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Poet, novelist, and children’s book writer Lucha Corpi was my guest on “A Book and a Chat” today. Lucha is one of those people who have lived such interesting lives and produced such a myriad of different literature that chatting to her for thirty minutes only scratched the surface of this ladies talent.

Born in in a small town in Mexico called Jaltipan in the state of Veracruz, Lucha made her way as a young bride to Berkeley, California, arriving in 1964 when the hippy movement was flowing through the west coast. As Lucha explained to us during the show, she found it strange that these people thought it was “far out” to be walking around barefoot, whereas to Lucha it was just like being back in her home town.

From those early days Lucha started producing poetry, becoming a firmly establish Chicana poet with her book Palabras de Medioda/Noon Words. During the show we learned how Lucha writes her poetry in Spanish and her novels in English, though this first book has been translated into English by Catherine Rodriguez-Nieto.

From the poetry start, my guest went from a children book to then write novels, about her favorite subject of mystery. During the show Lucha shared with us, how her love of mystery and crime desended from reading to her father, except for the one “local crime page” which her father took out of the paper before the young girl could read it.

Since then Lucha Corpi has gone from strength to strength with the fourth book in the Gloria Damasco series coming out the end of last year called “Death at Solstice: A Gloria Damasco Mystery” coming out the end of last year.

With such an interesting an entertaining author the show just sped by, so why not sit back and listen to thirty minutes of pure enjoyment as I share “A Book and a Chat with Lucha Corpi”.

Or else you can download the mp3 file and listen to the show at another time.

Barry

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Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Today’s guest on “A Book and a Chat” is co-author of the inspirational book “The Way to StillnessAnne Vincent.
Anne along with her mother Gayle share a unique approach to connecting with others at a deep level, offering a practical guide that anyone might use as a manual on their spiritual journey.

The Way to Stillness” began in 1996 encouraged by clients and at the request of the Spiritual Journeys Class (a program my mother started 27 years ago) at First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN.

The book tells the story of how Gayle followed her dreams and emerged with an amazing process they call “The Love Motif“. On her journey, she encounters Viktor Frankl, Mother Teresa, and other great souls and brings that ability to transform a human life through the power of love.

From numerous notes and recording the book has come together over a period of time, showing a reader that if they connect with their inner stillness and practice the love motif, in their lives, all things are possible for them.

During the entertaining thirty minutes of the show, Anne shared with us much not only about how the book came about and some of the issues in producing “The Way to Stillness“, as well as her hopes for how the book can help readers of all faiths and nations to find“stillness” in their own lives.

As I mentioned on during the radio show, I am sure the book will spread the story, and beliefs of Gayle and Anne around the world, sharing and helping with many.
I am sure this is not the last we will hear of Anne Vincent.

So why not sit back and enjoy thirty minutes of “A Book and a Chat with Anne Vincent” or else download the mp3 file and listen at your own convenience.

Barry

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You can find out more about judith and her book at:
“Anne Vincent – A Way to Stillness”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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I was pleased to have another one of the 2k10 authors on my show today that is the group of writers whose maiden novel is coming out in two thousand and ten.

Today on “A Book and a Chat” my guest is Judith Graves talking to us about her life and her debut novel “Under My Skin“. In addition to writing YA fiction, Judith is a singer, songwriter, and makes daytime appearances as a library technician, which helps with insatiable desire for reading enabling her to devour at least two books a week… in the reading sense that is.

As we learned during the show her fist book in the “Skinned” series, “Under My Skin”, was released in March by Leap Books, where she has also collaborated with author, Kitty Keswick, on the Origins series.

During a thoroughly interesting and entertaining sixty minutes of “A Book and a Chat” Judith shared with us how her writing experiences have wound through the poetry, song, short story paths to this first book of a trilogy. Through the show we not only learned about what lead to Judith writing “Under My Skin” but her steps along the road to publication have been helped by critic groups and now the 2K10 group of authors.

We even heard how Judith along with some of these other authors will be at the BEA in New York next month.

“Under My Skin” when asked to be described in three words, Judith stated “Power, Temptation, Choices”. As we heard during the show, it is a book that covers many aspects characters and indeed creatures, a novel that I’m sure will be a great hit leaving many waiting for the second and final book in the series.

The show was as normal full of interest and humor, covering such items such as Ann of Green Gables fighting zombie potatoes, how a joint critique and exercise group might help authors”, and what is it about seven minutes past nine?

So why not sit back and share a really interesting sixty minute show, or else download the mp3 file and listen to the show at your own convenience.

Barry

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“A Book and a Chat with Judith Graves”

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You can find out more about judith and her book at:
“Judith Graves – Under My Skin”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Swati Avasthi
was my guest of today’s A Book and a Chat, one of the wonderful group of authors who have there debut novel in 2010.

Her novel “Split” is a powerful story, centering on a teenage victim of domestic violence, something, as we heard from Sawti, and discussed in some details she has some knowledge of. Not to her personally I might add, but from her days coordinating at a domestic violence legal clinic.

While there are specific incidents that inspired the story even shaped the way she conceived of the book. It also enabled her to put faces on what she felt was more like an abstract problem. Swati explained during the show, that working with such victims she’d found It was incredibly moving — both inspiring and heartbreaking.
During the show we learned how Swati had from the age of five wanted to write, and how, after the birth of her first child she’d gone back to writing currently completing her MFA at the University of Minnesota.

As well as her book “Split” in a very entertaining sixty minute show, we also heard about her work along with Heather Bouwman in The Second Story Reading Series. This is a bi-monthly series giving voice to new young adult and middle grade authors, by pairing them with an established author at presentations.

