Sonny Brewer http://apr.org en Don't Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs They Quit http://apr.org/post/dont-quit-your-day-job-acclaimed-authors-and-day-jobs-they-quit <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-5350f1a659239-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-5350f1a659239-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="5350f1a659239-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-953034.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>The premise of each of these essays is the same: describe what job you were working at when you decided to try your hand at earning a living writing. Sonny Brewer has somehow convinced 23 hard-working, busy, professional writers to pause and remember when they weren't writing full time, but earning a living at some job, dirty or clean, poorly paid or lucrative, dangerous or only mortally boring, that they quit in order to devote themselves to their craft.</p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 22:52:00 +0000 Don Noble 1890 at http://apr.org Don't Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs They Quit Cormac: The Tale of a Dog Gone Missing http://apr.org/post/cormac-tale-dog-gone-missing <p>Dog books are a genuine subgenre. There is no parallel category for cat books, as cats will not bring you your slippers or newspaper, greet you enthusiastically when you come home from work, ride in the car with their heads out the window, or keep you company while you write book reviews. Cats have made their choice. They are famous for being aloof and needing nobody. Fine, they just won't get many books written about them.</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2007 20:20:00 +0000 Don Noble 1593 at http://apr.org Cormac: The Tale of a Dog Gone Missing A Cast of Characters and Other Stories http://apr.org/post/cast-characters-and-other-stories <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-5350f1a652cc8-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-5350f1a652cc8-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="5350f1a652cc8-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-606098.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>From the editor of "Stories from the Blue Moon Caf?," another anthology has been released, with a twist: it also includes non-Southern writers.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2007 15:08:00 +0000 Don Noble 1562 at http://apr.org A Cast of Characters and Other Stories A Sound Like Thunder http://apr.org/post/sound-thunder <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-5350cecb3c68b-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-5350cecb3c68b-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="5350cecb3c68b-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-531474.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Like <i>The Poet of Tolstoy Park</i>, Brewer's first book set in 1925 Idaho, <i>A Sound Like Thunder</i> is set in Fairhope, AL, but this time in 1941-42, at the opening of WWII.</p> Fri, 22 Sep 2006 16:22:00 +0000 Don Noble 1486 at http://apr.org A Sound Like Thunder Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe IV http://apr.org/post/stories-blue-moon-cafe-iv <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-5350f1a64fe0b-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-5350f1a64fe0b-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="5350f1a64fe0b-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-511696.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Brewer's series of books are a true grab bag--fiction, nonfiction, poetry-some of it reprinted and some of it original, and, of course, some of the thirty-two pieces are wonderful, some not.</p> Mon, 15 May 2006 14:03:00 +0000 Don Noble 1436 at http://apr.org Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe IV The Poet of Tolstoy Park http://apr.org/post/poet-tolstoy-park <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-5350d255b84c4-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-5350d255b84c4-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="5350d255b84c4-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-469871.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>A man who is dying of tuberculosis discovers how he wants to live the last year of his life.</p> Mon, 02 May 2005 18:46:00 +0000 Don Noble 1330 at http://apr.org The Poet of Tolstoy Park Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe, Vol. II http://apr.org/post/stories-blue-moon-cafe-vol-ii <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-5350d7a86c753-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-5350d7a86c753-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="5350d7a86c753-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-450941.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>In "A Roadside Resurrection," by Larry Brown, the first piece in Sonny Brewer's second volume of <i>Stories from the Blue Moon Caf?</i>, one might wish the idiot in question had been locked up by the state, but he hasn't. He's in the basement.</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2003 15:16:00 +0000 Don Noble 1301 at http://apr.org Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe, Vol. II