Monday, May 20, 2019

Lilac Wine - Chapter 18 is now available!

On this episode of Lilac Wine, we go back to the battlefields of France as the war once again invades Robert's dreams. But this time, the dream is more realistic, more terrifying. Listen now below or in your favorite podcast app.




Monday, May 13, 2019

Chapter 17

After a week hiatus, we are back with Chapter 17. Robert pays a visit to Abelia's backyard and the "Clara Barton of Plants" attends to his wounds.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

In Chapter 16, Robert learns a little something about small towns

After waking up the next day, Robert is confronted by Art and Tom about the incident aboard the Sidney and he learns firsthand how a small town operates. Chapter 16 is now available. Listen below or in your favorite podcast app.



Monday, April 22, 2019

Lilac Wine - Chapter 15 is now available

Robert tries to piece together what happened on the Sidney, and Billy gets a telegram from Streckfus Steamers.

Listen now to Chapter 15. After the reading, author Bruce Janu discusses the character of Billy. Listen below or in your favorite podcast app.



Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Lilac Wine - Chapter 14

On this episode of Lilac Wine-The Podcast, the excursion aboard the SS Sidney takes a turn for the worse for Billy and Robert. Cornered on the hurricane deck, fists fly.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Lilac Wine - Chapter 13

On this episode of Lilac Wine-The Podcast, Billy takes Robert on an unconventional trip on the SS Sidney, a steamboat excursion paddlewheeler "tramping" along the upper Mississippi. On board, they listen to some jazz from Fate Marable and drink real beer for a change.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Lilac Wine - Chapter 12

Chapter 12 is now available. Abelia makes some gazpacho and reminisces about Rima Reiniger, a woman from Over-the-Rhine who taught her about the "fruit of love" so many years ago. When Robert pays another visit, she is surprised at how she feels.




Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Chapter 11 is now available

Finally, after a two week hiatus another chapter of Lilac Wine is available. And this is a big one. In Chapter 11, Robert starts delivering the mail in Lily Springs and he finally meets the strange woman who lives in the last house on River Road. Listen now.





Monday, March 4, 2019

Chapter 10

In this Chapter, Billy takes Robert to his favorite spot along the Mississippi and the two of them drink Bevo, a non-alcoholic drink by Anheuser-Busch.

After the reading, Bruce talks about Bevo and steamers.




Monday, February 25, 2019

Chapter 9

On the next episode of Lilac Wine, Robert finally arrives in Lily Springs. He's greeted at the depot and then taken for a joy ride around the town triangle.

After the reading, Bruce discusses researching how to drive a 1913 Ford Model T.



Check out this video about driving a model T:





Monday, February 18, 2019

Lilac Wine - Chapter 8

Robert is on a train to Dubuque when the war invades his dreams. This isn't the first time that this has happened. But this time the war is more real, more immediate.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Lilac Wine - Chapter 7

In this episode, we sit with Abelia on a warm June evening on her porch. She pours herself some wine and listens to records on her talking machine. John McCormack, an Irish tenor, is one of her favorites. She is reminded of her mother, Colleen Brody.

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After the reading, Bruce discusses music from the early 20th century, the difference between 78s and 33s and the only "castrato" ever recorded, Alessandro Moreschi.


Thursday, February 7, 2019

"The Cure" Starring Charlie Chaplin

In Chapter 6 of Lilac Wine - The Podcast, Robert attends a screening of the new Chaplin film, "The Cure." Here is the film. Imagine you are in a dark theater in Chicago in 1917. It is a Saturday night, scattered people throughout the small theater. Some women are "working" in the dark corners, if you know what I mean. After the film, all hell breaks loose. Listen to Chapter 6 now.


Monday, February 4, 2019

Lilac Wine - Chapter 6

On this episode of Lilac Wine - The Podcast, we are back in Chicago for Robert's last night in the city before catching a train to Lily Springs inthe morning. A fan of Charlie Chaplin, he decides a trip to the Gem Theater is in order to catch a screening of The Cure---and then all hell breaks loose!

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Lilac Wine - The Podcast: "Chapter 5"

On this episode we are going back to Lily Springs. Charlotte is painting in Abelia's garden when chaos strikes.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Lilac Wine - The Podcast: "Chapter 4"

On this episode, we join Robert Bishop as he pays a visit to Conrad's Tavern, and meet the proprietor and his wife. There, Robert and Conrad talk about recent events as Robert enjoys a class of Edelweiss lager and contemplates his uncle's offer.


After the reading, author Bruce Janu discusses the plight of Germans in Chicago following the U.S. declaration of war against Germany.


Monday, January 14, 2019

Lilac Wine - The Podcast: "Chapter 3"

On this episode of Lilac Wine, we go to Chicago to meet Robert Bishop, who works at his uncle's piano factory on "Piano Row." Chicago, at the time, was one of the leading producers of musical instruments. But the war was taking a toll on business, and soon Robert will need to find another job.

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This is "Piano Row," Chicago. Click on the picture below to go to a full size version. The detail is amazing!





Monday, January 7, 2019

Lilac Wine - The Podcast: Chapter Two

After Owen's accident at the swimming hole, Abelia's picnic in interrupted by a black cherry wine-induced dream. Listen below or in your favorite podcast app. Subscribe so you don't miss an episode!






Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Lilac Wine - The Podcast: Chapter One

Chapter One is here! An accident at the swimming hole brings out several residents of Lily Springs, hoping to find the source of the sound that is reverberating off the buildings in Lily Springs.  Listen below or in your favorite podcast app. Subscribe so you don't miss an episode!




This episode features some of the more eccentric characters in Lily Springs. Where is Lily Springs located? North of Dubuque, Iowa, along the Mississippi.

When researching the book, I took a trip to Iowa and drove up and down the banks of the Mississippi, stood at the railroad tracks mere feet from the river.

Lily Springs is a completely fictional town, but North Buena Vista was a town that had many qualities I was looking for in regard to the "look" of Lily Springs.  Here are some pictures I took on that trip: