Archive for October 2011

Stella Duffy’s Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore; and Joshua Cody’s [Sic] featured this week on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

Stella Duffy

 This Thursday, November 3rd, at 4:15 (eastern), all the way from England,  Stella Duffy joins Merry Gangemi on Woman-Stirred Radio to discuss her bestselling historical novel, Theodora: actress, empress, whore (Penguin 2011). The novel, released in October tells the story of the young girl who began her life in 6th-century Byzantium and became one of the most powerful and progressive women of her age. Scholars believe Theodora was born between 479 and 510 AD. Her father was a bear trainer at the Hippodrome, the vast and sports center of Constantinople and the site of Theodora’s early career as and acrobat.

Duffy weaves a plausible, tapestry-like narrative, illuminating the smallest details of daily life in the first millenium after Christ’s death as well as each pinnacle and nadir of Theodora’s tumultuous, fascinating, and emotionally-rich life. 

Then at 5:00, Merry welcomes new York City-based composer and film maker,  Joshua Cody, whose memoir , [sic]  is about his three-year encounter with malignancy, in the form of a tumor in his neck, paints a landscape of the ordeal textured with irony,  self-deprecation, and insights lyrical and profound. Writer Nick Flynn finds the book “endlessly curious, genuinely funny, fiercely intelligent, and wonderfully perverse” (WWNorton). 

“Moving effortlessly between references to Don Giovanni and the Rolling Stones, Ezra Pound and Buffalo Bill”Cody’s memoir “is a mesmerizing, hallucinatory glimpse into a young man’s battle against disease and a celebration of art, language, music, and life” (WW Norton).

Listen to this week’s show Thursday, November 3rd, locally, at WGDR 91.1 or WGDH 91.7 fm, or stream us live at Interviews begin at 4:15.

WGDR and WGDH are the community radio stations of Goddard College, Plainfield, VT. Woman-Stirred Radio is supported in part by Sinister Wisdom, the world’s oldest continuously-published lesbian journal of arts and letters, by grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Goddard College, and listeners like you.

Want to join the conversation? Call the air studio at 802.454.7762.

Montpelier Author Jane Dwinell on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This Thursday, October 27th, at 5:00 p.m. (eastern), Jane Dwinell visits Woman-Stirred Radio to talk about her latest book, Freedom through Frugality: Spend less and have more.

“In the early days of the economic crisis, the media touted the “new frugality” as a way for people to weather the storm until the sun came out. But, the truth is, the storm is here to stay. With all the ups and downs on Wall Street and in Washington, the ongoing job stagnation and housing downturn, economists are clear that the recession will be with us for some time.
In the meantime, many people are getting used to being thrifty and are, in many cases, seeing this as a new way of life, one that brings them some peace of mind in the midst of uncertainty. But many more people are crying out for information that could help them deal with these tough times.  Freedom Through Frugality provides that help.

But, just what is frugality? According to author Jane Dwinell, frugality is about:
            Being deliberate and careful with your resources
            Planning ahead
            Making do
            Understanding the true cost of things
            Not wasting anything — including your life
            Common sense
            Paying attention
And, what frugality is not about:
            Just you
            Being cheap
            Living a spartan existence
            Living in fear
Dwinell offers philosophy, support, and how-to for your transition to a more frugal, fun, and free life. With the ongoing global economic unpredictability, and the understanding that living on a smaller ecological footprint can help stem climate change, Freedom Through Frugality is a timely book.
Jane Dwinell has been living a free and frugal life for over 25 years — in the country, in the city, and in town. She and her partner raised two children (who continue to be frugal young adults), and have travelled extensively since they retired in their mid-50s. They currently live in Montpelier, VT” (GLW).

Sound interesting? Then tune in this Thursday, October 27th, at 5:00 for what should be a very cool discussion about the different ways we can free ourselves from the clutches of corporate-controlled life—which is really what we are seeing in the phenomenal Occupy Wall Street movement that is sweeping the country—and find freedom!

Stealing Angel and Wild Flavors Fly on Woman-Stirred Radio   Leave a comment

This week on Woman-Stirred Radio, I’m thrilled to welcome author Terry Wolverton and chef Didi Emmons! It’s WGDR’s fall fundraiser this week and Woman-Stirred Radio asks you to  help keep us on the air! Whatever you can give is appreciated… and for any donation over $25 some of the amazing books written by authors I’ve interviewed on the program. Call during the show for a list of titles. 802.454.7762.

At 4:15 Terry Wolverton comes online to talk about her new novel, Stealing Angel (Spinsters Ink, 2011). Layered within the emotional complexities of a broken relationship and the desire to protect a beloved child, Stealing Angel is a story of love and forgiveness that crosses boundaries of gender, race, and spiritual consciousness. Set in the exquisite beauty of Baja, Mexico, amidst a community of enlightenment, Maggie Saver and her daughter Angel find refuge, friendship, and acceptance. It’s a story that appeals to anyone who desires a world wherein love and kindness really do make a difference. Stealing Angel is a gem of GLBTQ fiction, relevent and insightful, another triumph for a writer who believes in the power of faith and transformation.

Terry Wolverton is the author of eight books including novels, poetry, and short fiction. She has taught creative writing for over twenty-five years and in 1997 founded Writers at Work, a creative writing center in Los Angeles. Wolverton is an associate faculty mentor at Antioch University, Los Angeles, and a certified instructor of Kindalini Yoga. Click here for her website.

Then at 5:00 (and this one’s sure to please listeners who practice sustainable agriculture and believe in the principles of 360 and Peak Oil), Merry welcomes Didi Emmons, Boston chef and author of Vegetarian Planet and Entertaining for a Veggie Planet. Her new book, Wild Flavors: One Chef’s Transformative year Cooking from Eva’s Farm, has just been released from Chelsea Green Publishing.

Through her marvelous collaboration and friendship with Massachusettes farmer, Eva Sommaripa, Emmons has compiled a cookbook that celebrates the simplicity of cooking with uncommon herbs, greens, and wild edibles—with her staff, she grows more than 200 of these on her farm on the Massachusettes coast.

This is more than a cookbook, however, Wild Flavors presents plant profiles and stories laced with “practical tips and tools for foraging, growing, and preparing seasonal fare” (GLP). It’s also an encylopedia of foods right at our fingertips—such as allium, lovage, rugosa rose, and cardoon—that might very well change the way you perceive the spaces around your garden and backyard.

So tune-in to Woman-Stirred Radio, Thursday, October 13th, 4 to 6 p.m. (eastern) for some delightful conversations with Terry Wolverton and Didi Emmons—programming that is sure to please. Want to join the conversatio? Call the air studio at 802.454.7762.