Episode 99 – August 21, 2016
Catherine Banner’s new novel, The House at the Edge of Night, tells an epic story of four generations of a family on a small island off the Italian Coast. Spanning over a hundred years, Banner’s character-rich portrayal of the Esposito family and the people of Castellamare transform and grow on a small island that is far away enough o be forgotten, but not far enough to be immune to the world around it.
Award-winning poet Chris Forhan’s new memoir, My Father Before Me, tells his story of growing up in a family where everything is better left unsaid. His coming of age story spans multiple generations where Forhan bravely pieces his past together as a boy coming of age in the 60’s and 70’s. He recalls how his family handled the suicide of his father just before Christmas in 1973 and considers how he is and isn’t his father’s son.
You may not know Terry McDonnell, but you’ve seen his work. As a top magazine editor, he’s worked with some of the biggest writers of all time and he truly understands what makes a good story and a brilliant storyteller. His new book, The Accidental Life: An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers, shows how publishing articles has changed over the years and how things have shifted in the digital age. McDonnell shares his personal experiences with the most influential magazines and writers as well as practical advice to grow audiences with compelling stories.