Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Books that Inspired Your Life

Recently Gail Otteson and Michael Goldberg hosted Between You and Me - KAXE/KBXE's Saturday morning get-together.  Their topic was BOOKS THAT INPIRED YOU.  

People love to talk about the books that made a mark on them.  Here's a list of what people called in about. 

  1. Grimm Tales - The Woodpecker
  2. Where the Wild Things Are
  3. Ramona & Beezus
  4. Half Magic books
  5. Abiyoyo
  6. Owl, Moon
  7. Little House on the Prairie
  8. Betsy-Tacy
  9. Nancy Drew
  10. Anne of Green Gables
  11. Hank Winton, Smoke Jumper
  12. Edward Eager books
  13. Watsons Go to Birmingham, Bad Not Buddy
  14. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
  15. Where The Red Fern Grows
  16. Tom Sawyer
  17. Curious George
  18. Charlotte's Web
  19. Cherry Ames - Student Nurse
  20. Gary Paulsen books
  21. Charlotte Sometimes
  22. Judy Blume books
  23. Count of Monte Cristo (condensed for kids)
  24. Enyclopedia Brown
  25. Twilight Series
  26. My Side of the Mountain
  27. Stow Away Sea-Faring Stories
  28. Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel
  29. Winnie the Pooh
  30. The Happy Hollisters
  31. The 100 Dresses
  32. Joseph Conrad books
  33. Little Women
  34. Four Little Puppies
You can continue the book conversation by emailing  or posting on our facebook page.

Monday, April 1, 2013

MN author William Kent Krueger is back on KAXE/KBXE!

You've heard William Kent Krueger many times on KAXE/KBXE talking mysteries and the writing process with Heidi Holtan. Now he's put out a new novel that isn't part of his bestselling Cork O'Connor mystery series.  It's called "Ordinary Grace" and tells the story of a young man in 1961 small town Minnesota who has to come to grips with the darker side of life. 

William Kent Krueger is a Minnesota author who has a gift for capturing place and time.  In his Cork O'Connor mysteries he captures northern Minnesota and Ojibwe and white cultures.  In his latest, he's created a stand alone story set in Minnesota in 1961.  Frank Drum is thirteen and for the first time in his life, has to face tragedy and death. 

“Once in a blue moon a book drops down on your desk that demands to be read. You pick it up and read the first page, and then the second, and you are hooked. Such a book is Ordinary Grace…This is a book that makes the reader feel better just by having been exposed to the delights of the story. It will stay with you for quite some time and you will always remember it with a smile.” (Huffington Post )

You can read an excerpt here. 

Heidi Holtan will talk with William Kent Krueger about "Ordinary Grace" coming up Wednesday April 10th at 6pm.  You can listen online at www.kaxe.org or check the archive of Heidi's Realgoodwords interviews at http://www.kaxe.org/programs/realgoodwords.aspx.

Heidi's last conversation with William Kent Krueger was about "Trickster's Point".  You can hear the Realgoodwords archived interview here!