New England Authors with Kameel Nasr
Rosalyn Elder has written an extensive history of African-Americans in New England. During this fast-paced interview, she talks of slavery and liberation, of antagonism and support, with several surprises thrown in. Elder also talks about the current racial situation. Vermont was the fist state to outlaw slavery. Maine never had slavery, and Massachusetts didn't officially outlaw it, but the Supreme Judicial Court effectively ended it. Although New England was strongly anti-slavery, they profited off it.
Alzheimer's Disease is a most dreaded condition and so hard for caregivers. Deborah Lynn, who has a serious family history with the disease, talks about the ways to cope. Her book, a personal account of taking care of her mother, filled with poetry and wisdom, travels the course of the disease, from symptoms to denial to anger to acquiescence. Thoroughly interesting.
Sailaja Joshi began producing books specifically for Indian-American children. The books, for ages one to early readers, introduce children to Indian gods and traditions and talk about alternative lifestyles. In the interview we talk about assimilation vs maintaining cultural traditions and how to get children to be active readers. She presents tricks for making reading fun and desirable. This video is excellent for anyone of foreign heritage who wants their children to grow up literate and bi-cultural.
An exciting interview with literacy advocate Tripti Thomas, who is especially adapt at getting boys to read. Boys read far less than girls. Tripti has many strategies for parents of boys to help them read. She runs the blog bookishboys.com. As well as strategies, we discuss the importance of literacy.
Julie Hennrikus has a mystery series set in a New England small town. The main character runs a clock shop, so there is some information about the history of clocks and a bit of philosophizing about Time. Hennrikus is also active in the local theater scene (she teaches theater), and she talks about the state of the arts in the region. It is a fast-moving and fluid discussion. Hennrikus' novels are cozy mysteries, containing little or no violence, obscenity, or sex.
Lisa Shea is one of the most prolific writers. She travels around New England picking up stories, writing about them, then donating the money to battered women's shelters. Of her 300 published works, she has a series about diners, hikers, medieval romance, and yoga, and that's just for starters.
New England author Connie Hambley takes us on a journey to Ireland and back to New England in her thrilling novels. The books are about what is called the "troubles", which is also the title of one of her books. There was a link between the IRA and New England during those times. There were bombings and killings, although both sides tried to avoid killing civilians (how different from today). Also, this is a world or horses and horse racing, of the Catholic Church and its connection to the trouble. It is a story of strong women determined to uncover the truth. Very quick and exciting discussion.
The talented Hallie Ephron, writing teacher, NYT best-selling author, and literacy activists talks about her novels and the process of writing. Ephron grew up in the writing world: her parents and siblings are famous script writers in Hollywood. Ephron grew up in that world, then made her home in New England. As well as novels, she has a book about writing and conducts workshops. Anyone interested in the process of writing must watch this episode.
Emily Ross's debut novel is based on a real murder she investigated decades ago in the Arizona desert. Although technically a young adult novel because its protagonist is a teenager who is trying to solve the mystery of her older sister's disappearance, "Half in Love With Death" tackles adult themes of infidelity, con artists, and murder. In the interview, Ross talks about what young people are reading today, their interest in witches and ghosts, their sexual knowledge, which is much more extensive than previous generations. A lively discussion.