W. Bruce Cameron, NY Times Bestselling Author

W. Bruce Cameron–the award-winning columnist an New York Times bestselling author of several books, including “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel For Humans,” and acclaimed and immensely popular saga about (and ostensibly told by) a charismatic canine seeking to understand his purpose over the arc of being reborn as various dogs–discusses the surprising-to-him success of that book, including its 10-month residency on the NY Times bestseller list. He also explains the thinking behind writing the sequel to “A Dog’s Purpose,” “A Dog’s Journey: Another Novel For Humans,” which hit came out the day before this interview. Cameron speaks to what sorts of rules he established for himself regarding what the canine narrator would understand and not understand–along with what knowledge would be carried forward from previous lives–as the dog was reporting the book’s stories and scenes. He also addresses the growing use of cancer-detecting dogs, those dogs and their training constituting an important story element of “A Dog’s Journey,” and more. (www.BruceCameron.com, www.facebook.com/Adogspurpose)

We also paid tribute to Adam Yauch by incorporating several Beastie Boys instrumentals into today’s show, and playing the band’s “Funky Donkey.” RIP, Adam Yauch.

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COMEDY CORNER: Erin Foley’s “Dogs” (www.ErinKFoley.com)

MUSIC: The Growlers’ “Sea Lion Goth Blues,” The Beastie Boys’ “Funky Donkey,” Chuck Prophet’s “What Makes The Monkey Dance,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog”

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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