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Shawn Levy, The Castle on Sunset, on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Shawn Levy, author of The Castle on Sunset:Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, joins Barbara to talk about his new nonfiction book. The only guest for the entire hour, they discuss “gathering string,” doing research, writing and revising.

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(Broadcast date: July 3, 2019)

Upcoming Speaker Series events

On Tuesday, July 16, poet Kim Dower will join us for a night of poetry. Kim is former West Hollywood poet laureate and has much to teach about what makes a good poem and how poetry feeds all writing, even if you have no intention of ever writing poetry.

Then, on August 20, Janet Fitch returns along with Leland de la Durantaye, to talk about the art, craft, and business of writing fiction.

I trust both events will help to make your summer a gratifying literary season. Visit the speaker series page for more info and to sign up. Seats are limited. Hope to see you there!


Benjamin Dreyer, author of Dreyer’s English (the best book on grammar to come along in a while) on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Benjamin Dreyer, author of Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style, talks with me about exclamation points, comma splices, and an assortment of matters concerning grammar and punctuation. I love this book and Dreyer is totally delightful and entertaining. Listen!

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(Broadcast date: April 17, 2019)