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24 Paris with Author Erin Byrne

Happy Easter! Author, filmmaker, and LitWings founder Erin Byrne has had - and continues to have - a long love affair with Paris. She’s written and edited books about it, and is currently working on another. She’s made a film here. She holds an annual event here. I talked with Erin about how it all began, the books and film, and, of course, her recent LitWings event, which was the impetus for my own trip. We also talked magical guides, past and present; writing; Erin’s time at a Paris...


23 A San Francisco Author in Paris: David Downie

Bonjour de Paris! Are you interested in Paris? Do you like suspenseful literary novels? Two unrelated questions, except that on this episode I talked about both with author David Downie. David is a San Francisco native who has lived in Paris for over thirty years and has written a new novel, The Gardener of Eden, that takes place in the Pacific Northwest. We talked about Paris, his new novel, and much more. David Downie has written for over 50 publications worldwide including Bon Appétit,...


22 Author & Artist Martha Grover

SF Weekly said that “Grover is funny as hell.” And I agree. Author, poet, and artist Martha Grover and I had a great chat about writing and visual art, her zine, Somnambulist, and her memoirs, including The End of My Career - a finalist for the 2017 Oregon Book Awards in creative nonfiction. We also discussed process, some of the main themes in her work (work, illness, sex and relationships, humor), and her current project, a graphic memoir. Through it all, we also had a lot of laughs! A...


21 Solo Stage Performer Natacha Ruck

Episode preview It was great having fellow Marsh-ian, stage performer, and podcast producer Natacha Ruck in the studio! We compared our recent experiences developing and performing our solo stage shows at San Francisco’s The Marsh theater, talked about Natacha’s other stage work, and much more! Natacha Ruck's documentary work has appeared at the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as on National Geographic, NBC NY, and Link TV. Her podcasting work has appeared on NPR...


20 Author Nona Caspers

Episode preview We laughed. We (nearly) cried. We had a fantastic conversation! I loved having award-winning author Nona Caspers in the studio! We talked Edgar, writing, and all about her beautiful book, The Fifth Woman, this week named a Lambda Literary Award Finalist AND Foreword INDIES Book of the Year finalist- and already awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction! While we were at, we also discussed grief, magical realism, the malleability of time - and humor! Nona's work has...


19 Acupuncture, Herbs, Cupping & More

Episode preview Janis Feichtmeir, Licensed Acupuncturist, is co-founder of Clouds Rest Healing Center in San Francisco. I talked with Janis all about acupuncture, from what it is to why it works to needles and herbs and much more, including moxibustion, cupping, and qi! After completing her Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1989, Janis Feichtmeir traveled to Nanjing, China and completed advanced coursework at the Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Upon her...


18 Mystery Writer Cara Black

Episode preview MURDER IN PARIS 🔪😲 Cara Black is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 17 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. I talked with Cara about her current and forthcoming books in the series, writing mysteries, her love affair with Paris, and much more! Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the...


17 Space Tourism, Astrotourism, Space Camp!

Episode preview Valerie Stimac is founder and editor of Space Tourism Guide. She started the site after realizing how many friends and family had never seen the Milky Way, and that space tourism was going to unlock the next great travel destination: space! For this, my first show of 2019, I talked with Valerie about what “space tourism” encompasses, from happenings here on Earth (e.g., stargazing, watching rocket launches, and her experience at space camp!) to when we might be able to plan...


16 Dark Sky Conservation & Light Pollution

Episode preview More than 80% of the world and more than 99% of the U.S. and European populations live under light-polluted skies. Scientists estimate that in about 10 years, America will have only three dark patches of land where people will be able to clearly see the Milky Way. I talked with photographer and writer Sivani about Dark Sky Conservation, a movement working to protect the night skies - and why it’s so important. Sivani Babu is the co-founder and Creative Director of online...


15 NPR's Doug Cordell on Storytelling, Morocco, & More

Episode preview In the lead-up to our Book Passage Morocco event with Erin Byrne and Deep Travel's Christina Ammon and Anna Elkins next Friday, 12/7, I talked with NPR storyteller and Emmy-nominated writer Doug Cordell about the art of storytelling, including what he taught on a workshop in Morocco - and what he learned from a legendary traditional Moroccan storyteller. Doug Cordell’s true-life radio stories air on NPR’s Snap Judgment and APM's Marketplace. He delivers talks and workshops...


