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NCPR's Readers & Writers on the Air will be broadcast live before a Studio Audience Thursday September 7

Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann talks about his new book Welcome to the Homeland

Canton, NY, Monday, August 28, 2006 - North Country Public Radio will air a special edition of its contemporary literature call-in, Readers & Writers on the Air, Thursday, September 7, 2006, 7-8 pm. This will be a special live remote broadcast from Sykes Formal Lounge at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.

Host Chris Robinson will talk with NCPR's Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann about his critically acclaimed new book, Welcome to the Homeland. This book looks beyond the red state/blue state political divide to examine its roots in urban and rural life. The public is invited to be part of the studio audience. More about the book.

Paul Beston of the Wall Street Journal writes:

"Welcome to the Homeland is written as a message, and a warning, to metro readers: Rural Americans are not the hapless rubes of TV shows and smug big-city editorials. On the contrary, America's 50 million rural, predominantly white citizens, Mr. Mann believes, are a force to be reckoned with -- the most powerful "minority" in the country. And they are a population to be understood rather than condescended to... The book is strongest when Mr. Mann is visiting small towns, talking to rural preachers about faith or to shop owners about foreign policy. He has a reporter's eye, capturing people and places succinctly. And his accounts of his conversations have the immediacy of good newspaper writing."

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For reservations email or call toll-free 1-877-388-6277. Event parking for the public will be in the university's F-lot at Park and Lincoln.

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