A Novel Idea Non-fiction to pulp fiction, host Suzanne M. Lang explores the world of books featuring conversations with writers, academics, and readers. We all have a story to tell. It's A Novel Idea.
A Novel Idea

A Novel Idea

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Non-fiction to pulp fiction, host Suzanne M. Lang explores the world of books featuring conversations with writers, academics, and readers. We all have a story to tell. It's A Novel Idea.

Most Recent Episodes

Rosemary Manchester shares her autobiography on A Novel Idea (Aired: January 2, 2022)

A young couple with four little children experienced a calling to the missionary life and found themselves living in the crisis time of independence in the African Congo. Turn Left at the Big Anthill is no fiction, it's Rosemary Manchester's memoir: a layered and fascinating story of a transitional time in Africa and in one woman's life. Rosemary Manchester, former host of KRCB's A Novel Idea, comes back to talk with Suzanne Lang. It's A Novel Idea, Sunday, January 2nd at 10:00 am. On KRCB 104.9 FM, streaming at krcb.org. Click the icon below to listen.

Rosemary Manchester shares her autobiography on A Novel Idea (Aired: January 2, 2022)

Rosemary Manchester previews her new book on A Novel Idea (Aired: December 5, 2021)

It's a sneak peek ahead to a conversation with Rosemary Manchester about her book Turn Left at the Big Anthill, a Memoir, her story of living in the Congo— with her four young children, during the tumultuous time of its independence from the Belgians. We also feature a dip into the archives and share conversations with Daniel Pyne, author and showrunner of the streaming series Bosch, and with Peter Richardson on his book No Simple Highway, A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead. Tune in Sunday, December 5th at 10am PST. It's a Novel Idea with Suzanne Lang. Click the icon below to listen.

Rosemary Manchester previews her new book on A Novel Idea (Aired: December 5, 2021)

Two young new literary voices on A Novel Idea (Aired: November 7, 2021)

It's two young new literary voices on this edition on KRCB's A Novel Idea with Suzanne Lang. Kendra Atleework's book is Miracle Country, a Memoir of a Family and a Landscape; set in the Eastern Sierra, it is up there with the best of writing on California. Also featured is Shruti Swamy with her novel The Archer, set in 1960s Bombay India which focuses on a dancer of Kathak, an ancient traditional form of Indian dance. It's A Novel Idea with Suzanne Lang. Sunday, November 7th at 10:00 am on KRCB 104.9 FM, streaming and podcasting at krcb.org. Click the icon below to listen.

Two young new literary voices on A Novel Idea (Aired: November 7, 2021)

Peri Chickering and Carolyn Lee Arnold on A Novel Idea (Aired: October 31, 2021)

Over the years it seems that many of the authors we've featured have been published by Berkeley based She Writes Press, including our featured authors on this episode. Peri Chickering joins me this week with her book based on the Indigenous concept of the Seven Directions, Leadership Flow: the Unstoppable Power of Connection. Plus, I chat with Carolyn Lee Arnold with her sex positive book, Fifty First Dates After Fifty, A Memoir. To set the stage, we'll talk with Brooke Warner, Publisher of She Writes Press. It's KRCB's A Novel Idea with Suzanne M. Lang. Click the icon below to listen.

Peri Chickering and Carolyn Lee Arnold on A Novel Idea (Aired: October 31, 2021)

Joanna FitzPatrick and Jeanne Baker Guy on A Novel Idea (Aired: October 3, 2021)

Nonfiction that reads like a novel, and a novel steeped in modern California history are approached by Suzanne M Lang in conversation with Joanna FitzPatrick and Jeanne Baker Guy. FitzPatrick's novel, The Artist Colony is a murder mystery set at a women's art colony in the dynamic environment of 1924 Carmel-by-the Sea. Though a work of fiction, it vividly paints the weather and landscape of the area, that has so inspired artists, and is set in the early Twentieth Century, when women, who just got the vote, were struggling to be taken seriously as artists. Jeanne Baker Guy has produced a memoir of a time in her life when her ex-husband kidnapped their two children; the story of her struggle to locate them and bring them home is the story of You'll Never Find Us. Both books are published by She Writes Press. Click the icon below to listen.

