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


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.More from A Novel Idea »

Most Recent Episodes

Bruce Holbert – April 1, 2018

To celebrate the release of Bruce Holbert's third novel, Whiskey, here is a reprise of two previous conversations between Bruce and Suzanne M Lang on the release of his first novel, Lonesome Animals, followed by the truly amazing The Hour of Lead. Bruce is a gritty and poetic writer who explores character and landscape with a unique voice. We'll feature a conversation about Whiskey on a future episode, but this show will bring you up to speed on the emergence of Bruce Holbert.

Sy Montgomery, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas – March 5, 2018

Tamed and Untamed, Close Encounters with the Animal Kind. Suzanne Lang talks with two of the world's most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. They have collaborated on a book of essays. Sy and Liz are also good friends and practically next door neighbors. Join us as we talk about the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals ...in the wild and in our homes.

Berbara Ridley, Laurie Ann Doyle – February 4, 2018

Two California writers who both had long non-literary careers before publishing these heralded first works join Suzanne M. Lang in conversation on this episode of A Novel Idea. Barbara Ridley's When It's Over is a sweeping historical fiction set during WWII that exposes elements of that war and on European refugees that resonates today ...and is a pretty good love story too. Laurie Ann Doyle's collection of short stories, World Gone Missing, is a loving homage to Northern California and twelve searing tales of loss, love, and what goes missing.

Jaime B. Hansen, Rand Ertll – January 7, 2018

Emerging from the economic consulting and the tech sector, Jaime B. Hansen aims to inspire and empower women through videos, speaking and speaking out; her latest book is Expanding the Conversation. Also, born in the USA but as a baby but sent back to El Salvador when his mother was deported, Rand Ertll has spent a lifetime in activism. He eventually made it back to this country and grew up in South Central Los Angeles during the racially tense time of the 1980s. Randy discovered that education was a route out of poverty and violence, and he has emerged as a social justice advocate and activist, and the author of four non-fiction books along with the remarkable fiction, The Lives and Times of El Cipitio.

Val Bodurtha, Barbara Baer – December 31, 2017

History, culture, and strong women are at the core of the two novels: The History Makers by Val Bodurtha and The Ballet Lover by Barbara Baer. You'll want to remember these two authors. Val Bodurtha's first novel, The History Makers, is chilling, funny, and a smart coming of age story which imagines a contemporary Aztec civilization, as if the Aztecs had prevailed over the Spanish. Barbara Baer's recent book, The Ballet Lover, is set in the 1970's ballet world, with Soviet defectors, and a searing event that has Rudolph Nureyev letting Natalia Makarova fall to the floor.

Gin Phillips, Rachel Khong – December 3, 2017

Featured on KRCB's A Novel Idea, two novelists whose books hit big this year. Fierce Kingdom is a thriller of a book by Gin Phillips, which takes place over the course of three hours in a zoo that is under attack by gunmen, and where a woman and her young son are trapped; ultimately this is a story of motherhood. Rachel Khong's novel Goodbye, Vitamin defies literary convention in its wit and lightness to bring us into the inner life of a 30 year old woman who has just been dumped by her boyfriend and is visiting her family, where her father has Alzheimer's.

Shanti Sekaran, Shelby Londyn-Heath – June 4, 2017

A Novel Idea features two novelists, whose books couldn't be more different. Both write about the challenges of difference, of motherhood, and of finding stability in a sometimes-hostile world. Shanti Sekaran brings us Lucky Boy, the saga of two women, strangers and cultures apart, whose lives are connected through the life of an infant boy. Shelby Londyn-Heath has written The Twilight Tsunami, a raw, funny, and hard-hitting account of the lives of people involved in the child welfare system. Related Stories Linda Loveland Reid and H. B Reid - January 12, 2014 - Enclosure Lucille Lang Day; Jean Wong - February 9, 2014 - Enclosure Kathy Sloane; Bill Moody - March 9, 2014 - Enclosure

Joan Frank, Richard Alther – November 5, 2017

On KRCB's A Novel Idea, two authors at the top of their form —Joan Frank, with her novel All the News I Need, and Richard Alther and his book Roxie & Fred, join Suzanne Lang in conversation of art, craft, and character. Joan Frank is acknowledged by many as a "writer's writer" but more than that, she is a reader's writer with keen observations, richly drawn characters, and unflinching honesty. Her latest book is All the News I Need. Richard Alther is a painter and author whose novel Roxie & Fred delves into love over 50... Way over 50. Both books explore the depths of love and loss, and the life available to us when we open up and let go of convention.

J. Jaye Gold – October 29, 2017

J. Jaye Gold has been a hustler and gambler in his life, but sought a new way of being in his that lead him on a journey around the globe, and for the past 35 years has assisted others in their search for meaning. He joins Suzanne Lang in conversation on his latest book Justin Time, Autobiographical Stories of an American Spiritual Master. Sunday, Octoer 29th at 4 on KRCB's A Novel Idea.

Peter Afrasiabi – October 1, 2017

Top intellectual property and entertainment lawyer Peter Afrasiabi joins Suzanne Lang in conversation on his recent book Burning Bridges, America's 20-year Crusade to Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges. Bridges was an immigrant, a longshoreman, and a labor leader which was not a good combination in the 1930s. The imbalance of executive power in the federal government of that time resonates with our contemporary situation.

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