This week’s Oddcast presents an amazing and fascinating interview with award-winning screenwriter (Savage Grace, Joe Gould’s Secret), novelist, journalist and educator Howard A. Rodman about writing novels and screenplays, adapting novels to screenplays, and leading the WGA, not to mention the true, secret history of how a small bookshop in Paris led him to write his new novel, The Great Eastern, wherein Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo battles Melville’s Captain Ahab. Join cohosts Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Kelly Simmons, Keith Strunk and Merry Jones.
A special live authors’ roundtable is driven by questions from publishing execs and writers — about idea theft, the dangers of creating characters from real people, the perils of writing near-future sci-fi, and more! Recorded live at the Towne Book Center and Wine Bar. Legendary children’s book author Judy Schachner even shows up with a question or two for Oddcast cohosts Kelly Simmons, Merry Jones, Gregory Frost, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.
This week on the Oddcast we talk with short-story author Richard Butner, who describes himself as a writer, occasional performer, and shipwrecked jester. He runs the annual Sycamore Hill Writers’ Conference, an extraordinarily successful and long-running peer-to-peer workshop hidden deep in the mountains of western North Carolina. Some of his unusual fiction is available in a collection from Small Beer Press.