Apr 30, 2013 — Our guest is well-known essayist and poet Terry Tempest Williams, talking about her most recent book, When Women Were Birds, Fifty-Four Variations on Voice - a collection of short essays on memory, faith and voice. Williams' work is steeped in the landscape and lore of Utah and the West where she has lived and worked most of her life. Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson and Betsy Kepes join the conversation Go to full article
Apr 26, 2013 — Our guest is George Bilgere, author of The White Museum, Haywire, The Good Kiss and other collections of poetry. A new collection, Imperial, is due out this fall from University of Pittsburgh Press.
He is probably best known to the public radio audience through his frequent (37 times) contributions to The Writer's Almanac, through his 2011 appearance on A Prairie Home Companion, or through his own radio program Wordplay, an offbeat mix of poetry, comedy, and an ongoing exploration of the possibilities of the spoken word. Ellen Rocco and Dale Hobson host. Go to full article
Readers & Writers road show at Fort Drum. Left to right: Chris Robinson, Ellen Rocco, author Siobhan Fallon, and Phil LaMarche. Photo: Joel Hurd
Apr 23, 2013 — Author Siobhan Fallon talks with Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson and Phil LaMarche about her collection of stories on the lives of military families, You Know When the Men are Gone, before an audience at Fort Drum's Robert C. McEwen Library. This collection of loosely related stories is set at Fort Hood, in Texas, and deftly explores how army families are affected by the absence of their soldiering husbands and fathers. Go to full article
Canton, NY, Mar 26, 2013 — What books are helping you stay sane until the sun returns? Callers, visitors and NCPR staff share their picks with Readers & Writers co-hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson, and with guest book maven John Ernst. A compiled list of titles will be available at this location within a few days of broadcast. Go to full article
Mar 01, 2013 — Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell, is the subject on the latest edition of the Readers & Writers book club. We had nine Canton students, two teachers and Betsy Kepes, our NCPR book reviewer, in to lead the conversation. Don't let the number of pages scare you away--it's a remarkable book and generated a lively conversation. Go to full article
Canton, NY, Feb 15, 2013 — Our guest is National Book Award winner Rebecca Solnit, author of A Paradise Built in Hell. Even if you haven't read the book, you will relate to the thread of her thesis: that people generally respond well in the face of disaster. Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson host. Go to full article
Canton, NY, Dec 06, 2012 — "Readers and Writers" co-host Chris Robinson talks with Phil LaMarche about his book, American Youth. LaMarche is a professor of English at SUNY-Canton and directs the Living Writers Series.
His debut novel has won wide acclaim. It's the tale of a teenager in southern New England who is confronted by a terrible moral dilemma following a firearms accident in his home. This tragedy earns him the admiration of a gang of boys at his school. It's been called a classic portrait of a young man struggling with the idea of identity and responsibility. Go to full article
Canton, NY, Nov 16, 2012 — Our guest is Louise Penny, author of the award-winning Quebec mystery series, featuring inspector Armand Gamache and the idyllic town of Three Pines. Like all the previous books in the series, the latest, The Beautiful Mystery, is on bestseller lists across North America. It's also been nominated for CBC Radio's Canada Reads series. Jackie Sauter and Betsy Kepes host. Go to full article
Canton, NY, Nov 08, 2012 — Our annual winter books call-in is hosted by Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson, with guest book maven John Ernst. Callers and visitors share their favorite picks for holiday giving and reading on long winter nights. A compiled list of recommendations will be available soon at the Readers & Writers Book Club. Go to full article