I’m often asked – especially at this time of year – what I’m reading or if there’s a new book I would recommend. Summer vacations and a good book just seem to go together like sunshine and sand.
In the next few days, I’ll finish Stephen King’s “On Writing,” his 2000 book that’s part memoir about how he became a successful novelist, and part stylebook of grammar tips and writing techniques. It’s a wonderful read for the want-to-be writer in all of us.
Last week I finished Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.” In her 20s, after her mother died and her own marriage ended, Strayed made an impulsive decision to hike more than 2,000 miles of the trail from California to Oregon by herself. It’s quite a tale.
On One to One during July, I’ll introduce you to some writers you may not have read before and books you might consider packing for the beach.
On July 6 at 1 p.m. on KET, Indiana native Karen Mann discusses her debut novel, “The Woman of La Mancha.” It’s Mann’s take on “Don Quixote,” featuring a lively and beguiling female protagonist who leads you through an extraordinary story of nobility and romance across Spain.
The following week, journalist and Spalding University MFA instructor Roy Hoffman talks about his book, “Come Landfall.” Set on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it’s the story of three women and the men they love. Hoffman is the author of three novels and writes nonfiction pieces for the New York Times and other national publications.
On July 20, I’ll visit with Kentuckian Jason Howard of Berea. His work, “A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music,” reminds us of the importance of this state’s contribution to American music.
And then on July 27, I know you’ll enjoy hearing from singer, motivational speaker, and author Naomi Judd. She talks about her life in country music and her recovery from a near-death medical experience that changed her career.
Special Olympians Take National Honors
In closing, I’d like to give a big KET shout-out to the Kentucky Special Olympics team that competed in the national competition last week in New Jersey.
The commonwealth was well represented by 38 athletes and 16 coaches, who faced off against teams from all over the United States in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, bowling, flag football, golf, and Bocce.
Kentucky’s 4×50-yard freestyle relay team won the Gold Medal at the national Special Olympics competition last week.
(Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Kentucky)
When they returned home, the athletes and coaches were greeted at the Louisville airport by a throng of well-wishers and media who turned out to congratulate them.
Family and friends gathered at Louisville International Airport to welcome the Kentucky Special Olympics athelets home from the national games in New Jersey.
We send our congratulations to all of them as well.