Bookable Space with Karla Huebner
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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18. Bookable Space with Madeline Bocaro21:45In this episode of Bookable Space, host Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Madeline Bocaro. Madeline reads from her book In Your Mind- The Infinite Universe of Yoko Ono. About the book: In Your Mind - The Infinite Universe of Yoko Ono The true story of the woman John Lennon loved. This is the ultimate biography and reference guide to Yoko Ono's life and work. It is the first complete exploration of her avant-garde art, activism, films and music in stunning detail. Includes deep insights about Ono’s life (thirty-three years before meeting Lennon, twelve years with him, and over forty years of creativity since his death). The book addresses the undeserved negativity that Yoko has received as a child of war in Japan, as an Asian woman and as the wife of one of the Beatles. We can all learn from Yoko's positivity and her effective healing methods.BIO: Author and journalist Madeline Bocaro is a passionate fan from New York, with deep knowledge about rock and roll. Her informative and insightful writing keeps its history and legacy alive. Madeline has written the acclaimed biography In Your Mind – The Infinite Universe of Yoko Ono. She has contributed to many books and documentaries about music.
17. Bookable Space with Tim Stretton20:33In this episode of Bookable Space, host Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Tim Stretton. Tim will be reading from Catfish Alley.From the book:I once had a girlfriend back in Scotland, Lorna, who was into astrology, karma, healing crystals and all that shite. She always said the universe had a way of knowing when you needed something and providing for you. In my experience, what it generally provides is a kick in the bollocks.Tommy Chisholm is in trouble.His dream life in Barcelona is unravelling. He’s broke, his writing career has stalled, and maybe it’s time to pack up and go home.But then he’s recruited by an organised crime gang to help them rob an art gallery. His financial worries will be over at a stroke, and all he needs to do is seduce someone he’s never met.Everything is going perfectly. Until he loses his head over the woman he is meant to be exploiting. About the Auhor: Tim Stretton has published six novels, and his seventh, Catfish Alley, was published by SpellBound Books in June. He writes fantasy and science fiction as Tim Stretton, and crime as T. M. Stretton.He has also been published by Macmillan New Writing and Tor. His fantasy novels include the Annals of Mondia trilogy (Dragonchaser, The Dog of the North and The Last Free City) and his most recent series is the steampunk Fractured Empire sequence, Bitter Sky and A Little Poison.More recently he has been working on crime fiction. In addition to Catfish Alley, he has recently completed two more novels in the ‘Barcelonoir’ crime trilogy, Casanova Street and Diamond Boulevard.Tim was born and raised on the Isle of Wight, and has lived in West Sussex for most of his adult life. He has a degree in English and American Literature from the University of Kent. He was also a senior editor at the international Vance Integral Edition project. Before concentrating on writing full-time, he was the deputy finance director of a local authority and also worked as a trainer and consultant. His non-fiction has appeared in publications as diverse as the Local Government Chronicle and Introvert, Dear.He is a member of the Crime Writers' Association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Association, the Society of Authors and the Alliance of Independent Authors.You can find him online at timstretton.com and follow him on Twitter (@timstretton) and Instagram (@tim_stretton).
16. Bookable Space with Micki R. Pettit21:31In this episode of Bookable Space, host novelist Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Micki R. Pettit. Micki reads from A Kiss for Maggie Moore and talks about research, writing, and more.Born in Wyoming and raised in New Mexico, Micki R. Pettit has been a Texan for twenty-six years, living in Houston with her husband and now twenty-one-year-old, A&M sons. Micki is a former radio personality and voice talent with vocal experience spanning musical theater, opera, big band, rock, and country. She is currently lead female singer with the folk group Bandella and performs with the Bay Area Chorus of Greater Houston. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, she is an experienced copywriter whose personal writing has appeared in various Native American-themed publications. Upon moving to Houston, she was instrumental in the creation and execution of Contact, the Astronaut Spouses Group quarterly newsletter, and served as content coordinator before becoming its editor. A Kiss for Maggie Moore is Micki R. Pettit’s debut novel. She is currently working on String of Pearls, the story of two women at different stages of entanglement with the same man. One is divorcing him, the other is soon to be his bride.About the bookSmart-mouthed Maggie Moore is instantly smitten with the laid back, sometimes infuriating Bucky. Too bad he has eyes for her best friend Melinda. Their triangle of friendship and emerging romance is easily eclipsed by the free-spirited adventures of childhood, but when the turmoil of adolescence stirs unresolved feelings, and doing the right thing means betraying her own heart, Maggie must grapple with a moral dilemma that impacts them all. With a supporting cast of unforgettable characters, and set against the backdrop of rural Wyoming during the cultural upheaval of the 1960s, Micki R. Pettit gracefully weaves an endearing and humorous tale of first experiences that cuts to the heart of sacrificial love.
