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QELKE is a podcast dedicated to elevating its listener’s knowledge by reviewing some of the greatest literary writers and their works. Join QELKE bi-monthly as host, Bob Stewart discusses classics and sometimes not-so classic literary contributions that have become national treasures.
 
A podcast exploring writer Dominick Dunne's quest for justice amidst his incisive commentary of the high society set. Alicia (Trashy Divorces) leads a far ranging romp through the novels and Vanity Fair columns of one of the 20th century’s most unforgettable literary contributors. Covering courthouses and country clubs, Dunne’s voice was one for the ages, and Done & Dunne ensures that voice can continue to resonate with audiences today. New episodes weekly, consider Monday your Dunne-Day.
 
Wordquest Devon is a project of Aune Head Arts, Cyprus Well, Devon Libraries (Devon County Council), and the University of Exeter. It began life as a response to the 'questing' themes of the Cultural Olympiad, and still retains many of these playful and game-playing aspects. The project's live presence began in June 2011 and continues until September 2012. Around the County (and perhaps beyond) you can pick up copies of our 'Literary Map for Devon' - but you can also explore the online map h ...
 
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In this week’s episode, your hosts discuss Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. Emilia Maria di Carlo and her sister, Vittoria have always known magic was real. When Vittoria is brutally murdered, Emilia will stop at nothing to discover why and who killed her, including summoning a demon. Emilia works with Wrath, a prince of hell, to uncover …
 
This week’s episode is an encore broadcast of Sarah Aronson’s conversation with CMarie Fuhrman about her nonfiction and work as co-editor for the anthology, Native Voices. This program was recorded in Spokane, Washington, during their Get Lit! literary festival with the generous support of Spokane Public Radio.…
 
Hello fellow Investigators! I am so excited to share some huge news we've been cooking up here at Hemlock Creatives. Coming for you December 6, every weekday, is a new podcast dedicated to delightful and unexpected things. Narrated by me, Alicia, these 10 to 15 minutes episodes celebrate the people, places and events of the past. Check out the trai…
 
This week, we take a turn in a whole new direction by wandering through high society in 19th century New York City. The Knickerbockers had their own peculiar ways, and the Queen Bee of all of them was Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, who with the assistance of Ward McAllister, dictated the terms of the city's emerging elites with the creation and imple…
 
This week, Lauren talks with physician and writer Laura Kolbe, author of Little Pharma (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pitt Poetry Series), a book that uses poetry as the doctor’s tool into empathy, into the interior lives of patients and beyond the material relationships between bodies.저자 Lauren Korn
 
This week your hosts discuss the final installment of Laura Thalassa's four horsemen series - Death! In a post-apocalyptic world where the four horsemen have come to judge humanity, Lazarus finds herself drawn to Death, the last of the horsemen. Since she cannot die, she is determined to stop him or at least slow down his destruction but Death is n…
 
In this edition of A New York State of Crime, Alicia illuminates a Dominick-adjacent story, that of the mysterious 1965 death of crime reporter Dorothy Kilgallen. Was her death an accident, a suicide, or the result of her investigation into the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Sources: The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mys…
 
This week, Lauren chats with Stephen Graham Jones, author of My Heart Is a Chainsaw (Gallery Books, Saga Press). My Heart Is a Chainsaw is a meta-narrative homage to classic slasher films like Scream and Friday the 13th. Indeed, there are nearly 200 film references in this novel, hiding in plain sight, and they are a joy to encounter for horror fil…
 
This week, your hosts discuss Neon Gods by Katee Robert. Persephone Demetriou is desperate to escape the politics of Olympus and the squeaky clean role she’s been forced into as one Demeter’s daughters. She’s made a plan to escape, when she turns 25 and can access her trust fund, but her plans go off the rails when she is forced into a surprise eng…
 
Today, Alicia takes us back to wartime New York, for the scandal that rocked 1940s cafe society. Our man Nick described the case this way in his July 2000 Vanity Fair story: A young, attractive socialite, Patricia Lonergan, is found naked in her bedroom, bludgeoned and strangled to death. The accused: her wildly handsome, devastatingly charming hus…
 
In this week's episode your hosts discuss the highly anticipated A Shadow in the Embers, the prequel to Jennifer L. Armentrout's From Blood and Ash series. Sera is promised to the Primal of Death through an arrangement made by her ancestors to replenish the lands. Now the Rot has returned and Sera believes she is her country’s only salvation—she mu…
 
Welcome to Season 2: A New York State of Crime! Today, Alicia has the story of the lethal love triangle, and gruesome murder, that sent shockwaves from Long Island to Wall Street. The 2001 slaying of multi-millionaire investment banker Ted Ammon in his East Hampton home generated salacious headlines for years. Our man Nick covered the case in a 200…
 
