Last Build Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 11:23:30 -0700Copyright: AuthorViews
Wed, 09 Jul 2008 11:19:26 -0700AuthorViews is proud to bring you two minutes with Gary Thomas in which we talk about his contribution to the Pelican Press book Louisiana In Words. We had the privilege of catching up with Mr. Thomas at the 2008 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans where he shared with us some truly explosive fishing stories and more. Take a quick foray into the wilds of Louisiana with Mr. Thomas at the helm.
Wed, 25 Jun 2008 11:11:54 -0700AuthorViews is excited to bring you the latest in our ongoing series of two-minute interviews with authors around the world. In this installment, we get the privilege of hearing from Betsy Carter, the founder of the award-winning magazine New York Woman. A former writer for publications such as Esquire and Newsweek, she continues to write for a variety of national magazines. This is far from Ms. Carter's first foray into the land of book-length writing. Her memoir Nothing to Fall Back On was a best seller and her fiction debut, The Orange Blossom Special, was part of NPR's Summer Reading 2005 program. The conversation we had with her at Tess Fest 2008 was about her newest novel Swim To Me, a book praised by numerous reviewers. Joanne Wilkinson of BookList says, "In her warm, appealing second novel, Carter displays a sure feel for her 1970s Florida setting, right down to the aqua color schemes." Publisher's Weekly says of her work, "The results are sensationalist, predictable and satisfying." Get your feet wet with us as we join Betsy Carter on a romp that takes us from the Bronx to Weeki Wachee Springs in Tampa, Florida!
Fri, 20 Jun 2008 11:10:54 -0700AuthorViews is proud to present two minutes with the legendary GiO! We had the honor of catching up to this New Orleans icon during the 2007 Tennessee Williams Festival right here in the Crescent City. In this brief 120 seconds, GiO talks about her time on Bourbon Street as well as her contribution to Louisiana in Words. GiO came to perform in New Orleans during the 1988 Republican Convention and got hooked on the architecture and feeling of decay exuded by the city. With ten years of dancing behind her and degree from New York's Pratt Institute, she moved to New Orleans possessed of a vision. A vision of re-igniting the fires of classical burlesque and bringing it acknowledgement as a legitimate art form. Dubbed "The Burlesque Queen of New Orleans" by The Times-Picayune, she reigned on Bourbon Street for seventeen years. This highly educated woman has also been a radio host, poet, performance artist, and much, much more since the day she came to New Orleans and discovered that it was her home. Eloquent, playful, and lovely to behold, even with only two minutes, GiO is not one to miss!
Wed, 18 Jun 2008 11:09:42 -0700Ladies and Gentlemen, AuthorViews is proud to announce two minutes with Pamela Davis-Noland. It's an intimate video chat that we performed at the 2008 Alternative Media Expo in New Orleans, in which she spoke about her debut novel, Coffee Colored Dreams. Ms. Davis-Noland deserves points for persistence. If she had crumbled when her first promised book deal fell through, then theater goers would have been deprived of a powerful stage presentation. That's right, after pursuing the tricky route of self publication Ms. Davis-Noland has brought her story to the stage where it is garnering rave reviews. Take two minutes and get to know this rising star!
Tue, 17 Jun 2008 10:31:09 -0700AuthorViews is proud to present two minutes with Vicki Lane, author of The Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries. We had the pleasure of catching up to Mrs. Lane at the 2007 Virginia Festival of the Book where she speaks about Old Wounds, her most recent book in the series, as well as her own personal background. Originally from Florida, Mrs. Lane has lived in Appalachia for more than thirty years now. Describing her past as that of a "back to the earth hippie," she keeps her books rooted in the realities of daily life in the mountains outside of Asheville, NC. She takes particular pride in the fact that she is often told that she got the dialect of the area right. Step into the mountains with Vicki Lane and you will never look at them the same way again!
Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:30:06 -0700AuthorViews is pleased to introduce R. Scott Taylor, author of the supernatural crime thriller Stingy Jack. We had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Taylor in New Orleans at the 2008 Alternative Media Expo to talk about his book and the Irish Ghost, Jack O'Keefe (no relation to Steve) that is one of its main characters. Because of O'Keefe's actions during his life, heaven did not want him. Having tricked the Devil twice during his life made hell equally inaccessible. Now Jack O'Keefe, a modern spin on the classic Jack O'Lantern myth, must roam the Earth in penance. It is through his eyes that 17th century Ireland is brought to the readers in the context of stories told to professional thief Adam Beesler.
Thu, 15 May 2008 10:28:31 -0700AuthorViews is thrilled to introduce Scott Gold, author of the juicy and succulent meat guide book, The Shameless Carnivore: A Manifesto for Meat Lovers. We met up with Gold at the 2008 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival to talk about his gourmet debut, as well as the research, interviews and shocking taste-tests that make the book so informative, comprehensive and fun. The Shameless Carnivore is NOT an anti-vegetarian outcry for people to kill and consume animals recklessly. Rather, it's a thoughtful, humorous and research-driven exploration of the "integrity of meat," complete with personal accounts of Gold's experiences with different types of meat, the history of hunting and meat-eating, meat recipes and more. Was Scott Gold involved in an outrageous Vegan Conspiracy? If The Shameless Carnivore were a cut of meat, what kind of cut would it be? Find out now in this mouth-watering two-minute video. After the clip, if you're still hungry for a second helping, feel free to check out an excerpt from the book at the Random House website. Bon Appetit!
Tue, 13 May 2008 10:27:08 -0700AuthorViews is proud to present two minutes with New Orleans-born author Alice Wilson-Fried, cut from her interview at the 2008 Alternative Media Expo in New Orleans. We met up with Wilson-Fried to discuss her fiction debut, Outside Child, a wonderfully written and believable mystery set in New Orleans. The main characters, Ladonis Washington and her brother HeartTrouble, grow up in the notorious Magnolia Housing Projects of Uptown New Orleans -- where Wilson-Fried lived for most of her childhood. Built in 1941, at its height, the Magnolia Projects housed more than 2000 people in over 1400 apartments. But by the time Hurricane Katrina flooded the area in August 2005, the Magnolia Projects were almost completely vacant. Now, almost 3 years after the storm, the city has begun to demolish the abandoned ruins. For the past couple of decades, the Magnolia Projects were known throughout the entire country for their insanely high violent-crime and drug-use rates. According to Wilson-Fried, however, the projects weren't always like that. In this video, Wilson-Fried talks about what the Magnolia Housing Projects were like when she was a child, before gangs, drugs and violence plagued the community. In Outside Child, Wilson-Fried takes the reader through a seemingly neglected period of New Orleans history. If you like the video, feel free to check out an excerpt from the book at Wilson-Fried's website.
Mon, 28 Apr 2008 10:25:20 -0700AuthorViews would like to introduce cartoonist Caesar Meadows, creator of the comic strip Mumbeaux Gumbo, which appears monthly in the New Orleans magazine Where Y'at. Growing up in New Orleans, Meadows would buy his comic books at local K&B Drug Stores, which were bought out by Rite Aid in the late 1990s. He spent a great deal of his childhood enjoying comics and ultimately taught himself how to illustrate and write his own cartoons. In addition to Mumbeaux Gumbo, Meadows has another strip called Qomix published by Antigravity Magazine. Meadows self-publishes both strips as micro-comics -- miniature versions small enough to fit in your pocket -- and sells them in hand-made cardboard packages shaped like pyramids, robots, TV sets and microbuses. Meadows does most of his work out of Jigsaw Junction, a quaint house in Reserve, LA, that serves as both his own personal art studio and one of Louisiana's only public libraries for comics. In this video, Meadows discusses the role comics played in his childhood and why he chose to name his strip Mumbeaux Gumbo.
Thu, 10 Apr 2008 10:39:18 -0700AuthorViews is pleased to present two minutes with author Edward J. Branley, cut from his interview at the 2007 New Orleans Book Fair. Computer consultant and avid blogger, Branley is all over the New Orleans online community -- and has been for over a decade. Whether it's food, news, politics, music or computers in the Crescent City, you'll have no trouble finding Branley's thoughts on the subject. He runs numerous NOLA websites and blogs, including the extremely popular YatPundit, a general interest blog about New Orleans. From YatPundit, you can find links to Branley's other work. In addition, Branley has been researching the New Orleans streetcar for years. He is the President of the New Orleans Street Railway Association (NOSRA) and runs the website and blog CanalStreetcar.com as well. In this video, Branley talks about his book, New Orleans: The Canal Streetcar Line, and explains why this line of public transportation in particular is so important to New Orleans.
