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Bookable Space with Karla Huebner

Season 1, Ep. 16

Hosted by Yvonne Battle-Felton, this episode of Bookable Space features Karla Huebner reading from In Search of the Magic Theater.

Karla Huebner’s short fiction has appeared in many literary and genre magazines. Having worked in theater and performed in early music ensembles and gamelans, she is also an art historian whose prizewinning book on the Czech surrealist Toyen was published by University of Pittsburgh Press in 2020. Her novel In Search of the Magic Theater is just out from Regal House.

About the book: Why, the rather staid young cellist Sarah wonders, should her aunt rent their spare room to the perhaps unstable Kari Zilke? Like the nephew in Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf, Sarah finds herself taking an unexpected interest in the lodger, but she is unable to stop at providing a mere introduction to Kari’s narrative of mid-life crisis and self-discovery, and develops her own more troubled tale of personal angst and growth, entwined with the account Kari herself purportedly left behind. Generational tensions, artistic collaborations, and even a romance steeped in Greek myth follow as Kari and Sarah pursue their very different creative paths in theater and music. And while Kari seems to blossom post-divorce, Sarah must grapple with the question of what the role of mothers, fathers, aunts, mentors, and male collaborators should be in her life as a young musician.

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Bookable Space with James W White

Season 1, Ep. 26
Hosted by Yvonne Battle-Felton, this episode of Bookable Space features James W. White reading from Carp Cafe.About the book: Master story-teller James W. White is back with a guaranteed good time story set in the surf-side town of Carpinteria, California in the aftermath of the horrific Thomas wildfire. Everyone's got a bit of PTSD, what with the burning mountains and rising sea levels squeezing the town from all directions. Enter Shelly Friedman, a single, 45-year old personnel counselor with a drinking problem, blowing into town for a day trip in her classic sixty-four-and-a-half Mustang. She uncovers the hidden past of a slickster named Tom, a guy she has just screened for a job back in LA. Another guy named Tom, a bartender, sparks a passing fancy. They gin up a commemorative cocktail to honor the fire-fighters who saved the town.But the man of the hour is surfer Dave, an aging beach bum who comes to Shelly's rescue when she runs over the town's favorite yellow lab. Dave's in Carpinteria because he's hiding out from Hell's Angels. His girlfriend just dumped him, leaving a note in his post office box, and ran off with a gang of unsavory characters.About the author: Jim is a California-based writer of historical, literary and science fiction. He earned an MA in U.S. History. His professional career has included military service, teaching, research librarian and technical writing. Jim is currently serving as President of his town's literary non-profit organization, Benicia Literary Arts. Jim's stories have appeared in Datura Literary Journal, The Wapshott Press, and Remington Review. His fourth novella, Carp Café launched in January 2022 through Adelaide Books.