Posts tagged ‘Journalism’

January 4, 2013

Arts in the Valley, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

by arthouseflower



Tune into Arts in the Valley for host Kim McMillon’s fascinating interview with Diana Chambers, the author of the spy thriller, Stinger.

A romantic spy thriller with a twist, Stinger will keep you up at night – and keep you wondering.


About Diana

Diana Chambers has always been a bookworm, her eye on the distant shore. She has traveled widely, including many far corners of Asia. An importing business in India led to a Hollywood design career, which later evolved into writing for television, film, interactive and travel media. Research for various projects put her on the road again. She loves spicy foods and her bag is always packed.

Diana wonders if she had another life on the Silk Road for she is drawn there in her work. She often doesn’t know which comes first: the story or the setting. What intrigue draws her, what hot spot? Her Nick Daley series takes her to many of them. Stinger is set in the Casablanca of Central Asia where “rogue” CIA officer Nick Daley becomes entangled in a triangle with a daring San Francisco journalist and her former lover, an elusive Afghan chief with a price on his head. In the sequel, The Company She Keeps, Nick enlists a patriotic young woman, “E,” into the world of espionage, high-tech treachery and sexual intrigue, following a twisting trail that ends in Iran. The next in the series, Into the Fire, will take these characters to China and Thailand and Diana plans to follow them back to Asia later this year. They are promising a big adventure on the Mekong River!

Her work has been praised for its riveting plots, unusual characters and deep sense of place. A member of Writers Guild of America, PEN, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, Diana lives near San Francisco with her fellow-traveler husband, arty daughter and brilliant mutt, the best writing partner ever.

She is represented by Elizabeth Evans of The Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, 216 E. 75th Street, Suite 1E, New York, NY 10021. 212-794-1082.

About Stinger:

Set in the ancient Silk Road town of Peshawar, Pakistan, the Nick Daley series begins with the disappearance of a secret shipment of Stinger missiles followed by a shadowy graveyard murder.

When a determined San Francisco journalist arrives on the scene, “rogue” CIA officer Nick Daley becomes entangled in an unusual triangle with the woman and her former lover, an elusive Afghan leader with a price on his head. These characters lead us into a realm of intrigue and betrayal, where hidden agendas provide their own kind of veil until the truth is revealed in a shocking climax.

“A captivating and thrilling excursion…”– Randall Masteller,

“Forget armchair adventure – this is an edge-of-your-seat action thriller.”– Charles Benoit, author of Relative Danger, Out of Order, You.

October 12, 2012

Arts in the Valley, September 2012, 1480 KYOS: Guest: author Catherine Robbins

by arthouseflower

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Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews author Catherine Robbins, author of All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos).  Although All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos) was published by a university press, it is a work of journalism. The many stories that Robbins wrote served as a platform for the book, and the author also spent several years doing additional research and speaking with numerous sources in tribal areas as well as in cities and towns.

To listen to the interview with Catherine Robbins, click onto the link:cathy

 All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos) is about contemporary American Indians and how modernity and a restorative vision of the past have generated a new energy among them.

As quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle: “I hope readers go beyond just jettisoning stereotypes. Over several millennia, Indians have developed valuable databases, and they demand to be seen as contemporary people. We can respect that.”


“As an illustration of modern Native American life, it effortlessly depicts politics, culture, and pride; as a first book it is a marvel.” Publishers Weekly

“Robbins’s ability to take the all-encompassing term Indian, once used to stereotype a myriad of peoples, and show it not as a limiting factor but as describing a larger brotherhood, is inspiring. The capacity of artists and journalists from various tribes to form alliances and bring the Indian voice to the non-Indian public is a monumental step forward in understanding today’s Indian country.”  Indian Country Today

“A solid, insightful overview of the way American Indians live now.” Kirkus Reviews

“Her writing bears all the hallmarks of a seasoned journalist—deep background research conveyed in a compelling manner, a well-constructed narrative, and, above all, a devotion to portraying accurately the stories and voices of the people she interviewed.” New Mexico Magazine

December 22, 2010

Arts in the Valley, 1480 KYOS, Saturday, December 18th, 8 PM, PST

by arthouseflower

To listen to the December 18th show, click on to this link, artsinval1213.mp3

Kevin Sessums, Journalist, and  author of Mississippi Sissy  

 Kevin Sessums is an American author, editor and actor from Forest, Mississippi. Sessums served as executive editor of Interview and as a contributing editor of Vanity Fair, Allure, and Parade. His work has also appeared in Travel+Leisure, Elle, Out, Marie Claire, and Playboy. He has written theatre criticism for and cultural postings for He attended the Juilliard School of Drama.

 Sessums, who is openly gay, published a 2007 memoir titled Mississippi Sissy, which is about the conflicted life of a self-aware gay boy growing up in Forest, Mississippi. It made the New York Times Bestseller list and won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Male Memoir of 2007.  His audio recording of Mississippi Sissy was nominated for a 2007 Quill Award. Sessums portrayed the character Peter Cipriani in the miniseries adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City.  St. Martins Press will publish his sequel to the bestselling Mississippi Sissy which is titled I Left It on the Mountain.


Merced County Superintendent of Schools

Lee Andersen

 Lee Andersen is currently serving his second term as Merced County Superintendent of Schools, having been re-elected in 2006.  As County Superintendent of Schools, Lee Anderson leads Merced County Office of Education staff members to support student success. Their work includes direct service to students in Migrant Education, Regional Occupational Programs, Special Education, Valley Community School, Court School, Early Care and Education, Head Start, and Jack L. Boyd Outdoor School.


Lucha Corpi, Winner of the PEN Oakland National Literary Award

1990, Lucha Corpi was twice honored: she was awarded a Creative Arts Fellowship in fiction by the City of Oakland, and she was named poet laureate at Indian University Northwest.

The publication of Eulogy for a Brown Angel: A Mystery Novel (Arte Público Press, 1992) was the culmination of a life-long dream. The novel won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Best Book of Fiction. Cactus Blood (Arte Público Press, 1995) is Corpi’s second mystery novel featuring Chicana detective Gloria Damasco. Hispanic culture, the United Farm Workers movement and other social issues texture a suspenseful search for a ritualistic assassin. The publication of Black Widow’s Wardrobe (Arte Público Press, 1999) rounded out the trilogy known as The Gloria Damasco Series.

“We Chicanos are like the abandoned children of divorced cultures. We are forever longing to be loved by an absent neglectful parent –Mexico-and also to be truly accepted by the other parent –the United States. We want bicultural harmony. We need it to survive. We struggle to achieve it. That struggle keeps us alive.”-Black Widow’s Wardrobe

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