Tue, 08 Apr 2008 10:37:37 -0700AuthorViews would like to introduce mad scientist Dr. Milo Pinkerton III, a.k.a Lewis D'Aubin, founder and lead vocalist of The Consortium of Genius (COG). The COG is half rock band, half sketch comedy routine with an array of funny and sinister characters. They perform all over New Orleans and have even made several TV appearances. You can check out some of the COG's sketches, music videos and the television series, COG TV, on their YouTube Channel. We met up with Dr. Pinkerton at the 2008 Alternative Media Expo in New Orleans -- not so much to talk about the band, its accomplishments or its upcoming shows; but rather to discuss Dr. Pinkerton's ambitious goal of TAKING OVER THE WORLD. This is without a doubt the least educational video AuthorViews has ever released. It has no value whatsoever and will not enlighten you in the least about the COG or Dr. Pinkerton's musical talents. But that's okay because it's fun to watch and you can find out anything you want to know about the band, including upcoming "lectures," bios, lyrics, pictures, videos and reviews, at the COG's EVIL website, www.consortiumofgenius.com.
Fri, 04 Apr 2008 10:08:20 -0700AuthorViews is proud to present two minutes with writer, musician, artists and Katrina survivor Michael C. Bevis, cut from his poignant interview at the 2008 Alternative Media Expo in New Orleans. Bevis' debut book, And God Looked Away: A Katrina Journal, is a graphic and vivid personal account of the traumatic experiences that Bevis and his girlfriend endured and witnessed while riding out the most destructive natural disaster in American history. But as Bevis discusses in the video, it wasn't the storm itself that did most of the damage. Levee failure, subsequent flooding and the pitifully slow governmental response were what really did New Orleans in.
Thu, 03 Apr 2008 10:06:50 -0700AuthorViews is pleased to introduce Emmy-winning actress and author Louise Shaffer. AuthorViews interviewed Shaffer at the 2007 Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans about her most recent novel, The Ladies of Garrison Gardens, the sequel to her debut novel, The Three Miss Margarets. The Ladies of Garrison Gardens is a page-turning mystery about friendships, secrets and fortune in a small southern town. In this video, Shaffer talks about how her training as an actress influenced her ability to create realistic characters that readers can't help but believe.
Wed, 02 Apr 2008 10:05:23 -0700AuthorViews is pleased to present two minutes with young adult fiction author Paula Chase-Hyman, cut from her interview at the 2007 Virginia Festival of the Book. Chase-Hyman met up with AuthorViews to discuss So Not the Drama, the first novel in her Del Rio Bay Clique series. So Not the Drama is a funny and meaningful story about friendships, name-calling and the pursuit of popularity in high school. What makes this novel different than your typical high school story, however, is its incorporation of ethnic and cultural diversity. Finally, a teen book in which not all the characters are white! There are now two more Del Rio Bay Clique novels available, as well: Don't Get It twisted and That's What's Up. In this video, Chase-Hyman talks about So Not the Drama, and her inspiration to write stories for teens that embrace -- rather than ignore -- diversity.
Tue, 01 Apr 2008 10:04:03 -0700AuthorViews would like to introduce the lovely Shelley Lynn Jackson, New Orleans bike mechanic and co-author of The Chainbreaker Bike Book: A Rough Guide to Bicycle Maintenance. We interviewed Jackson at the 2007 New Orleans Book Fair, right after we interviewed her co-author Ethan Clark. The Chainbreaker Bike Book is part repair guide and part zine -- an interesting read for bike enthusiasts and would-be mechanics. In this video, Jackson talks about The Chainbreaker Bike Book and her experiences as a female bike mechanic.
Mon, 31 Mar 2008 10:02:29 -0700AuthorViews is pleased to present two minutes with writer, graphic artist and publisher, Tedd M. Walley, cut from his interview at the 2008 Alternative Media Expo in New Orleans. Walley is the creator of Voodoo Maverick Publishing and its explicit, violent and unique comic book series, MATHILDA: The Forces of Evil VS. The 3rd Grade. At first glance, I didn't know what to expect. Walley approached the AuthorViews booth dressed completely in black -- black boots, black leather pants, black shirt and black hat -- with tattoos, piercings, aviator sunglasses, and even a few skulls here and there. You don't have to be a detective to figure out why Walley is often referred to as the "man-in-black" of the comic book world. Once the interview began, it was obvious that beneath the dark exterior was an extremely talented, creative and well-spoken individual. Walley is an entrepreneur, comprising his own one-man company called Voodoo Maverick Publishing. Walley founded the company so that he could launch, develop and market MATHILDA effectively. It's amazing how much effort Walley puts into Voodoo Maverick and MATHILDA. He does everything -- writing, penciling, inking, lettering, advertising, marketing, promotions and web design. All this on the side of his full-time job as the Professor of Visual Communication at Delgado Community College in New Orleans. In this video, Walley discusses MATHILDA and why he thinks readers enjoy it so much.
Tue, 25 Mar 2008 10:00:37 -0700AuthorViews is pleased to present two minutes with writer, publisher, and now children's book author, Antonio Crawford, cut from his interview at the 2007 Virginia Festival of the Book. Crawford has been in the publishing business for years, but this is the first kids' book he has been involved with. What a debut! Henrietta the Hyena, written and published by Crawford, is a fun, captivating and educational children's story, filled with bright, colorful illustrations and a writing style that evokes learning. In this video, Crawford talks about Henrietta the Hyena and the joy he gets from working with and teaching children.
Tue, 25 Mar 2008 09:58:49 -0700Louie Crowder's Calme Au Blanc is a play about living and loving in downtown New Orleans, around the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. AuthorViews met up with Louie Crowder at the 2008 Alternative Media Expo in New Orleans to talk about Calme Au Blanc. In this two-minute video cut from his interview, Crowder discusses how living in a city as culturally rich as New Orleans can have a profound impact on what people do and how they do it. For Crowder, New Orleans culture permeates what he writes about and even his writing style. We are releasing this video just in time for Calme Au Blanc's final week of performances. After a successful run at the Big Top Gallery in New Orleans, this is your last chance to catch the play. The final three performances are Thursday through Saturday, March 27 - 29, at 8:00PM at the Big Top Gallery. Also, to give you a preview of Calme Au Blanc, Crowder was nice enough to provide an excerpt from the play, which you can read below the video.
Thu, 20 Mar 2008 21:51:11 -0700AuthorViews is proud to present two entertaining minutes with New Orleans biker, punk, and author Ethan Clark, cut from his interview at the 2007 New Orleans Book Fair. Leaning with Intent to Fall is a series of Clark's personal stories about public drunkenness, getting chased by stray dogs, hitchhiking across the country, and other wacky and amusing adventures that celebrate the biker-punk subculture. Clark's stories take place in pre-Katrina and post-Katrina New Orleans, as well as in Asheville, NC, where Clark relocated after the hurricane. In this video, Clark talks about some of the wild things that happened to him in his first month-and-a-half back to New Orleans after Katrina, while he was trying to finish up his book.
Wed, 19 Mar 2008 21:49:27 -0700From the Crescent City, AuthorViews is excited to introduce Michael "Rex" Dingler, New Orleans artist, activist and creator of the NoLa Rising Project. We met up with Dingler at the 2008 Alternative Media Expo in New Orleans for an interview you don't want to miss. If you've had the chance to wander around New Orleans within the last year or so, anywhere from the bustling streets of the French Quarter to the emptiness of the lower Ninth Ward, you've no doubt seen the uplifting work of Dingler and his NoLa Rising Project. NOLA Rising is a post-Katrina art campaign encouraging the people of New Orleans to display works of art across all areas of the city, in hopes of renewing the creative spirit of New Orleans and just giving residents something bright and cheerful to smile about. Since the project's inception in mid-2007, Dingler personally has drawn over 2000 posters and 500 signs that have been put up by NoLa Rising "street teams" on walls, telephone polls, bulletin boards -- anywhere and everywhere -- throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Dingler has spawned an entire movement out of his vision to brighten up New Orleans. Friends and supporters contribute to NoLa Rising with paintings and signs by the hundreds, hoping to replace the bleakness of a hurricane's aftermath with creativity, color and the New Orleans spirit. For some (ridiculous) reason, there are a few individuals throughout the city who have taken offense at the project, viewing the art as nothing more than graffiti. According to an article in The Gambit Weekly, "Fighting the Aerosol Nation," for the past five years, Fred Radtke has been in charge of a Louisiana nonprofit organization called Operation: Clean Sweep, essentially an anti-graffiti task force. With the support of local government and law enforcement, Radtke is responsible for removing graffiti. But since he can't just erase the graffiti, Radtke covers it with gray paint, and consequently has come to be known as the The Gray Ghost. Over the past few months, Radtke and Operation: Clean Sweep have begun to target NoLa Rising, specifically Rex Dingler. This is not only unfair, but insane, since Dingler clearly has positive intentions, not to mention the fact that this project has nothing to do with graffiti -- it's installation artwork that can be removed easily. What's the point of painting the "gray ghost" over a stapled-up poster that you can simply pull down? Radtke has gone so far as to have a police officer cite Dingler for 1,100 counts of illegally posting on telephone polls, an absurd charge that Dingler is fighting wholeheartedly, despite the immense cost of his legal defense. As the trial date nears, here's what Dingler has to say about Radtke. Taking the advice of his legal representation, Buddy Spell of the law firm Spell & Spell, Dingler has set up a defense fund to help him raise enough money to cover his legal costs. Donations to the fund can be made to: SPELL & SPELL C/O Michael Dingler Defense Fund 924 Ellis Street Franklinton, LA 70438 Check out Dingler's AuthorViews video and the Defend New Orleans video, for more information on NoLa Rising and the trumped-up charges against the artist. There's also a good article in New Orleans CityBusiness, called "'Gray Ghost' Feuds with Nola Rising Creator," which offers statements from both Dingler and Radtke.
