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Aug 10, 2007

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We polled NPR member stations, looking for shows and personalities with a passion for the writers in — and the writing about — their home territories. When we found them, we asked what they were reading.

Georgia Public Broadcasting veteran St. John Flynn launched the decade-old Cover to Cover in part to assuage his guilt over his unfinished doctorate in comparative literature. The show is a monthly on-air book club focused on notable Georgia authors; in November 2006, Cover to Cover launched a weekly podcast incorporating shows from the program's 100-episode archive.

As for the host's name, it's pronounced "Sin-Jun," which inspired a limerick by Cover to Cover guest James Martin Rhodes, author of In My Father's Generation:

There was a young bloke name of Flynn
Whose primary sin was gin.
When he had a good snout full,
He was often quite doubtful,
If his moniker was St. John or Flynn.

This summer, Flynn recommends these books by some of Georgia's finest:

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