Sunday, March 6, 2016

March 3, 2016: Mike Bond/Ben Phillippo and Cara Campanelli/Isolated Antagonist/Troy Kent

Isolated Antagonist
This week we're talking to two of the first-place winners in the New England Book Festival. First up is Mike Bond, who took home the first prize in fiction with his new thriller, "Killing Maine." Ranked by a recent Gallup poll as one of the least-trusted by its own residents, the corruption of the state's government forms the backdrop of this story, one of an innocent man framed for murder. Pono Hawkins, far from being a friend to the accused, is the only one that can save him, but he'll need to battle an entire state to do it.

Next up are Ben Phillippo and Cara Campanelli. They directed and produced an amazing music video for the band Gem Club, with breathtaking visual effects and a sad, but meaningful story. Hear what went into this project and what's next.

The metal band Isolated Antagonist has a new CD out, "Affirmation of Entropy." We're playing a few tracks off this and talking about the glory days of the genre and how they hope to bring it back.

Troy Kent is another NEBF winner--his book, "The Reading Promise," took home first place in the children's category, and grand prize of the entire festival. The story is one of a struggling mother who gives he child the only gift she can--a promise to read each and every day. We'll talk about the challenges that children's writers face, and an interesting question that many of Kent's fans have raised.

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