Tue, 18 Mar 2008 21:48:13 -0700AuthorViews is excited to present two minutes with fantasy novelist Chris Matherne, cut from his interview at the 2007 New Orleans Book Fair. Matherne is a life-long fan of fantasy and adventure novels. In fact, he decided to write The Shaping of a Destiny because he was tired of reading "slow paced fantasy adventure books that seemed to crawl along at a snail's pace." Matherne's debut novel is anything but slow. In this video, Matherne discusses why he thinks readers enjoy The Shaping of a Destiny, and offers two humorous anecdotes about his writing experiences.
Mon, 17 Mar 2008 21:47:00 -0700AuthorViews is proud to introduce Valentine Pierce, a native New Orleanian and staple of the New Orleans poetry scene. Pierce has been reading and performing her poems all over the country for years, from clubs and coffee houses in the French Quarter to art galleries and festivals on the West Coast. AuthorViews met up with Pierce at the 2007 New Orleans Book Fair to talk about her first poetry anthology, Geometry of the Heart. Although Pierce has had nearly 60 poems published in various books and anthologies, this is the first time she has published an entire book with her work exclusively. In this two-minute video cut from her interview, Pierce recites a poem she wrote about living in New Orleans -- a taste of the soul and passion we can expect from the rest of her poetry.
Fri, 14 Mar 2008 21:45:45 -0700Renee Bobb is an expert in the fields of self-publishing and small business development. She has published four guidebooks on theses topics, and has founded a book publishing and small business consulting company called R.B.I. Enterprise. Through her firm and various workshops, Bobb has trained nearly 1,500 authors on how to self-publish. AuthorViews had the privilege of interviewing Bobb at the 2007 Virginia Festival of the Book about her new book, The Self-Publishing Process: The Beginners Guide to Book Publishing Success. In the two-minute video we cut from her interview, Renee talks about why authors and entrepreneurs find her books extremely valuable. Anyone interested in developing a business or publishing a book should check out Bobb's clip and related links.
Thu, 13 Mar 2008 21:44:29 -0700AuthorViews would like to introduce Dedra Johnson, an accomplished writer, blogger and novelist, who has been doing fantastic blogging work with our sister company, Patron Saint Productions. Dedra sat down with AuthorViews at the 2007 New Orleans Book Fair to talk about her debut novel, Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow, an inspiring story about a light-skinned black girl who grows up in 1970s New Orleans in an environment of poverty, racial prejudice and emotional abuse. A resident of the Crescent City, Dedra has received tremendous praise for her book locally, as well as nationally. Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow is well-written, with rich, realistic characters that seem to touch readers who grew up not only in New Orleans, but in any city where race and class were often divisive issues. In this two-minute video, Dedra describes how 9-year-old Sandrine evolves over the course of the story, ultimately learning to stand up to some of the negative forces in her life.
Thu, 13 Mar 2008 12:02:24 -0700AuthorViews is proud to present two minutes with Ann Conti Morcos, cut from her interview at the 2007 New Orleans Book Fair. With nearly two decades of writing and editing experience, Morcos published her first children's book in 2002. The Tale of Nada Nutria is a story about a community of nutria that gets separated when a hurricane destroys their home. Nutria are large rat-like rodents, ranging from 10-20 pounds in adulthood. Native to South America, nutria were brought to Louisiana by fur traders in the early 1900s. The Tale of Nada Nutria is truly one-of-a-kind, the first and only children's book ever written about nutria. What's remarkable is that Morcos is able to express themes as powerful and human as friendship, family and courage with nutria as her main characters. In this video, Morcos describes the two historical Louisiana events that her story is based on, and explains why she actually decided to write a children's book about nutria.
Mon, 10 Mar 2008 12:01:05 -0700AuthorViews is excited to introduce Reverend Goat Carson, a remarkably fascinating and worldly figure who truly has done it all: musician, songwriter, Native American spiritual leader, published author. He even ran for President in 1992, amassing 100,000 votes before losing to Bill Clinton. Rev. Goat spent most of the 1970s immersed in the Hollywood scene, recording songs and working as a screenwriter on various films. Shallow Graves is Goat's twisted and intense satire of the Hollywood lifestyle, complete with movie stars, satanic cults, zombies and human sacrifices. In this video, Rev. Goat talks about Shallow Graves and how his work experience in Hollywood influenced his writing style.
Tue, 04 Mar 2008 11:59:35 -0800AuthorViews would like to introduce the charming Margaret Sartor, Duke University professor and author of Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing up in the 1970s. This 2-minute clip was cut from Sartor's interview at the 2007 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Miss American Pie is a compilation of diary and notebook entries, letters and photographs from Sartor's adolescence. She fuses them together to express not only the story of her own childhood, but the influential themes, events and issues of the 1970s as well. In this video, Sartor describes how telling a story through the use of primary documents produces an "authenticity in voice" that you simply can't create with any other form of writing.
Mon, 03 Mar 2008 11:58:18 -0800AuthorViews is pleased to present two minutes with military history expert Will Hutchison, taken from his interview at the 2007 Virginia Festival of the Book. As a former officer in the US Marines and Army, and a Federal Law Enforcement Agent, Hutchison's knows a thing or two about combat. Now a renowned writer and lecturer on military history, Hutchison has gone through great lengths to create a flawlessly realistic tale about one of the most famous regiments in British military history. Follow Me to Glory won the Independent Publisher's Bronze Award for Best Regional Fiction and was a Finalist in the 2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards. In this video, Hutchison describes some of the extensive research he needed to conduct in order to bring Follow Me to Glory to life.
Thu, 28 Feb 2008 11:56:46 -0800AuthorViews is proud to release 2 minutes with the lovely Amy Guth, cut from her interview at the 2007 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Guth's debut novel, Three Fallen Women, is a violent and graphic, yet touching portrayal of the struggles of three women who don't know each other, but are connected thematically throughout the book. In this video, Guth discusses Three Fallen Women and how writing the novel has influenced her perspective on women and life in general.
Tue, 19 Feb 2008 11:55:21 -0800AuthorViews is proud to present 2-minutes with author, editor and publisher Kathryn Lively, cut from an interview at the 2007 Virginia Festival of the Book. Lively is currently the publisher of Phaze Publishing, an erotic romance imprint with over 100 titles, most of which are e-books. In this video, Lively talks about the marketing and promotion of erotic romance, as well as the distinction between erotic romance and traditional romance.
Mon, 28 Jan 2008 11:53:09 -0800AuthorViews is pleased to present two-minutes with author Sarah Honenberger, cut from an interview at the 2006 Virgnia Festival of the Book. Honenberger discusses her novel, White Lies: A Tale of Babies, Vaccines, and Deception, based on a true story. Honenberger's comprehensive research into the scandal behind the National Vaccine Compensation Fund helps her create a realistic portrayal of a mother's struggle against a powerful drug company. In this video, Honenberger discusses the great lengths the government goes through to avoid paying legitimate claims to the 1986 National Vaccine Compensation Fund. She also warns all mothers to question what they're told regarding childhood vaccination and to demand as much information as possible from their doctors.
Mon, 21 Jan 2008 11:51:10 -0800AuthorViews is proud to present two minutes with the erudite Jonathan Gross, taken from an interview conducted at the 2007 Virginia Festival of the Book. Thomas Jefferson's Scrapbooks is one of the earliest anthologies of American literature, with 243 poems that Jefferson himself collected -- beautiful prose concerning nation, death, love and family. By exploring Jefferson's taste for American poetry, Gross is able to examine Jefferson through a lens neglected by most historians and biographers. Along with the poems, the anthology contains annotations, essays and photographs that together make this one of the richest volumes ever created on America's third President. In this video, professor and Jeffersonian expert Jonathan Gross talks about Jefferson's use of poetry to teach his grandchildren how to read, as well as Jefferson's fascination with romantic poetry.