15. Bookable Space with Linda Jean Hall33:50In this episode of Bookable Space, host, novelist Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Linda Jean Hall. Linda Jean reads to us from Gifting Resilience: A Pandemic Study of my Black Female Resistance and talks about fear, writing, and hope.Linda Jean Hall is a teaching-researcher specializing in Science and Technology Studies at the University of California Riverside. Hall’s book, Gifting Resilience: A Pandemic Study of my Black Female Resistance is a self-analysis of her journey from Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system to the ivory towers of California's leading educational institutions. About the book:How does fear – deep, ongoing, systemic fear – impact on Black lives?Through reflections on her own life, anthropologist Dr Linda Jean Hall draws on traditions of African storytelling to explore the question of how systemic fear affects the twentieth- and twenty-first-century Afro American experience. By using the framing of pandemic waves – a concept all too familiar in the wake of COVID-19 – Hall employs a personal lens to parse out the implications of different “waves of fear" through impactful stages of her life, allowing readers to examine the shifting relationships that define Blackness and survival.Gifting resilience: A pandemic study of Black female resistance is ideal reading for students of Black studies, African American studies, and related courses, as well as for students of feminist and womanist studies, gender studies, cultural studies, history, sociology and anthropology. Unflinchingly honest, this book gives a human face to viewpoints and ideas that originate deep within the complex and diverse African Diasporic lived experience.-------
14. Bookable Space with Annie Dawid25:14In this episode of Bookable Space, host Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Annie Dawid. Annie reads from Paradise Undone: A Novel of Jonestown.About the book Paradise Undone, A Novel of Jonestown is a part real, part imagined retelling of the tragic events that led to the USA's biggest single loss of civilian life in the twentieth century.On November 18th 1978, nine hundred and nine people died in the Guyanese jungle. Published on the 45th anniversary, Annie Dawid’s compelling story of Jonestown explores the tragedy through the voices of four protagonists—Marceline Baldwin Jones and three other members of Peoples Temple. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Annie Dawid blends fact and fiction, using real and composite characters to tell a story about the horrific mass murder/suicide that took place in the Guyanese jungle, all because of one man with a God complex.In the hostile racial environment of 1950s segregated America, Marceline Baldwin and Jim Jones promise to build a new Eden, based on ideals of fraternity and equality. But every Eden has its serpent.Having already made headlines as the first white couple in Indiana to adopt a black child, Marceline and Jim adopt five other non-white children and call themselves ‘the rainbow family’. Jones’ following grows: Peoples Temple gives hope to the poor, the miserable, alienated and disenfranchised. It soon outgrows Indiana and is uprooted to the jungle of Guyana. But when things start to fall apart, rampant egotist Jim Jones plans a mass-murder suicide mission. Where he goes, everyone must follow, even to the grave…About the AuthorAnnie Dawid has published five books, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and essays. She teaches at the University of Denver, University College master’s program in creative writing online from her home in very rural Colorado. Her focus on the murder/suicides at Jonestown in 1978, when she was a first-year undergraduate, dates from March 2004. At the University of North Dakota Writers Conference, where she was a Master-Teacher in residence, she met a friend of survivors of Jonestown. Subsequently, she immersed herself in research and changed the subject of her next novel to the Jonestown massacre. Years of study and writing followed before finishing Paradise Undone in time for the 30-year anniversary in 2008. Eventually, she met those survivors, who run the Jonestown Institute Archives, and, with them and many others, hopes to illuminate the lives of the 900+ Peoples Temple members who died in the jungle, human beings not named Jim Jones.
