W4CY & W4VET 3/15/2018

Our first guest is James Anderson’s discussing his newest novel LULLABY ROAD was just released by Crown, the second novel featuring Ben Jones.  It has received raves from TheNew York Times Book ReviewThe Associated Press; Huffington Post, Shelf Awareness, Library Journal, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, The Deseret News, and many other publications. At least two dozen newspapers have picked up The Associated Press review.  

James Anderson was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of Reed College, and received his MFA in creative writing from Pine Manor College. His first novel was The Never-Open Desert Diner. His short fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines, including The Bloomsbury Review, New Letters, Solstice Magazine, and others. He currently divides his time between Colorado and Oregon.unded and ran Breitenbush Books from 1976 – 1991, a small book publishing company based in Portland, Oregon.  During his tenure, Breitenbush Books won an unprecedented three Western States Book Awards, which were juried by the renowned Robert Penn Warren, N. Scott Momaday, Elizabeth Hardwick, Jonathan Galassi and others.

Other jobs have included stints as a logger, commercial fisherman, car salesman and, briefly, truck driver. In the late 1990s Anderson co-produced the documentary film Tara’s Daughters about Tibetan women in exile, narrated by Susan Sarandon. The film won Best Documentary at the New York Film Festival in 2002. The principal photography of a second film, Zydeco By Birth, which he wrote and directed, about the history of zydeco and creole music, was completed in 2003 but was unreleased. The film is now in the permanent collection of The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

His debut novel, The Never-Open Desert Diner (Caraval Books; Feb. 2015) received rave reviews, including from Marilyn Stasio in The NYTimes who said “…A wondrously strange first novel by James Anderson….a voice that’s…well, high, dry and severely beautiful…Anderson is one fine storyteller.” As a result of all the raves Anderson received, Crown publishers, a division of Random House, released bought the rights from Caravel Books and released The Never-Open Desert Diner in both hardcover and paperback, and signed on Anderson for two more novels, featuring Ben Jones, the down-on-his luck truck driver whose route takes him back and forth across one of the most desolate and beautiful regions of the Utah desert. For more information go to jamesandersonauthor.com



Our next guest is Dr. Timothy Woods, Surgeon at Cox North Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, he discusses what people living with AFib should know about the importance of having access to a reversal agent in the event of an emergency. He will discuss why it’s important for people to talk to their doctors about the benefits and risks of taking blood thinners, and what questions to ask their doctors about the availability of a reversal agent.

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, an abnormal heart rhythm with symptoms often described as ‘butterflies’ in the chest, it affects more than 2.7 million people in the United States.

  • People living with AFib are at a 5 times greater risk of stroke than someone without this condition.
  • Symptoms may include: a racing, fluttering, pounding or irregular-feeling heartbeat, fatigue, dizziness or lightheadedness, shortness of breath or fainting and anxiety
  • AFib can lead to blood pooling in the heart and forming a clot, which can then break free and travel to the brain potentially blocking blood flow, resulting in a stroke.




Our last guest is March is Dr. Doug Robertson MD, MPH, Chief, Gastroenterology at White River Junction VA Medical Center. March is colorectal cancer awareness month, a time to remind Americans of the importance of screening and the strides being made in cancer research. The VA is now conducting its largest-ever clinical trial involving more than 50,000 Veterans, a trial that aims to learn which test is best for colorectal cancer screening. On March 8, Dr. Jason Dominitz and Dr. Douglas Robertson, co-chairs of the “CONFIRM” clinical trial, will be available for interviews. They will share the latest statistics on colorectal cancer, details about their clinical trial and what they hope to discover through their research.

Dr. Douglas Robertson earned his medical degree and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut. After his residency he went on to complete his GI fellowship training at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. During that time he also earned an MPH in Epidemiology from the UNC School of Public Health. He now serves as Chief of Gastroenterology at the White River Junction VA (White River Junction, VT) and is Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Dartmouth Institute in Hanover, NH. Major Committee assignments include his current role as a member of the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer.  For more information please visit https://www.va.gov/


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