Amy Gottlieb

Amy Gottlieb fell in love with literature at a young age, and numbers amoung her literary influences Garcia Marquez (100 Years of Solitude), Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient) and Virginia Woolf. In her debut novel, ‘The Beautiful Possible,” Gottlieb spins a tale that is at heart both a love story and a spiritual journey, but with a deep historical context. Read More

Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys calls herself “a seeker of lost stories.” Her first historical novel (and soon-to-be feature film), “Between Shades of Gray” is based on her own family history and tells the story of a Lithuanian family sent to Siberia by the Soviet secret police in 1941. It became a New York Times bestseller and Carnegie Medal finalist. Same with book Read More

Victoria Schorr

Historical fiction about real-life bandits who commandeered the Serato wilds of Brazil.  The novel, “Backlands,” brings to life early 20th century Brazil with a tangibility that transports the reader immediately to another time and another world, that of Lampiao and Maria Bonita. When one imagines bandits, nostalgia of an era may not be the first to come to mind, but Read More

Marcy Luikart

For some people it is the ocean, some the desert, some mountains.    For Ralph Luikart, husband of author Marcy Luikart, it was always the Big River calling to him. A few years back, Marcy helped him fulfill a lifelong dream of building a raft and floating down the Mississippi River, and from that adventure came her first published novel, “River Read More

John Shors

John Shors’ novel Beside a Burning Sea is our topic for this interview. John Shors lived for several years in Kyoto, Japan, where he taught English after graduating from Colorado College.  He later trekked across Asia on a shoestring budget, visiting ten countries and climbing the Himalayas. He became a newspaper reporter after returning to his hometown, Des Moines, Iowa. Read More

Mike Palecek

Iowa Terror takes on 9/11 through the story of Jesus Iowa, an immigrant who experiences Sept. 11, 2001, along with the rest of America, except that he understands what was really happening. Author Mike Palecek was a peace prisoner in the 1980’s, serving time in county jails and federal prisons for civil disobedience. During the 1990s he was a reporter Read More

Jeanne Treat

“Dark Birthright” is a story reflecting the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of 17th century Scotland. It paints a dynamic picture of life in the Highlands, fishing communities, and a village of witches worshiping the Goddess. Author Jeanne Treat was born and raised in Western New York, near the shores of the Niagara. She is the great-granddaughter of a Native Read More

James Tipton

Former Fairfielder James Tipton visits with Monica and Caroline about his recently published historical novel. “Annette Vallon: A Novel of the French Revoluion,” is based on the life of William Wordsworth’s French lover. What about this woman, a footnote in literary history, inspired 15 years of research and writing? Listen in to find out INTERVIEW CONTENTS 1:27 Annette Vallon by James Read More