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For people who read, for people who write, for people who want to publish, or for people who are just curious…What do writers think? What do writers really do? Find out – listen to THE LAST WORD: Conversations with Writers every Wednesday at 4 pm with host, Abigail Adler
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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.

Dec 13, 2017

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and HOst: Abigail Adler

Guest: Robert Mayer

Robert Mayer is the author of sixteen books—They include Superfolks, which (for better or worse) altered the treatment of super heroes in comics and movies forever; Notes of a Baseball Dreamer, a memoir about growing up as a wannabe major leaguer in New York City; and The Dreams of Ada, the true story of two men spending life in prison for a murder they did not commit.

Robert Mayer Worked at Newsday for ten years, six as a reporter and four as the paper's award-winning columnist. His column,  'Robert Mayor in New York City'. He was the managing editor and then editor of The Santa Fe Reporter for 6 years . 

His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Condé Naste Traveler,and many other publications.

His newest book is Monkey Brain- A Writing Life.  It's a very different kind of memoir… invented by Mayer. 

Dec 6, 2017

KSFR RADIO 101.1FM SANTA FE, NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Jan Brett

At this moment,   New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Jan Brett, has more than 40 books in print..  Her children's books are adorned with intricate, magical, super-realist drawings of imaginary worlds on every page. Brett also writes the text. Brett spends a lot of time at home and abroad researching her books. Her best selling books include,  Annie and the Wild Animals published in 1985, Fritz and the Beautiful Horses, and The Mitten. Some of Jan Brett's illustrated books are classics like: Beauty and the Beast and The Owl and the Pussy Cat.

Her latest book, just out is The Mermaid- about a young mermaid who becomes trapped in the home of a family of Octupuses and figures out a graceful way to escape from their clutches.

Brett comes by her extensive knowledge of the animal world through her own passion for all creatures.  She is an award-winning breeder of fancy chickens, a lover of turtles - and she lives in harmony with all manner of creatures at her home in Norwell Mass.

Nov 29, 2017

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guests: Hampton Sides and James McGrath Morris

HAMPTON SIDES is a best-selling author and journalist. He is widely acclaimed as an historian and author of adventurous literary non-fiction. His books include- Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder. Side's latest book, In the kingdom of Ice is a riveting account of the first American attempt to reach the North Pole.

 

Hampton Sides' articles have appeared in many publications - here are a few: Outside magazine National Geographic, The New Yorker, Esquire,  and The Washington Post. Sides has guest-lectured at Columbia, Yale, Stanford, SMU, and Colorado College. among other venues and institutions.

Right now, Hampton Sides is working on a book for Doubleday about 1950, the early days of the Cold War, and the heroic Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

JAMES MCGRATH MORRIS is a critically-acclaimed biographer. He has also worked along the way-  as a journalist, book publisher, high school teacher and radio news broadcaster.

Morris has 7 published books- about such impressive figures as publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, activist, Emma Goldman, and Ethel Payne, the first lady of the black press.

His latest book-  Published this year-  The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway and Dos Passos--and a Friendship Made and Lost in War is the story of two aspiring writer who meet during war, forge an intense twenty-year friendship, and write some of America's greatest novels.

 

 

Nov 22, 2017

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Caroline Fraser

Caroline Fraser is the author of three books - the most recent just out this month is - Prairie Fire: the American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder-- Wilder is known and loved by generations of American children as the author of the Little House On the Prairie.

Frasers book, Prairie Fire, is the true saga of Laura Ingalls Wilder's life - a story that has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and historic records, Caroline Fraser masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Fraser reveals the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life.

Caroline Fraser is the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series. Fraser's writing has appeared in many publications , among them- The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker,The Atlantic and the London Review of Books. She lives in Santa fe, NM

 

Nov 15, 2017

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Fred Van Lente

Fred Van Lente is best known as a NY Times best-selling comic writer.  He creates the text for hard-hitting, irreverent, super hero series like Archer and Armstrong.  Non-fiction comics with weightier subjects like the series Action Philosphers. Other comics include Weird Detective and X-men Noir.

He also co-wrote the graphic novel Cowboys and Aliens, which was made into a film starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig.

Now Van Lente has swerved from his successful comic-writer career to write his first novel- Ten Dead Comedians, a show business satire. His second novel, The Con Artist, is set in the comic book industry. That book will be out in 2018.

Nov 8, 2017

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Joan Logghe

Joan Logghe - Poet Laureate of Santa Fe 2010-2012.  She works at poetry and arts activism.  She studied at Tufts University where she graduated as Class Poet and won an Academy of American Poet’s College Poetry Award. Logghe's many awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry Grants, and A Mabel Dodge Luhan Internship.

Logghe taught poetry extensively in the US and abroad. She is the president of New Mexico Literary Arts  which aims to inspire & develop the imaginative use of language and to create opportunities for the integration of the literary arts with other art forms throughout New Mexico.Her books include What Makes a Woman Beautiful, Twenty Years in Bed with the Same Man (a finalist in Western States Book Award) and Sofia, Logghe is a co-founder of Tres Chicas Books based in Santa Fe.   

 

 

 

 

Nov 1, 2017

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Elizabeth Rose

Deep in the Himalayan foothills, ELIZABETH ROSE was born by the light of a hurricane lamp on the dining room table.It was the last decade of the British Raj. The British rule in India. The adventure begins there.

Elizabeth was shipped off from India at age seven to a children's home in England, There She roamed the moors , she became a feral child: taking in the wildness of the landscape. There her imagination developed un-schooled and un-censored.Elizabeth Rose became a writer, poet and sculptor. Also a wife, mother and speech pathologist.

