Arts and culture

Doug MacGregor

Cartoonist Doug MacGregor has been drawing political cartoons for more than 30 years. His work was a daily part of the editorial pages of the Fort Myers News-Press from 1988 through 2011, and his cartoons still appear once a week in the paper’s Sunday edition.

Gene Wilder

Aug 29, 2016

Actor and author Gene Wilder died today at age 83. On October 25, 2007 WGCU’s Amy Tardif interviewed him on Gulf Coast Live Arts Edition. He was about to appear at the Sarasota Reading Festival. He joined us live by phone from his home in Connecticut for a discussion about life, acting and writing. They chatted about stage, screen and the loves of his life including his marriage to the late Gilda Radner and his continued efforts to fight ovarian cancer.

This month’s Versed in Florida is with Miami poet Mia Leonin. She teaches creative writing at the University of Miami. She has published poetry and creative nonfiction in numerous journals and reviews. Leonin is the author of three poetry collections and a memoir. Her fourth collection comes out next year. And Leonin tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif that writing has always been about survival to her.

The Wrong Road Home

Aug 9, 2016

Palm Beach area author Ian O’Connor, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, has three Justin Scott thrillers under his belt. But it’s his recently published novel, “The Wrong Road Home,” based on a true story that was uncovered by the Miami Herald two decades ago, that’s caught the interest of our reviewer, Sally Bissell.

Blue Totems

Jul 29, 2016
Amy Bennett WIlliams

In her best-selling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo proposes a simple test to help people de-clutter their lives.  Hold an object in your hand and consider it, asking yourself, “Does this bring me joy?”  We all have those certain objects in our lives; those random knickknacks or found objects that don’t really have any monetary value, but which are deeply infused with meaning and memory.  They may represent a particular place or serve as symbol of an important relationship.  In this week’s essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams she details a couple of these items in her own life and the implacable bonds of love they represent.