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Life Lines The Books Podcast

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Life Lines The Books Podcast is brought to you by the Brooklyn Writers Co. and is hosted by Marina Aris and Diane Fener. Each episode offers a dose of inspiration as you learn more about the art and the business of creating great books. We feature interviews with emerging writers and bestselling aut… read more

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A Wave Blue World with Wendy Chin-Tanner

November 28th, 2019


Wendy Chin-Tanner, poet, novelist and sociologist writes on the topics of race, identity, and culture. She has authored three books, including …

This Chair Rocks with Ashton Applewhite

November 26th, 2019


A discussion on ageism with Ashton Applewhite, activist and the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.  Ashton has been recognized by the New York Times, the New Yorker, National Public Radio, and the …

Crossing Borders with Sergio Trancoso

November 21st, 2019


Sergio Troncoso is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. He co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life Amid the …

Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life with Ronna Wineberg

November 20th, 2019


Ronna Wineberg, senior fiction editor of the Bellevue Literary Review and a founding editor of the journal is the author of Nine Facts That Can …

Wolf Season with Helen Benedict

November 13th, 2019


Helen Benedict, a professor at Columbia University, is the author of seven novels, including Wolf Season (2017) and Sand Queen (2011) named a “Best …

Dyslexia As a Super Power with Hallie Gordon

December 20th, 2018


We finish up Season 2 with Hallie Gordon, author of Accidental Residency. We talked about the creative process, indie publishing and the challenges and benefits of being a writer with dyslexia. For show notes and more …

The Mother Load with Laura June

December 18th, 2018


In this episode with Laura June, author of the memoir titled 'Now My Heart Is Full' we covered the writing life, motherhood and the challenges and …

Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings with Stephen O'Connor

December 14th, 2018


In this episode, we had the privilege to interview author Stephen O'Connor about his debut novel, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings. We talked about the challenges of writing, his writing career and the themes … The LinkedIn for Writers to Connect with Producers

November 13th, 2018


This episode was recorded in beautiful Miami where we had a chance to talk with Ana Benitez & Ron Karasz, the founders of Storyrocket. If you've …

Millions of Mistakes with Helene M. Epstein

November 6th, 2018


Most children are healthy but every year approximately 4 million American children receive a wrong diagnosis for a delayed diagnosis. Too many of them are harmed because of it. One boy suffered for years with a growing …

Preparing for NaNoWriMo with Rachel Shapiro

October 30th, 2018


A quarter-finalist in Amazon’s 2013 breakthrough novel competition, Shapiro published her short story “Pieces of Light” in Gemini Magazine and her short story “The Convenience Store” in Story Shack. She is currently …

A Radical Approach To Publishing with Radix Media

October 23rd, 2018


New York City’s only worker-owned print shop, Radix Media, is nestled in a small and easily-overlooked space on Bergen Street in Brooklyn. Step inside the unassuming front door and you’re transported back in time to an …

Meet The Writers with Michele Weisman

October 16th, 2018


Award-winning writers of best-selling books come from all over the country into New York City public schools bringing picture books, chapter books …

Art is The Opposite of Violence with Stella Padnos

October 9th, 2018


Brooklyn poet Stella Padnos works “on the fine line between courage and crazy.” A therapist in New York City, she creates intimate, funny and fearless poetry from the dark places we all have and hide. Her first book, In …

Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else) with Ken Auletta

September 25th, 2018


Ken Auletta, media critic for The New Yorker Magazine and author of 12 books, including the bestseller Googled among many New York Times bestsellers, …

Sex, Love & Frida Kahlo Barbie Dolls with Patty Bryant

September 18th, 2018


Writer Patty Bryant has written several romance novels published under different pen names. In this far-ranging conversation on passion, love and …

Life Detonated: The 1976 9/11 with Kathleen Murray Moran

September 11th, 2018


Very few of us know or talk about the 9/11 attack that occurred twenty-five years before 9/11/01. Kathleen Murray Moran cannot forget it! Her husband Brian, a member of the New York City Bomb Squad, was killed by an …

