Don Snyder never got to know his mother. She died just sixteen days after he and his twin brother were born in 1950. The truth about her death remained a secret for decades. Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Don about discovering his mother’s secret and what he hopes to accomplish by telling her story.
According to Kate Christensen, she has spent much of her life as, “a hungry, lonely, wild animal looking for happiness and stability.” In her new memoir “Blue Plate Special" she writes about her life and the food she turned to for comfort as well as sustenance. Host Charity Nebbe speaks with Christensen about her memoir and life as a writer.
Hattie Shepherd is the mother of 11 children. She is a strong and complicated woman who was brought into this world by Iowa Writer’s Workshop Graduate Ayana Mathis.
"Talk of Iowa" sits down with Mathis to discuss her debut novel “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.” She explains her artistic process and reveals what it’s like to get a life changing call from Oprah Winfrey, who picked "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 this past December.