13. Bookable Space with Gary Hermus32:53In this episode of Bookable Space, host Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Gary Hermus. Gary reads from and talks about his novel, The Port Edgerton Chronicles.About the Book:Leaving your childhood home to build a new life is a rite of passage. But what happens when you have to go back? Self-reliant artist Penelope “Nellie” Simpson, has made a place for herself in the New Mexico art scene, but when her father becomes ill she is forced to leave the life she’s built and return to her hometown of Port Edgerton, New York. Penelope finds herself torn between her New Mexico life and the one she has found for herself back home when she falls in love with her high school friend, Peter Vandegelder. Things become further complicated when startling revelations of the town’s history begin unfolding around them. And, as if things weren’t tangled enough, a stranger shows up in town, whose dreams and aspirations may change the very nature of Port Edgerton. About the Author:Brooklyn-born author, essayist, actor, performing songwriter, and three-time New Mexico Music Award winner, Gary Paul Hermus has spent a lifetime telling stories. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he continues to write songs, stories and essays.To hear Gary reading from the book, visit his website here
12. Bookable Space with Larry Zuckerman39:38In this special edition of Bookable Space, host Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Larry Zuckerman. Larry reads from Lonely Are the Brave.About the bookHistorical novelist Larry Zuckerman talks about Lonely Are the Brave, in which an American war hero returns to his small town in 1919, grieving his late wife, and decides to stay home to raise his infant daughter, only to hear a rumor the child isn’t his.About the authorLarry Zuckerman, named for a Shakespearean actor, has been blending drama with history since he took up writing at age fifteen. He has written about the potato’s social influence and Belgium during the First World War. Lonely Are the Brave, his debut novel, appeared in April with Cynren Press.
11. Bookable Space with W.C. Aldridge27:39In this engaging episode, poet W.C. Aldridge joins host Yvonne Battle-Felton. W.C. reads from My Soul's Journey, discusses her poetry journey and offers poets/writers advice on creating a poetry collection.About the book:My Soul’s Journey, collected poems, by Chicago poet W.C. Aldridge, was released in 2021 as part of Amador Publisher’s Worldwind Books Poetry Series. Ms. Aldridge was involved in all aspects of the project. Her choices for cover and interior art, and her thoughtful arrangement of the poems into chapters with evocative titles such as “Forgiveness is Not a Byword,” “My Relationship with God,” and “Everything is About Color,” add layers of meaning to her poetic journey. The collection is sprinkled with photographs by Michele Lee, also of Chicago, and includes an image by beloved African American painter Annie Lee, “5th Grade Substitute,” a detail of which graces the cover. My Soul’s Journey came together in 2020-21 in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement and the worldwide pandemic. The dejected young teacher on the book cover may well represent how we were feeling then, and might still be feeling, but paired with Ms. Aldridge’s poetry, she is a symbol of perseverance and hope fortified by faith—an apt description of the poet herself.Ms. Aldridge describes her work as cathartic. In free verse and narrative prose poems she allows herself release through celebration of her Christian faith. With her soul lighting the way, she embarks on a journey both unique and universal, reflecting on family, culture, hurt and healing. Her willingness to broach truths more often left unsaid, from deep cultural anguish to ecstatic spiritual grace, establish her as a significant voice in the story of Black life in America. In expressing the ubiquitous bond her soul has on her life experiences, the author revels in a journey that ultimately transcends time, and thus painful history, to arrive at a Now each one of us has the power to imbue with promise.About the writer:W. C. Aldridge began her writing career in education. Since branching out within other fields, she has written for magazines, created materials for book publishers, ghostwritten life stories, written a column, and published a poetry book called My Soul’s Journey. My Soul’s Journey received the 2022 Eric Hoffer Finalist Award.
10. Bookable Space with Claire Culliford20:20In this episode, host Yvonne Battle-Felton is joined by Claire Culliford. Claire reads from If You Believe... and talks about writing the collection and hope.About the bookA collection of short stories about the poignant, possible and positive in our world. If You Believe... invites readers to imagine all that can be through tales depicting the best of humanity and the wonderful powers of the natural world. About the author Claire Culliford is an author, screenwriter, poet and lyricist who adores writing about the themes that matter to us all, from love and compassion to the natural world, equality and justice. For over twenty years she has also been a teacher and translator. Claire is the author of the environmental and social children's book series "The Little Helpers", written to support the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. It raises awareness among young children of global environmental and social issues and inspires them to come up with creative ways of resolving them. Her latest works, the poetry book "A New World" and the short story collection "If You Believe...", were recently published and aim to provide teenage and adult readers with hope, comfort and belief in all that is possible in our beautiful world.