novel Idea.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

  • Suzanne Lang talks with two of the world's most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas.

  • Tobola bookHummingbird in Underworld, Teaching in a Men’s Prison is poet Deborah Tobola’s memoir of working in the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo California. Working with inmate artists, a number of original theatrical productions were performed that changed people’s lives. Tobola weaves her own family history into the story for a compelling and enjoyable read. Deborah Tobola in conversation with Suzanne M. Lang on KRCB’s A Novel Idea.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first Sunday of every month on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

    (Photos courtesy of the author)

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    July 30th on A Novel Idea:  

    Suzanne M. Lang talks with Thais Nye Derich about her path of self-examination and learning to discover that she, like many other women, was a victim of the medical establishment that denied her the human right of birthing her own child.

  • Fergusson CodeThe Fourth Industrial Revolution. Heard of it? Maybe not, but I guarantee, you’re living in it.

    Technology and artificial intelligence, genomics and blockchains infiltrate our banking and economic systems, transportation, our education, healthcare, communication, and every aspect of our lives. Who is managing all this and who is safeguarding us from harm and exploitation?

    David Fergusson, who along with Carlos Moriera authored The TransHuman Code: How to Program your Future. The book is a guide for us to understand how we must imbed Humanity in our technology rather than the other way around. David speaks with Suzanne Lang from his home in New York.

    Paula GmotherPowerPaula Gianturco, whose colorful book of stories and photographs is about the humanity we must bring to each other. Her book is Grandmother Power: A Global phenomenon and she joins Suzanne in conversation.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first Sunday of every month on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

    (All photos courtesy of authors)

  • Deo 45On this final week of this last month of the decade, we bring you two favorite conversations of this past year.  Both people’s courage, tenacity, and grace inspire. Brian Fies talks about his graphic novel, A Fire Story; also joining Suzanne M Lang in conversation is Ruth L Rotary on her memoir, The Little Girl Next Door.

    A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

    (Photo: R.L. Rotary is the author of The Little Girl Next Door – Courtesy of the author)

  • History, culture, and strong women are at the core of the two novels, The History Makers by Val Bodurtha and The Ballet Lover by Barbara Baer; these are two authors you’ll want to remember.

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