Page Count

Page Count, presented by the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library, features interviews with authors, librarians, booksellers, illustrators, publishing professionals, and literary advocates in and from the state of Ohio.

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Episodes

Tuesday Sep 13, 2022

Negesti Kaudo, author of the debut essay collection RIPE, discusses the art of writing nonfiction; her development as a writer; exploring race, privilege, and the body in on the page; innovative essay structure; embracing work that is uncomfortable; workshop dynamics and etiquette; her job as a Buzzfeed sex toy writer; the joy of writing residencies; and why the popular “write drunk, edit sober” maxim isn’t the best advice for writers.   Find Kaudo on Twitter, Instagram, or at kaudonegesti.squarespace.com.   Writing Residency Resources Poets & Writers Conferences and Residencies Database Fee-Free Writing Residencies Family-Friendly Writing Residencies BOMB Residency Roundup   Produced by Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library and hosted by Laura Maylene Walter. For a transcript of this episode, visit the episode page. To get in touch, email ohiocenterforthebook@cpl.org (put “podcast” in the subject line) or follow us on Twitter or on Facebook.

Tuesday Aug 30, 2022

Celebrated graphic novelist Derf Backderf discusses his latest book, KENT STATE: FOUR DEAD IN OHIO, which documents the fatal May 4, 1970 shooting at Kent State University. Backderf sheds light on this event’s history and its aftermath; his decision to tell the story through the point of view of the four slain students (Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer, and William Schroeder) and a Guardsman; his research and writing processes; the evolution of his career; his view of the current landscape for graphic novels; his favorite independent bookstores; and more.   KENT STATE: FOUR DEAD IN OHIO is the Ohio Center for the Book’s 2022 Great Reads from Great Places selection for adult readers and will represent Ohio’s literary heritage at the 2022 National Book Festival on September 3.   Derf Backderf’s previous books include MY FRIEND DAHMER, TRASHED, and PUNK ROCK AND TRAILER PARKS. Learn more at derfcity.com and buy KENT STATE at your favorite independent bookstore. Mac's Backs sells personalized, signed copies of Backderf's books.   For full show notes and a transcript of this episode, visit the episode page. To get in touch, email ohiocenterforthebook@cpl.org (put “podcast” in the subject line) or follow us on Twitter or on Facebook.  

Tuesday Aug 16, 2022

Children’s book illustrator and author Tracy Subisak discusses JENNY MEI IS SAD, a picture book about the support friends can offer in times of sadness. Subisak shares the genesis of this story, how she became a children’s book author and illustrator, the connection between creativity and vulnerability, how illustrators work with an agents, a preview of some of her forthcoming books, and her advice for young artists.   JENNY MEI IS SAD is the Ohio Center for the Book’s 2022 Great Reads from Great Places children’s book selection and will represent Ohio’s literary heritage at the 2022 National Book Festival on September 3.   Books mentioned in this episode: JENNY MEI IS SAD, written and illustrated by Tracy Subisak AMAH FARAWAY, written by Margaret Chiu Greanias and illustrated by Tracy Subisak SORRY, SNAIL, written and illustrated by Tracy Subisak, is forthcoming in 2023 MIXED-UP MOONCAKES, written by Erica Lyons and Christina Matula and illustrated by Tracy Subisak, is forthcoming in 2024 Learn about Subisak’s other books at http://tracysubisak.com.   For a transcript of this episode, visit the episode page. To get in touch, email ohiocenterforthebook@cpl.org (put “podcast” in the subject line) or follow us on Twitter or on Facebook.

Thursday Aug 04, 2022

This bonus episode celebrates Author Alley, an annual book fair held at Loganberry Books in Cleveland. Harriett Logan discusses the history of Author Alley and provides a preview of some of this year’s offerings. Next, five participating authors (Nicole D. Miller, James Redwood, Megan Neville, Jason Lady, and Tricia Springstubb) share a bit about their books. You can meet these authors but also many others by coming to Loganberry Books on August 6 for the BIPOC showcase; August 13 for the fiction, poetry, and ephemera showcase; and August 20 for the nonfiction and illustrated works showcase. The event runs from noon to 4pm on each day.   Here is the full list of participating 2022 Author Alley authors, and here’s an article about Otis the cat’s retirement from Loganberry.   Finally, mark your calendars for our first-ever live podcast event, which will take place at 3:30pm on Saturday, September 10 at Literary Cleveland’s Inkubator conference. "Page Count Live: Advice for the Career-Minded Writer" will feature an interview with award-winning short story author and NEA Fellow Liz Breazeale. Register for the free Inkubator conference and attend this live taping of Page Count.   For a transcript of this episode, visit the episode page at https://ohiocenterforthebook.org/podcast. To get in touch, follow Ohio Center for the Book on Twitter @cplocfb or email ohiocenterforthebook@cpl.org and put “podcast” in the subject line.

Tuesday Aug 02, 2022

Eric Obenauf and Eliza Wood-Obenauf discuss the beginnings and evolution of Two Dollar Radio, an independent publisher, bookstore, and vegan café based in Columbus, Ohio. They share insight on starting a small press without a budget or connections; the origin of the “Two Dollar Radio” name; the benefits of being based outside of New York; what they look for when acquiring manuscripts; how they manage submissions; why they accept unsolicited and unagented manuscripts; their publisher mentoring program; publisher consolidation and industry challenges; why bookstore visitors are greeted by a unicorn mural; how a limerick by Lemony Snicket came to grace their menu; and a DIY spirit that extends to the bookstore and café, where Eric and Eliza have had a hand in making everything themselves, from the books to the furniture to the food. Mentioned in this episode:   The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib I Will Die in a Foreign Land by Kalani Pickhart Crapalachia by Scott McClanahan Binary Star by Sarah Gerard Two Dollar Radio Guide to Vegan Cooking: The Pink Edition by Jean-Claude van Randy and Speed Dog (with Eric Obenauf) Purple Palm Press Akashic Books   For a transcript of this episode, visit the episode page at https://ohiocenterforthebook.org/podcast. To get in touch, email ohiocenterforthebook@cpl.org and put “podcast” in the subject line. Find us on Twitter @cplocfb.