Wed, 28 Nov 2007 11:48:00 -0800From the world of fantasy AuthorViews brings you two minutes with Robert Fanney, a new author video, filmed at the 2007 Virginia Festival of the Book Luthiel's Song is geared towards young adult readers, primarily young girls (11-16 years old) with a taste for the heroic and fantastic. Fanney shares with us this world he has created, a place where dreams and nightmares often intrude upon day to day life. His foundling hero, Luthiel, breaks from the pattern of the traditional changeling in that rather than being an elf left to be raised by humans she has been left with the elves. On the advent of her fifteenth birthday things change drastically. She finds herself fighting through the dreamworld in a quest to save someone close to her from dying. Dreams are the source of magic in Robert Fanney's world, which is cause for both hope and fear. Now through the magic of the internet you can hear him share the thoughts and ideas that compose the framework of this delightful fantasy world!
Tue, 27 Nov 2007 11:46:23 -0800From the dark side of the Mississippi Delta Author Views brings you two minutes with John Pritchard, a new author video, filmed at the 2007 Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Fest A native of the Delta region, Pritchard shares a darkly humorous take on the deep south in Junior Ray. In this, his first novel, he presents a study of two characters who are polar opposites. Episodic in nature, the story is basically a character study of people separated by social class. It also addresses the theme of just how much will people accept in the name of being "protected form danger." A warm and sociable gentleman, Pritchard candidly shares the joy being published has given him, beaming like a child on Christmas morning when he speaks of his book. This brief video opens a window onto the pride of creation and the satisfaction of becoming a published author.
Tue, 27 Nov 2007 11:45:12 -0800It is our distinct pleasure to bring you a new author video, filmed at the 2007 Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Fest. When most people hear the phrase "Louisiana Politics," the first thing to cross their mind is usually either corruption or absurdity. New Orleans native Jason Berry takes those preconceptions and tops them with his political comedy, Last of the Red Hot Poppas. While most people know him for his hard hitting investigations into sexual abuse in the catholic priesthood, Berry has been both an historian and a cultural writer for many years. In this 2 minute video he talks about branching out into yet another genre with this knee slapping comedy of scandal and politics, a work that begins with the all too believable premise of a Louisiana governor being found deceased and naked with lipstick in some incriminating places. The story is a wild romp that is nothing short of scandalicious!
Wed, 19 Sep 2007 11:43:42 -0700We are pleased to bring you a new author video, filmed at the 2007 Virginia Festival of the Book. Most people consider a trip to the islands to be good therapy. For some people this is more true than for others. In Re'enev Luke and Meesha are taking an island sojourn in an attempt to rejuvenate their rocky marriage. Young professionals from Boston, they had been happily married until personal tragedy created an emotional gulf between them. Now, as they vacation in the rain forest, they attempt to create a fresh start for their relationship. In this brief video Mike talks both about his book and the reactions it has garnered. His candid presentation of marital dynamics is discussed as are the parallels in real life. Divorce, avoidance and communication are addressed both in the framework of the novel and in the responses from his readership.
Tue, 28 Aug 2007 11:36:32 -0700Many of us have wondered, What would it have been like to be stuck in New Orleans in the days after Katrina? How would we have handled ourselves at the Superdome or the Convention Center? Now imagine those first few days with no electricity, no air conditioning, no running water -- inside the psych ward at the Orleans Parish Prison! In this brief video, nurse Gavin Johnson talks about getting through Katrina with his elderly father in the psychiatric ward of a prison in downtown New Orleans where they had to shoot the windows out just to get air. Don't worry -- this video is actually sweet, not graphic; many of the rumors about the prison -- such as a mass escape -- were flat wrong. For the full inside view, get a copy of Gavin Johnson's new book, Prisoners of Katrina.
Wed, 13 Jun 2007 14:27:26 -0700At Book Expo America in New York last month, I was pleased to see dozens of old rockers and new fans in a long line waiting for Chuck Panozzo to autograph his book, The Grand Illusion, an autobiography of this bass player for the band, Styx. AuthorViews got a chance to meet Chuck Panozzo and interview him privately at the Bywater Tech Center during Carnival. Styx was in town to perform after the Endymion parade at the annual krewe's ball, held in the now-infamous SuperDome. In this candid, 2-minute interview, Chuck shares what it was like growing up "different," and how he kept a secret for years in an attempt to spare his parents, band members, and fans. It's a moving clip.
Fri, 23 Mar 2007 13:30:01 -0700Our two-week program featuring children's book authors from Annick Press comes to a conclusion today with the first online video ever of beloved author, Robert Munsch. Munsch is the creator of such classics as The Paper Bag Princess, Mud Puddle, and Thomas' Snowsuit. The manic Mr. Munsch has a unique way of writing -- his stories are created live, in the classroom, based on one of the kids, then honed over years of telling until the lines are just right. Robert Munsch has written hundreds of books. His books have sold over 30 million copies. Annick Press recently released a compendium of Munschworks -- a four-volume collection of Robert Munsch stories. In this 2-minute video, filmed at the Toronto offices of Annick Press, Munsch describes the difficulty in translating the animation of his verbal stories to paper. The video gives a wee glimpse into the magic of Munsch. We hope you'll enjoy it!
Thu, 22 Mar 2007 13:28:41 -0700Fans of Robert Munsch books, such as The Paper Bag Princess, will appreciate this behind-the-scenes interview with illustrator extraordinaire, Michael Martchenko. Martchenko is Munsch's longtime collaborator, but it's rare for the two men share the same room. During the filming of this video at Annick Press' Toronto offices, Robert Munsch tried his best to unsettle his doodling friend, to no avail. Tomorrow we will bring you Munsch's side of the story. In this 2-minute clip, Martchenko talks about the early days with Annick, his training as an artist, and one particularly rewarding moment in his career as an illustrator. "I've got the best job in the world," he says, with a twinkle in his eye, and we believe him!
Wed, 21 Mar 2007 13:27:18 -0700Diane Swanson has written more than 60 books for children of all ages, from toddlers through teenagers. Most of them deal with science and nature, such as A Crash of Rhinos, A Party of Jays: The Wacky Ways We Name Animal Groups. In Nibbling on Einstein’s Brain: The Good, the Bad and the Bogus in Science, Swanson helps children evaluate the scientific claims they hear. "I can’t make up anything more amazing," the author says, than the creatures that already exist in our world. In this 2-minute video, filmed in the Vancouver offices of publisher Annick Press, Swanson describes one of those amazing creatures. She also talks about how one can rediscover the beauty in the world around us by looking through the eyes of a child.
Tue, 20 Mar 2007 13:45:47 -0700Today we're featuring TWO books by Shari Graydon: Made You Look: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know and In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and Youth. In Your Face is about "the pressure on teens to live up to unattainable ideals of beauty," according to Graydon. The book talks about where our ideas of beauty come from, all the way back to early childhood. It goes on to take its readers through an historical and cross-cultural look at physical ideals. Made You Look is also aimed at young readers, examining how they're targeted by marketing and advertising. Like In Your Face, this book also delves into the ideals that are pressed upon teens by various societal influences. In this 2-minute video, filmed at the Toronto offices of publisher Annick Press, Graydon explains how and why these ideals are unobtainable and describes her hopes for creating a more "media-literate" youth.
Mon, 19 Mar 2007 13:44:17 -0700Author Emily Pohl-Weary grew up in a famous literary family and has made that tradition her own through a series of ambitious publishing projects. As editor of the zine, Kiss Machine, Pohl Weary is herself a pioneer in do-it-yourself publishing. She's also written a critically-acclaimed biography of her grandmoter, sci-fi pioneer Judith Merril, along with a collection of poetry and an anthology on female super heroes. It's no surprise, then, that the heroine of Pohl-Weary's young adult novel, Strange Times at Western High, is a fearless, independent zinester. In this 2-minute video, filmed in the Toronto offices of publisher Annick Press, the author introduces us to her lead character, 16-year old Natalie Fuentes, and speaks about girls, confidence, and indy culture.
Sat, 17 Mar 2007 18:56:37 -0700Next in our Annick Press series of author videos comes Dennis Foon, father of the eerie Longlight Legacy trilogy of science fiction novels. The trilogy comprises three books: The Dirt Eaters, Freewalker, and The Keeper's Shadow. The action takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and features two young heroes, Roan and his sister Stowe. The Longlight Legacy continues to gain critical acclaim as one of the great science fiction trilogies of the new millennium. The cinematic scope of the work is no accident; author Dennis Foon is an accomplished playwright and filmmaker -- check out his credits in IMDb (the Internet Movie Database). This 2-minute video was filmed at Annick Press' gorgeous offices overlooking the harbour in downtown Vancouver's historic Gastown district. In the video, Foon is bathed in luminous green light as he talks about the ecological underpinnings of his epic adventure.
