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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
Sep 2, 2014 — In The Teacher Wars, Dana Goldstein chronicles the history of the profession and current topics like tenure. She says the idea that teachers can help fight poverty has existed since the 19th century.
Sep 1, 2014 — NPR's Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming's books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.
Sep 1, 2014 — And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.
Aug 31, 2014 — In her new novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Sri Lankan-American author Nayomi Munaweera shows the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror.
Aug 31, 2014 — The retired U.S. military policeman is in pursuit of a sniper in the latest installment of the suspense series. Child says its both fun and challenging to make these novels "the same but different."
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

 

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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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Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Middle, by Henry Alford

You're gonna love this guy and his hilarious romp through the bizarre world of the struggling NYC actor--complete with horrible headshots, gleefully sadistic acting teachers, and mutilated Shakespeare.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Lake Wobegone Summer 1956, Garrison Keillor

This is the latest installment in the saga from the fictional Minnesota hamlet; the narrator is Gary, a libidinous, iconoclastic 14-year-old. As you might expect from Keillor, the book is poignant, outrageous, mocking--and thoroughly engaging. And, you'll have an opportunity to chat directly with Garrison, who most of you know as the host of A Prairie Home Companion.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Writers' Block Party: An Audio Magazine

Our guest is Amy Krouse Rosenthal, editor of a breakthrough publishing venture which might best be described as a compact disc marinated overnight in a magazine, a radio program, and a touch of those cool mix tapes you made in college. We'll be talking about Issue One: 51 minutes of entertainment provided by 18 contributors--writers, humorists, playwrights, essayists, bands and poets--including the U.S. poet laureate, Billy Collins.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen

Guest Gary Paulsen is one of the most popular writers for the young adult audience. In this recent work about his entry into the most challenging dog sled race, he tells a tale that will appeal to readers of all ages. Paulsen admits his ignorance about the challenges of this sport, his determination to run the race no matter what, and the hardships he encounters in the process. And, it's a belly-laugh motherlode all along the way.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Medicine River by Thomas King

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

Readers & Writers: Last Refuge of Scoundrels: A Revolutionary Novel by Paul Lussier

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

Redaers & Writers: Mirth of a Nation: The Best Contemporary Humor, Michael J. Rosen, editor

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

Readers & Writers: Neuromancer by William Gibson

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

Readers & Writers: Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

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

Readers & Writers: Three Books by Barry Lopez

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

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