A new book by William Kennedy is an event. It has been almost a decade since his last one. The latest, "Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes," is the eighth book in his now legendary Albany Cycle.
This one features a rare foray outside of New York State. His protagonist, Daniel Quinn is introduced in a brief prologue set in 1930's Albany. Bing Crosby makes an appearance. Kennedy explains in this interview how he had always wanted to include a particular Crosby song in a novel.
Michael Williamson is a staff photographer for The Washington Post. Thirty years ago he was working for the Sacramento Bee when he began a project with a reporter named Dale Maharidge. Together they published a book called "Journey to Nowhere:the Saga of the New Underclass."
Three decades and a half a million miles later their collaboration continues. Their latest effort, "Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression" continues the story they first began to cover so many years ago.
Last night the first-ever Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award was given to Barbara Kingsolver as part of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
The former Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed in honor of the late Richard C. Holbrooke, the United States diplomat who was instrumental in negotiating the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia. Holbrooke passed away in December 2010 while serving as special advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan under President Obama.
This episode features Dr. William Hanson, Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and a pioneer in the field of medical technology. Author of "The Edge of Medicine," Dr. Hanson shares real stories about the ways technology is changing the practice of medicine.
Continuing our series of faculty readings from this summer's Antioch Writers' Workshop, Rebecca Morean is a novelist (sometimes writing under the name Abbey Pen Baker), short story writer, essayist and an assistance professor of English at Sinclair Community College. Here she reads from a recently completed novel.