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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

 

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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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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

Readers & Writers: Bone Dance by Wendy Rose

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

Redaers & Writers: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

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

Readers & Writers: Winter Reading Call-in

Time to recommend your favorite fireside reading. Host Ellen Rocco is joined by literary omnivore Rick Hunter to pick though the best new titles and old favorites, and to take your calls in our annual winter reading show.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: James McBride, "The Color of Water"

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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