Posts Tagged ‘Chethik’

Great guests on One to One

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Recently, I had an interesting conversation with Jonathan Miller for One to One; tune in this Sunday, April 3 at 1 p.m./noon CT.

Miller, the Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet under Governor Steve Beshear, has left state government and will join the private sector. He’ll be practicing law and has a start-up blog called The Recovering Politician. Jonathan served two terms as State Treasurer and worked in Washington a few years before coming back to Kentucky to raise a family. He has recruited a number of other former politicians to write for his blog. You can find it at

This week I’ll be talking with two of America’s best known authors for a couple of upcoming One to One programs:

  • *Andre Dubus III who wrote The House of Sand and Fog, a national bestseller and movie. Townie is Dubus’s new memoir which is at number four on the New York Times nonfiction list.
  • *Rita Mae Brown who is wildly popular around the world — her mystery series are always best sellers.

    Both Brown and Dubus are in Kentucky for the Lexington Public Library’s Night of Literary Feasts. Patrons of the library will have an opportunity to have dinner with their favorite author. There are 11 authors, including Kentuckians Ed McClanahan, Jon Carloftis, and Neil Chethik. I’ll be attending and will give you an update in an upcoming blog post.

I Wrote!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

I wrote.

That’s what was on the sticker I was handed for my sport coat after I participated in the Carnegie Center’s National Day on Writing. By the end of the day, hundreds of want-to-be Ernest Hemingways and Dan Browns will have written The Longest Short Story Ever Written in Lexington.

The Carnegie Center, formally the downtown Lexington Library on 2nd St.,  encouraged people to contribute to the effort, which they called an “installation art project.” They wanted to demonstrate that people could write in bookstores, coffee shops, libraries, schools, and the Carnegie Center as a statement that writing is important and will encourage others to write for pleasure or purpose.

The story was written on butcher paper and segments of “Lexington’s Longest Story” will be taped up inside the Carnegie Center to create an official learning zone. You could write from 1 to 250 words. I wrote about 50. Novelist Ed McClanahan began the day with a few words about meeting a woman on a bench in Woodland Park. He was joined by Bobbie Ann Mason, Marcia Hurlow, Leatha Kendrick, Milton Toby, Steve Vest, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Kirby Gann, Rena Baer, Neil Chethik, and Jan Isenhour, among many other contributors.

According to Neil Chethik of the Carnegie Center, excerpts of the completed work will be published online in the National Gallery of Writing.

It was fun. I hope you get a chance to read The Longest Short Story Ever Written.

For more , click here for the Center’s blog or here for their contact information.

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