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I Donated to Free Sounds
Life is made up of surprising coincidences. Examples: Colson Whitehead was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for fiction on April 11 for his book Underground Railroad, and he’s in Columbus on April 28 with the Bexley Library.
AND he’s this week’s guest on Craft. Wild, huh?
When I spoke with him, Colson had not yet been awarded the prize but he had already garnered plenty of awards and impressive sales. Listen in to hear what it’s like to carry a big book secret (“Psst, Colson: Oprah picked your book for her book club but don’t tell anyone for a few months”) and why he waited for years before beginning to write this book.
Character riggers create digital puppets for animation, the code that brings to life your favorite personalities like Po in Kung Fu Panda or Toothless in How To Train Your Dragon.
Cara Malek worked as a rigger on both of these films and will share her experiences on April 23 as part of Science Sundays at the Ohio State University.
Listen in to hear how Cara and her team overcame technical hurdles like how to “zip” together the two-headed Hideous Zippleback dragon (Barf and Belch) in How To Train Your Dragon or whether Shrek’s bodily odors should be colorless or not (we aim high on this podcast, people).
I had a great talk with author and bookstore owner Linda Kass at the 2017 Ohioana Book Festival. Her book, Tasa’s Song, is a fictionalized version of her mother’s life during World War 2. Kass is also the owner of Gramercy Book, new in Columbus, Ohio, so check both her book and bookstore out!
What drives an assassin? What makes someone break past societal barriers and kill a president?
Jennifer Chiaverini , author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, The Spymistress, and Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule, explores this territory in Fates and Traitors, a fictional history of John Wilkes Booth, before and after the assassination of President Lincoln. She focuses on four of the women closest to Booth: his mother, sister, secret fiance, and Confederate confidant.
Chiaverini will be a guest author in Columbus for the Ohioana Book Festival on April 8, 2017.
I enjoy talking to illustrators because I’m fascinated with how their brains are wired so differently from mine. I can draw a stick figure and a smiley face. Beyond that, my drawings look like a toddler accidentally got ahold of a pencil.
C.F. Payne has never had this problem. You’ve probably seen his illustrations on the covers of magazines like Time, MAD, the New York Times, and Reader’s Digest, among others. His latest is the illustration for the book Miss Mary Reporting.
Listen in for his process when he gets an illustration commission and how the body in the illustration may or may not be that of the person he is drawing.
Too late I realized that I should have asked him to draw my head on Liam Hemsworth’s body.
CF Payne will be a guest at the 2017 Ohioana Book Festival on April 8th.
Most likely it’s what you think you need to throw away.
But for the organizers of Junk Bash, it’s something to be treasured. According to Mercantile Fairs Director of Operations and Outreach Suzanne Perreault, Junk Bash brings together people with a very different definition of junk.
“When we say it’s junk, we mean it’s something we want to reclaim,” Perrault says, redefining junk as something precious and useful.
Junk Bash will take place on March 24th and 25th at the newly built Cardinal Hall the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Junk Bash will feature a number of Columbus area crafters and reuse experts like the Ohio Creative Collective, and Baskets by Viva, Nadderdoodle, Wicked Stitch of the West, and Elemental Carbon.
Neutrinos. Those weird little particles you might remember from physics class. No charge, smaller than electrons, but incredibly fast. What good are they?
Ohio State Professor of Physics John Beacom knows the value of neutrinos and he talks about them with me ahead of his March 19 talk for the Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Science Sundays series.
So put on your safety goggles, check your security clearance, and listen into our talk!
Huge thank you to Columbus actor supreme Christina Yoho, who not only knocked the voices out of the park but also started this rolling by asking me to write a story that had chewing sounds. (Apparently, they’re fun to do as an actor.)
I don’t usually analyze my writing, but I saw a bit of our current political climate in this one. See if you can spot it. There’s a free book in it for you if you explain it in the comments.
This is also my first (inadvertent) success at passing the Bechdel test. It really isn’t hard.