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Feb 21, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Tayari Jones

 

Tayari Jones' latest best-selling novel, AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE is now out in paperback.This is her 4th book and critics agree that it's stunning. Jones has deep roots in Atlanta, Georgia -where she comes from a family of intellectuals and activists.  Her essays and columns have appeared in TIME, The NYTimes, Tin House, Callaloo,  and many others.  Jones is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is the recipient of many awards, including  the Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and an NEA Fellowship. AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE is an Oprah Book Club selection.  Jones is a graduate of Spelman Collage, University of Iowa and Arizona State University. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Emory University.

Tayari Jones joins us by phone from Atlanta Georgia

 

 

"TAYARI JONES IS FAST DEFINING MIDDLE-CLASS BLACK ATLANTA THE WAY CHEEVER DID WESTCHESTER" - THE VILLAGE VOICE

Feb 13, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Pam Houston

PAM HOUSTON is best known as the author of the best-selling book of short stories,  COWBOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS published in 1992. Since then, she has published five books, including her latest, DEEP CREEK: FINDING HOPE IN THE HIGH COUNTRY.

This new book, DEEP CREEK, has its beginning in that first book, COWBOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS. Houston took the money she made from COWBOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS and used it as a down payment on a 120 acre ranch in southern Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande. That was 25 years ago. The tales in DEEP CREEK go far beyond the boundaries of her ranch- to tales of travel, big hearted towns people, her difficult childhood and the animals, trees, birds, mountains and creeks.  This is perhaps the most personal of her books- which are all personal.

Her stories have been selected for prestigious anthologies such as The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Short Stories of the Century and others.. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for contemporary fiction, AND the Evil Companions Literary Award.

Houston is the co-founder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers which puts on writing conferences across the American West and in France.

She currently teaches in the MFA program at University of California, Davis and at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Feb 6, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Paul Ryer

When Paul Ryer was an eleven year old kid growing up in Pennsylvania, his parents decided to give up their life in the U.S. and buy a sail boat. With their parents, Ryer  and his sister sailed around the Carribean for nearly 4 years- and those turned out to be formative years.

Today, Paul Ryer is an anthropologist and author of numerous academic articles. His new book, BEYOND CUBAN WATERS:AFRICA, LA YUMA AND THE ISLAND'S GLOBAL IMAGINATION. is the result of many years spent living in and studying the culture of the Carribean.  During part of that time, he has been affiliated with the University of Havana. 

Ryer has a bachelors in anthropology from Amherst college and PhD in cultural anthropology from University of Chicago. He is currently Director of Scholar Programs at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. Known locally as SAR, the organization is the premier anthropological program in the country.  Among other things, Ryer is charged with  recruiting 6 scholars each year to write books on their field of expertise.

 

 

Jan 30, 2019

KSFR Radio 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Producer and Host: Abigail Adler

Guest: Jason Berry

Jason Berry's has just come out with a new book, CITY OF A MILLION DREAMS: A History of New Orleans at Year 300. He is the author of 10 books and countless articles. He is also a playwright and film maker. Berry is best known for his pioneering investigative reporting into the crisis of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. His ground-breaking book LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION was published 10 years before the Boston Globe expose on the same subject.  Two more landmark books about the vatican followed.

Berry's articles and editorials have appeared in many publications including the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Irish Times, Southern Living and the Boston Globe.

Berry is also a recognized expert on the city of New Orleans and Jazz. This latest book, CITY OF A MILLION DREAMS tells the story of his home town through the lives of its most fascinating inhabitants.

 

 

 

Jan 9, 2019

KSFR RADIO 101.1 FM SANTA FE NM

Guest Host: Dorothy Massey

Guest: Carol Potenza

 

Carol Potenza is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at New Mexico State University. She and her husband, Jose, live in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Hearts of the Missing, her debut novel, is the winner of the 2017 Tony Hillerman Prize.

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