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 LGBTQ books with a variety of authors, books, genres, and panelists. To keep up to date, you can “like” the show page at www.facebook.com/SandraMoranBookClub/.
Here is the schedule for 2018 (as of now) with audio links for shows that have aired:
January 13, 2018: Author Karin Kallmaker was joined by show host Elizabeth Andersen and Sandy Thornton, avid reader. Among the topics we discussed were Karin’s novels, the romance genre, literary events, and book clubs. Podcast of show: Karin Kallmaker
February 10, 2018: Authors Penny Mickelbury and Renee Bess discussed Penny’s novel Belle City with host Elizabeth Andersen. This interracial, intergenerational saga of love, loss and land is ultimately about family. Podcast: Penny Mickelbury
March 10, 2018: Lillian Faderman, internationally renowned author and scholar, was on the show with author Lynn Ames, Cheryl Pletcher, and Elizabeth Andersen to talk about The Gay Revolution. Anyone who studies or wants to learn about LGBTQ history should read this landmark book. Podcast: Lillian Faderman
March 31, 2018: In a special bonus book club, host Elizabeth Andersen talked with author Hilary Zaid about her novel Paper Is White and with Molly Krause about her memoir Float On. Podcast: Hilary Zaid/Molly Krause
April 14, 2018: The assignment: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz with panelists LuAnn Fox (Educator, Podcaster, GSA Advisor), Ronnie Lathrop (High School English teacher and writer), and host Philip blue owl Hooser (a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world).
May 12, 2018: Katherine V. Forrest will be featured on the show. She will talk with author Fay Jacobs and me about her novels, the arc of lesbian literature, and editing. Novels that we will discuss during the show are Curious Wine, An Emergence of Green, and the Kate Delafield mystery series. Podcast: Katherine V. Forrest
June 9, 2018: On a special edition of the Sandra Moran Radio Book Club Jamie Rich, curator of Out Here Now: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival, joins Elizabeth Andersen to talk with four directors who have films at this year’s eight-day extravaganza, June 21-28. One of the filmmakers was Madeleine Olnek, whose film Wild Nights with Emily was screened during the film festival. “Hermit or sexpot? Molly Shannon stars as poet and fully lesbian Emily Dickinson in a brilliantly quirky comedy that challenges how history gets recorded. Writer/Director Madeline Olnek restores Dickinson’s true nature as an LGBTQ hero and model for new wave feminism.”
Past and upcoming screenings here: Film festival screenings
Podcast: Madeleine Olnek
July 14, 2018: The panelists are Jeff Mann, Cynthia Burack, Jeff Edmondson, and host Elizabeth Andersen. Elizabeth knew she had to have Jeff Mann on the show when she heard Dorothy Allison and Jeff on a panel at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in 2017. This was the kind of literary conversation author Sandra Moran had in mind when she conceived of this show. Then when Jeff mentioned in a reading that Cynthia Burack (in the front row) was one of his best friends, I made a plan. Jeff Edmondson and I served on the board of the LikeMe Community Center, and I knew Jeff as an entrepreneur and member of the Bear Mafia, but I had no idea he was a prolific author. We discuss Jeff Mann’s novel Cub, our literary influences, our authors’ various books, the bear community, bridge-building in a divisive era, and much else. Podcast: Jeff Mann
August 11, 2018: Philip blue owl Hooser and Guest Ronnie Lathrop talk about podcasts and podcasters, still a growing genre on the internet. We have LGBTQ-centric or hosted podcasts about stories, podcasts that tell stories, some political, some about entertainment, and ALL entertaining and fascinating. We’ll include links to the podcasts we’re talking about, but expect to hear about RISK!, Food 4 Thot, Throwing Shade, Homophilia, Welcome to Night Vale, Cinema Queens, and many more!
September 8, 2018: Writers Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Miguel Morales join Philip Hooser and Elizabeth Andersen on this month’s radio book club. Lucy was the keynote speaker at the Golden Crown Literary Society’s annual convention this past July and will be on a book tour soon for Lava Falls, which is out later this month. And what better way to honor Hispanic Heritage Month than to talk about literary works and activism with Miguel Morales, a regular guest on our radio show. Podcast: Lucy Jane Bledsoe/Miguel M. Morales
October 13, 2018: Nontraditional lesbian romances! Author Nairne Holtz discusses her novel Femme Confidential—which covers queer relationships, sexual freedom, and the lesbian community—with Anne Terpstra and me. In the second half of the show Michelle Pond joins me and author Alison Solomon to discuss Alison’s Timing is Everything, a different kind of suspenseful romance. Podcast: Nairne Holtz/Alison Solomon
November 10, 2018: Anne Balay’s Semi Queer: Inside the World of Gay, Trans, and Black Truck Drivers is featured. Besides Anne, Sandi Soendker, retired editor-in-chief of Land Line Magazine: The Business Magazine for Professional Truckers, and Shelle Lichti, trucker and founder/advocate/survivor/mentor at LGBT Truckers, will join us. This important conversation is sure to be riveting. Note: I was the copy editor for Land Line, the publication of the Owner-Operator Independent Truckers Association for 10 years, and I can hardly wait to discuss this overlooked subject. Podcast: Semi Queer
December 8, 2018: Who couldn’t use a respite from the holiday crowds, crazes, and crankiness? Holiday humor! Take a break to join two funny authors. Fay Jacobs is talking with host Elizabeth Andersen about all the things, including her latest humor collection, her one-woman show, Rehoboth Beach, and journalism. Laury Egan is speaking with Philip Hooser and Elizabeth about her latest novel, with topics ranging from opera to drag queens to gangsters.