Romance novels are now the top-performing category on the best-seller lists, generating nearly $1.5 billion dollars in profits for the publishing industry each year. Almost every state has a Romance Writers of American chapter, including Iowa.
The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 was the most costly natural disaster in the history of the world and killed almost 16,000 people. Host Ben Kieffer sits down with Daisuke Ogata, a Japanese college student visiting Des Moines for the summer, and Mary McCarthy of Drake University to discuss how this tragic event has changed U.S.-Japan relations.
When Lennox Randon asked his friends Rob Cline and Dennis Green to form a writing group, they were reluctant to devote the time until Randon mentioned his diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer. Now the three Cedar Rapids residents have been meeting weekly for more than two years to write, read and help each other polish their work. Their dedication has paid off with three separate publishing contracts. The men are each mystery writers,
When great American novelist Willa Cather died in 1947, her will made it clear that her letters were never to be published. That moratorium lasted 66 years and now the public is seeing the late author's letters for the first time in "The Selected Letters of Willa Cather."