Write On Radio, one of the superstars of KFAI, ranks among this community’s untapped audio treasures. Week after week producers somehow manage to lure authors, critics, bibliophiles of every stripe, to their funky (is that still a word?) studio in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.
Consider Tuesday, January 4, for example. On that wintry evening Charlotte Sullivan of KFAI will discuss children’s and young adult books with some of Minnesota’s finest. Headliner is Phyllis Root, author of Big, Belching Bog, illustrated by Betsy Bowen. Joining Phyllis will be Swati Avashti (author of Split), Michele Corriel, author of Fairview Felines: A Newspaper Mystery, Janet Fox, author of Faithful and other books, and Jacqueline Houtman, author of The Reinvention of Thomas Edison among other titles.
The show is on Tuesday evening at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. St. Paul listeners should tune in to106.7FM — Minneapolis listeners should tune to 106.7. Write on Radio is also available from the KFAI archives soon after the original airing and for two weeks thereafter. Recent shows feature Jane Smiley and Scott Edelstein (December 28). Jane Smiley is author of A Thousand Acres, Private Life, a new series of books for young readers, the latest of which is A Good Horse, and numerous other titles. Scott Edelstein is the author of several books and articles; his newest book, Sex and the Spiritual Teacher, will be published in March 2011 by Wisdom Publications.
On December 21 Write on Radio featured Lan Samantha Chang, director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is author of All Is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost, a novel tracing the lives of three poets and their teacher in a creative writing program “somewhere in the Midwest.”
Stephanie Ash, Alex Austin, Ian Graham Leask, Steve McEllistrem, Lynette Reini-Grandell, Matthew Rucker and Charlotte Sullivan spend endless volunteer hours making Write On Radio the unique community resource — and showcase of literary talent — that it is. Watch the website for the updated schedule of weekly interviews.