Wednesday, June 28, 2006

All Things Considered

It looks about 87% certain that Miriam Engelberg and I will be on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" tomorrow, to be interviewed by Melissa Block. Miriam and I are scheduled to meet in a San Francisco radio studio in the morning, where I gather we'll talk with Ms. Block long-distance from wherever she broadcasts.

This is another big deal and another first for me.

Among the things I don't know: how long the interview will go, what we'll talk about, how it'll be edited, and when it'll run (tomorrow, I guess, but I'm not certain). Since we're meeting in the morning and "All Things Considered" is broadcast in the late afternoon whenever I've heard it, I assume we're not live but I don't even know that for sure. As they say, check your local listings. I'm comfortable playing it by ear.

I had the pleasure of meeting Miriam Engelberg in person last night. We've exchanged a few e-mails in the past and she conveniently had a book signing less than an hour from my home, so I thought I'd go watch her work and steal ideas. She gave a good, funny talk and invited me to spend tonight on her futon before our radio
appearance--one of the nicest offers anyone's made to me in a long time, although I didn't take her up on it.

I'll let you know how it goes.


Lynda said...

Good luck!

sligo said...

as i told you not too long ago, i'm really happy for your success.

i did an NPR/All Things Considered commentary piece a few years ago from the SF studios ("Mom's Voice", June 5, 2002), and it was technically odd, but easy, fun and satisfying: sat in the booth, put the cans over my ears and conversed with one of their producers in D.C. as we put the piece together. you'll have a cool time.

i'll tell everyone i know to tune in.

ronnie said...

Hi Brian,

For those of us outside the NPR's range, and for those who miss the program, NPR archives pretty much everything (I think) at:

Don't forget to post a link to the show in question in your blog. To hell with modesty, peeps who read the blog want to hear it!!

Can't wait to hear it myself. Good luck!


ronnie said...

Erm, I mean, "All things Considered" is archived at the url above. There are other urls for other NPR shows.

Back to your regular programming...


Steve Bergson said...

Thanks for posting your CCI schedule so soon. I'm still waiting anxiously for the CCI website to add the complete schedule, but now I know about 3 panels I'd like to attend (and also know that none of them are at the same time as the one I'm moderating).

Hope to meet you at the con.

re : the "cancer graphic novels trend"

I wonder how many cancer GNs have been published.

In addition to yours, the ones I know of are :

* Cancer Vixen : A True Story
* Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person
* Our Cancer Year
* Lisa’s story (by Tom Batiuk, creator of Funky Winkerbean)

Steve Bergson said...

Just remembered :

Jannet & Me : An Illustrated Story of Love and Loss (by Stan Mack)

Kid Sis said...

Break a leg! no barfing!

Brian Fies said...

Thanks, all. As you'll read in my follow-up post, I think the interview went well but, of course, I won't know until I hear it. I really appreciate the support.

Steve, I can't think of others off the top of my head. I'm aware of a few self-published works, including Mammoir (, but not others by big publishers. I think there must be more, though...I'm sure they'll come to me.

Hey, Sis, I didn't barf!