On the Oddcast this week we interview Michael Ventrella: author, editor, speaker, and lawyer. His latest non-fiction book is How to Argue the Constitution with a Conservative from Gray Rabbit Publications, featuring artwork from Pulitzer-Prize winning editorial cartoonist Darrin Bell. Anthologies include Baker Street Irregulars (co-edited with New York Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Maberry) and, most recently, Across the Universe, a Beatles-themed anthology (co-edited with Randee Dawn) from Fantastic Books. He also heads the Pocono Liars Club. Among other things, Ventrella discusses why you want to refresh yourself on the Constitution, and what it means to write books about The Monkees. With the Oddcast Irregulars: Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, Kelly Simmons, Merry Jones and Keith Strunk.
This week a terrific interview with award-winning publisher/editor/and now bookstore owner (Book Moon) Gavin J. Grant. His publishing house, Small Beer Press, started in 2000 with a story collection, Stranger Things Happen, which Salon named a “Book of the Year,” and The Village Voice proclaimed as one of its 25 Best Books. He offers sage advice on navigating the mad world of publishing in the 21st century, and speaks to the return of the brick-and-mortar bookstore.
This week on the #Oddcast, my friend and two-time Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of quiet horror and damaged people, Nathan Ballingrud, talks about his remarkable and unsettling stories, including his first collection, North American Lake Monsters, as well as the forthcoming film adapted from his novella, The Visible Filth, as well as his time as a bartender in New Orleans, and a cook on oil rigs. Cohosting with me are Merry Deedee Jones, Kelly Simmons, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.