Saeeda Hafiz

We cover a lot of ground in this interview with debut author and memoirist Saeeda Hafiz. Her book, “The Healing: A Memoir of Food, Family and Yoga” is not your typical “I found the right diet/exercise regime/spirtial path and now my life is perfect.” The reality is always a bit more complicated and Saeeda was willing to expose the dark Read More

James R. Doty, MD

I really can’t say enough about our guest today, Dr. James R. Doty, MD and his book “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.” The story leads us from Doty’s impoverished childhood, with an alcoholic father and extremely ill mother, to his current role as director of Read More

Clara Bensen

When Clara Bensen decided to write a book about her adventure traveling to Turkey, Eastern Europe and the British Isles with Jeff, a university professor she had met just weeks before, on the internet dating site, “OKCupid”, taking with them absolutely NO BAGGAGE, (not even a small backpack), the first thing she did was Google “how to write a book.” Read More

Paul Cummins

How does a young, idealistic man from a privileged background become the headmaster of a private school dedicated to providing opportunity to students from all backgrounds, and from there dedicate his entire life to progressive education?  In “Confessions of a Headmaster,” Dr. Paul F Cummins tells the story behind the founding of Crossroads in Los Angeles, New Roads School and Read More

Judy Batalion

Judy Batalion’s mother was a pathological hoarder. That’s not the most interesting thing to know about Judy, but it is at the heart of her memoir, “White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daugherhood, and the Mess In Between.”.In our conversation with Judy we learn the root of this pathology, which extends back at least two generations to her grandmother, who Read More

Michael Gruenbaum

If you only listen to one Writers’ Voices interview this month, this is the one. Michael Gruenbaum was born in Prague in 1930. At the age of 11 Michael was sent, with his mother and sister, to the Terezin concentration camp. Miraculously, they all survived, although his father, a lawyer, was killed by the Nazis.In “Somewhere There is Still a Sun,” Read More

Gloria Dixon

If you’ve ever had the experience of having someone close to you die, you may recall feeling overwhelmed; not sure what to do. Gloria Dixon, an Iowa CPA and experienced business owner, thought she was prepared for her husband Charles’ death after a lengthy illness, but even so she soon found herself faced with a few surprises.Gloria couldn’t find a Read More

Sukey Forbes

Sukey Forbes comes from a classic “stiff-upper-lip” New England family. When her six year old daughter died suddenly from a rare genetic disorder, she was left without a clue how to get through it. In “The Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death,” Sukey shares the heart-wrenching story of her daughter’s death and how Read More

Steve Semken

Since founding Ice Cube Press in North Liberty, Iowa, Steve Semken has been busy publishing other authors.  Still, he finds time to write.  His seventh book,is titled “Soul External: Rediscovering the Great Blue Heron.”   Orion Magazine’s late environmental book reviewer  Peter Sauer, called this hard-to define book “mythological natural history.”  We’re including it in our memoir section because this beautiful volume is that Read More

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow

In this inspiring segment of Writers’ Voices, we meet Magnus MacFarlane- Barrow, named in 2015 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. We caught up with Magnus, who lives and works in Scotland, just before his visit to Iowa to promote his book, “The Shed that Fed a Million Children,” and Mary’s Meals, Read More

Christina Crook

Is technology good, bad or indifferent? How does it impact our lives, relationships, health? For some people, technology can become all-consuming. Writer Christina Crook decided to take a 31 day break from the internet. Instead, she wrote 31 letters to a friend on a manual typewriter. This experiment quickly turned into both a book (“the Joy of Missing Out: Finding Read More

Tony Kainauskas-Chris Hallinger

Writers’ Voices introduces two first-time Fairfield authors this week. First up, the long-time proprietor of Fairfield’s sorely missed 21st Century Bookstore, Tony Kainauskas. Tony’s cousin Viktoras is known as the Father of the Raw Foods Movement, and Tony was intimately involved in the development of both that and the Transcendental Meditation movement. After retiring from a long career publishing and Read More

Daniel Leyson

The subject of today’s book, Leon Leyson, stayed mostly silent about the struggles of his early life in Poland during the Holocaust. But after Steven Spielberg made the movie “Schindler’s List,” and an LA Times reporter convinced him to tell his own story as one of the youngest workers on the List, Leon began speaking publicly at churches, schools and throughout Read More

A.J. Jacobs

From serious journalist to seriously funny, New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs has written it all. In this interview with Writers’ Voices, Jacobs discusses his recent experiment and the book that came out of it, “The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible.” The “humble” in the title is important, Read More

Norman Zierold

Norman Zierold has led a most interesting life, from his birth in the Amana Colonies of Iowa in 1927 clear to the present day in Fairfield, also Iowa. But in between, he traveled the world in the Navy, studied political science at Harvard University, taught in France, and then became an editor and writer in New York City and then Read More

Michael Perry

Author of the best-selling memoirs “Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time”, “Truck: A Love Story,” and “Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting”, Michael Perry discusses his newest book “Visiting Tom: A Man, A Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace”. He’s written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Orion and Salon.com and Read More

Frank Meeink

In “Autobiography of a Recovering SkinHead: The Frank Meeink Story as Told to Jody M. Roy, Ph.D.”, you’ll find the raw true life story of Frank Meeink, from his angry childhood that found an outlet in the Neo-Nazi movement through his time in prison, encountering fellow prisoners of all backgrounds and race, that first caused him to question his anger Read More

Wendy McClure

Author, editor, blogger, and humorist, Wendy McClure is the author of “The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie”; also a recently released e-book, “Don’t Trade the Baby for a Horse and Other Ways to Make Your Life a Little More Laura Ingalls Wilder”, that explores her fascination and obsession with all things Read More

Beth Howard

Join Cheryl Fusco Johnson for a delightful conversation with Iowa native, Beth Howard. Beth has recently written “Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie”. A journalist for more than 25 years, Beth recounts the sudden loss of her husband and her healing journey that took her across the country and back to her roots in Iowa. Beth currently Read More

Khakendra Pun

Village in Nepal. Growing up in poverty, Khakendra dreamed of coming to America for a better life. His dream came true in 1991, arriving in San Francisco and embarking on an entirely new journey. In his book “Nueli Cried in the Himalayas”, Khakendra tells the story of his life, describes the life of his people, and shows the healing power Read More

Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson, fourth-generation shrimper who made a living along the Texas Gulf Coast, was driven to activism when she discovered her area was number one in the nation for toxic waste disposal. Through determination and hard work, Diane convinced local plastic manufacturers to sign a zero-discharge agreement. She has become a strong and vocal determined activist who has taken on Read More

Marianne Dietze

Listen in for a very touching conversation with Marianne Dietzel. Marianne has written “Laughing in a Waterfall: A Mother’s Memoir”. The book shows examples of how to create a new culture around the threshold of death and keep a living connection to those on the other side. The memoir tells Marianne’s emotional and spiritual journey following the death of her Read More

Stephen Hopson

On this Writers’ Voices, we’ll be speaking with Stephen Hopson. Stephen was born deaf, but had the dream at a young age to become a pilot. He made aviation history, as an adult, by becoming the world’s first deaf instrument-rated pilot. For 15 years, he also had a very successful career on Wall Street. In 1996 he had an epiphany Read More

Susan Klauber

Writers’ Voices explores spirituality and other cultures this week. Author and poet Susan Klauber discusses her newest book “Sound of the Sacred Beads: A Poet’s Journey into India”. The book follows Susan’s journeys through India and its holiest places. She explores the culture, people, ancient wisdom, and mystery that she found there. Since 1983, Susan has been based in Fairfield Read More