From abuse to Hanna Montana, from emotional relationships to her new work “Bidden“, the show covered all areas, as Swathi Avasthi was my guest on today’s thoroughly entertaining “A Book and a Chat

Barry

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“A Book and a Chat with Swati Avasthi”

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“Swati Avasthi – Split”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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My guest on tonight’s “A Book and a Chat” is Author/Writer/Poet “Tinisha Nicole Johnson”.

Tinisha has come a long way since at the age of eleven she started writing poetry, keeping several journals of these poems, some of which were published in books poetry collection books.

While poetry is still Tinisha’s first love she has produced novels and short stories across many different realms of writing from her first novel “Searchable Whereabouts” A mystery novel about a woman is trying to unravel the mysterious death of her beloved uncle. To her latest production “Lessons Learned: Loving Yourself as a Black Woman

During the show Tinisha shared with us how “Lessons Learned” came about, the inspiration behind the writing and the hope she has that this book will help others.

A self help book, “Lessons Learned” addresses ten life lessons into a woman’s most intimate and professional life, while emphasizing the importance of self-love. The book touches on issues of happiness, self-love, a woman’s worth, family and more. Although the book caters mostly towards women of color, it is a book that any woman can benefit from. With powerful tips, messages, and suggestions it is, as Tinisha hopes a book that can help many.

During the show many area of Tinisha’s writing and work were discussed including what she is currently working on. So why not sit back and enjoy today’s “A Book and a Chat with Tinisha Nicole Johnson” or else download the mp3 and listen at your leisure.

Barry

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“A Book and a Chat with Tinisha Nicole Johnson”

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You can find out more about Tinisha and her books at:
“Tinisha Nicole Johnson – Lessons Learned”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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My guest on the show today has come a long way since teachers told him he could not be allowed to take a creative writing class. U.L. Harper has come a long way since those days. His current novel “The Flesh Statue” shows just how far.

U.L. went to college for journalism, getting literary feet wet at UCLA (University of Cypress Lincoln Avenue). His writing developed, as U.L shared with us, through the realms of a part time slam poet, moving around different cities cursing at the audience in the name of art and style. From there his writing continued as Editor in Chief for the Cypress Chronicle.

The Flesh Statue” is a novel that touches many if life’s issues, many of which U.L shared with us during the show, from Alzheimer’s, which leaves the books main characters Langely’s Grandfather sitting like a statue made of flesh (hence the book title).

Subjects such as abortion, abuse, death, graffiti, neighborhood watch groups and the police fill the pages of this interesting, entertaining and poignant novel. As “The Flesh Statue” follows Langley on this search for answers, and the array of characters he meets along the way.

As U.L shared during the show, there is another novel in the pipe line and I’m sure we’ll hear pleny more about my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat with U.L. Harper

So why not sit back and listen to the show or else download it and share the broadcast at another time.

Barry

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You can find out more about Kathi and her books at:
“U.L. Harper – The Flesh Statue”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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There is not normally a show on a Sunday, but sometimes when you have a special guest or you are talking about a special even you just have to put an extra show. Tonights show was one of those special events.

My guests tonight on “A Book and a Chat” were Michelle (Galley Smith) and Trish (Hey Lady Whatcha Readin’), two of the people behind a wonderful event being held in New York in May of this year.

These two ladies along with Amy (My Friend Amy), Natasha (Maw Books), Nicole (Linus’s Blanket), Pam (Mother Reader), Rebecca (The Book Lady’s Blog) are the powers behind this the first annual “BOOK BLOGGER CONVENTION”.

The event was first announced to the blogging community back at the start of this year, though word had already escaped that on Friday May 28th, 2010 in New York City the first annual Book Blogger Convention will commence.

As we heard during the show, this was just the start, as the event got more and more exposure, the numbers of those wanting to attend grow. Being recognized and officially affiliating with the BEA (Book Expo America) enabled the Book Blogger Convention will be held directly at the Jacob Javits Center alongside BEA .

Providing more space, contacts with authors, and being able to bundle a joint badge for both the Bea and the BBC (not the English one but the Book Blogger Convention).

A Michelle and Trish shared during this fascination show; the event has just grown, with some of the hardest parts being to actually choose the various panelists and moderators for the event. These will cover subjects from “Marketing” to “Professionalism and Ethics in Blogging”. As well as these panels and guests Trish and Michelle also shared with us during the show that Maureen Johnson would be the keynote speaker for this first annual Book Blogger Convention.

Maureen Johnson is the author of books such as Suite Scarlett and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. A frequent blogger and a regular on the social media scene Ms. Johnson will also give participants an insider’s view of the publishing industry and its relationship with digital media.

As well as the actual BBC, there will now also be a chance for authors, bloggers, publishers and anyone who happens to be at BEA that day to meet at the “The Book Blogger Convention Reception”. This will be on Thursday May 27th from 4-6pm at the Jacob K. Javits Center (room to be announced later). It is open to anybody who wants to attend, costing $20 for which you get snacks, networking and chance to meet cool authors and bloggers alike.

As we chatted through an enjoyable hour about the event, it was obvious to see that this will be one trip to New York that even I’m not going to miss. Just meeting bloggers, authors and people from the industry, being able to share the knowledge and experience across all subjects and genres, will I’m sure be a chance not to miss.

So check out http://bookbloggerconvention.com, for all the details about this great event.

If you head for Jacob Javits Center in New York on May 28th (Registration will begin at 7:30am, and the convention itself will start at 9:00am) I for one, will see you there.

So why not stop by and listen to “A Book and a Chat with Michelle and Trish – “Book Blogger Convention” or else down load the file and listen at your conveniance.

Barry

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“A Book and a Chat with Michelle and Trish – Book Blogger Convention”

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“Book Bloggers Convention”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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Book Information and Things UK – Across the Pond
Book and a Chat Radio Show Guests – A Book and a Chat
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