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Non-fiction to pulp fiction, host and producer Suzanne M. Lang explore the world of books featuring conversations with writers, academics, and readers. It’s a novel idea.

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Non-fiction to pulp fiction, host and producer Suzanne M. Lang explore the world of books featuring conversations with writers, academics, and readers. It’s a novel idea.

    Richard Alther Discusses His New Novel Bedside Matters on A Novel Idea (Aired: March 7, 2021)

    Richard Alther Discusses His New Novel Bedside Matters on A Novel Idea (Aired: March 7, 2021)

    There is the promise of life, even at its end. Richard Alther’s novel Bedside Matters explores the ultimate question: what matters most? Alther, whose previous works include Roxie & Fred, The Scar Letters, Siegfried Follies, and the Decade of Blind Dates, joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation this month 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!
    (Photos: Courtesy of the author)

    Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth-Century America on A Novel Idea (Aired: February 7, 2021)

    Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth-Century America on A Novel Idea (Aired: February 7, 2021)

    Bohemians West — Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth-Century America is the story of free love and the radical movement of the early twentieth century through the lens of two lovers, Sara Bard Field and Charles Erskine Scott Wood, both married to others when they met with families of their own. Their tumultuous love story spanned thirty years, the same amount of time that separated them by age, in the midst of the progressivism of the pre-WWI years, the women’s suffrage movement, and beyond. Historian Sherry L. Smith brings us this story of two poets, activists, and lovers. Sherry joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation. 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 author)

    Historian Lynn Downey Joins Suzanne Lang on A Novel Idea (Aired: January 3, 2021)

    Historian Lynn Downey Joins Suzanne Lang on A Novel Idea (Aired: January 3, 2021)

    Lynn Downey is a historian of the American West, longtime archivist with Levi Strauss & Co, and has two new books worth talking about, whether you’re a history buff or not! Arequipa Sanatorium: Life in California’s Lung Resort for Women is a lively chronicle of the early Twentieth Century in the San Francisco area where tuberculosis was raging, and dedicated doctors and community members supported a unique facility in Fairfax California to give women a new chance at life.
    Lynn’s also written a novel set in Arizona on a dude ranch, and she joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation on 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 author)

    Join Suzanne M Lang in Conversation with Brandon J McDermott on A Novel Idea (Aired: December 6, 2020)

    Join Suzanne M Lang in Conversation with Brandon J McDermott on A Novel Idea (Aired: December 6, 2020)

    “Radio saved me.” Brandon J McDermott grew up pretending to be a baseball announcer and ranking all the songs he knew said just this about himself: “radio saved me.” McDermott, a successful NPR broadcaster in Lincoln, Nebraska, is local host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” and news reporter at NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations. He’s just received a national award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and National Endowment for Financial Education, the 2020 Personal Finance Reporting Award for his story “Nebraska Schools Tackle Financial Literacy."
    Brandon’s life, however, hasn’t always been so focused and productive. His boyhood years were troubled and troubling. His parents were not equipped with parenting skills and subjected Brandon to emotional and physical abuse that no child should experience, but unfortunately many have. Brandon J McDermott tells his story in Abandon Brandon, A memoir. Along with being a broadcaster, Brandon is an advocate for stepping out of the silence of shame. It has been a key element in his own transformation. Join Suzanne M Lang in conversation with Brandon J McDermott, Sunday, December 6th at 10am PT. Broadcasting at 90.9 and 91.1 and streaming at Radio (norcalpublicmedia.org).
    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!

    Joan Frank joins Suzanne M. Lang on A Novel Idea (Aired: November 29, 2020)

    Joan Frank joins Suzanne M. Lang on A Novel Idea (Aired: November 29, 2020)

    Northern California writer Joan Frank is a woman who quotes Dorothy Parker with ease and whose conversations are as good as her books. Joan’s published her third book of 2020; The Outlook for Earthlings is a stunning work of prose and an insightful look into lives over time and experience. Joan Frank joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation.
    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)

    David Stebenne Joins Suzanne Lang for A Novel Idea (Aired: November 1, 2020)

    David Stebenne Joins Suzanne Lang for A Novel Idea (Aired: November 1, 2020)

    David Stebenne unwraps how the middle class was created but then could not hold in his book Promised Land, How the Rise of the Middle Class Transformed America, 1929-1968. Stebenne details the social, economic, and political realities that picked us up from the Great Depression, especially if you were white and male, and by the 1950’s had hoisted the country into prosperity with a burgeoning middle class; by 1968 the cracks were too wide to ignore, and the country has been yearning and grumbling ever since. David is a specialist in modern American political and legal history, is widely published, teaches at Ohio State University, and joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation, Sunday, November 1st at 10am 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!
    (Photo: Courtesy of the author)

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