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William Finnegan Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 25th July 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing William Finnegan award-winning literary journalist and narrative non-fiction author. If you enjoy the interview William will be appearing at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing on July 28th at 7 PM as part of Bookshop Santa Cruz’s Books and Brews series. After acquiring a BA Degree in literature at the University of California Santa Cruz and studying for an MFA in creative writing at the University of Montana, William spent four years abroad, traveling in Asia, Australia, and Africa. His experiences led to his first book Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid, published in 1986 and selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best nonfiction books of the year. This whet his appetite for political journalism. A highly regarded war reporter and literary journalist William has written for many publications including Mother Jones, and Harper’s, and has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987. He has written four books in addition to his debut: Dateline Soweto: Travels with Black South African Reporters; A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique; Cold New World: Growing Up in a Harder Country, which deals with the bleak lives of American teenagers in spite of the United States’s economic affluence; and the newly published Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, a memoir which is described by the reviewer at the Los Angeles Times as “a book about ‘A Surfing Life’…also about a writer’s life and, even more generally, a quester’s life, more carefully observed and precisely rendered than any I’ve read in a long time.” He has received many journalism awards including twice receiving the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism; the Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field of Journalism the Drug Policy Foundation for his article "Deep East Texas"; a Citation for Excellence issued by the Overseas Press Club for his report on Sudan, "The Invisible War" in 200; and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for his article "Leasing the Rain" on the fight to control fresh water. In addition, he has received two Overseas Press Club Awards since 2009.

Tune in Saturday 9-10 PM to find out more about the life and art of William Finnegan. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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‘Whose Country is America?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 25th July

This Saturday 25th July 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Whose Country is America?’ We are increasingly being told that ‘our country’ is falling apart, or that we need to take back ‘our country’. But who are ‘we’ are taking back ‘our’ country from? The website takingourcountryback.net states “We yearn for our country to return to the Founding Principles which made us the greatest country on Earth!” When you think of ‘our country’ - who does that ‘our’ encompass in your mind? Everyone who is a citizen? Everyone who lives here? Or a certain kind of person who represents the real values of America (in your opinion)? In an article entitled ‘Whose country is this?’ President Calvin Coolidge wrote “There can’t be too many inhabitants of the right kind, distributed in the right place. There are racial considerations too grave to be brushed aside for any sentimental reasons. Biological laws tell us that certain divergent people will not mix or blend. It is only when the alien adds vigor to our stock that he is wanted. Our obligation is to maintain that citizenship at its best.” In rebuttal to this direction of immigration policy congressman Robert H. Clancy stated "My family put 11 men and boys into the Revolutionary War, and I am sure they and their women and children did not suffer so bitterly and sacrifice until it hurt to establish the autocracy of bigotry and intolerance which exists in many quarters to-day in this country. Some of these men and boys shed their blood and left their bodies to rot on American battle fields. To me real Americanism and the American flag are the product of the blood of men and of the tears of women and children of a different type than the rampant “Americanizers” of to-day.” Nearly a hundred years later this debate is still with us. Whose country is America?

What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for our Out and About feature. Join us on Saturday 8-9 PM! For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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Edan Lepucki Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 18th July 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing best-selling author Edan Lepucki. If you enjoy the interview Edan is making a special appearance at Bookshop Santa Cruz on July 26th at 4PM. Edan’s debut novel California is one of the most pre-ordered debut novels in the history of publisher Hachette, and graced the New York Times best-seller list as well as many media best books of the summer lists and Huffington Post’s 30 books you need to read in 2014. A post-apocalyptic story, described by Sarah Stone of the San Francisco Chronicle as depicting the “moment-by-moment reality of a painful possible future, the price we may have to pay for our passionate devotion to all of the wrong things”, California has recently been released as a paperback after its hardback success. A graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Edan’s fiction and nonfiction have been published in Narrative Magazine, The New York Times, and McSweeney’s, among others. She is a staff writer for the literary website The Millions and is the founder and co-director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles, which describes itself as ‘a private writing school for the brave, enthusiastic and talented’. In 2009 she won the James D. Phelan Award, and in March of 2011, she won second place in the 3 Quarks Daily Arts and Literature Prize for her essay, “Reading and Race: On Slavery in Fiction.” Her second novel, Woman No. 17, will be published in the Spring of 2017.

Tune in Saturday 9-10 PM to find out more about the life and art of Edan Lepucki. For more info and to hear previous shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com

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‘Do Good Manners Still Matter?’ It’s A Question Of Balance 8-9 PM Saturday 18th July

This Saturday 18th July 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland we consider ‘Do Good Manners Still Matter?’ There are a lot of books on etiquette, on which fork to use when, and how to write the perfect thank you note. However, Lucinda Holdforth in her book Why Manners Matter: The case for civilised behaviour in a barbarous worlddefines manners a bit differently. She defines manners as a set of small sacrifices we make for other people stating “these individual gestures, seemingly so small, add up to the not inconsiderable achievement of a civil society. Our small sacrifices amount to something big.” Have you ever thought of manners as being important enough to contribute to a civil society, perhaps even leading to the need for fewer laws? Manners in many ways give dignity to ourselves and others but are we losing the impetus to express gratitude, be polite, and respect each other? And if we are does that matter?

What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for our Out and About feature. Join us on Saturday 8-9 PM! For more info on the show and to hear past shows visit www.itsaquestionofbalance.com
 
 
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Tom Killion Special Guest on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland Saturday 11th July 9-10 PM

This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Tom Killion, woodcut and letterpress artist and founder of Quail Press. If you enjoy the interview you can meet Tom in person at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Monday July 13th at 7:30 PM. Born and raised in Mill Valley, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, Tom was inspired from an early age to create landscape prints using linoleum and wood, strongly influenced by the traditional Japanese Ukiyo-ë style of Hokusai and Hiroshige. He studied History at UC Santa Cruz, where he was introduced to fine book printing by William Everson and Jack Stauffacher, and in 1975, he produced his first illustrated book on UCSC's Cowell Press. After traveling extensively in Europe and Africa, Killion returned to Santa Cruz, California in 1977 and founded his own Quail Press, where he published his second book, "Fortress Marin". Since his first illustrated book in 1975, Tom has continued producing extensively illustrated books including 28 Views of Mount Tamalpais, The Coast of California, and Walls: A Journey Across Three Continents, which draws on his experiences working as administrator of a medical relief program in a camp for Ethiopian refugees in Sudan, and traveling with nationalist rebels in war-torn Eritrea. Along with publishing fine art letterpress books, Tom holds a PhD in African history from Stanford University and has taught at Bowdoin College, Maine and San Francisco State University, in addition to being a Fulbright scholar at Asmara University in Eritrea. He has collaborated with Pulitzer-prize-winning poet Gary Snyder on three books - The High Sierra of California, Tamalpais Walking and the recently released California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Poetry, History and Prints. Tom is currently working on landscape prints including treescapes, coastal and mountain views at his studio located on Inverness Ridge near Point Reyes, California.

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