Joanna FitzPatrick and Jeanne Baker Guy on A Novel Idea (Aired: October 3, 2021)

Suzanne Lang talks with Kent Wong on A Novel Idea (Aired: September 5, 2021)

Author Kent Wong's memoir, Swimming to Freedom -My Escape from China and the Cultural Revolution, an Untold Story is a riveting tale of his life in China as a boy during the Cultural Revolution. Wong joined the dissident underground and became one of the half million other Chinese who braved the waters of the South China Sea, escaping to Hong Kong, then under British rule. Join Suzanne Lang in conversation with Kent Wong. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB 104.9 / streaming @ krcb.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! Click the icon below to listen.

Suzanne Lang talks with Kent Wong on A Novel Idea (Aired: September 5, 2021)

Award-Winning Authors Jessica Barksdale Inclán and Nancy Econome on A Novel Idea (Aired: A...

Fiction can be fantasy, fiction can reflect back to us who we are, and at its best it does both while being an entertaining read. Such is the case with two books we feature and the conversations with their award-winning authors Jessica Barksdale Inclán brings us the time-traveling literary fantasy, The Play's the Thing. Nancy Econome brings us her debut novel of Greek immigrants in the 1940's, The Classic Grill, a Tale of Greek Gods and Immigrant Heroes. Join Suzanne M. Lang in conversation with these two novelists. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB 104.9 – Sonoma County's NPR station / streaming @ krcb.org/radio /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! Click the icon below to listen.

Award-Winning Authors Jessica Barksdale Inclán and Nancy Econome on A Novel Idea (Aired: A...

Sailing the Early Seas of Pirate Radio in the U.K. on A Novel Idea (Aired: August 1, 2021)

Scampering across balconies, rooftops, and even Mick Jaggers house, to string antenna wire across London, Arnold M.D. Levine details the antics and achievements of the pirate radio movement in the UK in his fun and informative memoir Banned by the BBC, How I Became a Radio Pirate, a memoir of 1970's London. Levine is a Sonoma County radio broadcaster and host of Tommy's Holiday Camp on KOWS-Occidental and joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB 104.9 – Sonoma County's NPR station / streaming @ krcb.org/radio /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! Click the icon below to listen.

Sailing the Early Seas of Pirate Radio in the U.K. on A Novel Idea (Aired: August 1, 2021)

A Novel Idea Features Jonathan Taplin (Aired: July 4, 2021)

"I believe in Rock-and-Roll, books, and movies to upset the world" says Jonathan Taplin author of The Magic Years, Scenes from a Rock-and-Roll Life. Taplin has been riding the waves of American art and culture for 50 years, from road manager for Dylan and the Band, to producing movies for Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders, working in high finance, creating the first video-on-demand service in the 90's, and heading up the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at USC. He's got some great stories that he tells with wit, candor, and humility. Jonathan Taplin joins Suzanne Lang in conversation. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB 104.9 – Sonoma County's NPR station / streaming @ krcb.org/radio /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play!

A Novel Idea Features Jonathan Taplin (Aired: July 4, 2021)

Cheryl Krauter & Rachel Michelberg on A Novel Idea (Aired: June 6, 2021)

Sometimes we move through life and are blindsided by catastrophe, and each individual's response is unique and their own. No roadmaps, but there are touchstones along the way. Suzanne Lang talks with two authors who recount their journeys of shock and loss with candor, humor, and compassion. Cheryl Krauter's husband died one night within the span of 5 minutes, leaving her stunned. Odyssey of Ashes, A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Letting Go is her story of moving with and through significant loss. Rachel Michelberg's candid and gripping memoir, Crash, How I became a Reluctant Caregiver is her story of her husband suffering a traumatic brain injury in a plane crash, and the difficult decisions she made with regard to his care and her family life.

Cheryl Krauter & Rachel Michelberg on A Novel Idea (Aired: June 6, 2021)