Happy Halloween! In this special spooky episode, your hosts discuss Frankenstein by Mary Shelley! Young Victor Frankenstein is captivated, near obsessed, with his scientific pursuits. When his experiments result in the reanimation of man, Victor is horrified and abandons his creature. Victor soon learns that sometimes extreme ambition comes at a he…
 
Lehua Taitano's work investigates queer indigeneity, decolonization, and cultural identity in the context of diaspora. In this conversation, Lehua delves into the oceanic world of her poetry collection, "Inside Me an Island," where matters of family, story, identity, voice, song, and bicycle mechanics come to light.…
 
This week your hosts discuss Alessa Thorn's new dark romance, Darkest Night! Athena Edgeworth and Konstantius Zalam are both mercenaries and have been rivals for 3 years. When they cross paths it is often bloody, violent, and sexy but despite the rivalry they have been unable to kill each other. When they develop a common enemy Athena and Kon must …
 
This week, your hosts discuss A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane. Maddek seeks to avenge the death of his parents when they are killed under mysterious circumstances. While he can’t exact his revenge on Syssia’s leader, Zhalen, or his sons, when he receives word the Zhalen’s mysterious daughter is being transported to another kingdom for marr…
 
Dearest Investigators: As promised, a brand new season of Done and Dunne is headed your way starting Monday, November 1! Featuring a sordid cast of high society figures, the new season, "A New York State of Crime," follows our man Nick from Manhattan to Montauk, from the Hudson to the Hamptons, as he unravels the scandals, crimes, misdemeanors, and…
 
This week your hosts discuss Jay Kristoff's best seller Nevernight! After her father is executed as a traitor and her mother and brother are taken away Mia vows revenge. To do so she must train to be a Blade at the Red Church. She will be tested in unimaginable ways but if she succeeds she will have the knowledge and resources to avenge her family.…
 
This week, your hosts discuss Rabid by Raven Kennedy and Ivy Asher. Seneca Rain has waited all of her life for the moment where she can connect with her wolf spirit and fully embrace life as a shifter. However, when the time comes and she is attacked by her packs alpha, Seneca’s wolf becomes rabid. Her cruel alpha deems her togreat of a threat and …
 
This week, Lauren speaks with Missoula-based novelist Caroline Patterson, whose debut novel, The Stone Sister, is a fictionalized account of her own family’s history, of the sister she didn’t know she had—a sister who shares her name—and of the controversial institution that housed Montana’s abandoned children.…
 
This week your hosts discuss Set by Alessa Thorn. Set, the ancient Egyptian God of War and Chaos, has been working as a mercenary in modern Egypt. Unlike his Greek God counterparts, he likes to stay out of the spotlight but when he is tasked with protecting his boss's secret daughter he might be forced to reveal himself. Ayla has been working her d…
 
This week, Lauren speaks with Helena, Montana native Annie Connole, whose debut book, The Spring: A Mythic Memoir, chronicles the author’s episodic, almost encyclopedic encounters with grief, with the animals that crossed her path after the loss of her partner in 2014, both in her waking life and in her dreams. The Spring is the author’s grief in-p…
 
This week, your hosts discuss Sabriel by Garth Nix. Sabriel’s life takes an unexpected turn when her father, a necromancer called the Abhorsen, sends an undead servant to her with the tools of his trade, the famed bells and sword, and requests her help, as he is trapped in Death. Determined to rescue her father, Sabriel takes on the title of Abhors…
 
This week, historian and scholar Anthony W. Wood talks about Black Montana: Settler Colonialism and the Erosion of the Racial Frontier, 1877-1930, an in-depth account of the rise and fall of Montana’s Black communities in the 19th and 20th centuries, of the enduring narratives of white supremacy and cultural erasure in the Rocky Mountain West.…
 
This week your hosts discuss Lexi Foss's steamy vampire romance - Chastely Bitten. In a world where humans are prey, Darius a 3,000 year old vampire, is working towards a world where humans are seen as more than just food. To do this however, he must play their game for a little while longer. In an uncharacteristic move he purchases a highly sought…
 
In this week’s episode, your hosts discuss Broken by the Horde King by Zoey Draven. Kiran and Maeva have a past complicated by Maeva’s unrequited love for Kiran, and the emotional scars she bears as a result of his rejection. She moves on with her life, but protects her heart from any who may break it again. She trains to become a healer, and thing…
 
This week your hosts' discuss Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones! This book was the inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki's popular animated film but there are quite a few differences. Sophie, the eldest of three sisters, is turned into an old woman by the Witch of the Waste. Due to this she leaves her hat shop and family behind and finds herself t…
 
