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

Joan Frank Shares Her Wit and Insight on A Novel Idea – February 1, 2020

This week on A Novel Idea, richly drawn characters, vivid language, and compelling pace and story create the most satisfying literary experience for readers, and this is what Joan Frank always delivers. Suzanne M. Lang welcomes Joan's wit and insight, and her luscious conversation on her recent book, Where You're All Going -Four Novellas. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photos: Courtesy of the author)

Joan Frank Shares Her Wit and Insight on A Novel Idea – February 1, 2020

Journalist and Author Susan Swartz Joins Suzanne on A Novel Idea – January 5, 2020

Death and dementia aren't all that funny, but really, sometimes they are, especially when we open ourselves up to the conversation. Journalist Susan Swartz has published her first novel, Laughing in the Dark, that is all about navigating life's challenges in the company of friends and family. Suzanne Lang talks with Swartz and also talks with Tess Lorraine, a Death Dula who facilitates the Speaking of Death Cafes in Sonoma County. Sunday at 10am. It's a Novel Idea. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photo: Courtesy of the author)

Journalist and Author Susan Swartz Joins Suzanne on A Novel Idea – January 5, 2020

Two Favorites from 2019 This Month on A Novel Idea (Aired: December 29, 2019)

On this final week of this last month of the decade, we bring you two favorite conversations of this past year. Both people's courage, tenacity, and grace inspire. Brian Fies talks about his graphic novel, A Fire Story; also joining Suzanne M Lang in conversation is Ruth L Rotary on her memoir, The Little Girl Next Door. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photo: R.L. Rotary is the author of The Little Girl Next Door – Courtesy of the author)

Two Favorites from 2019 This Month on A Novel Idea (Aired: December 29, 2019)

Peter Mehlman Takes on Gender Politics in his New Book #MeAsWell on A Novel Idea – December 1, 2019

#MeAsWell , a novel by Peter Mehlman takes on gender politics, race, and the ubiquitous control of Social Media on our lives. Mehlman was a sports writer when he began working for legendary sports journalist Howard Cosell. He was also a writer and producer of Seinfeld and joins Suzanne Lang in conversation. Also featured is Alexandra Chasin, who was just awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and her recent book is Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger's War on Drugs. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photos courtesy of the author)

Peter Mehlman Takes on Gender Politics in his New Book #MeAsWell on A Novel Idea – December 1, 2019

Roberto Tejada, Plus Russian River Poet Pat Nolan Join Suzanne M. Lang for A Novel Idea – ...

Roberto Tejada's Still Nowhere in an Empty Vastness is expansive in its range: from accounts of conquistador castaway Cabeza de Vaca, to the media spectacle of Elian Gonzalez that initiates us into the exploitation of suffering in the name of politics, which afflicts us to this day, this book of essays and manifestos is a beautiful dive into a poetics of the Americas. We live in the United States of America, but America, -the Americas, are wider and richer and vital to our personal and cultural identities. Tejada joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation. Suzanne also talks with Russian River poet, Pat Nolan.

Roberto Tejada, Plus Russian River Poet Pat Nolan Join Suzanne M. Lang for A Novel Idea – ...

Author and Musician Amy Edwards on A Novel Idea – October 6, 2019

ReInvention! Amy Edwards does it, again and again. From Austin, Texas, Edwards is a musician, hosts a podcast, and now is a novelist with the publication of The Trouble with Becoming a Witch, from She Writes Press. Amy joins Suzanne M. Lang in conversation and we'll feature some of Amy's music. The common theme of all her work is truth and transformation. It's A Novel Idea in our new timeslot, Sunday at 10 a.m., immediately following the TED Radio Hour. A Novel Idea airs on the first and fifth Sundays of every month at its NEW time of 10:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (Photos courtesy of the author)

Jonah Raskin Joins Suzanne Lang – September 29, 2019

Dark Day, Dark Night is Jonah Raskin's sequel to Dark Land, Dark Mirror, where we were first introduced to Private Investigator, or an Op as she likes to call herself, Tioga Vignetta. Like the first novel, Dark Day, Dark Night is set in a place called Sonoma. You'll recognize some things, but the author knows how spin it up, which makes it fun for locals and nonlocals alike. Jonah joins Suzanne Lang in conversation. It's a Novel Idea. (Photo: Jonah Raskin – Daniel Raskin/Courtesy of the author)

The transHuman Code and Grandmother Power on A Novel Idea – September 1, 2019

The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Heard of it? Maybe not, but I guarantee, you're living in it. Technology and artificial intelligence, genomics and blockchains infiltrate our banking and economic systems, transportation, our education, healthcare, communication, and every aspect of our lives. Who is managing all this and who is safeguarding us from harm and exploitation? David Fergusson, who along with Carlos Moriera authored The TransHuman Code: How to Program your Future. The book is a guide for us to understand how we must imbed Humanity in our technology rather than the other way around. David speaks with Suzanne Lang from his home in New York. Paula Gianturco, whose colorful book of stories and photographs is about the humanity we must bring to each other. Her book is Grandmother Power: A Global phenomenon and she joins Suzanne in conversation. A Novel Idea airs on the first Sunday of every month on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /Download the FREE KRCB mobile app @ iTunes & Google Play! (All photos courtesy of authors)

The transHuman Code and Grandmother Power on A Novel Idea – September 1, 2019

Teacher, Author, and Poet Deborah Tobola on A Novel Idea – August 4, 2019

Hummingbird in Underworld, Teaching in a Men's Prison is poet Deborah Tobola's memoir of working in the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo California. Working with inmate artists, a number of original theatrical productions were performed that changed people's lives. Tobola weaves her own family history into the story for a compelling and enjoyable read. Deborah Tobola in conversation with Suzanne M. Lang on KRCB's A Novel Idea.

Teacher, Author, and Poet Deborah Tobola on A Novel Idea – August 4, 2019

Eliot Pattison in Conversation with Suzanne Lang on A Novel Idea – July 7, 2019

Bones of the Earth is the tenth installment in the Inspector Shan mystery series by award winning author Eliot Pattison, whose interest in Tibet and the injustices brought upon the Tibetan culture and people over the past 60 years is the foundation of this series, and for mystery lovers, each one of these books is also in the best tradition of the genre. Pattison joins Suzanne Lang in conversation.

Eliot Pattison in Conversation with Suzanne Lang on A Novel Idea – July 7, 2019

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