literary fiction http://mtpr.net en A World Series Ring, a Three-Legged Dog, and a Thirst for Self-Destruction http://mtpr.net/post/world-series-ring-three-legged-dog-and-thirst-self-destruction <p></p><p>Pete Hurley is not the first person to have the idea that building his dream house in the country will bring him some kind of peace and happiness. But he may be the first to arrive in Montana with a World Series ring, a three-legged dog, and a thirst for self-destruction.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:25:07 +0000 Chérie Newman 3790 at http://mtpr.net A World Series Ring, a Three-Legged Dog, and a Thirst for Self-Destruction The Monsters Rule in Sharma Shields' Short Stories http://mtpr.net/post/monsters-rule-sharma-shields-short-stories <p>Chérie Newman talks with Spokane author Sharma Shields about <span class="piece-description-lead">the stories in her collection, <a href="http://www.autumnhouse.org/favorite-monster-stories-by-sharma-shields/http:/" target="_blank">Favorite Monster</a>, winner of an Autumn House Fiction Prize. Shields also reads two short passages from the book.</span></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 14:44:17 +0000 Chérie Newman 3108 at http://mtpr.net The Monsters Rule in Sharma Shields' Short Stories Gregory Spatz Writes Portraits of Darkness and Light http://mtpr.net/post/gregory-spatz-writes-portraits-darkness-and-light <p><span class="tridefaultbold"><span class="tridefaultreg">During this program, Chérie Newman talks with Spokane author Gregory Spatz about his collection of stories <a href="http://www.enginebooks.org/GregorySpatz.html" target="_blank">Half as Happy</a>.</span></span></p><p>A grieving couple rents a desperate landlord’s house in an effort to recover lost intimacy. Twins are irrevocably separated by events both beyond and within their control. A nighttime prank and its gruesome aftermath forge human connections no one could have anticipated.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 21:21:34 +0000 Chérie Newman 2516 at http://mtpr.net Gregory Spatz Writes Portraits of Darkness and Light Sherril Jaffe Talks About Creative Inspiration and Stories http://mtpr.net/post/sherril-jaffe-talks-about-creative-inspiration-and-stories <p></p><p>San Francisco-based author Sherril Jaffe talks about creative inspiration and reads from her award-winning collection, <em>You Are Not Alone &amp; Other Stories</em>.</p><p>BOOK DESCRIPTION<br>A homeless woman takes up residence in a man's closet; a detective solves cases by feeling the emotions of the perpetrators; a woman happens upon a swingers' club in the back of a tire shop; a couple struggling with their pets' protracted endgame puts out a hit on them; and a man's mother, newly dead and buried, calls him to ask if she can visit.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 19:59:23 +0000 Chérie Newman 1784 at http://mtpr.net Sherril Jaffe Talks About Creative Inspiration and Stories Pam Houston Draws a Fine Line Between Fiction and Nonfiction http://mtpr.net/post/pam-houston-draws-fine-line-between-fiction-and-nonfiction <p>During this program, Chérie Newman talks with Pam Houston about her book <a href="http://www.factandfictionbooks.com/book/9780393082654" target="_blank">Contents May Have Shifted</a>, a novel which Houston admits is about 87% true. So why didn't she publish it as a memoir? Newman wants to know. The answer has to do with the public's perception of truth and, of course, publishing industry lawyers.</p><p><strong>About Contents May Have Shifted:</strong></p><p>Stuck in a dead-end relationship, this fearless narrator leaves her metaphorical baggage behind and finds a comfort zone in the air, “feeling safest with one plane ticket in her hand and another in her underwear drawer.”</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:42:42 +0000 Chérie Newman 1469 at http://mtpr.net Pam Houston Draws a Fine Line Between Fiction and Nonfiction