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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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Apr 20, 2014 — It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe's greatest social crises.
Apr 20, 2014 — NPR's Petra Mayer profiles YA author Ann Brashares, whose new book The Here and Now follows a young girl and her community who've escaped a terrible future via time travel and landed in our present.
Apr 20, 2014 — The new book, Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, is a look at how the white-collar world came to be the way it is, and what it might become. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Nikil Saval.
Apr 20, 2014 — Simon Mayo, a veteran broadcaster for the BBC, has written a series of children's books about a boy obsessed with the periodic table. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the latest, Itch Rocks.
Apr 19, 2014 — Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.
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

Books: "American Youth"

"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

Readers & Writers: Louise Penny, "The Beautiful Mystery"

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

Gift Books and Winter Reading Call-in

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

Readers & Writers, Mary Karr, "Lit"

Memoirist Mary Karr was our guest. She talked with hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson about Lit, third in her series of personal explorations that began with The Liar's Club. Karr will read from her work at 7:30 pm tonight, September 25, in SUNY Canton's Kingston Theater.  Go to full article
A summer reader. Photo: Emily Mills. Flickr Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A summer reader. Photo: Emily Mills. Flickr 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 and producer Tasha Haverty.  Go to full article

Readers and Writers: Mark Slouka

Slouka is the SLU Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing whose work has been translated into 18 languages. His novels include God's Fool and the Visible World; and his non-fiction includes Essays from the Nick of Time: Reflections and Refutations and War of the Worlds: Cyberspace and the High-Tech Assault on Reality. Ellen Rocco and Paul Graham host.

The author will give a reading Thu., April 26 at 7:30 pm in the Sykes Common Room on the campus of St. Lawrence University, Canton NY.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Jane Urquhart, "Sanctuary Line"

Our guest is Jane Urquhart, a Canadian novelist and poet, and the author of Sanctuary Line, a novel whose narrator studies monarch butterflies in a wildlife sanctuary on the north shore of Lake Erie. She is also author of the internationally-acclaimed novel, The Stone Carvers. Ellen Rocco and Betsy Kepes host.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Kristin Kimball

Our guest, Kristen Kimball, is author of the memoir The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food and Love, and co-owner of Essex Farm, a full-diet, year-round, draft-horse-powered CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) provider in the Champlain Valley. Ellen Rocco and Mary Hussman host.

Kimball will give a reading Thu., April 5 at 7:30 pm in the Sykes Common Room on the campus of St. Lawrence University, Canton NY.  Go to full article
Joanie Mackowski. Photo: Lindsay France, Cornell University
Joanie Mackowski. Photo: Lindsay France, Cornell University

Readers & Writers: Joanie Mackowski

Our guest, Joanie Mackowski, teaches at Cornell University and is visiting Canton as part of the St. Lawrence University Writers Series. Her poetry collections include the award-winning View From a Temporary Window and The Zoo. Her third collection of poems, in progress, explores lyric poetry from an ecocritical vantage point. Ellen Rocco, Sarah Barber and Dale Hobson host.

The author will give a reading Thu., March 22 at 7:30 pm in the Sykes Common Room on the campus of St. Lawrence University, Canton NY.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Jaimy Gordon

Our guest is Jaimy Gordon. Her fourth novel, Lord of Misrule, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2011. Her other work includes the novels Shamp of the City-Solo, She Drove Without Stopping, and Bogeywoman. Pedro Ponce and Ellen Rocco host.

Thursday, February 2, Gordon will give a reading at 7:30 pm in Sykes Common Room on the St. Lawrence University campus in Canton NY, as part of the SLU Writers Series. This event is free and open to the public.  Go to full article

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