French master bow maker Benoit Rolland uses rare Brazilian wood to carve his world-class violin, viola and cello bows. The bow, he says, is the voice of the string instrument, evoking sounds unique to the musician. Rolland is a 2012 MacArthur "Genius" fellow.
Quentin Rowan's spy novel, Assassin of Secrets, debuted to critical acclaim last November. Soon after, Google-savvy readers began to realize that Rowan had stolen nearly every word from other spy novels.
Tomie DePaola's books have won reams of awards, including two top literary nods for children. Tomie has also published a book for adults, called "Christmas Memories." The book includes holiday memories from his storied life - suburban childhood, bohemian art school, and cloistered monastery. Listen in as Dick Gordon and Tomie talk of Christmases past, and play holiday music from 1940's crooners to Gregorian chants.