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Mar 21, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman is best known for her Leaphorn and Chee detective novels which take place predominantly on the vast Navajo Nation that spans four states including New Mexiico. She walks in the moccasins of her late father, best-selling author Tony Hillerman.

Her new book is CAVE OF BONES-  a decective  mystery staring Bernadette Manuelito. along with Lt. Joe Leaphorn, and Jim Chee .

Anne Hillerman was deep into the writing life before she took up the pen to channel police adventures first created by her father.

She worked as the editorial page editor for both the New Mexican and the Journal North. Before that she worked as an award-winning  reporter in print, , in radio and in TV.

Mar 14, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Phill Casaus

Phill Casaus  is editor-in-chief of the Santa Fe New Mexican- The capital city's daily paper. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years.

Casaus tarted as a stringer for the Bisbee Arizona Daily Review when he was in middle school, going on to get a job as a stringer in the Albuquerque Journal sports department. Casaus spent many years as a sportswriter with the Albuquerque Journal before taking over the city desk.

During his long career as a journalist, Casaus also worked at the Albuquerque Tribune- the city's afternoon paper before it closed. He was senior editor for local news forThe Rocky Mountian News in Denver.

Nine years ago, he moved back to New Mexico to take over as executive director of the Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation. Then in September 2017, Casaus came back to the news as editor-in-chief of the New Mexican.

 

Mar 8, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Martin Puchner

 

MARTIN PUCHNER is the author of more than a dozen books, and anthologies and more than sixty articles and essays. His subjects range from philosophy to theater to world literature.

Which brings us to his latest book , THE WRITTEN WORLD, THE POWER OF STORIES TO SHAPE PEOPLE, HISTORY, CIVILIZATION.  This book traces the technologies that have made literature possible. Going back thousands of years Puchner pursues the fascinating story of how people write, how people read, how people spread the word. And how that process not only reflects civilization, but also shapes it.

Puchner grew up in Germany, England and the US. From an early age he studied Latin, French and English. He became fascinated by the puzzle that is language- adding the study of Greek, Hebrew and Yiddish to the mix.  He has taught in many countries traversing the globe from Brazil to Beirut, from China to Norway.

Puchner currentlyTeaches at Harvard- before that, Columbia University and Cornell. He joins us by phone from New York City where he is spending the year at the New York Public Library researching his next book..

Feb 28, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Elizabeth J Church

Elizabeth Church has just come out with her second novel-- All the Beautiful Girls, published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Elizabeth Church practiced as an attorney in NM for more than thirty years before she walked away from the law for good to pursue a life-long promise to herself to make a career writing full time.

Church's legal career involved extensive writing for legal publications and scientific journals… keeping her writing arm in practice.

Elizabeth Church's first novel, published last year, The Atomic Weight of Love displays Church's intimate knowledge of the NM landscape and the lives of educated women who sacrificed their careers so that their husbands could pursue unique opportunities in scientific research at the Los Alamos Labs.

Her new book , All the Beautiful Girls, takes us behind the scene in the city where what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. It's a town where talented women find glamorous careers on the stage. Careers, but maybe not fulfillment.

Feb 21, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA GFE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Victoria Price

Victoria Price is an author, designer, art consultant and inspirational speaker. Her new memoir, The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self, has just been published.  In 2016, after living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a quarter century, Victoria embarked on an ongoing journey of what she calls intentional homelessness-  This new book chronicles that journey - Price's journey toward a joyful life.

Victoria Price received critical acclaim for her 1999 biography of her father, actor sand art collector, Vincent Price. Vincent Price, A Daughter's Biography

She has also written for the New York Times, A&E’s Biography, and many other national, and local magazines, newspapers, and television programs. Price has  appeared on many TV and radio programs. Articles about Price and her work have appeared in many publications including  the New York Times, USA Today, People, and Travel & Leisure.

Price created a successful career in art and interior design based in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Feb 14, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Allegra Huston

Internationally published writer, editor and screenwriter, Allegra Huston has just published a new book, SAY MY NAME . It's about a love affair between an older woman and a younger man.

Allegra Huston's articles have appeared in many publications including Newsweek, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, The Times, London, People and Mothering. She wrote, and produced an award-winning short film- GOOD LUCK, MR GORSKI in 2011.

