Doug Cooper In Conversation With Loren Stephens

Doug Cooper was on Rare Bird Radio in conversation with Loren Stephens on Wednesday, September 8. The recorded video is available on available on Crowdcast and YouTube or watch below.

Loren Stephens is a widely published essayist and fiction and nonfiction storyteller. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, MacGuffin, the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, The Forge Literary Magazine, Crack the Spine, Lunch Ticket’s Amuse Bouche series, The Write Launch, The Summerset Review, The Montreal Review, and Tablet travel magazine, to name a few. The book she co-wrote with Cliff Simon, Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge, was deemed one of the best titles from an independent press by Kirkus Book Reviews. 

A two-time nominee of the Pushcart Prize, Loren is president and founder of the ghostwriting companies, Write Wisdom and Bright Star Memoirs. Prior to establishing her company, Loren was a documentary filmmaker. 

Among her credits are Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist with on camera narration by Burt Lancaster, produced for PBS and nominated for an Emmy Award; Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I A Woman? produced for Coronet Films and recipient of a Golden Apple from the National Education Association; and Los Pastores: The Shepherd’s Play produced for the Latino Consortium of PBS and recipient of a Cine Gold Eagle and nominated for an Imagen Award. She is a member of the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League; a member of its Deborah Awards Committee for Outstanding Women; and a member of Greenlight Women, an organization of women in the entertainment industry who serve as mentors. 

All Sorrows Can Be Borne by [Loren Stephens]

Inspired by true events, All Sorrows Can Be Borne is the story of Noriko Ito, a Japanese woman faced with unimaginable circumstances that force her to give up her son to save her husband. Set in Hiroshima, Osaka, and the badlands of eastern Montana and spanning the start of World War II to 1982, this breathtaking novel is told primarily in the voice of Noriko, a feisty aspiring actress who fails her audition to enter the Takarazuka Theater Academy. Instead, she takes the “part” of a waitress at a European-style tearoom in Osaka where she meets the mysterious and handsome manager, Ichiro Uchida. They fall in love over music and marry. Soon after Noriko becomes pregnant during their seaside honeymoon, Ichiro is diagnosed with tuberculosis destroying their dreams.

Hiroshima, 1945.
Noriko gives birth to a healthy baby boy, but to give the child a better life, Ichiro convinces her to give the toddler to his older sister and her Japanese-American husband, who live in Montana. Noriko holds on to the belief that this inconceivable sacrifice will lead to her husband’s recovery. What happens next is unexpected and shocking and will affect Noriko for the rest of her life.

Eighteen years later, her son enlists in the U.S. Navy and is sent to Japan. Finally, he is set to meet his birth mother, but their reunion cracks open the pain and suffering Noriko has endured.

With depth and tenderness, All Sorrows Can Be Borne is a harrowing and beautifully written novel that explores how families are shaped by political and economic circumstances, tremendous loss and ultimately forgiveness.

To learn more about Loren and her writings, visit her website or follow her on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

The Richard Wilmore Show

Doug was a guest on The Richard Wilmore Show, a Talk/Variety Show created to shine the spotlight on amazing musicians, talented actors, brilliant authors, hilarious comedians and the most creative people in entertainment. 

The Richard Wilmore Show (TRWS) is a weekly live talk/variety show currently filmed in San Antonio, Texas. TRWS is the go-to destination for entertainers to showcase their talents, talk about life and upcoming projects. Tune in to meet someone special that we think you need to know!


TRWS began filming in 2016 from a home studio built just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. After a move to Texas, the show began filming in front of a live studio audience at Bexar Stage and Candlelight Coffee House. Season 4 kicked off September 14, 2020 with the 100th episode but was entirely virtual for pandemic precautions. Season 4 has featured guests from coast to coast. The season finale is June 7, 2021.

Season 5 launches on the show’s five year anniversary, August 29, 2021. The new season will reach a wider audience with the addition of media partners ArtScene SA and KP Media TV with distribution to Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, ITunes, Google Podcasts, and more.

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