15 with the Author | ‘Victuals’ by Ronni Lundy 10/17/16

9780804186742If you’re old school, you may remember the word vittles from the Beverly Hillbillies tv show, but southern cooking is vastly diversive and vibrantly presented in a new book called “Victuals”(pronounced VITTLES) by Ronni Lundy.  On today’s 15 with the Author Ronni will take us on a preview of her journey of the foodways, people and places of Appalachia. She talks about growing up in the Mountains and the importance of food, as well as sharing some delicious recipes – hint, a lot of them use bacon grease!  ronnilundy

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15 with the Author | ‘The Gatekeeper’ by Kathryn Smith

imagesAs the political machine goes round and round, on today’s 15 with the Author, we get a glimpse into the first biography of likely the most influential member of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration, Marguerite “Missy” LeHand, FDR’s de facto chief of staff. Teri Knight’s guest is Kathryn Smith, the author of The Gatekeeper.  Missy LeHand was ahead of her time, and perhaps because of that, has been mostly overlooked.  Kathryn discusses Missy’s role in urging FDR to get into WW II.  More on Missy LeHand.

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15 with the Author | ‘Ice Out’ by Mary Casanova 10/3/16

bk_ice-out_190Mary Casanova has a sure touch when she describes the laconic exchanges between neighbors, the skin-burning cold of a Minnesota winter or the deadly consequences of misjudging an icy road. Mary is my guest today on 15 with the Author. She is an award-winning children’s author of novels and picture books. Many of her books stem from her life on the Minnesota-Canadian border.  Her latest young adult novel, “Ice Out”, is set in the 1920’s just as prohibition is taking hold of the country.  Mary talks about being one of 10 kids, her writing process and advice for writers.  marycasanova.com

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15 with the Author | ‘We Are Unprepared’ by Meg Little Reilly 9/26/16

we-areJust as recent changing weather patterns with unprecedented rainfall, hurricanes, tornadoes and more are affecting our World, a former Obama Administration staffer writes her debut novel, “We are Unprepared”.  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight’s guest, Meg Little Reilly, writes of The Storm, a super storm pattern threatening to destroy a marriage, a town and the entire Eastern seaboard.  A small town is splintered into 2 factions on how to deal with the upcoming threat.  Meg also talks briefly about her role in the Obama administration and what prompted you to give it up and write full time.  

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15 with the Author | ‘Navigating Life – things I wish my mother had told me” by Margaux Bergen

9781594206290There are many things most of us likely wish our mother had told us.  Things about living, things about her own life.  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight’s guest, Margaux Bergen, does just that in her novel “Navigating Life – things I wish my mother had told me”.  Part memoir, part advice, Bergen shares her own lessons, some incredibly raw, in hopes that her trials and errors might benefit her daughter as she sets off for college.   Bergen also shares 3 basic lessons including never give up your moral judgement to someone else.   

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15 with the Author | ‘Rice Craft’ by Sonoko Sakai 9/12/16

41o6paxqyvl-_sy348_bo1204203200_On today’s 15 with the Author we dive into the food world of onigiri. Teri Knight’s guest, Sonoko Sakai, is the author of “Rice Craft”, a wonderful introduction to the wide world of Rice and Japanese culture.  She shares wonderful stories of growing up in Japan and making these special rice balls with her grandma.   There are lots of recipes in her book from using dried fruits and nuts to tuna.  Learn the many varieties of rice and the various cooking methods.  Sonoko’s website cooktellsastory.com

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