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10-30-14 UPDATE: Podcast Update: Time to Read Episode 181: Paolo Baccigalupi, 'The Doubt Factory'

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Here's the one-hundred eighty-first episode of my series of podcasts, which I'm calling Time to Read. Hitting the two-year mark, I'm going to make an effort to stay ahead, so that podcast listeners can get the same sort of "sneak preview" effect that radio listeners get each Friday morning. This week, I seem to be on top opf the game, but who knows what the hell might happen. I am hoping to stay back up and stumbling.

Stumbling is obviously the key word here, but I am trying to keep up with projects in the future as well as catch up with projects in the past.

The podcasts/radio broadcasts will be of books worth your valuable reading time. I'll try to keep the reports under four minutes, for a radio-friendly format. If you want to run them on your show or podcast, let me know.

My hope is that in under four minutes I can offer readers a concise review and an opportunity to hear the author read from or speak about the work. I'm hoping to offer a new one every week.

The one-hundred eighty-first episode is a look at Paolo Baccigalupi and 'The Doubt Factory.'

Here's a link to the MP3 audio file of Time to Read, Episode 181: Paolo Baccigalupi, 'The Doubt Factory'.




10-27-14: A 2014 Interview with Brian J. Showers

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"I have a lot reference materials on my desk..."
—Brian J. Showers

By all means, run, don’t walk and buy everything that Brian J. Showers touches. He's re-issued 'Old Albert: An Epilogue' and recently released 'Dreams of Smoke and Shadow,' an anthology of stories (co-edited with Jim Rockhill) dedicated to and inspired by J. S. LeFanu. He runs The Swan River Press, an outstanding publishing company with a spotless record of great material. And he edits a great weird journal, 'The Green Book,' with Issue 4 out now.

I traveled to Dublin, Ireland, and met up with Showers, an expatriate American who was a fantastic host, and proved to be a great guide to the city. We learned that the pub in the hotel we were staying in was a regular watering hole for Irish politicians, but that was as nothing compared to his literary tour of the places just around the corner; LeFanu's apartment, the Oscar Wilde park and birthplace; it was a joy to walk around with him and discover just how literary Dublin is even before the heavyweights showed up.

And, I must say, he found us a fantastic restaurant where I had the best bangers and mash I've ever eaten. Fortunately for me, he managed to help us walk them off beforehand.

I interviewed Showers in our hotel, where he and I talked about 'Old Albert,' his origins as a writer (even as a small child he was entranced by the supernatural), and his work with The Swan River Press. He praised his art director to the hilt (well-deserved), talked about future plans and, of course, J. S. LeFanu.

I apologize in advance for setting you up wit lots more titles. At least the books are rather small and super-easy-to read as well as beautiful. Get your chipped credit card to hand, as you'll be wanting it after following this link to the MP3 audio file of our interview.



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