Her first book, a memoir, LOVE CHILD, was published in 2009. It tells the story of her childhood as the daughter of a ballerina mother and famous actor/director father, John Huston.  Her world is turned upside down at the age of 4 when her mother is killed in a car accident and she goes to live with her father, her sister Angelica Huston and brother Tony Huston.  Her world is shaken again when she finds out that she is actually the love child of her mother and her mother's lover, a British aristocrat.

Huston grew up in London, Ireland, Long Island, Los Angeles, and Mexico. She was educated at Oxford.  Currently, Huston is a freelance book editor. Authors she has worked with include Edna O'Brian, Jane Goodall and two Nobel Prize winning economists.

Huston has lived in Northern New Mexico for 19 years.

Feb 7, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Natalie Goldberg

Natalie Goldberg 

Natalie Goldberg is well-known painter, writer and writing teacher. She has published more than a dozen books including the best-seller on how to write- Writing Down The Bones. Goldberg has been a Zen practitione for more than thirty years. She applies the lessons of zen to her writing, her life and her teaching. Natalie Goldberg is also a prolific painter. Her book, Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World, describes painting as her second art form. Goldberg travels the world teaching and painting. She lives in Northern NM.

Goldberg's new book,  just out, is- The Truth Of This Life, Zen Teachings on Loving the World as It Is-  Dharma talks of Zen teacher Sobun Kathrine Thanas. This book is edited by Natalie Goldberg and Bill Anelli.

Jan 31, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Joan Juliet Buck

Joan Juliet Buck is a novelist, critic, essayist and actress. She was the only American to become editor in chief of French Vogue from 1994-2001.  She has also been a contributing editor to Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker.Her essays currently appear in Harpers Baazar. She is the author of two novels.

In 2017, Buck her memoir- THE PRICE OF ILLUSION. That book just came out in paperback a couple of months ago.

Her career, personal life and writing have been electrified with fascinating drama- all of which can be found in the memoir. Joan Juliet Buck lived in Santa Fe, NM from…2001-2006

While here, she wrote and studied acting. Joan currently lives in the Hudson River Valley, NY and she joins us by phone.

Jan 24, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Former NM State Senator Dede Feldman and

           NM State Senator Bill O'Neill

Dede Feldman retired after representing the North Valley of Albuquerque in the State Senate for 16 years.  But that is not the end of the story…   the story is still going strong as Feldman continues to champion progressive values and programs for NM. In 2014 she published INSIDE THE NEW MEXICO SENATE:BOOTS, SUITS AND CITIZENS…which won two awards.

And now, just out, her newest book is- ANOTHER WAY FORWARD; GRASSROOTS SOLUTIONS FROM NEW MEXICO. Feldman has a bachelors degree and a Masters in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. In Albuquerque, she and her husband live in a solar home they built in 1976.

Bill O'Neill is a New Mexico State Senator.  He has been Executive Director of the NM Juvenile Parole Board. He has been an Ivy League record-holding football player.....and, he is a Poet.

It's all in his new book of poems- FREEDOM OF THE IGNORED

Many of the poems are inspired by the rough-and-tumble boys-and girls club that is the NM Legislature. Legislators may be hiding their deepest thoughts, desires and emotions from each other, however, poet O'Neill brings it all to lyrical light -much like a traditional Irish bard.

 

Jan 17, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Myra Krien

Myra Krien is the granddaughter of the pivotal Zen philosopher, Alan Watts. And she is here to talk about an exciting new book just out- The collected letters of Alan Watts. The Book was edited by Krien's mother, Ann Watts and Krien's aunt, Joan Watts.

Myra Krien is a renowned international performer, choreographer and dance educator. Krien has toured nationally and internationally. Her unique work has been recognized in many national publications.   Krien was born in San Francisco where Alan Watts lived and worked for the last couple of decades of his life. Krien now lives in Santa Fe, NM where she founded Pomegranate Studios and a cutting edge non-profit youth mentorship program - Pomegranate SEEDS.

Jan 10, 2018

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM Santa Fe NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Michael Benanav

Michael Benanav is a freelance author and photographer who has immersed himself in traditional tribal life around the globe- and returned to recount fascinating tales of survival. His work has taken him to Africa the Middle East and India as well as Mongolia, Tibet and the Navajo Reservation.

Benanav has written articles and published photographs in the New York Times, National Geographic Magazine and Christian Science Monitor Magazine among many others.

Benanav's books include Men of Salt: Crossing the Saraha on the Caravan of White Gold and his latest book, just out- Himalaya Bound: One family's Quest to save their Animals & Ancient Way of Life.

 He has  been living in Northern New Mexico for 25 years.

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