Fri, 16 Mar 2007 18:55:28 -0700We are pleased to continue our series of children's authors from Annick Press in Toronto with what may be the most perfect author video we have ever shown. Effervescent illustrator Ruth Ohi takes us inside the covers of Clara and the Bossy, her humorous look at the serious subject of bullying. Clara is a lovable Guinea Pig with a fondness for purple who tries too hard to please her glamorous friend. Ruth Ohi (pronounced "Oh-Weee") has written and illustrated several children's books, including A Trip With Grandma and The Couch Was a Castle. Ruth Ohi fans get a rare treat in this 2-minute video: watching the author create an illustration right before your eyes! It's a magic moment and you shouldn't miss it. With no further ado, let's join the author for a brief trip with Clara and the Bossy.
Thu, 15 Mar 2007 18:54:18 -0700Kids today are rediscovering the 1960s and Mike Tanner is helping them program their iPods with the proper soundtrack. Flat-Out Rock is a visually stunning guide to rock music from the '60s and early '70s. Gorgeous graphic design and rare, exquisite photographs place the musicians in the context of hippies, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and other '60s happenings. Flat-Out Rock covers ten important bands or musicians and illustrates each artist's significance by describing a pivotal moment in their careers. Artists covered include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Neil Young with Crosby, Stills, and Nash. In this 2-minute video, enjoy Tanner's luxurious voice and rock-star good looks as he describes how his background as a touring and recording musician contributed to Flat-Out Rock.
Wed, 14 Mar 2007 14:08:05 -0700We are pleased to bring you the author of one of the most decorated books in recent memory: Allan Stratton and his breakout novel, Chanda's Secrets. Chanda's Secrets tells the story of a teen girl in Africa whose mother is afflicted with HIV/AIDS and travels north to spare her family the shame of her illness. The book puts "a human face to the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa," says the author. The list of awards Chanda's Secrets has won is too long to recount here -- you'll find an up-to-date tally at publisher Annick Press' web site. The accolades include Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award, the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature, and "Editor's Choice" plus "Top 10 Black History Book" from Booklist. In this 2-minute video, filmed at Annick Press's Toronto offices last fall, erudite author Allan Stratton describes how he created characters so real he has to remind people the book is fiction.
Tue, 13 Mar 2007 14:06:48 -0700We are delighted that the first author video in our Annick Press series is with the endearing Loris Lesynski. If you have read any of Loris' books (Boy Soup, Dirty Dog Boogie, Cabbagehead, Nothing Beats A Pizza and Zigzag, among others), you will appreciate this glimpse into the source of that rich humor. Loris lights up for the camera, with mischief in her eyes and poetry on her lips. In this video, Loris Lesynski talks mostly about her new book, I Did It Because.... Students always ask Loris where her stories and language come from. This is her response, an instructional book for young authors that teaches in a delightful way "how a poem happens." Watch this 2-minute video, filmed at the offices of children's book publisher Annick Press in Toronto last November, to see the lovey Loris Lesynski bring some of her works to life!
Mon, 12 Mar 2007 14:05:11 -0700We are very pleased to share with you today, not an author's video, but a publisher's video. Rick Wilks is co-founder, with Anne Millyard, of Annick Press, a company whose name is synonymous with excellence and innovation in children's books. Since 1975, Annick has been publishing breakthrough books, such as Chanda's Secrets, and breakout authors, such as Robert Munsch. In this 2-minute clip, Wilks speaks passionately about what Annick Press looks for in a book and where the company's publishing mission is headed. It's refreshing to see a publisher with such a strong commitment to content and packaging -- both hallmarks of Canadian publishing. Annick is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, where this video was filmed.
Mon, 05 Mar 2007 16:35:15 -0800Jocelyn Elder's The Cancer Wheel focuses on the three dimensions of life: the physical, the psychological, and the spiritual. Elder says that the audience for her book are both medical professionals as well as cancer patients themselves. As both a cancer survivor and a Registered Nurse, she has unique perspectives to add to the book, which deals with prevention, assessment, and treatment of the disease. Elder has been in the medical industry for over 25 years, in various fields. In this 2-minute video, filmed in Santa Fe, she describes how working in health service at the Zuni Pueblo inspired part of her book.
Fri, 02 Mar 2007 16:34:07 -0800Ningay Sing believes that she was called upon to write Conversations with Gaia. In this 2-minute video, filmed in Santa Fe, she describes the moment that she heard a voice instructing her to write the book. She considers her book to be the feminine response to Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch. Sing is passionate about rediscovering the forgotten feminine wisdom of the Earth. She ponders the possibilities of partnering that "deep, old feminine wisdom" with the power of modern technology. Watch the video to hear Sing’s ideas for how we can all get away from our self-centeredness and become more global-centered instead.
Thu, 01 Mar 2007 16:32:49 -0800The New Mexico Book Association is an organization that extends membership to anyone involved with the book industry in that state. Last summer, during our visit to Santa Fe, we spoke with the Association’s president, Richard Harris. In this 2-minute video, Harris explains how organizations like the NMBA are a boon to self-publishers and small publishers. He uses Sankara Saranama’s book God Without Religion as an example of a successful title that came about because of the Association’s network. Harris also compares the opportunities for contemporary self-publishers to the limited capabilities of the past. Watch the video to hear his simple rule that small publishers must follow to be as successful as big publishing houses.
Mon, 11 Dec 2006 16:00:46 -0800In addition to her book on baby showers, which we recently featured on AuthorViews, Jennifer Adams has also written a guide to hosting spectacular wedding showers. Wedding Showers includes themes, games, and 50 recipes. In this 2-minute video, filmed in Salt Lake City, Adams gives some tips on how to make your shower favors stand out. By keeping both of her shower books under $10, Adams has provided wonderful guides at very low cost for future brides and mothers.
Mon, 04 Dec 2006 15:59:05 -0800With John Rolfe of Virginia, James Tormey is the first to publish an account of the Jamestown colonization from Rolfe's point of view. The tale is usually told from the perspective of John Smith or Pocahontas. Tormey's historical novel begins in the year 1609 and covers a 13-year period until Rolfe's death in 1622 at the age of 37. Rolfe's life was "crammed full of adventure," Tormey says, including shipwreck, mutiny, and death. It also covers Rolfe's cultivation of tobacco and his marriage to Pocahontas, which brought a blessing of peace to the colony. In this 2-minute video, appropriately filmed at the 2006 Virginia Festival of the Book, Tormey describes some of the things he learned during his research for this novel.
Fri, 10 Nov 2006 11:53:15 -0800Jennifer Adams' book, Baby Showers, "gives you everything you need to know to throw the perfect baby shower," according to the author. The book includes ideas for invitations, decorations, activities, and favors, as well as 50 recipes for snacks. "The little things make a big difference," says Adams. She also includes a timeline for planning a shower and a list of children's books that make appropriate gifts for the expectant mother. In this 2-minute video, filmed in Salt Lake City, the charming Ms. Adams describes her idea of a perfect baby shower.
Thu, 02 Nov 2006 13:53:44 -0800If you've seen the movie You've Got Mail, you're familiar with the plight of the independent bookstore in contemporary times. Betsy Burton has written The King's English about her own experiences and obstacles running a community bookstore -- called "The King's English" -- over the past 29 years. Burton shares tales about the authors and customers who have come through her doors, along with stories about the booksellers who work there and insights into the books themselves. The King's English also describes the obstacles –- financial, legal and otherwise -- independent bookstores face to stay afloat. In this 2-minute video, filmed in Salt Lake City where The King's English is located, Burton describes a life-and-death battle for her store and how it led to a renaissance for both The King's English and the community. This book demonstrates the importance of an independent bookstore to any community. "I really believe what we do is very important," says Burton. We heartily agree!
Wed, 25 Oct 2006 10:38:58 -0700Sam is a young boy who is scared of everything, even things other people couldn't imagine. Sam's Thunder Mountain Solution tells the tale of how Sam overcomes those fears. At the beginning of the story, he adopts Randolph Coyote the Third, a canine whose special powers enable Sam to travel to worlds beyond this one. In this 2-minute video, filmed in Santa Fe during the 2006 AuthorViews Summer Tour, author Andrew Connan brings to life one of the most difficult characters that Sam and Randolph encounter on their journey: The Grumpy Old Man.
Mon, 23 Oct 2006 10:18:36 -0700Culinary Mexico is a "regional exploration of the cooking of Mexico," according to author, Chef Daniel Hoyer. With this cookbook, Hoyer excludes the Americanized version of what Mexican food is and instead gives a gastronomical survey of authentic cuisine from various geographical regions of Mexico. In addition to recipes for these dishes, Hoyer also gives adaptation instructions for modern approaches to traditional Mexican cooking methods, such as making your own tortillas. He describes one of his favorite recipes from the book, Cochinita Pibil, or Pit-Roasted Pork, in this 2-minute video filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico. WARNING: If you watch this clip when you're hungry, it could cause panic.
