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Bruce Matson, “The Race Before Us”

Bruce MatsonBruce Matson, Chief Legal Office of LeClair Ryan, Richmond, VA, talks with Jennifer Robbins about turning fifty years old, facing a crisis of faith as well of physical health.  He explores his pursuit of physical and spiritual well-being, running his race for body and soul.

Bruce serves on the board of the C.S. Lewis Institute and speaks on various topics from his book – The Race Before Us. He and his family attend Christ Lutheran Church in Richmond, where Bruce teaches Sunday School on topics of apologetics, discipleship, and Biblical theology. In the Spring of 2014, he will walk the Camino de Santiago.

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Lee Smith, “Guests on Earth”

Lee Smith & book coverThis year’s All Henrico Reads book of choice is Guests on Earth, by Lee Smith.  Lou Dean talks with the author about the book, set around the historical fact of Zelda Fitzgerald’s residence in the Highland Mental Hospital in Asheville, NC.  Ms. Smith will be speaking at Glen Allen High School on April 2 as the culmination of the All Henrico Reads event.

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Nicole Unice – “She’s Got Issues”

Cover, She's Got IssuesNicole Unice is a regular mom who lives loud. A ministry leader at Hope Church and Christian counselor, she has spent over a decade studying and teaching about the way women relate to God. She speaks nationally at women’s and students’ events and loves to connect with people face to face and online.   Here she talks with Jennifer Robbins about her  book, She’s Got Issues, where she  explores five issues that can hold a woman back from living free and loving well.  (23 minutes)

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Mark Batterson

photo, Mark BattersonMark serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. Recognized as one of America’s most innovative churches, NCC is one church with seven locations. Mark is the author of several bestselling books including In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, and Primal. He and his wife, Lora, live on Capitol Hill with their three children.  In this interview with Jennifer Robbins, Mark talks about his book, The Circle Maker,  and lessons learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker—a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. (About 17 minutes)

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Howard Owen

photo of Howard OwenLou Dean talks with Howard Owen for the Writer’s Voice. When Howard Owen was 40, and sports editor of the “Richmond Times-Dispatch”, he wrote his first novel, Littlejohn. He is now editorial page editor of “The Free Lance-Star” in Fredericksburg, and has written 11 novels, with the 12th on the way. Our local listeners will especially enjoy this conversation with Owen since novels 10, 11 and 12 are situated right here in Richmond. His 10th novel, Oregon Hill, published in 2012, won the Hammett Prize for best crime literature in the U.S. and Canada, given by the International Association of Crime Writers. The sequel, The Philadelphia Quarry, came out in July of 2013. The third Willie Black mystery, “Parker Field,” will be published in June of 2014.  Audio versions of  Oregon Hill and The Philadelphia Quarry are available, and Voice radio listeners will be able to hear them this winter.  Meanwhile, we know you’ll enjoy this interview.  About 30 minutes. November 2013.

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Bill Kaffenberger and Bela Lugosi

book cover, No Traveler ReturnsRobert Cremer, author of Lugosi: The Man Behind the Cape (Henry Regnery, 1976), says of the book No Traveler Returns, The Lost Years of Bela Lugosi:  “Gary Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger have added the final chapter to Bela Lugosi’s career, combining fascinating, previously unknown details of his film and stage activities with post-WWII film history. Superbly researched and written as an engrossing story of an actor’s struggle against professional decline. A must-read!”

A man of many talents, co-author Bill Kaffenberger joins Jennifer Robbins for Virginia Voice to talk about his writing and other creative pursuits, Bela Lugosi and himself.  (October 2013, 28 minutes).

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Good Health — “It’s Not Rocket Science”

It’s Not Rocket Science: 52 Resolutions, an e-book by Kim Williams and Brian Cummings, shows you how to slow or even reverse aging, get healthy and look fabulous.  Kim believes a vegetarian diet leads to a kinder, healthier, tastier world. She enjoys transforming high-fat, meat recipes into low-fat, vegetarian ones and has published a couple of cookbooks.  Brian, a manager of the Planning Division of a major urban police department in Virginia, is also a full-time fitness enthusiast and part-time author.  Jennifer Robbins interviews the authors for Virginia Voice.  (about 15 minutes)

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Eileen Pollack

Eileen Pollack was born and grew up in Liberty, N.Y., the heart of the Jewish Catskills, where her grandparents owned and operated a small hotel and her father was the town dentist. A graduate of Yale University with a BS in physics, Eileen later earned an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was awarded a Teaching-Writing Fellowship.  Receiving many awards in several genres, short stories, essays, novels and a textbook, she talks with Patty Campbell about her life and how her approach to nonfiction differs from the creative approach to fiction.

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M. G. Lord

M. G. Lord  is a cultural critic, journalist, and the author of Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll, Astro TurfThe Private Life of Rocket Science, and The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice.  Since 1995, she has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the Arts & Leisure section. She teaches at the University of Southern California, and anchored the nonfiction division at the first annual Yale Writers Conference in New Haven in May 2012, where she talked with Patty Campbell.

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Marc Fitten

Marc Fitten’s two recent books, Valeria’s Last Stand and Ezra’s Kitchen both take place in post-Soviet Hungary. He talks with Patty Campbell about his fascination with the changes in Europe following the fall of the Berlin Wall, and how that led to these novels.

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