All The Wrong Ways To Write with Max Lebo

September 4th, 2018


In this episode, writer Max Lebo explains how to pitch your work to an agent, the value of workshopping a manuscript on its way to publication, and …

It's A Matter of Trust with Greg Lewin

August 28th, 2018


As a top-earning fund manager on Wall Street who practiced martial arts in his leisure time, Greg Lewin was always in high-stress situations. Then one day he slammed into a tree while skiing and injured his heart so …

Presents From The Past with Amy Lyons

August 23rd, 2018


Amy Lyons is a writer and painter whose chosen work is to portray life in Brooklyn — not as it is now, but as it once was. “I’m obsessed with time …

Happiness Is A Choice You Make with John Leland

August 21st, 2018


John Leland, New York Times reporter and author of three books, set out to interview elderly people, the fastest-growing segment of the population. …

When A Book Is More Than A Book with Kristin Rath

August 16th, 2018


Kristin Rath wrote a book that is “a support system.” It helps people decide whether to move, when to end a relationship, how to survive a career change and more. Rath says she wrote “the book I wished I’d had” when she …

BookCon2018 with Jim Westcott - Jack's Tales

August 14th, 2018


Anxiety disorder is getting more common and starting at younger ages. Jim Westcott writes stories that help kids with anxiety disorder. We caught up with him at BookCon 2018.

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BookCon 2018 with Anthony Wedgeworth - The Altered Creatures Series

August 9th, 2018


Anthony Wedgeworth graduated high school without learning how to read because his dyslexic brain jumbled everything on the page. Today, he writes …

BookCon 2018 with MaryLee MacDonald - Bonds of Love & Blood

August 7th, 2018


MacDonald is a novelist, prize-winning short story writer, creative writing professor and truly genuine. In this episode, she explains the writing …

BookCon 2018 with Sherry Maysonave - The Girl Who Could Read Hearts

August 2nd, 2018


Maysonave’s work includes the Amazon best-seller 'Casual Power' and a children’s book. Her latest novel, 'The Girl Who Could Read Hearts' has won 14 …

BookCon 2018 with D.A. Field, Blood Memory Society

July 31st, 2018


We caught up with author D.A. Field at Javits Center on the first day of BookCon 2018 and asked him about his book “Blood Memory Society.” When animals reproduce, he explained, their offspring carry their ancestors’ …

Loving and Leaving - Domenica Ruta

July 26th, 2018


It took Domenica Ruta three years to write the story of her unconventional coming of age in which she chronicled a misfit ’90s childhood, the painful …

Parenting Done, Write! - M.M. De Voe

July 24th, 2018


M.M. De Voe is an anthologized, award-winning writer whose short fiction has been published in nearly every genre. De Voe has been nominated for …

The Kings of Kings County - Geoffrey Cobb

July 19th, 2018


Geoffrey Cobb’s most recent book “The Rise and Fall of the Sugar King” tells the story of Brooklyn’s industrial magnate (robber baron), Henry …

The Truth Inside The Lie - Roger Canaff

July 17th, 2018


Roger Canaff writes fiction as a medium for exposing the truth: that one in three girls and one in six boys have been sexually abused, and that justice requires telling their stories. Canaff himself is a survivor of …

Never Buy A Talking Parrot - Jen Doll

July 11th, 2018


Jen Doll is known for the smart writing she has been publishing for years in The Atlantic, Elle, Esquire, Glamour, GQ, New York Magazine, The New …

From Radical Student to Company Man and Back Again - James S. Kunen

July 10th, 2018


In this episode, author James S. Kunen describes the personal characteristics that make a writer, the purpose of writing, and the technique for crafting good books. His observations are enlightening and entertaining. …

Everyone's Got A Story - Patricia Horvath

July 5th, 2018


In this episode, we talk about the art of memoir with Patricia Horvath, a prize-winning author, literary magazine editor, and a college professor who …

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