Booklovers’ Cafe

Max Wareham, Rudy Lyle

(Airdate: February 28, 2023) Booklovers’ Cafe heads to the East Coast to catch author, musicologist, and bluegrass banjo player Max Wareham who has just returned from a summer of festivals touring with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.  The book is titled Rudy Lyle: The Unsung Hero of the Five String Banjo. Max began to study and work out the tablature for the banjo solos played by Rudy Lyle, banjo player with the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boys of the 1950s. Find out what happened to Rudy and his banjo after he returned from fighting in the Korean War. The show integrates recordings of Rudy from the early days and stories from Max.

Dylan Quarles, Here There Be Monsters

(Airdate: January 31, 2023) Dylan Quarles, author of the adventure science fiction book, Here There Be Monsters, visits with Cris Wilson on Booklovers’ Cafe. It is indeed a time-travelling, explosive, gut-wrenching ride set in 1520 and 1985. Quarles is known for his previous sci-fi trilogy The Ruins of Mars. In this work, he turns to his personal interest in World Mythologies. The descriptions are vivid and ominous, yet the horror is lightened with humorous dialogue and likable characters. Quarles has also written several volumes of A Secret History of Port Townsend!

Booklovers’ Cafe – Gene Helfman, Beyond the Human Realm

(Airdate: January 3, 2023) Author Gene Helfman joins Cris Wilson to talk about his new novel Beyond the Human Realm, winner of the 2022 NIEA and Readers Favorite Award for Animal Fiction. Gene is himself a retired animal behaviorist and has written a novel from the Orcas’ point of view set partially here in the Salish Sea with our own beloved J pod. A fascinating story taken from recent news and research. The story follows a captive male orca, Makai, as a human-caused tragedy upends his world. Seeking revenge, he is accepted into Orca society and his success hinges on these fellow orcas, whale researchers, and a runaway teenager with Orca Clan roots.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Diane Urbani, All My Love

(Airdate: December 6, 2022) Cris invites Diane Urbani de la Paz into the studio to talk about her personal history All My Love, a story of Love and War, set during World War II. This book was inspired by 430 letters written by Don Lusk to his bride Anne.  Letters are read on this program by Phil Lusk, Don’s son. History jumps out of a textbook and the love story parallels Diane’s own story of love and the search for places of meaning for the Lusk family. Diane also gives tips on how to successfully write and publish a book on your own.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Willy Vlautin, The Night Always Comes

(Airdate: November 8, 2022) Cris talks to Portland author Willy Vautin about his novels and his music! WIlly writes about real life both gritty and hopeful. His latest novel noir, The Night Always Comes, is set in Portland and is so of the moment in our country it hurts. It’s a heart-wrenching portrait of a woman hungry for security and home in a rapidly changing city. Willy has had two of his books made into films, Lean on Pete and The Motel Life. Don’t Skip out on Me is an ALA Notable book and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award. His band The Delines sets the background sound track for his writing and your reading.

Jasmin Faulks Dickerson, The Last Sandstorm

(Airdate: October 11, 2022) Cris Wilson interviews author Jasmin Faulk Dickerson about her memoir The Last Sandstorm. Jasmin is a writer, speaker, and cultural identity advocate. She draws motivation from her personal story to educate and promote social justice and understanding. Born in the Middle East to an Italian mother and Arabian father, she immigrated to the United States in 1999 and pursued her education in Wyoming and Washington State in writing, equity, diversity, and leadership. In her memoir, The Last Sandstorm, Jasmin highlights the colorful and challenging experiences of her upbringing in Saudi Arabia, which led to her harrowing escape in her 20s. It is a family story, a romance and a thriller – a modern teenager in the repressive culture of Saudi Arabia.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Michael Daley, Telemachus

(Airdate: August 2, 2022) Cris Wilson interviews author, poet and founding editor of Empty Bowl Press Michael Daley. They talk about his novel Telemachus, a father/ son relationship search and coming of age book set partially in Port Townsend. The son is an artist and the father a famous poet and vicious critic. Cris and Michael also explore the recently published book, The Madrona Project Vol: 2: Human Communities in Wild Places. This is a beautiful book, delightful to hold filled with poems and essays by Northwest authors interspersed with art and photographs.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Jonathan Evison, Small World

(Airdate: July 5, 2022) Jonathan Evison has been assessing America through novels about working-class folks — home health aides, lawn workers. His 2011 novel West of Here seems most in companionship with his latest, Small World. Both are sprawling sagas with dual timelines that follow late-19th-century Westerners and their contemporary descendants. Small World opens with a train accident in 2019. The engineer, Walter Bergen, has had a perfect record until this, the final run of his career. The train, heading to Seattle, is “hurtling toward the unavoidable” — both the inevitable crash and, for Walter, an increasing awareness of that final movement in our lives. As ever an enjoyable conversation about engaging characters.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Seb Eggert, The Last Canyon Voyage

(Airdate: June 7, 2022) Cris Wilson interviews community member Seb Eggert about his father Charle Eggert’s memoir The Last Canyon Voyage: A Filmmaker’s Journey Down the Green and Colorado River detailing his 1955 expedition to duplicate the 1870s journey of John Wesley Powell before dams planned at Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon flooded the wild river.

Booklovers’ Cafe
Alec Wightman, Music in My Life

(Airdate: April 12, 2022) Our own Jerry Osborne takes over the microphone and has a conversation with Alec Wightman  about his memoir Music in My Life: Notes from a long time fan.  Rock and roll first spoke to Alec as a ten-year-old listening to Dion on his transistor radio. Over the next sixty years, Wightman would listen to countless records, chase live shows from coast to coast , promote sing-songwriter acts through his own concert production company and serve as chair of the board of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.