Category Archives: New books

Essayist Phillip Lopate returns to exploration of family

Parents are complicated. Over a lifetime, children watch them transition from the infallible arbiters of childhood into the frail collection of ailments endemic to old age. Phillip Lopate’s mother was an exceptionally complicated person. Two decade ago, Lopate interviewed her … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Vice

There’s always that one guy you know in high school who has  questionably sane ideas. In my high school, that guy was Jay. He liked to play “The Knockout Game,” the object of which was to be knocked unconscious. He liked to … Continue reading

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

“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 … Continue reading

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Late One Night with Lee Martin

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. http://www.crafttheshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Craft_2016-6-22-Martin_.mp3Podcast: Play … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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John Scalzi: Ohioan for the drama

Author John Scalzi appeared at the 2016 Ohioana Book festival to discuss his latest novels and assure the world that Ohio is a hub of literary content. In return, I assured him that Ohio is less frequently incarcerating our literary … Continue reading

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Jessica Knoll: working through anger

Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive was the best-selling debut of 2015 and was optioned for a movie by Reese Witherspoon. Knoll recently wrote an article “What I Know” about some of the experience-based events of Luckiest Girl Alive. Join us for … Continue reading

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John Hegenberger at the Ohioana Book Festival

From science fiction to hard-boiled detectives to westerns, Ohio author John Hegenberger has written them all. We met at the 2016 Ohioana Book Festival and talked about his novels, why he never gets writers’ block, and the best way to get … Continue reading

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Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman: creators of Persia Blues

-Andy Ross This past December, local graphic artists Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman released Persia Blues Volume 2: Love and War on independent publisher NBM. The story interweaves ancient Persian mythology with the story of young Minoo Shirazi coming to … Continue reading

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Tracy Chevalier: at the edge of the orchard and history

It’s not often that trees, orchards, and apples find themselves at the center of a conflict, but that is exactly the case with Tracy Chevalier’s newest novel, At the Edge of the Orchard. The book follows the saga of the … Continue reading

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