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Lit by Mary KArrJoin the Readers & Writers Book Club

Our current discussion is around the memoir Lit, by author Mary Karr. We will talk with the author in late September

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Authors
Aug 26, 2014 — Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."
Aug 25, 2014 — In The Sultan of Byzantium, Turkish author Selcuk Altun takes his hero into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of daily life.
Aug 24, 2014 — Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker, often tasked with placing kids with foster families. Her latest novel for middle-grade readers looks at two young members of a foster family.
Aug 24, 2014 — NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer. At age 85, he's written his first graphic novel, Kill My Mother.
Aug 24, 2014 — Chief Inspector Gamache is back in Louise Penny's latest novel, The Long Way Home. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Penny about the tenth book in the Gamache mystery series.
more author interviews from NPR

The program is supported by the donations of NCPR listeners and with the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts Literature Program and by the The Corning Foundation.

Corning gift
Canton Plant Manager Joseph W. Neubert presented North Country Public Radio Underwriting Director Sandy Demarest with a $6,000 check representing Corning Incorporated Foundation’s ongoing support of NCPR's local and national news coverage and its contemporary literature series Readers & Writers on the Air. Corning Foundation has been a stalwart supporter of NCPR's mission since 1982.

Finding Readers & Writers books

The books to be discussed are available at public libraries throughout northern New York and western Vermont or may be purchased at discount prices at the following participating bookstores. Please identify yourself as a listener to North Country Public Radio's literature series when you request the discount:

The St. Lawrence University Bookstore, Canton, NY
Borders, Plattsburgh
The Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid, NY
The Peace & Justice Store, Burlington, VT
The Potsdam Food Co-op,
Potsdam, NY
The University Bookstore,
Potsdam, NY
Fact & Fiction Bookshop,
Saranac Lake, NY
The College Store at SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY
Old Forge Hardware, Old Forge, NY
Hero's Welcome, North Hero, VT

 

Readers & Writers with hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson airs on an irregular schedule.

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About Readers & Writers

Ellen RoccoReaders & Writers, NCPR's conversation on contemporary literature, invites into the studio visiting authors, and invites listeners to call in to join the conversation.

The program is hosted by NCPR station manager Ellen Rocco, and Chris Robinson of Clarkson University. Members of the St. Lawrence University English Department faculty sometimes join Ellen on the program.

 Recent Readers & Writers programs
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A summer reader. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/emilymills/4746677195/">Emily Mills</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A summer reader. Photo: Emily Mills, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Listen: Summer Reading Call-in

What are you reading this summer? What titles have you been reading at the beach, or at the camp, or maybe on your Kindle in the back seat during that long day trip? Do you have any recommendations from the new releases section at your library? Have an old favorite that just says "summer" to you?

Many of you let us know during our annual summer reading call-in program joining Readers & Writers hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson and book maven John Ernst to share their picks of the season.  Go to full article

Call-in: Literature of the American West

Callers and correspondents share their favorite reads in the Western genre and the best books by authors of the American West.

Hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson were joined in the studio by our regular book maven John Ernst.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/14718163@N08/4910048360/">ageing accozzaglia</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: ageing accozzaglia, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Winter Reading and Holiday Giving Call-in

In our annual Winter Reading and Holiday Giving Call-in Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson, and book maven John Ernst give their own picks for reading and gifting, and take reading suggestions from callers and correspondents.

Read the complete list of title suggestions from staff and listeners.  Go to full article
A summer reader. Photo: Emily Mills, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A summer reader. Photo: Emily Mills, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Summer Reading List Call-in

In our annual Summer Reading List Call-in staff, guests and listeners share the best beach reads and whatever else is on the summer reading bookshelf. Hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson are joined by book maven John Ernst.  Go to full article
Terry Tempest Williams.
Terry Tempest Williams.

Readers & Writers: Terry Tempest Williams, "When Women Were Birds"

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

Readers & Writers: George Bilgere, "The White Museum"

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
Readers & Writers road show at Fort Drum. Left to right: Chris Robinson, Ellen Rocco, author Siobhan Fallon, and Phil LaMarche. Photo: Joel Hurd

Readers & Writers: Siobhan Fallon, "You Know When the Men Are Gone"

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

Cabin Fever Reading Call-in

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

Canton students talk about a 500-page novel

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

Readers & Writers: Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell

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

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