Jan 31, 2002 — As tonight's guest author Thomas King puts it, "tragedy is the topic, comedy is the strategy." This is a tale of Native America--laugh-out-loud funny, as well as "precise and elegant" as the New York Times reviewer wrote. Tom King is one of the most important humorous literary voices on the American landscape, and writes compellingly about life as an Indian in the day-to-day world of the late 20th and current century. Go to full article
Nov 01, 2001 — Guest: Paul Lussier. Last Refuge of Scoundrels: A Revolutionary Novel is a new work of fiction described as "an audacious tale of the American Revolution from the silenced voices of those who were there." Howard Zinn called it an "irreverent look at the Revolution...funny and bawdy...full of surprises." And, Time magazine's reviewer wrote, "...a chortling good time...swings between Henry Fielding and Mel Brooks." Go to full article
Oct 02, 2001 — This is the best and most comprehensive sample of contemporary humorous writing. Guest Michael Rosen has included well-known as well as emerging voices--but all are at the top of their game. As one reviewer said, "don't drink milk while reading!" The anthology includes edgy, slightly naughty pieces along with family fare. (One local teenager I know carried this around with him until it was dogeared and totally digested. --ER) Go to full article
Jun 07, 2001 — With Neuromancer guest William Gibson did more than launch a highly successful and disturbing novel of science fiction, he launched an entire sub-genre now known as "cyberpunk"--dystopian, noir, and bleeding-edge in its technological speculations. Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson co-host. Go to full article
May 03, 2001 — Guest Anne Michaels's startlingly beautiful debut novel, Fugitive Pieces tells the interlocking stories of two men from different generations whose lives have been transformed by war. Ellen Rocco and Rick Hunter co-host. Go to full article
Apr 05, 2001 — In this edition of our call-in on contemporary literature, we talk with author Barry Lopez about three of his books: About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory, Winter Count and Lessons from the Wolverine. Host Ellen Rocco is joined by guest hosts Nathalie Costa of the Adirondack Center for Writing and Betsy Folwell, editor of Adirondack Life magazine. Go to full article
Mar 01, 2001 — On this edition of our call-in on contemporary literature, our guest is poet Wendy Rose, talking about her volume of collected and new poems Bone Dance. Host Jackie Sauter is joined in the stdio by Maurice Kenny and Susan Stebbins. Go to full article
Feb 01, 2001 — Our guest is Octavia Butler, talking about her science fiction novel Parable of the Sower, a cautionary tale set in the near future. Co-hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson are joined in the studio by teachers and students from Canton Central School. Go to full article
Feb 04, 1999 — Our guest is James McBride, author of The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother. Host Ellen Rocco is joined in conversation with the author about this memoir by LeMoyne Robinson, Director of Multicultural Affairs at SUNY Potsdam, and by a call-in audience. Go to full article
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