Ashley Ream’s novel, The 100 Year Miracle, is about the six days every hundred years when the bay around a small Washington island glows. Dr. Rachel Bell, the scientist studying the miracle, and Harry, who is the last stages of a debilitating disease, both believe the rare green water could save their lives and change the world. But when the water starts to make strange things happen, Rachel and Harry only have six days to control the miracle and save their lives before the waters go dark for another hundred years.
Benjamin Hale masterfully tells seven stories that span space and time in his new book, The Fat Artist and Other Stories. From an addict in precarious recovery who lands a job driving a truck full of live squid to a heartbroken performance artist who attempts to eat himself to death as a work of art, Hale paints portraits of fictional characters and settings in his stores draw readers immediately and tell parts of life we may never otherwise see.
Originally published in 2002 but updates for 2016, food writer and three-time James Beard Award winner, Robb Walsh’s Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook: Recipes and Recollections from the Pitmasters has 32 new recipes in addition to the 100 original. Covering the same principles of barbecue as well as what’s new in Texas cooking, Walsh talks to the people who do it best and shares what anyone needs to know to get the grill fired up, Texas style. And today on Woodstock writers Radio, he chats about all this with Woodstock’s own Top Chef, Ric Orlando of New World Home Cooking. These two could talk rubs and smoking all day long— all I did was nod and work the dials! What a pleasure!