The Sandra Moran Alphabet Soup Radio Book Club is on The Tenth Voice every second Saturday, 1-2 p.m. Central time. This LGBT public affairs show has been on the air since 1989 on KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City’s 100,000-watt community radio station. On this Radio Book Club show we discuss the entire spectrum of LGBTQ books with a variety of authors, books, genres, and panelists. The show features new panelists every month. To keep up to date, you can “like” the show page at www.facebook.com/SandraMoranBookClub/.
Here is the schedule for 2017 (as of now) with audio links for shows that have aired:
- Jan. 14, 2017. Marianne K. Martin’s The Liberators of Willow Run with panelists Johnda Boyce, Marianne, and Carol Rosenfeld. This fascinating historical novel is the story of the women who built the bombers that helped win World War II.
Audio for show: The Liberators of Willow Run
- Jan. 21, 2017: Isabella Svendsen of Sapphire Books spoke about ebook pricing and about what goes into the writing and production of a book, whether self-published or through a publisher. Well-written books require months and even years of talent, creativity, and hardwork by authors, editors, designers, and others. Audio here: Isabella Svendsen of Sapphire Books
- Feb. 11, 2017: Audre Lorde’s Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. Early last year I asked for author suggestions, and half a dozen people mentioned Audre Lorde, who called herself a “black feminist lesbian mother poet.” Panelists Annette Billings, D. Rashaan Gilmore, and Mercedes Lewis talk about this classic and revered biomythography. Audio here: Audre Lorde’s Zami
- March 11, 2017: Paula Martinac’s The Ada Decades with panelists Kris Bryant, Nancy Heredia, and Paula Martinac. In the novel, one woman reaches her own form of Southern womanhood, a compassionate, resilient, principled lesbian over the course of seven decades. You can listen to the podcast here: The Ada Decades
- April 8, 2017: Bonnie Morris’s The Disappearing L with panelists Dr. Bonnie Morris, Philip Hooser, and Michelle Pond. Bonnie’s article in Slate Magazine on this topic went viral in December, and the book club is thrilled to discuss this vital and timely book. You can hear the podcast: The Disappearing L
- April, 29, 2017: This is a bonus episode of the Sandra Moran Radio Book Club. Una and Fiona Nowling interview local fantasy author, Tessa Gratton, author of many short stories, the Blood Journals and the United States of Asgard series. You can listen to the podcast: Tessa Gratton
- May 13, 2017: Charles M. Blow’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones with Kent Cozad, D. Rashaan Gilmore, and Eric Peterson. Blow is a journalist, commentator, the current visual op-ed columnist for The New York Times, and an avid tweeter. His memoir was the 2015 Lambda Literary Award Winner for Bisexual Nonfiction. Podcast is here: Fire Shut Up
- June 10, 2017: The Old Deep and Dark: A Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart, who has been named 2017 Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America. Ellen has won five Lambda Literary Awards, including one for this book. Ellen, Beth Burnett, Lora Ceperley, and Linda Wilson are the panelists. Show podcast: Ellen Hart
- July 8, 2107: The host for this show was the ineffable Philip blue owl Hooser, my fellow host on The Tenth Voice. Joining in are actress and harpist Peggy Friesen, KKFI host and AIDS activist Mark Manning, and Kent Cozad, director in New York City. “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” is a play in two parts by Tony Kushner, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
- July 29, 2017: Stefani Deoul, Fay Jacobs, RJ Samuel, and Jessica L. Webb are featured on a special bonus show. They were all interviewed at the Golden Crown Literary Society in Chicago in early July. Stefani’s stunning YA novel, “On a Larp,” is a steampunk thriller from the perspective of a 17-year-old girl genius. RJ’s novel “An Outsider Inside” about an Irish-Indian lesbian activist is full of unexpected twists and turns. Jessica Webb received a Lambda Literary Award for her medical thriller “Pathogen” and a Goldie for her novel “Trigger.” Philip “blue owl” Hooser hosts. Podcast: Bonus Book Club
