Monday, February 22, 2010

Blogger is driving me crazy

All the photos have disappeared, now. First most of my blogs go, now the photos. Anyone else having this trouble?

Friday, February 19, 2010


We're back now, but a few of you have asked, Did you go to the snow? Where are the photos? So here are a few. There aren't so many because I kept waiting for the snowstorm that never came. I prayed to the saints of weather but obviously I didn't pray hard or seriously enough. Still, I walked daily, crunched through the snow, slipped on it some, and stomped it off my boots when I returned to the condo, so it was there, I did see it and experience it, and a few times blew out a breath and saw vapor. (Travis, in white, with his cousins.)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Colum McCann

Marrie Stone interviews Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin.

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(Broadcast date: February 03, 2010)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Upcoming Shows on "Writers on Writing"

Stay tuned to listen to the following guests on "Writers on Writing":

February 17th: Charlie Huston ("Sleepless") and Christine Fugate ("Grief Becomes Me")

February 24th: Chris Bojalian ("Secrets of Eden")

March 3rd: Siri Hustvedt ("The Shaking Woman or a History of My Nerves") and Raj Patel ("The Value of Nothing")

Tune in Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time), to 88.9 FM in Orange Co., CA, or online at and iTunes/public radio.

Thanks for listening!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Memoirists Dani Shapiro and Rhoda Janzen

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett interviews Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion: A Memoir and Rhoda Janzen, author of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home.

One caveat: A little into the interview we lose sound, music goes on and stays on for a few minutes, then we bring Dani back on. The end of the recording, with Rhoda, is also garbled. So sorry for these frustrating elements that sometimes occur. We will soon podcast Dani's appearance at the Pen on Fire Speakers Series, so there will be another chance to hear Dani and Barbara talk about Devotion.

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(Broadcast date: February 10, 2010)

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

An Evening with Memoirist Dani Shapiro

On Thursday, February 25, at 7 p.m., Dani Shapiro will be with us, talking about the writing of Devotion, her new memoir, and about the process of writing memoir. Here's a recent essay of hers in the Los Angeles Times.

For more info, visit; click on speakers series. Seats are going and pre-registration is a must (seating is limited). Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Andre Dubus III on writing

This show was podcast when Andre was on the show, but it bears listening to again. He talks about why ideas grab, outlining (and why not to), agents, and more--much more. I just listened this morning on the way to and from a public affairs meeting for KUCI. Listen here.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Merrill Markoe reads a short story

LOL funny (except for "the dead thing.") Here you go.

Elizabeth Gilbert and Kelly Sonnack

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett interviews Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage and literary agent Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

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(Broadcast date: January 27, 2010)