Open Books is hosted by Donna Seaman and co-produced by Craig Kois
Seaman is an associate editor for Booklist, published
in Chicago by the American Library Association.
Seaman is also a frequent reviewer for the Chicago Tribune,
the Los Angeles Times, and other venues, and she created
the fiction anthology,
Our Nature: Stories of Wildness. The recipient of several
Illinois Arts Council grants as well as grants from The Leo S. Guthman
Fund, Seaman has received The James Friend Memorial Award for
Literary Criticism, the Writer Magazine Writers Who Make
a Difference Award, and two Pushcart Prize Special Mentions.
Seamans author interviews are collected in Writers
on the Air: Conversations about Books, in which, according
to Creative Nonfiction, Seaman skillfully harnesses
wit and insight to attain revelatory details about celebrated writers,
and has charted an entire map of literary adventures. Writers
on the Air was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a
trove of insights into the creative processes and cultural
observations of diverse writers.
note from Donna:
and radio go so well together, I am elated to have the opportunity
to bring books and writers to listeners on an in-depth author interview
program, thanks to my radio guru Craig Kois. Spoken word
and documentary radio are Kois calling, and as station
manager for WLUW, he pioneered community radio programming.
Kois is now an independent producer specializing in independent
community and arts programming.
been so very fortunate in my guests spirited, giving,
and eloquent writers from Chicago and across the country
and in the generous support of the Illinois Arts Council, a state
agency. Weve always wanted to bring these lively and revealing
conversations to more readers than our radio signal reaches. Now,
with the generous and visionary support of The Leo S. Guthman Fund
of Chicago, we are able to provide free downloadable Open Books
audio files at openbooksradio.org. Thanks to the Guthman Fund and
Hillary Carlip our wonderful web designer, who is also,
what else? yes, a writer (www.hillarycarlip.com)Open
Books Radio is home to a substantial archive of author interviews,
a collection that will continue to grow as we add new shows each
month. Visit our Interviews page for
a list of the writers appearing on Open Books. Check
out my blog, Under Cover, where Ill be writing
about books, writers, and whatever else comes to mind. And we will
be offering selected transcripts for
those of you who want to read interviews.
compete with the machine media -- television, movies, video games,
the Internet -- for our time and attention, yet they hold their
own because books are intimate, nourishing, and resonant. Reading
books stimulates the imagination, renews our love for the subtleties
of language, forges bonds between past and present, links us to
diverse peoples and all of living creation, and illuminates with
singular clarity one of the universes greatest mysteries,
how other peoples minds work. Off-the-grid objects of great
sensuous, emotional, and intellectual pleasure, books mesh story
and ideas. To read is to lose and find ones self and the world.
Reading is a form of listening, and literature is a grand and transcendent
conversation. Our hope is that by opening books, hearts, and minds,
you will help keep this rich and essential tradition alive and thriving.