- Aug. 12, 2017: Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Panelists were Una Nowling, Samantha Kay Ruggles, and Anne Terpstra. Podcast: Janet Mock
- Sept. 9, 2017: For Hispanic Heritage Month we talk about Richard Blanco’s The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. Sandra Moran selected this memoir. It is a poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet (2013), which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities. Panelists are Miguel Morales, Carol Rosenfeld, and Monique Salazar. Show podcast: Richard Blanco
- Sept. 30, 2017: Another Bonus Book Club! Ann McMan joins us to discuss Goldenrod, five years in the writing and the latest in her Jericho series. Also on the show are Laura Nastro and Michelle Pond. Show podcast: Goldenrod
- Oct. 14, 2017: For LGBT History Month we are talking about Lee Lynch’s An American Queer: The Amazon Trail with panelists Lee Lynch, author Jane Fletcher, Johnda Boyce, and Linda Wilson. Show podcast: Lee Lynch and Jane Fletcher
- Nov. 11, 2017: Last year we featured Sandra Moran’s Letters Never Sent, and this year we will discuss State of Grace, set in a town remarkably similar to her hometown of Dover, Kansas. State of Grace was actually Sandra’s first novel, but the last of four to be published. It was awarded an Independent Publishers gold medal in the Midwest Region. Panelists are Anne Waugh Moore, Lauri Moran, and Cheryl Pletcher.
- Dec. 2, 2017: Marianne K. Martin, Lisa Marie Evans, and Cheryl Pletcher talked with host Elizabeth Andersen about the Legacies of Lesbian Literature project. It was a conversation on the origins of the project (Marianne and Sandra Moran were keynote speakers at the National Women’s Music Festival in 2014); the roles of the team members; the interviews already filmed; and future plans. Show podcast: Legacies of Lesbian Literature
- Dec. 9, 2017: Worried about overdosing on heartwarming holiday stories, as wonderful as they are? Here’s a refreshing change of pace. Author Ann Aptaker joins us to discuss her award-winning Cantor Gold crime series: Criminal Gold, Tarnished Gold, and Genuine Gold. Panelists are authors Ann Aptaker and Stefani Deoul. Show podcast: Cantor Gold
Jan. 13, 2018: Karin Kallmaker! We are talking about her novels Touchwood and Watermark, as well as lesbian literature and lesbian book clubs, to launch the third year of the Sandra Moran Radio Book Club. Karin Kallmaker will be joined by avid reader Sandy Thornton.
February 10, 2018: Penny Mickelbury will be on the show to talk about her novel Belle City with author Renee Bess and D. Rashaan Gilmore.
ORIGINS OF THE RADIO BOOK CLUB
When Sandra Moran was invited in September 2015 to be a radio host on KKFI every second Saturday of The Tenth Voice, she said she wanted to do a book club on the radio. She could have hosted a vocabulary segment on LGBT foreign words and people would have listened. After her cancer diagnosis, she asked me to host the show and said she’d left a template because she had already chosen seven books and panels. Her intention was to feature panelists engaging in lively discussions of LGBTQ books. Sandra told me she had three (because there are always three) goals for the show: 1) to showcase well-written LGBTQ books; 2) to elevate the discussion of our community’s literature; and 3) to bring attention to The Tenth Voice and KKFI. My goal is to honor literary legacy, both hers and that of the entire LGBTQ community. I hope you’ll listen.
About the host: Elizabeth Andersen considers it a great triumph that, despite two degrees in English literature, she has been able to live by, for, and with words her entire career. She has taught English composition at three universities. She was an editor at Andrews McMeel Publishing on the newspaper syndicate side from 1984 to 2001 and until recently was a full-time editor for magazine, radio, and daily news at a trucking association. Currently, she is an editor for Bywater Books. She is also on the production team for Kansas City’s LGBT Film Festival “Out Here Now” and is on crew for music festivals, including the National Women’s Music Festival. She hosts the Sandra Moran Radio Book Club every second Saturday of The Tenth Voice on KKFI 90.1 FM.