UPDATE ON MY NEW SHOW
FOR WRITERS & READERS
Getting bored with coronavirus lock-down? Looking for some mental stimulation to enliven those empty hours in quarantine?
Produced by Good Shepherd Catholic Radio, the show is all about religious communication. I interview writers, publishers, book reviewers, and other folks active in bringing you engaging books and media that convey the Christian message and provide insights to help you on your faith journey.
We’ve set up an archive page where you can listen to the show online anytime…
It’s a work in progress at this point, but we’ve got four episodes posted so far…
(1) Doug Keck, host of EWTN’s “Book Mark” TV series, surveys the state of Catholic writing, and cautions about current threats to freedom of religious expression; (2) Theology Professor Virginia Lieto reviews “Stirring Slumbering Souls,” a book on Eucharistic Adoration by Lay Dominican Michael Seagriff; (3) Louisiana Catholic singer-songwriter Nicole Ackoury performs her original work, “Give Me a Song.”
(1) Joe Wetterling, president of the Catholic Writers Guild, discusses the current Catholic literary scene and how the Guild helps aspiring writers; (2) Canadian author and speaker Shawna Arnold, reflects on her painful conversion journey, as documented in her book, “From Darkness Into Light.”
(1) Professor and author Anthony Esolen discusses the decline of Catholic-focused popular fiction; (2) Jeff Nelson of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute explores the political and cultural impact of his late father-in-law, the great Catholic intellectual Russell Kirk; (3) independent authors Bud and Gloria Vear reflect on their experience developing a family history book.
(Not yet aired — click “Coming Soon”)
(1) Joseph Pearce, editor of St. Austin Review, explores prospects for a Catholic literary revival; (2) author and publisher Ellen Gable discusses “The Lion’s Heart,” a novel examining the human side of sexuality conflict, by Georgia-based Catholic author Dena Hunt; (3) Greg McLogan, son of the late independent Catholic writer Russell McLogan, discusses “Boy Solder,” his father’s book on experiencing World War II as a young man.
And there’s more to come.
We cover a wide variety of subjects in these 30-minute episodes that are lively and listenable.
Check them out for yourself, and let me know what you think.
Ideas & Leads
I want to make this series as interesting and useful as it can be. So I’d be grateful for suggestions from you on books we might discuss, writers and publishing professionals we might interview, issues affecting the Catholic literary scene and other aspects of religious communication.
Of particular interest is any information you might have about attempts to restrict access to Church teaching or to materials that reflect traditional Judeo-Christian moral principles.
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Also, if you’ve got a Catholic-themed book of your own — fiction or non-fiction — please send descriptive / promotional materials. I’ll get back to you if it looks like something that might suit the show.
Keep listening, and stay in touch!
In south-central Michigan “Free Expression with Bill Kassel” airs on FM-93.3 and AM-1510
– 1st Saturday of the month at 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
– 1st Sunday of the month at 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
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