Arts & Culture

Late last year I received an advance copy of a novel that was written by an author who was unknown to me. This is not an uncommon circumstance. What was unusual was that this book had a press release which indicated that there was a lot of buzz about it among some people who work in publishing. They were all abuzz about this novel "The Girl on the Train." So I read it and then I got it. I understood.

Alexandra Fuller is one of my favorite writers. Originally she tried her hand at writing fiction. That didn't work out. She could not find a publisher for it. Then she decided to try writing a memoir. That worked. Her memoirs are extraordinary. This latest one, "Leaving Before the Rains Come" is the story of her marriage and how it all eventually came apart. Her marriage had failed. This book is the post-mortem.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Guy Jones and Jean Berry

Apr 22, 2015
Guy Jones and Jean Berry
StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today we meet Guy Jones from Dayton, who came with his friend Jean Berry. Guy had lots of memories of growing up with his Lakota grandmother.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds.

Conrad Balliet reads Ed Davis' poem, "He Could Write."

The Ramones were one of the most influential of the American punk rock bands of 30 years ago. The band originally consisted of four young men from suburban New York City. They decided to call themselves the Ramones and every member of the band used that name of Ramone. There was Joey Ramone, and Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, and so on.

Janeal Ravndal reads Lianne Spidel's poem, "Harmony."

We live in a culture that restricts the use of some very powerful drugs. Some of these drugs can only be obtained with a prescription from a doctor. Others can only be found through illicit channels. You have to be an adult to purchase alcohol and nicotine products. No such regulations restrict the usage of one of the most ubiquitous drug substances in our society. Little kids can find it almost anywhere. Many adults cannot face the day without it. The drug is caffeine and oh how we love it.

Steve Broidy reads his poem, "Patient Writing."

Here's another debut crime novel on the Minotaur imprint by a promising young author. Ausma Zehanat Khan has set her story in the Canadian city of Toronto. This is a story the author felt compelled to tell. The novel opens with a mysterious death. A man has died after falling off of a cliff one dark night. It looks like it was an accident. We know better, don't we?

This spring marks the return of the Third On Third Outdoor Eclectic Market, which takes place on the corner of East Third and Bates Streets in Dayton.  Organizer Peter Benkendorff visited the WYSO studios to talk about the market, and this month's musical guests, Berachah Valley, performed a live set on Kaleidoscope ahead of their appearance at the market.

The Third On Third Outdoor Eclectic Market is Sunday, April 19th, 11am - 4pm.

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