Suzanne Lang

Seaweed. It plays a vital role in ocean ecology, and also in our health and diet, and in our local and global economies. Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge is Susan Hand Shetterly’s book of stories about seaweed, and the people and creatures who depend upon it. Shetterly joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation with KRCB’s A Novel Idea.

A timely encore presentation of Rosemary Manchester in conversation with Brad Herzog, collaborator on Carolyn Goodman’s memoir, My Mantelpiece: a Memoir of Survival and Social Justice. Goodman, who died in 2007, was the mother of Andy Goodman, who in 1964 along with James Earl Chaney and Michael Schwerner, was murdered in Mississippi while trying to register black voters. Carolyn turned her son’s death into a mission to educate, communicate, and take action against injustice.

It’s all about food. Suzanne Lang talks with Adam Federman on his book Fasting and Feasting, the Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray. Gray became somewhat of a cult figure when she published Honey from a Weed in 1986. 

Also featured is Elaine Khosrova, a gastronomic rock star who specializes in stories about food history and culture, and Suzanne talks with Elaine about her book,  Butter, a Rich History

To celebrate the release of Bruce Holbert’s third novel, Whiskey, here is a reprise of two previous conversations between Bruce and Suzanne M Lang on the release of his first novel, Lonesome Animals, followed by the truly amazing The Hour of Lead. Bruce is a gritty and poetic writer who explores character and landscape with a unique voice. We’ll feature a conversation about Whiskey on a future episode, but this show will bring you up to speed on the emergence of Bruce Holbert.  

Suzanne Lang talks with two of the world's most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. They have collaborated on a book of essays. Sy and Liz are also good friends and practically next door neighbors. Join us as we talk about the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals …in the wild and in our homes. 

It’s A Novel Idea. Sunday at 4 on KRCB-FM Radio 91.

Two California writers who both had long non-literary careers before publishing these heralded first works join Suzanne M. Lang in conversation. 
 

Barbara Ridley’s When It’s Over is a sweeping historical fiction set during WWII that exposes elements of that war and on European refugees that resonates today …and is a pretty good love story too. 
 

Laurie Ann Doyle’s collection of short stories, World Gone Missing, is a loving homage to Northern California and twelve searing tales of loss, love, and what goes missing.  Sunday at 4pm PT – it’s A Novel Idea

Emerging from the economic consulting and the tech sector, Jaime B. Hansen aims to inspire and empower women through videos, speaking and speaking out; her latest book is Expanding the Conversation.   

History, culture, and strong women are at the core of the two novels, The History Makers by Val Bodurtha and The Ballet Lover by Barbara Baer; these are two authors you’ll want to remember. 

Val Bodurtha’s first novel is The History Makers is chilling, funny, and a smart coming of age story which imagines a contemporary Aztec civilization, as if the Aztecs had prevailed over the Spanish. 
 

This month on A Novel Idea:

Featured are two novelists whose books hit big this year. 

Fierce Kingdom is a thriller of a book by Gin Phillips, which takes place over the course of three hours in a zoo that is under attack by gunmen, and where a woman and her young son are trapped; ultimately this is a story of motherhood.  

Two authors at the top of their form —Joan Frank, with her novel All the News I Need, and Richard Alther and his book Roxie & Fred, join Suzanne Lang in conversation of art, craft, and character on KRCB’s A Novel Idea. 

Joan Frank is acknowledged by many as a “writer’s writer” but more than that, she is a reader’s writer with keen observations, richly drawn characters, and unflinching honesty. Her latest book is All the News I Need. 

Top intellectual property and entertainment lawyer Peter Afrasiabi joins Suzanne Lang in conversation on his recent book Burning Bridges, America’s 20-year Crusade to Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges. Bridges was an immigrant, a longshoreman, and a labor leader which was not a good combination in the 1930s. The imbalance of executive power in the federal government of that time resonates with our contemporary situation.

 Join us Sunday, October 1st at 4 pm.

Historical fiction radiates into the present with two novels featured on A Novel Idea. Join Suzanne M. Lang in conversations with Susan Sherman on her novel about mystics and Marie Curie, If You Are There and David Boling, whose novel is The Lost History of Stars, set during brutal Boar Wars in South Africa and told through the experiences of a fourteen year-old girl.  
 

Hear A Novel Idea, Sunday September 3rd at 4:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!  

 

July 30th on A Novel Idea:  

Suzanne M. Lang talks with Thais Nye Derich about her path of self-examination and learning to discover that she, like many other women, was a victim of the medical establishment that denied her the human right of birthing her own child. Second Chance, A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth after Cesarean is not just a book about childbirth, but about control over our own lives and simply, about being human.  
 

Neo-noir and crime fiction with Suzanne Lang in conversation with Daniel Pyne, screenwriter, show runner of Amazon’s hit drama Bosch, and author of Catalina Eddy, a Novel in Three Decades. Suzanne also talks with poet and playwright Stephen Mack Jones, who has published his first novel, a crime thriller set in Detroit, August Snow.

Listen to A Novel Idea - Sunday afternoon July 2nd at 4:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

       

For June, A Novel Idea features two novelists, whose books couldn’t be more different. Both write about the challenges of difference, of motherhood, and of finding stability in a sometimes-hostile world.  

Shanti Sekaran brings us Lucky Boy, the saga of two women, strangers and cultures apart, whose lives are connected through the life of an infant boy.  

Shelby Londyn-Heath has written The Twilight Tsunami, a raw, funny, and hard-hitting account of the lives of people involved in the child welfare system.  

A Novel Idea with Suzanne M. Lang features Jessica Teich with her memoir The Future Tense of Joy. A Rhodes Scholar, Teich happens upon an obituary of a fellow Rhodes Scholar who took her own life by jumping out a hotel window, which leads Jessica on a transformative journey.    

Also featured is Cathy Wild, whose book Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out uses personal stories and analysis of her own life to identify difficult to articulate concepts of identity, suffering, gratitude, and health.  
 

This episode of KRCB’s A Novel Idea features Suzanne Lang in conversation with Kermit Roosevelt on his latest novel, Allegiance, an historical fiction set in the Supreme Court during WWII, with the Japanese internment presenting moral issues that resonate today.

Tune in to A Novel Idea, this Sunday, April 5th at 4pm PT -
 

John C. Hampsey’s boyhood memoir, Kaufman’s Hill standsout as a personal reflection that reads like a good novel.The story is set in the mid-sixties during that marked transition in urban landscapes and in race and culture. John’s voice is unique and compelling and he joins Suzanne Lang in conversation this Sunday, April 5th at 4pm PT. John’s engaged in a book tour around the country; find out more at www.johnchampsey.com .