Tuesday Jul 19, 2022

Author Jyotsna Sreenivasan discusses the power of second-generation stories; Indian American stereotypes in fiction; tips for writing dialogue and expressing the internal thoughts of a character whose first language is not English; writing and publishing without an MFA; freeing herself from the pressure to publish; transforming a novel into a novella; the long road of revision; and how her latest book, the story collection These Americans, came to be.   Mentioned in this episode: And Laughter Fell From the Sky (William Morrow) These Americans (Minerva Rising Press) Second Generation Stories: Literature by Children of Immigrants Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama Barack Obama’s early journey as an author For full show notes and a transcript of this episode, visit the episode page at https://ohiocenterforthebook.org/podcast. To get in touch, email ohiocenterforthebook@cpl.org and put “podcast” in the subject line.

Tuesday Jul 05, 2022

We’re getting meta on the pod by talking about page counts in published books and, by extension, word counts in unpublished manuscripts. What is an acceptable word-count range for a novel or memoir, and why does word count matter at all? Writer, speaker, and former Penguin publishing executive Brandi Larsen shares the economic rationale for common page-count ranges in published books and offers tips for writers penning their own manuscripts. While there’s always wiggle room and the occasional exception, there’s a reason why writers might run into trouble when trying to publish a 50,000-word novel or a 200,000-word memoir with a traditional publisher—and this episode will illuminate why.   Brandi Larsen is a writer and speaker building a more inclusive publishing landscape. Her work at Penguin Random House helped create NYT bestsellers, and her journalism pieces earned Emmy nominations. Her talks about publishing, leadership, and grief inspire audiences from Zoom to Harvard. She serves as the board president for Literary Cleveland and writes books and essays. Uncultured: A Memoir publishes September 20, 2022 and is available to pre-order now. Learn more at BrandiLarsen.com and @brandilarsen on social media.   For full show notes and a transcript of this episode, visit the episode page at https://ohiocenterforthebook.org/podcast. To get in touch, email ohiocenterforthebook@cpl.org and put “podcast” in the subject line.

Tuesday Jun 21, 2022

Christopher Gonzalez discusses his debut story collection, I’m Not Hungry But I Could Eat, as well as his writing process, flash fiction techniques, literary magazine editing, literary Twitter, the art of putting together a story collection, small press publishing vs. the Big 5, revision, reality TV, leaning into your own weirdness as a writer, and more.   Mentioned in this episode: “On Chicken Tenders” by Helen Rosner  Barrelhouse  Santa Fe Writers Project (SFWP) “And Another and Another and Another Glass of Rosé” in Catapult Love Is Blind  The Bachelorette Race and the Bachelor franchise Reality TV Twitter tips for writers Nafissa Thompson-Spires Roxane Gay Raven Leilani   Host: Laura Maylene WalterPresented by: Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library   For a transcript of this episode, visit the episode page at https://ohiocenterforthebook.org/podcast. To get in touch, email ohiocenterforthebook@cpl.org and put “podcast” in the subject line.

Tuesday Jun 07, 2022

NOTE: At the time of this recording, Devon Halliday was an agent at Transatlantic Agency, but she is now pursuing other opportunities. Stay tuned for additional podcast episodes discussing trends related to agent and editor transitions within the publishing industry.    Devon Halliday, a former literary agent, discusses how she became an agent, working in publishing outside of New York City, the difference between a scout and an agent, how she manages her queries, and what she looks for in new clients. Next, she critiques query letters from three Ohio writers working on historical fiction, memoir, and YA manuscripts, respectively. Halliday offers advice surrounding the structure and content of these query letters, as well as her thoughts on comparative titles, manuscript word count, book proposals, the role of research in memoir, platforms for nonfiction writers, rhetorical questions in query letters, and more.   Halliday recommends Twice in a Lifetime by Melissa Baron, which publishes December 6, 2022.   For a transcript of this episode, visit the episode page at https://ohiocenterforthebook.org/podcast. To get in touch, email ohiocenterforthebook@cpl.org and put “podcast” in the subject line.

Tuesday May 24, 2022

Matt Bell discusses his new craft book, Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts. We talk about the mysteries, joys, and frustrations of novel revision, including getting that first draft out on the page, recordkeeping during the drafting process, finding your place on the “outline or no outline” spectrum, strategies for the second draft, unpublished first novels, abandoning a novel after writing 100 pages, why community is sustaining for writers, and more.   Matt Bell is the author of the novels Appleseed, Scrapper, and In the House upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, as well as the short story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall, a nonfiction book about the classic video game Baldur's Gate II, and several other titles. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Tin House, Fairy Tale Review, American Short Fiction, Orion, and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he has an MFA from Bowling Green State University and teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.   For a transcript of this episode, visit https://ohiocenterforthebook.org/podcast. To get in touch, email ohiocenterforthebook@cpl.org and put “podcast” in the subject line.

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