Wed, 11 Oct 2006 14:22:56 -0700"I think families are so scattered and our lives are pretty hectic and fast-paced," says Janet Peterson, author of the new cookbook, Family Dinners: Easy Ways to Feed Your Kids and Get Them Talking at the Table. That's why she's written two cookbooks focusing on simple, tasty recipes along with techniques to promote family interaction. Family Dinners has recipes for standards such as lasagna and sloppy joes, and also includes activities and conversation starters designed to get your family eating together and enjoying that dinnertime. In this 2-minute video, Peterson extolls the virtues of family dinners for not only the emotional and mental health benefits, but for your physical health as well.
Wed, 04 Oct 2006 14:27:45 -0700Today's video is the first in a series of Salt Lake City authors filmed at the offices of Gibbs Smith, Publisher, during our 2006 Summer Tour. Gibbs Smith is a leading publisher of lifestyle books. Janet Eyring is a slow cooker enthusiast. She’s the co-author of a cookbook called 101 Things To Do With A Slow Cooker that includes instructions for entrees, as well as atypical recipes such as appetizers and desserts. Eyring is the mother of a toddler, so she understands the time crunch that many families face when trying to fix a good meal. She believes that we’re in the middle of a slow cooker revival. In this 2-minute video, Eyring briefly describes one of her favorite recipes in the cookbook, something you probably wouldn’t think you could prepare in a crockpot!
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 14:30:20 -0700Today's 2-minute video is a real treat, thanks to the robust storytelling of artist and author Franklin Adams. The video was filmed at the Bywater Tech Center in June, 2006. Franklin Adams is Professor Emeritus at Tulane University where he was dean of the school of architecture before he retired. Professor Adams' book, The Yellow River Kid, co-written with James Whitmore, is an adventure yarn built around a floatplane. The authors have been working on the story for decades. In fact, they've been at it so long that Adams has difficulty telling the difference between his characters and real people, as you'll see. The Yellow River Kid is a manuscript in production. As soon as copies are available, we'll post a purchase link next to the video. If you want to contact Professor Adams about his book, just drop us a line here at AuthorViews.
Fri, 22 Sep 2006 14:31:59 -0700In today's 2-minute video, author Tom Benjey introduces us to his new book, Keep A-goin': The Life of Lone Star Dietz. Football Hall of Famer William "Lone Star" Dietz is one of the most colorful characters in sports history. He coached Washington State's team to a spectacular Rose Bowl victory in 1916. An athlete, actor, and artist, Dietz created a buzz wherever he went. Part native American, Dietz played the role of "injun" as well as all the other roles he took on. When his Indian heritage was challenged in court, Dietz was personally crushed. Tom Benjey spent years researching Dietz' life, traveling all over America to gather anecdotes, news clippings and artwork. The book is a masterful piece of research highlighted with over 250 illustrations, many drawn by Dietz himself.
Wed, 20 Sep 2006 13:27:33 -0700As you'll see in today's 2-minute video, Ellen Schwartz is passionate about helping people take control of thier lives back from multinational corporations that play you like a cash accordian, trying to squeeze every dollar out of your hide. Schwartz is co-author of Taking Back Our Lives in the Age of Corporate Dominance, published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers. This video was filmed at BK's offices in the heart of San Francisco during the AuthorViews tour last summer. Schwartz was too busy working on her new book about global corporate corruption to approve her video for release. Until now. Why do multinational corporations have such disproportionate power over ordinary people's lives? What can you do to take back control over your life? Schwartz has some suggestions for you.
Tue, 19 Sep 2006 10:17:55 -0700Ken McCarthy and I have shared ideas about online marketing since before the Web, when we would chat in threads on The Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link, also known as "The WELL." McCarthy hosted the first conference on the commercial implications of the Internet in San Francisco in 1994. His work has evolved into The System Seminar, an annual gathering for online entrepreneurs with year-round support on the web. The next seminar is scheduled for April 27-29, 2007, in Chicago. If something big is going down in Internet marketing, I usually hear about it first through McCarthy's newsletter, later through blogs or The Wall Street Journal. In today's two-minute video, McCarthy talks with us while visiting New Orleans to support the city, soak up some jazz, and tour our offices in the Bywater Tech Center.
Mon, 18 Sep 2006 10:10:22 -0700We recently featured Linda Salisbury's video about the premiere book in her Bailey Fish Adventures series, The Wild Women of Lake Anna. On that same day at the 2006 Virginia Festival of the Book, we also spoke with her about the second book in the series, No Sisters Sisters Club. Salisbury tells us about the success of the Bailey Fish Adventures series, which is aimed at children aged 8 through 12. Her books are on the required reading list in school districts around the country, and as a result, Salisbury is being invited to visit the schools as a guest speaker. In this 2-minute video, she explains the unique opportunity she gets out of meeting with over 2000 students and being exposed to their feedback.
Fri, 15 Sep 2006 10:08:58 -0700We conclude our Summer of 2006 Austin, Texas, tour today with the engaging Virgnia Fleck. We interviewed Austin artist Fleck in her studio where she talked about the evolution of her mandalas -- gorgeous nine-foot circles of color built using a surprising material. Fleck's mandalas make a statement that has resonated with art collectors, museums, galleries, and civic art programs. They are meditations on materialism that challenge us to contemplate just how much we consume. One mandala is shown in the video. For other examples, please see the gallery link in the sidebar.
Thu, 14 Sep 2006 10:07:23 -0700On our visit to "The People's Republic of Austin" we took an opportunity to interview activist blogger "OZ" from the Earth Family Alpha blog, one of Austin's many portals dealing with global political issues. In today's 2-minute video, filmed at The Bread Factory, OZ talks about "cybercoops" as one of the new organizational motifs made possible through social networking technology. OZ is the author of several books, but he wanted to talk about the blog, not the books, because that's the main vehicle for his writing today. At Earth Family Alpha, you'll find a lot of posts dealing with large issues such as energy, climate change, and global health. Where else but Austin -- an oasis of enlightened thinking -- can you find people determined to fuse politics and technology into a superior republic?
Tue, 12 Sep 2006 10:50:03 -0700In today's 2-minute video, we interview artist Jacqueline May at her studio in Austin, Texas. May talks about how her current work explores "the interface between the erotic and the spiritual." The series she is working on involves the use of Japanese erotica, maps, and Braille, among other elements. May's work will be featured at the upcoming "Red Hot Red Dot" show on Thursday, September 14, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Women & Their Work Art Gallery.
Mon, 11 Sep 2006 11:11:44 -0700Today's video is the first from our AuthorViews Summer Tour to Austin in June. That's where we caught up with New Orleans artist Elizabeth Underwood at her studio in the IDEA building -- a renovated bread factory that has become a home to many who work in the creative arts. In today's 2-minute video, Underwood talks about her use of language in art. An early and ardent blogger (see her New Orleans Gypsy blog), Underwood weaves words into her work, quite literally. The day we filmed, she was writing out in longhand the names of the dead from Hurricane Katrina. Today, as the names of the dead from the World Trade Center attack are read aloud in New York and other cities around the world, we acknowledge the power of the ceremony and mourn the loss of innocents.
Fri, 08 Sep 2006 10:12:19 -0700Linda Salisbury references her own life to create The Wild Women of Lake Anna, the award-winning author's fourth book and the first in the Bailey Fish line of young adult novels. Salisbury and her husband live only a mile away from the book's main setting, Lake Anna. Salisbury bases many of her characters on family and friends. In this 2-minute video, filmed at the 2006 Virginia Festival of the Book, she explains a particularly unique part of her family history that inspired one of the "wild women" of the book’s title. The Wild Women of Lake Anna is a family affair in other ways, too. Salisbury's son, Christopher Grotke, did the illustrations for the book.
Wed, 06 Sep 2006 16:20:46 -0700Today, we continue our series of authors from the 2006 Virginia Festival of the Book with Christopher David Murphy. Murphy's In Winter's Time is the story of Conner James, who seemingly has the perfect life. The walls of his utopia crumble, however, when his father becomes terminally ill and a family secret comes to light. James is forced to re-evaluate the relationships throughout his life, all the way back to idyllic childhood. Murphy talks about Winter's message in this 2-minute video, and explains his own philosophies of life's ups and downs and the lessons we learn about ourselves in the process.
Tue, 05 Sep 2006 10:54:21 -0700Linda Rainwater loves mysteries, travel, and Court TV. Add these together and you've got some of the inspiration for her first novel, The Second Milagro. It's the fictional tale of Patricia Morelos and her adventurous son, who leaves Washington, D.C., and heads to Mexico. The 17-year-old runs off without his mother's permission to assist in rescue efforts at a disastrous silver mine cave-in. When Morelos' son is kidnapped, she soon realizes she will have to rescue him herself -- with no help from the authorities. In this 2-minute video from the 2006 Virginia Festival of the Book, Rainwater talks about how she uses personal experience to build credibile scenes in the novel.
