Jul 122014
 

James Magruder reading from his novel, Let Me See It, at WriterHouse

James Magruder reading from his novel, Let Me See It, at WriterHouse

On June 26, 2014, James Magruder, who started his first short story in 2001 after sixteen years in show business as a dramaturg, translator, and musical book writer, discusses of his new story collection, Let Me See It, and how his career in professional theatre has both warped and enhanced his writing. Thanks to our moderator, Gare Gailbraith

Feb 092014
 

On February 6, 2014, Dean King, author of  The Feud, talked with Henry Wiencek (author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves) about the interaction of myth and history and how to write about events and people that are already larger than life. Members of both the Hatfield and McCoy families were in the audience.

Jan 262014
 

On Thursday, January 25, 2014 novelist Chad Harbach spoke with WTJU radio host Jordan Taylor about his novel The Art of Fielding and the MFA vs. NYC writing cultures.

Apr 292013
 

Joel Barrett

Joel Barrett, a resident of South Bend, Indiana, recently flew to NYC with his partner David to get married on their 7th anniversary. He is working on a book about his experiences of growing up “godly” but gay in a conservative Baptist home and of his struggles of going through 2 1/2 years of ex-gay therapy. He discussed some of his thoughts with reporter, Deepak Singh.

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Apr 242013
 

The Street Musicians of New Orleans

Reporter Deepak Singh was in New Orleans recently. Walking around the city, he talked with some of the street musicians and recorded their music. Take a listen!

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Mar 112013
 

On the March 10 Wake-Up Call, host Rick Moore speaks with Dr. Carl Bowman, Faculty member and Director of Survey Research at U.Va.’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and Megan Juelfs-Swanson, doctoral candidate in Sociology as they discuss “The Culture of American Families Project.

The project is a multi-year study comprised of on-line surveys and face to face interviews, examining the treasured hopes, deepest fears, and most pressing challenges of today’s parents. The goal is to understand the climate in which children are being raised today. Some topics covered: What does it mean to be a “good parent” or a “good child” in this era. What challenges exist in parenting and how is parenting different now than in previous decades.

*Due to technical difficulties only the first forty minutes of the program were recorded.

WriterHouse: Is it a Story Collection? A Novel? It’s a Novel in Stories

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Nov 302012
 

On November 29, 2012, Clifford Garstang, author of What the Zhang Boys Know, discussed the literary form of “novel-in-stories” with editor and writer Katherine McNamara.

WriterHouse: Writing the Cross-Genre Novel with Alma Katsu

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Oct 312012
 

 What happens when your novel doesn’t fit in one genre? What are the perils–and opportunities–of writing a book that defies categorization? Is there a marketplace for cross-genre books? On June 14, 2012, Alma Katsu, author of The Taker Trilogy (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster), talked with mystery author Meredith Cole about fundamentals of storytelling, breaking the rules, and winning over readers of all stripes.

Alma Katsu is the author of The Taker and The Reckoning. The Taker was selected by the American Library Association/Booklist as one of the top ten debut novels of 2011, and translation rights have sold in a dozen languages. She is a graduate (MA) of the Johns Hopkins writing program and an alumna of the Squaw Valley Writers Conference.

 

WriterHouse: From Blog Posts to One-Woman Show

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Oct 282012
 

On Wednesday, June 13, 2012, playwright DeeDee Stewart and WriterHouse member Elizabeth Derby discussed Stewart’s journey from blog posts about her southern childhood to the international premiere of her one-woman show “Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She talked about the process of turning scenes from her life into a sold-out show.

WriterHouse: Women in Poetry with Melanie Moro-Huber and Roselyn Elliott

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Oct 242012
 

As part of WriterHouse’s celebration of National Poetry month, on Friday, April 20, 2012, 7pm, poet Melanie Moro-Huber  read from her new book Axe in Hand (2012, New York Quarterly Books) and talked to fellow poet Roselyn Elliott about women in poetry.

WriterHouse: Does This Play Make my Brown Look Gay? Writing at the Intersection of Race and Sexuality

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Oct 032012
 

On March 10, 2012, playwright Enrique Urueta discussed his experience writing in the context of race and sexuality.

Enrique Urueta is a queer Colombian-American playwright from South Boston, VA whose award-winning plays Learn to Be LatinaThe Danger of Bleeding Brown, and Forever Never Comes have been presented across the country.

The People of 250: George Benford

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Sep 262012
 

George Benford outside the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.  Mr. Benford is the coordinator for the Celebrate!250 gala event to be held here on November 11, 2012.

What does George Benford, Kool & the Gang and JPJ have in common? All three will be coming together on November 11, 2012 to celebrate Charlottesville’s 250th birthday.

CPN’s Dan Gould spoke with Mr. Benford outside  JPJ on Wednesday. The event, also known as Charlottesville’s Grand Gala punctuates a year of celebrations with a big bash at John Paul Jones Arena. While the event’s headliner, Kool & The Gang is reason enough to attend, Mr. Benford promises that the event will be much more than that.

“I want people to understand that this is not just Kool and The Gang, this is a once in a life time celebration,” said Benford.

Tickets are still available for the event from John Paul Jones Arena or from Ticket Master. For more information about the event or to find out how local businesses can purchase tickets in bulk for employees or customers you may contact Mr. Benford through Celebrate!250.