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October 30, 2019 @ 5:13 am

Ep. 22 (Fun) Home Is Where the Heart Is with Michael Drury 10-30-19

Do you love a good Broadway show? So does Michael Drury, the producing artistic director of Pandora Productions, a theater company solely dedicated to telling the stories of the LGBTQ Plus community. And this passion made him tenacious in pursuing the rights to produce Fun Home, a Broadway musical based on the critically acclaimed 2007 graphic memoir of the same name by Alison Bechdel, who is best known for her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. The play adaptation won the Tony award for Best Musical and Best Original Score. Pandora’s production will be the regional premiere of this play.

Michael talks to us about the process theater companies go through to get rights to perform popular Broadway plays, why he feels its important to have an LGBTQ plus focused theater, and the innovative way the company is designing the Fun Home set to give a big nod to the original graphic novel.

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

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October 23, 2019 @ 5:10 am

Ep. 21 Reading is a Riot with Kim Colette Ballard 10-23-19

As a book lover, there are two things I’ve often fantasized about doing. Being a bookseller and writing my own novel would be at the tippy top of the list. Our guest today, Kim Colette Ballard, has hit the booknerd jackpot. She is a book buyer for Riot Book Cellar, a new independent bookstore and wine bar in the small town of Bardstown Kentucky, a place known for its bourbon distilleries and being at the heart of the Bourbon Trail. She helped the manager and owner develop the book bar concept in this quaint tourist town about 45 minutes outside of Louisville KY. She is also the author of a young adult novel, Running on Empty, published in 2014 and winner of several regional awards for young adult fiction. And while she has several other novels on the backburner she is very honest about the extreme highs and sometimes extreme lows you can experience during the publishing process.

Kim talks to us about the great features Riot Book Cellar has added to make coming into their bookstore feel like hanging out with “Friends”, the experience that sparked her journey to writing her first book, and why she stopped reading for awhile but vows to never let that happen again.

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

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October 22, 2019 @ 4:17 pm

Bonus Mini episode - So Many Books So Little Time 10-22-19

Amy and Carrie talk about some bookish events they have attended lately such as a storytelling festival, Southern Festival of the Book, author talks, and private bookstore recommendations.

Sam Miller The Bookseller's Recommendations
Butcher’s Crossing by John Williams - Western
Opiod, Indiana by Brian Carr - Gritty Lit
New Boy by Tracy Chevalier - Shakespeare retelling
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach - YA
Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer - Romance Lite
Neverhome by Laird Hunt - Historical Fiction
The Lonely City by Olivia Lang - Nonfiction

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October 16, 2019 @ 5:24 am

Ep. 20 He’s Just a Poe Boy with Tony Dingman 10-16-19

Tony Dingman is an actor, historical educator, playwright, and creator of the Frazier History Museum’s annual event An Evening with Poe, which is a celebration of everything dark and macabre about this great American author. For 10 years he and the other actors at the Frazier have been adapting and creatively performing such classics as The Raven, The Bells, and the Tell-Tale Heart but they also include the lesser known works of Edgar Allan Poe each Halloween season.

Tony tells us how long it takes to research and write scripts for the historical figures he plays, which Poe story literally made a school student scream , and why it’s ok to fail at something before you actually succeed, regardless of whether you are Edgar Allen Poe or someone not famous at all.

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

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October 9, 2019 @ 7:31 am

Ep. 19 “Playing” with Dracula with Hannah Rae Montgomery 10-9-19

It's October, it finally feels like fall, and it's time for everything creepy, scary, spooky, and things that go bump in the night.  And if you are local, it means it's time to book your theater tickets for Dracula which is performed every fall season by the Actor's Theater of Louisville.

Actor's Theater is one of the top regional theater in the nation.  It's won Tony Awards and many notable performers have graced it's stage including Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Kevin Bacon, and Kathy Bates to name just a few.  It's Humana Festival of New American Plays which takes place every Spring is internationally known and Newsweek once called it, "a miniature Cannes film festival for theater".  Crowd favorites like Dracula and A Christmas Carol makes this theater company beloved in the city.

 

Today's guest, Hannah Rae Montgomery, is Actor's Theater's dramaturg.  Don't know what a dramaturg is?  Neither did we until we talked with Hannah Rae.  A dramaturg is basically a literary editor on the staff of a theater who interpret and research texts for their productions.  She tells us what is new and fresh about the roles for women in this year's Dracula, why people come to see it year after year, and how Bram Stoker's book differs from the play adaptation.  It's close to Halloween and time to talk literature's favorite vampire.

 

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

 

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October 2, 2019 @ 5:14 am

Ep. 18 Stories with a Colonel of Truth with Bob Thompson 10-2-19

Do you remember hearing a spooky story around the campfire when you were a kid? If there was a talented storyteller, you may have laughed, cried, or screamed, convinced a ghost was right behind you, sending shivers down your spine. Before printed books were widespread, storytellers were the keepers of all the local history and lore.

Today’s guest Bob Thompson, professionally known as Colonel Bob, is a master storyteller and producer of the Corn Island Storytelling Festival happening on October 19 at Blackacre State Nature Preserve just outside of Louisville. He is also the author of 2 short story collections and hosts a radio Show, Kentucky Homefront, featuring regional music and storytellers on WFPK 91.9 on Saturdays at 8 am. Bob Thompson is one busy colonel !

Colonel Bob talks to us about how the old guys sitting on his grandmother’s front porch spinning yarns sparked his love of stories, what tricks of the trade storytellers use to keep their audience engaged, and why hitchhiking is a big part of his story repertoire.

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

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