Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Snow, again

Travis' school has ski week (originating years ago when our school district's attendance went way down in Feb, so the school board decided we'd have a ski week) and we're in the mountains, about six hours north of Orange Co., in the Eastern Sierra. Mammoth is an active volcano and an earthquake fault runs under the town, but we'll not talk about that here. Instead, here are some photos of snow, and us, and Trav's cousins, requested by a few friends.

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.- Margaret Atwood

In the wintertime, in the snow country, citrus fruit was so rare, and if you got one, it was better than ambrosia.
James Earl Jones

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pen on Fire Salon with Lisa Fugard and Tatjana Soli

An Evening with Novelists Tatjana Soli and Lisa Fugard

Join us on Tuesday evening, March 15, for a conversation with two brilliant novelists hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett. The authors will be in conversation with Marrie Stone, co-host of "Writers on Writing," the radio show Barbara launched 13 years ago next month.

Tatjana Soli is a novelist and short story writer. Born in Salzburg, Austria, she attended Stanford University and the Warren Wilson MFA Program. Her debut novel, The Lotus Eaters, was a New York Times Bestseller and 2010 New York Times Notable Book. Her short stories have appeared in The Sun, StoryQuarterly, Confrontation, Gulf Coast, Other Voices, Third Coast, Sonora Review and North Dakota Quarterly among other publications. Her work has been twice listed in the 100 Distinguished Stories in Best American Short Stories and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives with her husband in Orange County, California.

Lisa Fugard was born in South Africa and came to the United States in 1980. After working in the theater, performing in New York, London and South Africa, she turned her attention to writing. Her short fiction has been published in Story, Outside and literary magazines. Her many travel articles, essays and book reviews have been published in the New York Times. Skinner’s Drift her first novel has been published in the USA, UK, and South Africa. Named a notable book of 2006 by the New York Times, Skinner’s Drift was also a finalist for the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the runner-up for the 2007 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly lauded that, "Fugard captivates with this searing personal portrayal of the legacy of apartheid.” The Los Angeles Times Book Review called it a, "frighteningly good novel (that) looks at this historic turmoil without wincing or turning away.” She lives in Southern California and is at work on a second novel.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Lyanda Lynn Haupt and Stacy Schiff

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett interviews Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness and Marrie Stone interviews Stacy Schiff, author of the biography, Cleopatra: A Life.

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(Broadcast Date: January 2011)

Rosalind Wiseman and Kim Edwards


Join Marrie Stone as she interviews internationally recognized author and educator Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes and her debut young adult novel Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials, and Kim Edwards, author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter and The Lake of Dreams.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Today's show: Allison Brennan and Alisa Bowman

This morning on "Writers on Writing," my guests will be suspense writer Allison Brennan ("Love Me to Death") and nonfiction author, Alisa Bowman ("Happily Ever After: Saving Your Marriage When the Fairytale Falters").

Tune in at 9 a.m. PT at 88.9 FM KUCI in Orange Co., CA, or listen to KUCI online at iTunes, News/Talk radio.

(The show will be podcast at a later date. Subscribe at iTunes and the show will download for you at that time.)