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Carol Stoner reads her poem, "Fax Machine."

Over the years I have had the opportunity to interview authors at various stages in their careers. Some of the writers that I have interviewed have gone on to become spectacularly successful. Nicholas Sparks comes to mind. When I interviewed him for "The Notebook," his first book, he seemed slightly dazed by the positive early reviews and he was reluctant to believe that fame was in his future. Well, he has sold a gazillion books since our first interview and he quit his day job as a pharmaceutical salesman many years ago.

Cathy Essinger reads her poem, "At Twig's End."

Now in its ninth year, the Dayton Blues Society presents and sponsors many events throughout the year including the upcoming Winter Blues Showcase.  DBS president Jeff Hill joined WYSO's Niki Dakota by phone ahead of the annual event to talk about the concert which will feature local and regional blues performers including headliner the Stacy Mitchhart Band.

The Dayton Blues Society's Winter Blues Showcase is Saturday, January 21st at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Springfield Brewery Rises to the Top

Jan 19, 2017
Buck Gunn / Hatch New Media

Springfield’s downtown revitalization efforts got a big boost recently when the city’s first craft brewery, Mother Stewart’s, was named one of the top new breweries in the nation by Beer Advocate Magazine. Brewmaster Kevin Loftis says the designation will help them expand their business.

The Winterfolk Festival returns to the Yellow Cab on Saturday, January 28th and will once again feature full band and solo performances, artwork and food.  Three of the solo performers: John Dubuc, Charlie Jackson and Achilles Tenderloin visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope.  They were joined by event organizers Charles Hartman (OldNews) and Harold Hensley (The Repeating Arms) who talked about this year's event.

Winterfolk 2017 is Saturday, January 28th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton beginning at 7pm. All ages welcome.

Julie Moore reads Jane Kretschman's poem, "Writer Walks Her Dog."

Angie Grigaliunas has created a stunning imaginary world in her dystopian fantasy novel "Sowing." This is the first book in her "Purification Era" series. She is still planning the series and during this interview she stated that it will probably take at least eight books to complete it.
 

Did you realize that over the last several decades millions of people around the world who have been living in poverty have seen their standards of living improve? It is true. One large factor in this improvement has been due to the surging economy of China as millions of Chinese have been able to see their economic standings rise. This has been happening in many other countries as well.

Lisa Lutz gave us one of the standout novels of 2016. "The Passenger" was so clever, so enthralling, so devilishly twisted, that I had Lisa on the program for the hardcover release early in the year, then after I had spoken to her that first time I was so enchanted by her wit (and her novel) that I invited her back to the program for another visit when the book was issued in paperback later in the year.

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