Thu, 31 Aug 2006 18:03:32 -0700We filmed Rexanne Becnel, an award-winning romance novelist, in her hometown of New Orleans at the start of our 2006 AuthorViews Summer Tour. She told us about her latest novel, The Payback Club, which is also set in the Crescent City. It's the story of two women who form a friendship after getting dumped. Together, they hatch a plan to help each other get revenge on their exes. In this 2-minute video, Becnel highlights some of her favorite scenes from the book, including the one where one of the characters discovers just how far her ex-husband will go to win the approval of his new, younger bride. Becnel also reveals the book's intended message, which is quite different from what the title hints at.
Wed, 30 Aug 2006 13:12:41 -0700Today's video is a holdover from the New Orleans Bookfair in 2005 and a new segment in our series called The Katrina Tapes. Filmed just days after a mandatory evacuation order was lifted, the series contains the poignant reactions of New Orleans' offbeat literary community to the destruction of their hometown. Today's 2-minute segment features school teacher James Newton, whose parents met and married in New Orleans. Wanting to contribute directly to the recovery, Jim sought out a teaching position in the city. In an update to this piece, Jim tells us that his efforts to become a teacher in New Orleans were rebuffed by the Louisiana Department of Education, which was still in shock and not reponding very well in those days. So Jim took a position with the heavily-damaged Jackson County, Mississippi, school district, which welcomed him with open arms.
Mon, 28 Aug 2006 12:21:36 -0700In our series, "The Katrina Tapes," we brought you a gripping video of New Orleans artist Elizabeth Underwood just hours after she had returned from viewing the devastation to her home and her life's work. In today's 2-minute video, we caught up with Underwood in Austin, Texas -- her temporary home -- where she was preparing a Katrina memorial for a group show at The Dougherty Arts Center. I watched as Underwood wrote by hand all the names of those who died in Hurricane Katrina. Listen to how she used the list in her memorial installation. In a ritual at the Dougherty Arts Center tomorrow, August 29, beginning at 9:30 a.m., Underwood and volunteers will recite all 1900 names. Her memorial service is just one of the thousands of Katrina anniversary events being held throughout the world.
Fri, 25 Aug 2006 19:51:16 -0700AuthorViews turned around the camera on filmmaker David S. White at the 2005 New Orleans Bookfair. Like the other people in our "Katrina Tapes" collection, David had just returned to the city and has that Post-Traumatic look most of us carried that day. Imagine being a budding filmmaker, working for years and finally getting a film accepted for viewing at a major film festival, then having all that wash away in front of your eyes. It's unbelievable the amount of trauma Katrina wrought -- even for those whose possessions were not drowned under eight feet of toxic saltwater. Today, David S. White stands at the brink of a dream fulfilled. On Thursday, August 31, 2006 -- weather permitting -- his latest film, Sex Between Us, will debut at the Howlin' Wolf club in New Orleans. Again, weather permitting, his short film, The Date, will premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival in October.
Thu, 24 Aug 2006 19:49:22 -0700We're very pleased introduce you to the delightful Verita Thompson, author of the memoir Bogie & Me, who shares her recollections about life with film star Humphrey Bogart. Thompson was Bogie's hairdresser and lover for more than a decade. She is joined here by screenwriter Dean M. Shapiro, who is working on a screenplay based on the book. This video was filmed in New Orleans, where Ms. Thompson and Mr. Shapiro reside. In this 2-minute video, Ms. Thompson tells how she and Bogart destroyed an antique bed at a 4-star hotel -- along with other surprising anecdotes about one of the greatest actors in the history of moving pictures.
Wed, 23 Aug 2006 10:27:43 -0700Joshua Clark is becoming a great collector of Louisiana lore. Editor and publisher of the seminal anthology, French Quarter Fiction, Josh returns to AuthorViews this week to preview his forthcoming collection, Louisiana in Words. On my first trip back to New Orleans after Katrina, the city was under mandatory evacuation orders and largely deserted except for National Guard troops and relief workers. Rolling down Bourbon Street on my way out of town, who should I see but Josh Clark, tape recorder in hand, gathering as much first-hand testimony as his batteries would permit. Louisiana in Words is not a transcript of those observations -- a treasure trove that chronicler Clark will no doubt publish some day. Rather, the book contains extremely short contributions from people in all walks of life -- well-known writers to unknown farmers -- from all over the Great State of Louisiana. In this 2-minute video, filmed in the Bywater District of New Orleans, the mellifluous Mr. Clark reveals the origins of Louisiana in Words, and gives a sneak preview of its contents.
Mon, 21 Aug 2006 17:21:06 -0700Robert Smallwood looks like any local you'd see strolling through New Orleans' French Quarter on a hot summer day, sporting a guayabera shirt and Panama hat. But the French Quarter sights that Smallwood recounts in The Five People You Meet in Hell are anything but typical. The book is a chronological account of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath and his personal experiences during that time. On the other hand, many of the books’ stories are the kind that take place “only in New Orleans.” In this 2-minute video clip, filmed in New Orleans in June 2006, Smallwood tell us about swapping a “disembodied” finger for a six-pack of beer.
Mon, 21 Aug 2006 11:01:48 -0700We originally released this video of New Yorker columnist Lawrence Wright introducing his book, The Looming Tower, in January -- when the book was not available in stores. The Looming Tower was finally released this month, and what extraordinary timing on the part of publisher Knopf! As British and U.S. forces disrupt a massive terror plot and Israeli and Hezbollah slodiers clash in Lebanon, Wright's book reveals the origins of the Al-Qaeda movement. This 2-minute clip was recorded in Austin, Texas, in June of last year when Wright was still fact-checking the final manuscript for The Looming Tower. In light of the book's publication and current events, we feel it is approriate to again call your attention to this video.
Mon, 14 Aug 2006 10:51:25 -0700Just in case anyone's confused about Ken Foster's canine love, he sports a T-shirt that reads, "I Love My Pit Bull," and shares his camera time with his own pet pit bull, Sula. Sula's mutual affection for her owner is evident, as she eagerly licks his face. That symbiosis is one of the major tenets of Foster's most recent book, The Dogs Who Found Me. The non-fiction work is about 17 stray dogs that Foster has rescued throughout his life and, as he puts it, "how they helped me." Foster's dogs comforted him through 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and other traumatic events. In this 2-minute video, he explains how his dogs helped him realize he had a near-fatal heart condition.
Thu, 10 Aug 2006 10:52:44 -0700Pat Feeney points out that although the Cuban Missile Crisis has been covered extensively in books, none of those written words have ever really told the tale of the American military wives and children. Her first book, An Indefinite Period, is a nonfiction account of her experience on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base as one of those military wives. In this 2-minute video, captured at the 2006 Virginia Festival of the Book, Feeney gives us a glimpse at the evacuation procedure she and her children endured during the Crisis. Watch the video to see how words from John F. Kennedy during that evacuation still move her, more than 40 years later, and inspired the title of her book.
Wed, 09 Aug 2006 15:20:40 -0700This video of the flamboyant Ms. Heller was filmed over a year ago in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Both Heller and AuthorViews have moved around so much in the interim it was hard to get approval to release the video. Today, we can finally share this 2-minute gem with you. If You Hear the Message Three Times, LISTEN is a collection of anecdotes from Heller's life. They're "my stories, told with my sense of humor," she says. In the video, Heller relates the story of a cave dive in Hawaii where she went searching for the meaning of life. All of a sudden, the author -- who is also a singer -- belts out the song that came to her during her dive. What song did she hear? Watch and find out!
Tue, 08 Aug 2006 16:38:26 -0700We resume our video release program today with a wonderful clip of poet and short story writer Lee Meitzen Grue. We captured Grue in the courtyard of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans where she was attending the 2006 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Edited to a brisk two minutes, this video finds Grue discussing the art of editing and the value of brevity. We hope you'll enjoy it. Lee Meitzen Grue -- Welcome Back to AuthorViews!
Tue, 25 Jul 2006 10:58:27 -0700A couple months ago, we debuted Frank S. Joseph's video wherein he talks about his new historical fiction novel, To Love Mercy. Set in Chicago in the late 1940s, the book is about two boys -- one Black and the other Jewish -- who search the city together for a missing talisman. The novel explores racial issues in Chicago during that era. We are very pleased to be able to offer an excerpt from To Love Mercy. Entitled "Bronzeville," it covers the history of this Black Metropolis from the Great Migration to the era of segregation.
Wed, 28 Jun 2006 16:52:54 -0700It's no surprise that Reginald Johns is a school teacher, with his gentle demeanor, perpetual smile, and message about spreading love throughout the world. He joins us at the 2006 Virginia Festival of the Book to discuss his gorgeous, illustrated gift book, Love is Life's Lesson. In this 2-minute video, Johns describes the art contained in the book, created by his friend, Mike Ridgeway. The hardcover book is filled with Ridgeway's colorful illustrations, which are done using calligraphy, collage, and other media. He also explains the various inspirations for this book, including some words of wisdom from his father.
