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

Poet/novelists Andrei Codrescu and Barbara Quick on A Novel Idea (

Long-time NPR commentator, editor of Exquisite Corpse, novelist, and poet Andrei Codrescu joins Suzanne Lang in conversation on his life, writing, and language. His upcoming works include a collection of pandemic poetry, Too Late for Nightmares, and one of his earliest novels —revisited by his current self, Meat from the Goldrush. Suzanne also visits with novelist and poet Barbara Quick to talk about her latest novel What Disappears along with her volume of award-winning poetry The Light on Sifnos. Click the icon below to listen.

Poet/novelists Andrei Codrescu and Barbara Quick on A Novel Idea (

Greg Sarris and Julene Bair on A Novel Idea (Aired: April 3, 2022)

Story, memory, place, and water converges with our two guests. Suzanne Lang is joined by Greg Sarris, author, educator and Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Greg talks about his book Becoming Story, A Journey among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors. Julene Bair talks about The Ogallala Road, A Story of Love, Family, and the Fight to Keep the Great Plains from Running Dry. Both authors explore their roots, their environment, their choices, and how to integrate various elements of their experience with what they've come to know. Sunday, April 3rd at 10am PT on KRCB 104.9, streaming and podcasting at krcb.org. Click the icon below to listen.

Greg Sarris and Julene Bair on A Novel Idea (Aired: April 3, 2022)

Ruthie Marlenee and Meredith Hall join Suzanne on A Novel Idea (Aired: March 6, 2022)

Characters seem to tell their authors where the story is going, and that is part of the alchemy of writing novels. Suzanne Lang talks with Ruthie Marlenee about her novel Agave Blues. It's inflected with a bit of magic realism and the voices of ancestors. Suzanne also talks with best-selling author Meredith Hall on her work, Beneficence, a powerful and moving story of love, loss, and the healing power of family. Listen to KRCB's A Novel Idea, Sunday, March 6th at 10am PST on KRCB 104.9 FM in Sonoma County. Streaming and podcasting at krcb.org. Click the icon below to listen.

Ruthie Marlenee and Meredith Hall join Suzanne on A Novel Idea (Aired: March 6, 2022)

Ann Vileisis talks about abalone's uncertain future on A Novel Idea (Aired: February 6, 2022)

Environmental historian Ann Vileisis goes deep and pulls together a fascinating story in Abalone, the Remarkable History and Uncertain Future of California's Iconic Shellfish. Abalone has long been a source of wonder and value with its iridescent shell, hearty meat, and spiritual significance, but the once iconic shell fish is now nearly absent in the California waters. Join Ann in conversation with Suzanne Lang on KRCB's A Novel Idea, Sunday, February 6th at 10 am PST, broadcasting at 104.9 FM, streaming and podcasting at norcalpublicmedia.org. Click the icon below to listen.

Ann Vileisis talks about abalone's uncertain future on A Novel Idea (Aired: February 6, 2022)

Daniel Coshnear and Beth Kirschner on A Novel Idea (Aired: January 30, 2022)

Good fiction invites us to be less alone, to question our own thoughts and perceptions, to laugh at ourselves and cry about what hurts. Join Suzanne M. Lang in conversation with Daniel Coshnear on his work of short stories, Separation Anxiety. Also on the show is Beth Kirschner. Her novel Copper Divide is set in the tumultuous winter of 1913 in Calumet Michigan in the copper country. It's A Novel Idea, Sunday January 30th at 10am PT, 104.9 FM, streaming at krcb.org. Click the icon below to listen.

Daniel Coshnear and Beth Kirschner on A Novel Idea (Aired: January 30, 2022)

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)