December 20, 2013

Good Winter Reading 2013

Pile of books

Marcia Franklin talks with regional authors about their works and gets their recommendations for great winter reading. Guests include Shawn Vestal, the author of Godforsaken Idaho, a collection of short stories, and Judith McConnell Steele, author of the novel, The Angel of Esperanca.

Vestal, a columnist at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, WA, also teaches in the MFA program at Eastern Washington University. His short stories have been published in many journals, including Tin House, McSweeney's and the Southern Review. Godforsaken Idaho draws in part on his experiences growing up in Gooding, ID.

Steele was a reporter and columnist at the Idaho Statesman. Her novel, The Angel of Esperanca, is set in a fictional village in Brazil, the country in which she served as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Franklin talks with the two about why they wanted to write fiction, how their journalism background helped them as they wrote their books, how they developed their stories, and what their next projects are.

Vestal and Steele also have book recommendations; you can view the list here.

In an Extra, the two authors discuss their process of writing and how they got their books published.