Tue, 27 Jun 2006 16:56:44 -0700We continue our "Katrina Tapes" series with this clip of David Koen, an attorney who works for New Orleans Legal Assistance. Koen works on the Predatory Lending Project, "which helps people get out of the burden of exorbitantly priced loans." He has concerns that his work will increase due to Hurricane Katrina. Many of his clients are from the poorer areas of the city, such as the Lower Ninth Ward. In this 2-minute video, filmed at the New Orleans Bookfair, Koen explains the ways he thinks predatory lenders will target his clients and others like them.
Fri, 23 Jun 2006 16:58:36 -0700In this clip, Bob O'Connor sports a patriotic tie, emblazoned with the U.S. flag design. Fittingly, the novel that he discusses with us at the 2006 Virginia Festival of the Book is about a significant event in United States history. Perfect Steel Trap: Harpers Ferry 1859 is the product of O'Connor's research into the infamous arsenal raid in 1859 and the subsequent capture, trial, and hanging of John Brown. The novel is written in the fictional voices of Brown's son, Owen, and Osborne Anderson, who both helped with the raid. Although the book is historical fiction, the content is nearly 100% factually accurate. In this 2-minute video, O'Connor shares some of the interesting factoids he uncovered during his extensive research, such as the association between John Brown and Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
Thu, 22 Jun 2006 17:00:58 -0700Carla Danziger looks like someone that would have inspired her own Hidden Falls heroine: chic fashion, an appearance that suggests Scandinavian descent, and a worldly air. Danziger joins us at the 2006 Virginia Festival of the Book to talk about Hidden Falls, a murder mystery that takes place in Norway. In this 2-minute clip, she explains how her novel is more than just your run-of-the-mill whodunit.
Wed, 21 Jun 2006 17:02:24 -0700We continue our series of videos from the 2006 Virginia Festival of the Book with Pat MacEnulty. In this 2-minute clip, MacEnulty, a North Carolina resident, describes her newest novel's plotline, which takes place in Charlotte. With her dark hair and dress, looking a bit mysterious herself, she describes the book as "noir mystery." Time to Say Goodbye is MacEnulty's third published novel, but her first stab at crime fiction.
Mon, 19 Jun 2006 17:03:32 -0700Most of her life, N.M. Kelby has been a journalist. As a reporter, she has been shot at, spit at, and nearly drowned. "So, these days," she says, "I opt for joy." On her website, Kelby says, "To write a novel is a joyous act. You show the reader what is possible in the world. You give hope. And humor. And understanding." In this 2-minute video clip from the Virginia Festival of the Book, you can definitely see Kelby's joyous and cheerful side. She playfully describes the comedic tale of her latest book, Whale Season, wherein a 70-year-old Buddhist meets a serial killer and is determined to find the good within him.
Fri, 16 Jun 2006 17:06:03 -0700Our newest addition to The Katrina Tapes series is the lovely New Orleans poet, Lee Meitzen Grue. In this two-minute video, Lee is embraced by the lush, tropical foliage of the courtyard at the Royal Orleans Hotel during the 2006 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Lee shares her evacuation story, fighting back tears as she describes the loss of a beloved pet after the hurricane. With Katrina, "Everybody lost something," Lee says, but she is determined to remain optimistic. Watch the video to see what Lee Grue considers the positive impacts of the storm.
Thu, 15 Jun 2006 17:07:26 -0700Dorothy Allison joins us on a bright and sunny New Orleans day in late March 2006 at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Despite the cheery weather, Allison shares a grim tale. In this 2-minute clip, Allison recounts a meeting with a reader who related all too well to the main character in her novel, Bastard Out of Carolina. The book, which is a fictional account of violence and incest in a Southern working class family, is a national bestseller and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1992.
Tue, 13 Jun 2006 17:09:01 -0700Here is the first installment from our visit to Charlottesville, Virginia, in March 2006 for the Virginia Festival of the Book (VAbook.org) In this 2-minute clip, author Joel Agee describes his attempts to delve into the mindset of his younger brother, who was plagued with debilitating mental illness. The resulting book, In the House of My Fear, details Agee's own breakdown, and his eventual breakthrough, fixed against the background of the sex-and-drugs era of 1960s America. In this clip, Agee's austere presence and somber recollection of the events that lead to this memoir give way to musings on the juxtaposition of art and life.
Sat, 10 Jun 2006 17:11:38 -0700We conclude our series, "The Katrina Tapes," with this extraordinary video of University of New Orleans professor and anthropologist, Martha Ward, discussing her book, Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau. Laveau was a Creole hairdresser who worked in the French Quarter and lived in nearby Faubourg Marigny. She and her daughter, also named Marie Laveau, were renowned Voodooists. Both these women were sought out as healers and advisors and held prominent places in New Orleans society. In this 2-minute clip, Ward, wearing colors as wild as her book's cover, talks about her research, including attending Voodoo ceremonies and touring St. Louis Cemetery #1. How much of Laveau is fact or fiction? Watch.
Tue, 23 May 2006 17:16:48 -0700Abram Himelstein is a teacher in the New Orleans Public School System -- or was -- there is not much left of the System these days. He's also an organizer for the New Orleans Bookfair and the co-author, with Jamie Schweser, of Tales of a Punk Rock Nothing. In this 2-minute video clip, Himelstein describes the traditional route of the self-published author: throw the books in the trunk of a car, get on the road, try to sell enough copies to cover gas and meals. From this modest beginning, Tales of a Punk Rock Nothing has gone to over 20,000 copies in print. About 5000 of those copies turned back into pulp when Hurricane Katrina added thousands of gallons of water to the storage facility holding the books. This is Himelstein's second video for AuthorViews. Be sure to check out his video for The Neighborhood Story Project -- an amazing program for helping students become publishers while capturing the history of their neighborhoods.
Fri, 19 May 2006 17:15:36 -0700Robb Roemershauser is the proprietor of the Above Ground Zine Library -- a zine retailer and distributor in New Orleans. He is also owner of a legendary zine collection. I know Robb from his work at the Iron Rail Book Collective at 511 Marigny Street in New Orleans where Above Ground is now open most days from 1-7 p.m. Robb has been at every planning meeting for the New Orleans Bookfair I've attended. His contributions have helped make the Bookfair possible. In this 2-minute video, Robb eventually spits out what happened to his Lakeview home -- and zine collection -- when a break in the nearby 17th Street Canal sent a wall of water crashing through the neighborhood. You don't want to miss this video.
Wed, 17 May 2006 17:14:18 -0700Kyle Bravo, proprietor of Hot Iron Press, was the man who organized the 2005 New Orleans Bookfair. Little did he know when he accepted that position that the Bookfair would arrive on the heals of the greatest natural disaster ever to hit New Orleans. Hot Iron Press is a quality letterpress shop -- or was, anyway -- it's hard to do quality letterpress under 5 feet of water. Kyle and partner Jennie LeBlanc just celebrated the release of their new book, "Making Stuff and Doing Things (The How 2 Book)" from Microcosm Press. It's a collection based on the popular "How 2 Zine" and it's only $10 cheap so you should buy it and help them rebuild from Katrina! Kyle Bravo and Jennie LeBlanc are still in Denton, Texas, but hopeful of returning to New Orleans in the near future. In this 2-minute video, Kyle talks a little about the Bookfair and a little more about what makes New Orleans so special. Just listen.
Mon, 15 May 2006 17:12:54 -0700Dr. Barbara Rath came to the U.S. from Europe. She travelled to several cities in the states before landing in New Orleans. Like many Europeans, she felt more at home in this former French and Spanish colony than elsewhere in the states. Dr. Rath works at Covenant House, a nonprofit group that shelters, feeds, and educates runaways and at-risk teens. When Katrina came, she was caught unprepared. In the aftermath, she sees patients at a free clinic while helping New Orleans heal its wounds. We are grateful to have helpers like Dr. Rath here, and we are hopeful that New Orleans will continue to be a refuge for Europeans looking for a place that feels like home.
Fri, 12 May 2006 09:13:29 -0700If you live hereabout, maybe you heard 'bout the Boocoo Man -- a big green fella, friendly, lives back'o'town, carries a snake? Maybe you never seen him? You gonna see him now, cher. We captured the Boocoo Man at the New Orleans Bookfair. He says he was "thoroughly blessed" by Katrina, who ran 30 feet of water through his shack out back. Musta blowed him into the big city, 'cause here he is, creatin' a scene at the Bookfair. Boocoo Man is also known as B.D. Blanchard -- children's book author, artist, illustrator, storyteller, performer, and player of some of the strangest musical instruments you never seen. We promised you two green people this week. Here's the second one. Don't miss the Boocoo Man. B.D. and Boocoo -- Welcome to AuthorViews!