Remembering Dunne on the anniversary of his death, August 26, 2009, at the age of 83. Alicia shares Michael Hogan's Vanity Fair remembrance from November 2009. Catch up on Done & Dunne's first season now! Season Two premieres November 1 with new episodes every Monday! Our Man Dominick Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
This week, your hosts discuss Kraving Khiva, a sci-fi/alien romance by Zoey Draven and we have a special guest! Stacey, @stacebookspace on TikTok and Instagram joins us again and is sharing new details about her book! Go check her out! Synopsis: Eve Tessler has never felt like she’s fit in on the earth colony, Everton, and her feelings of lonelines…
 
In this episode your hosts wrap up the Throne of Glass series with the second half of Kingdom of Ash. Dorian is searching for the third wyrdkey but finding it could mean his or Aelin's death. Meanwhile, Aelin is steadily moving toward Terresan to help with the fight against Morath. Aedion is struggling to keep 100,000 Morath soliders at bay, even w…
 
Alicia springboards off a paragraph in Dominick Dunne's 1991 Vanity Fair article "Damage" to walk us through the mysterious murder of American painter and socialite Mary Pinchot Meyer. Was it a CIA hit? Did Meyer know too much about the assassination of her longtime lover, JFK? Sources: DAMAGE | Vanity Fair | October 1991 Then And Now: Grey Gardens…
 
This week, your hosts discuss the part 1 of Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. Aelin Galathynius has sacrified so much for her home, Terrasen. Trapped in an iron coffin by Maeve, the Fae Queen, Aelin continues to resist Maeves attempts to get her to reveal secrets that may mean the end of their world, though the struggle grows harder each day. In Ter…
 
In the second part of this week's Done and Dunne, Alicia continues through Dominck's 1984 exploration of the life of Candy Spelling - There are trains! There are tour buses! - with updates from her post-1984 life, too. Stacie's still hanging out for it, too. Other Sources: Randy Spelling: Father's Will and Sister Tori | Where Are They Now | Oprah W…
 
In this week's episode your hosts discuss Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. The sixth book in the Throne of Glass series. This book follows Chaol and Nesryn as they travel to the Southern Continent in search of allies and healing. Chaol works with a healer, Yrene, but their relationship quickly changes from healer/patient to something more. Nesryn, n…
 
This week, Lauren speaks with poet Kaveh Akbar, whose sophomore poetry collection, Pilgrim Bell, empties the self of the self — of one’s nation, or nations, of one’s family, of one’s knowledge — leaving only one’s hollowed, and hallowed, body. An early review of Pilgrim Bell states, “The poetry of Kaveh Akbar reminds you that the body is a temple a…
 
This week, your hosts discuss the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series, Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas! Aelin Ashryver Galathynius and company find themselves on the hunt for allies after the lords of Terrasen deny Aelin her right to ascend the throne. With the help of her friends, she calls in every old debt owed to her to amass her army. D…
 
In this lively conversation, Lauren and Missoula-based poet, ceramicist, and musician Kelly Schirmann talk about about her newest book of poetry, The New World, and about her creative practices. A hybrid collection of poetry and prose, The New World follows Schirmann’s attempts, failures, and re-attempts at understanding and articulating an era of …
 
This week your hosts discuss Madness of the Horde King by Zoey Draven. Vienne has been a slave to an alien race for years. They finally send her on a mission to deliver a message to the ruler of the Dakkar. However, when she gets there she finds herself drawn to the Mad Horde King. While they work together to find a heartstone, they cannot ignore t…
 
This week your hosts discuss Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Aelin returns to Rifthold ready to shed the name Celaena Sardothien and embrace being the Queen of Terresan. Her path is clear, free magic, obtain the wyrdkeys, and find out what the King is planning. However, when she arrives she discovers that her cousin Aedion is being held captive …
 
Last week, Alicia had a chance to talk to Robert Hofler, author of the 2017 Dunne biography Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts, for a far-ranging conversation about our man Nick. Hear the rest of this illuminating conversation about the man behind the books and TV's Power, Privilege, and Justice, our man Nick. Learn more abou…
 
In this week's after dark episode your hosts discuss the third book in Scarlett St. Clair's Hades and Persephone series - A Touch of Malice. Hades and Persephone are happily engaged but not all the gods are thrilled. Demeter, Persephone's mother, has decided to freeze the upperworld in an attempt to split them up. To make matters worse, humans and …
 
This week, Alicia had a chance to talk to Robert Hofler, author of the 2017 Dunne biography Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts, for a far-ranging conversation about our man Nick. In what turned into the first half of the conversation, Robert illuminates the joys and contradictions of Dominick's life, and also shares some insi…
 
Michael Punke’s Ridgeline is, broadly, about what is now known - though rarely talked about - as the Fetterman Massacre, which took place in 1866 in Wyoming’s Powder River Valley. The U.S. Army sent hundreds of soldiers, as well as women and children, to set up a fort in the region, eventually named Fort Phil Kearny, on what was the traditional lan…
 
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