If you look up the word "prolific" in the dictionary it should be illustrated by a photo of Joe Lansdale. I'm kidding of course and merely trying to point out the fact that Lansdale writes a lot of really fabulous books and he ranges from horror to westerns to who knows what might be coming out next. Hollywood loves his stuff, too. He is a very busy writer.

In 2003 Luisa Lang Owen appeared on the program to discuss her memoir "Casualty of War: A Childhood Remembered." After World War Two ended and the Germans were defeated many members of the German ethnic minority in Yugoslavia were placed in concentration camps by Marshall Tito's victorious partisans. Luisa Lang Owen was one of those internees. She was only a child and the painful memories of the experience are at the heart of her memoir.

Sara Solovitch had aspirations when she was younger; she wanted to become a really great pianist. She worked at it but at an early age she realized that there was an insurmountable impediment to her achieving that goal; she simply could not play before an audience. Many years later she decided it was time to get to the bottom of her stage fright. She spent a year researching it and working hard to overcome it.

My enduring fascination with President Richard M. Nixon continues.

We don't have that many self-help books on the program. There are just so many of them, how do I decide? This one with the name I cannot say on the radio deserved some air time. The author doesn't dance around the issues. I liked that!

Over the years I have interviewed a number of romance writers. Nora Roberts has been on the show (I loved her!) and we even had the late Janet Dailey on the program (you might recall that she had famously been caught plagiarizing Nora Roberts).

I do love a good romance. Catherine Haustein has written a great one. Here's my review which ran in the Cox Ohio newspapers:

Steve Bennish is a great photographer. During his third visit to the program we talked about his third published collection of black and white photographs. His subjects are the residents of Dayton, Ohio. I like the challenges presented in trying to describe images, in making them come to life for you through your radios. When we are doing this well we are creating indelible images in your minds. Sounds becoming visions. Words making pictures. Steve Bennish knows his way around a camera. Click on this interview and see if anything flashes for you.

On August 9, 1974 Richard M. Nixon resigned from the office of President of the United States. It was that, or be impeached. Nixon flew off to California in disgrace.

I had been fascinated with Dick Nixon long before that. Perhaps it was his notorious Checkers speech during the 1950’s that first got my attention? There was just something about him. In 1960 when he ran against John F. Kennedy and lost we had the black and white images of Dick Nixon debating JFK on television. Nixon had a five o’clock shadow and he seemed to be perspiring profusely. Meanwhile Kennedy was calm.

Bill Coperthwaite was a most unusual fellow. This beautiful book is a tribute to this very unique and special individual. Listen to the interview and you'll hear what I'm talking about.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize/Anne Rasmussen
Dayton Literary Peace Prize/Anne Rasmussen

Finalists have been announced for the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The awards are given to authors who have written stories about peace, social justice, or global understanding and have been handed out since the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords ended the Bosnian war. 

Peace Prize founder and co-chair Sharon Rabb says six finalists were chosen in both the fiction and nonfiction categories.