Her book, Poet Under A Soldier's Hat, is the adventurous story of her birth father, Hugh Rose. Elizabeth Rose combines material from her birth fathers extensive diaries and her own research to create a fascinating story of military life and secret artistic passion. The tale unfolds with adulterous affairs, illegitimate pregnancies and banishment.

Rose emigrated from England in 1986 and now lives and works in Galisteo, New Mexico. Rose has received more than a dozen writers awards.

Oct 11, 2017

KSFR FM 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Jennet Conant

Jennet Conant was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Asia and the United States--- in Cambridge Massachusetts.  Conant is a distinguished historian and author of non-fiction books about World War II and it's aftermath. She is the author of 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos,  The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington and A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS. Conant's latest book, just out this year is, Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist. James B. Conant, the author's grandfather, was a brilliant chemist, President of Harvard University and advisor to Presidents.

Four of her books have been on the NY Times Best Seller List.

Conant earned  bachelors degree in Political Theory and philosophy as well as a masters in journalism.  While a grad student at Columbia University, she was hired by Newsweek magazine and wound up working there for 7 years. Then for the next ten years Conant worked as a writer for Vanity Fair, Esquire and The New York Times.

 

 

Oct 4, 2017

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson is an award winning screenwriter, director and producer. His name appears in the credits of such iconic TV series as Northern Exposures, LA Law and Monk. He has won an Emmy, an Emmy Nomination, the  Director's Guild award for Best Dramatic TV Director and a Writers Guild of America award for best original screenplay… and many more awards in his field.

After being admitted to law school but deciding not to go and a stint in the Marine Corps Reserves, Thompson decided that his destiny lay in the film business. He was accepted at UCLA film school with the intention of making documentaries which he did. He also made a short experimental film, SWLA, which is still an underground  cult classic.

His big break came at age 23  when he wrote the screenplay for "Hearts of the West". It was made into a film starring Jeff Bridges, Andy Griffith and Blythe Danner.

Thompson now lives on his ranch in Northern NM where he is deep into writing his first work of fiction… a trilogy

 

Sep 27, 2017

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Dr. Rob Tenery

For Rob Tenery, medicine is in his blood.  He is a third generation physician.  His grandfather arrived in Texas on horseback 100 years ago and made history by opening the first hospital in a small Texas town and then in the 1950s desegregating it. His father and grandfather often worked 100 hour weeks… medicine was their life.

Rob Tenery took a slightly different path and became an opthamologist with somewhat regular business hours.  This left him time to become active in local and national political-medical organizations. For 8 years he wrote a monthly column for American Medical News.

Since then, Dr. Tenery has written four books about the medical profession and it's current state in the US. - Those books include: Dr. Mayo's Boy, A Century of American Medicine, Bedside Manners: A Compendium of Physician Relationships..

Now Dr. Tenery has put his knowledge of medicine to use writing fiction. His latest book- Insurrection, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue- is a medical- political thriller.

Sep 20, 2017

KSFR Radio 101.1 FM Santa Fe NM

Producer and host: Abigail Adler

Guest: William deBuys

William Debuys -  renowned author, environmental activist and advocate for wild lands-  has a new book out- FIRST IMPRESSIONS: A Reader's Journey to Iconic Places of the American Southwest.

It's written with David Weber- who originally came up with the idea for the book and began extensive research for it in 2004 before he passed away.

DeBuys is the author of nine books. All of them have received critical acclaim and awards.

Debuys has a small farm in Northern New Mexico ---where he lives and walks the land and writes

Sep 13, 2017

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE, NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Bob Puglisi

BOB PUGLISI'S  career has taken some wild swings from computer programmer and technical writer for major IT corporations to ---actor, screenwriter and author. He even did a 15 year stint as a librarian at the Old Rock Library in Crested Butte, Colorado.  He now lives in Santa Fe, NM    

He published his first novel, RAILWAY AVENUE in 2013. In 2000, he received a fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts for his screenplay BIG WHITE BONNEVILLE. He recently adapted that screenplay into a novel entitled, MIDNIGHT AUTO SUPPLY.

Several years ago, he completed a memoir, ALMOST A WISEGUY, about a friend’s life in the Mafia.  That project evolved into a podcast titled, MOBSHOT. It was later released as an audio book to rave reviews from Publisher's Weekly.

 

 

Aug 16, 2017

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: James Petersen

JAMES R. PETERSEN, Senior Staff Writer and Editor and Advisor for Playboy Magazine for 40 years writes about, well, everything that interests him. In addition to his "daytime job" at Playboy, Petersen has written for dozens of magazines including Outside Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Parenting, Cowboys and Indians, The Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. He is the author of 4 books of non-fiction including The Guide to Ultimate Skiing . His subjects range from Sports to Family Travel to accounts of his death-defying motorcycle rides across several continents (see: The Long Road). Petersen continues to work as a freelance writer. He also currently teaches graduate courses in writing at Northwestern University.


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Aug 9, 2017

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: James Petersen

JAMES R. PETERSEN, Senior Staff Writer and Editor and Advisor for Playboy Magazine for 40 years writes about, well, everything that interests him. In addition to his "daytime job" at Playboy, Petersen has written for dozens of magazines including Outside Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Parenting, Cowboys and Indians, The Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. He is the author of 4 books of non-fiction including The Guide to Ultimate Skiing . His subjects range from Sports to Family Travel to accounts of his death-defying motorcycle rides across several continents (see: The Long Road). Petersen continues to work as a freelance writer. He also currently teaches graduate courses in writing at Northwestern University.

 

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