Ann Hood: What book matters most to you?

Ann HoodWith over two dozen books, including the New York Times bestseller The Obituary Writer and The Knitting Circle, to her credit, Ann Hood, knows books. In her most recent novel, The Book That Matters Most, she asks readers to consider what book has been most important to them. Listen in to hear what book matters most to Ann Hood and what were the most common choices were from the people she asked. Surprisingly, I was the first person she’s met whose book was The Time-Life Treasury of Home Repair.

Also, invite Ann Hood to your book club!

Ann Hood will be in Columbus with the Thurber House on Tuesday, September 6.

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Arch City Comedy Festival performer Tim Northern

Tim NorthernComedian Tim Northern is a featured performer for the 2016 Arch City Comedy Festival and he recently talked to Craft humor correspondent Samantha Tucker about his life, his comedy, and the best city for humor. Catch him here and then at the Arch City Festival.

And yes, his picture is winking only at you.

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Andrew Miller: no names changed to protect the (not-so) innocent

Andrew Miller

Most of us have done something we’d like to forget: that time you had a few too many and sang Karaoke or that time you demonstrated a dance move and split your pants.

Columbus, Ohio, blogger and journalist Andrew Miller’s book If Only the Names Were Changed takes bad behavior several steps further.

A veteran of flash fiction, reviews, articles, and poetry, Miller shares with readers his checkered background with a jaundiced eye towards his own choices.

The book starts with this Author’s Note: “I’m an alcoholic. I’m manic-depressive. I say this only to alert the reader that I am, in fact, not willing to suggest that what you are about to read is always the factual truth; or even always what an unbiased judge might refer to as fair and balanced.”

Listen in for my talk with Andrew Miller and then attend his book launch on August 18.

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NPR reporter Noah Adams in Columbus with WCBE, July 26

Mark SingerNoah Adams will bring his 30+ years of radio experience to Fort Hayes on July 26 for “An Evening with Noah Adams,” a benefit for WCBE, 90.5 FM.

I talked with Adams about how he got his start in NPR, how he learned to edit, and what unusual skill sets his generation apart from today’s NPR reporters and producers. Hint: it’s partly a facility with razor blades.

Ticket information for the event is available at the WCBE website.

 

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Mark Singer on Donald Trump: Unmolested by the rumbling of a soul

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“Who is Donald Trump?”

Mark Singer unsuccessfully (he says) sought the answer to this question in 1997 when assigned to write a profile for The New Yorker. His conclusion, that Trump “had aspired to and achieved the ultimate luxury, an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul” started a two-decade long feud with Trump and ultimately led to the publication of Singer’s latest book, Trump and Me.

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“Weird Al”: still the best way I know Michael Jackson songs

Rach and Weird Al

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s Mandatory World Tour will tear the roof off the Palace Theater in Columbus on July 6. I got a chance to talk to the man behind “Eat It,” “White and Nerdy,” and tons of other songs that have impacted my twisted sense of humor since high school. And here’s the strangest thing: Over the phone, Al Yankovic sounds like Jeff Goldblum. Don’t believe me: listen in.

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Late One Night with Lee Martin

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Guest interviewer Sam Tucker sits down with Pulitzer finalist Lee Martin and gets the scoop about Late One Night,his latest novel. Listen in for an in-depth look at how this novelist works, and what voice he’s always ready to deploy.

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Guest host Whimsy Slattershot talks with Tony Anderson about surviving The Road

Joe HillThinking about a family vacation? Guest Tony Anderson has pretty of great advice about what to take with you before you pull out of the driveway.

Warning: some of Tony’s ideas may not be legal in all states.

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Jim Obergefell visits Columbus with the Pride brunch

This week’s tragedy in Orlando brings special urgency to Craft guest Jim Obergefell’s interview and visit to Columbus. Obergefell is a June 19 guest of the Columbus Pride brunch and spoke with guest host Byron Edgington about the book Obergefell co-authored with Debbie Cenziper, Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. The book covers the Obergefell v Hodges case that established marriage equality throughout the United States.

 

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Joe Hill: the fireman is coming to your town

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Author Joe Hill has blazed a trail in horror fiction with 4 novels, and his latest, The Fireman, is burning up bookstores near you. Special guest author interviewer Lucy A Snyder (Craft fans–both of you–will remember Lucy’s great 2015 Halloween story) fans the flames of Craft listenership with this interview with Joe. (And yes, I do feel slight guilt for all of these terrible puns. Kinda feverish with them, you might say.)

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