14 Coffee with Coffee Expert Willem Boot

Episode preview I talked with coffee expert Willem Boot all about specialty coffee: the business, the art, the ethics and more. We also discussed Willem’s company, Boot Coffee, including its offerings (consulting, courses, trips), Willem’s farms in Ethiopia and Panama, and the coffee that turned his world upside down. Willem Boot is the founder of Boot Coffee, located in San Rafael, California. He’s also a coffee expert who has advised coffee companies, coffee associations, development...


13 Author & Poet Linda Watanbe McFerrin

Episode preview Linda Watanabe McFerrin is a poet, travel writer, novelist and founder of Left Coast Writers. Linda has a new collection of her work coming out in 2019 and is editor of a Cuba anthology out soon. We talked poetry and prose, travel, zombies, staying connected to loved ones who have passed on, her books - including her two forthcoming ones - and much, more more. A great conversation! Next Sunday: Sivani Babu talks about Dark Sky conversation! Video: Facebook |...


12 Humor & Travel Writing: Porcelain Travels!

Episode preview With the 11/11 release date just one week away, Matthew presented his new book, Porcelain Travels: Humor, Horror and Revelation in, on and around Toilets, Tubs and Showers for the very first time - both from the studio and a couple of other unorthodox - but very fitting - locations. Porcelain Travels has already been designated an Amazon #1 New Release in both Travel Humor and Literary Travel. Next Sunday: Novelist, poet, Left Coast Writers founder, and former San Francisco...


11 Stroke: Suffering & Surviving in “Scrambling Back"

Episode preview Anne Sigmon had it all: love, career, world travel. Then, at the young age of 48, she also had a stroke. I had the pleasure of reading Anne’s unreleased memoir, “Scrambling Back,” which describes how her life was changed overnight - and how she fought hard to reclaim much of what was lost, including her passion for traveling the world. We talked about stroke and memory loss, autoimmune disease, and much, much more. Anne Sigmon is an award-winning writer and traveler whose...


10 LGBT Senior Housing

Episode preview LGBTQ seniors face a unique set of challenges as they age, particularly when trying to find affordable housing. They are much more likely to be single, live alone, and have no children compared to the general population, as a result of which they tend to be more isolated and have less support. In care homes, LGBTQ seniors often confront homophobia and unfair treatment that drives them back into the closet. San Francisco’s Openhouse helps to provide housing, direct services,...


09 Literary Death Match San Francisco!

Episode preview The LA Times called Literary Death Match “...the most entertaining reading series ever." In the lead-up to next week’s 10/17 San Francisco Literary Death Match, I talked with producer Matthew DeCoster about what it is, how it attracts such top-notch talent and celebrity judges, and why it’s been such a success the world over, from New York to London to Shanghai and beyond. Matthew DeCoster is a producer at Literary Death Match San Francisco and a former member of...


08 Cannabis: Medical marijuana, recreational pot, and current issues

Episode preview Cannabis activists David Goldman and Kenneth Michael Koehn talk about the past, present, and future of pot, from medical marijuana to legalization of recreational pot to current cannabis-related issues on the political scene. David Goldman and Kenneth Michael Koehn have lived in San Francisco for over 45 years. Active in the past in the civil rights movement for the LGBT community, for the past 12 years, they have worked tirelessly for the rights of medical cannabis...


07 Litquake San Francisco

Episode preview Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware filled us in on what’s in store for this year’s San Francisco festival, October 11 - 20! Litquake is an annual literary festival started in 1999 in San Francisco that has since spread to cities throughout the country and abroad. The festival consists of readings, discussions, and themed events, and it’s heralded as the largest literary event west of the Mississippi. To date 7,100 authors and 145,854 attendees have participated in the...


06 Film: The Mill Valley Film Festival

Episode preview Director of Programming for the Mill Valley Film Festival, Zoë Elton, talks about what’s going on in film and what’s in store for this year’s festival, which takes place 10/4 - 10/14! In addition to a who’s who of A-listers, including past guests Helen Mirren, Ryan Gosling, Glenn Close, Edward Norton, and too many others to mention, every year the 11-day Mill Valley Film Festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers and 60,000 attendees from around the world. Next Sunday:...


05 San Francisco Travel: 100 Things to Do Before You Die

Episode preview Travel writers Kimberley Lovato and Jill Robinson presented their new book, for tourists and locals alike! We had a hilarious and informative talk ranging from why they decided to write a book for people about to die; the truth about fortune cookies, the color of the Golden Gate Bridge (not gold!), and the name of San Francisco’s fog. We also learned about Irish coffee, how Jill became a certified ninja demi-goddess of tequila, and the risks involved running naked in San...