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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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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."
Aug 31, 2014 — The plotting in Mitchell's new novel isn't quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. "It's what the book wanted to be," he tells NPR.
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

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

Readers & Writers: Winter Reading Call-in

Our annual holiday and winter reading list call-in. Hosted by Ellen Rocco and John Ernst. The show solicits listeners suggestions for great books--new and classic--for gift-giving or deep winter reading.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Kevin Young

Our guest, Kevin Young, is one a new generation of poets who find inspiration in the bittersweet history of Black America. Among his many books of poetry: Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, Dear Darkness and For the Confederate Dead. Dale Hobson and Jackie Sauter host, along with guest Sarah Barber.

Kevin Young appears as part of the St. Lawrence University Writers Series. He will give a reading on the St. Lawrence University campus in Canton, NY, Thursday, December 1 at 8 pm in the Sykes Common Room.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Ellen Akins

Our guest is Ellen Akins, author of the short story collection World Like a Knife, and the novels Home Movie, Little Woman, Public Life and Hometown Brew. Ellen Rocco and Peter Bailey co-host.

Ellen Akins will give a public reading Thursday, October 6, at 8 pm at the Sykes Common Room at St. Lawrence University in Canton, as part of the University's annual writers series.  Go to full article
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Andre Dubus III

Readers & Writers: Andre Dubus III

Our guest is Andre Dubus III, author of The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, and the novels Bluesman, House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days. Ellen Rocco and Pedro Ponce host. The author will give a public reading Thursday, September 15, 8 pm at the Sykes Common Room at St. Lawrence University in Canton.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Summer Reading Call-in

In our annual Summer Reading 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 avid reader Sarah Harris.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Curt Stager, author of "Deep Future"

Our guest is Dr. Curt Stager of the Paul Smith's College faculty, co-host of NCPR's Natural Selections, and author of Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth. Drawing upon the latest works of a handful of climate visionaries, the book explores the possibilities for next hundred millennia of life on Earth. Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson host.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Peter Selgin, fiction-writer and essayist

Our guest, Peter Selgin, is the 2010-11 SLU Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing. His 2007 collection, Drowning Lessons, won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Fiction. Longer fiction includes the novel Life Goes to the Movies. Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson host.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Brock Clarke

Our guest is Brock Clarke, whose most recent novels are this year's Exley, and from 2007, the highly-acclaimed An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England. Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson host. Clarke appears as part of the St. Lawrence University Writers Series and will give a reading Thursday at 8 pm in the Sykes Common Room on the university campus in Canton.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Patricia Smith

Our guest is poet Patrica Smith. Her poetry collection, Blood Dazzler, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award; Teahouse of the Almighty was a National Poetry Series selection and winner of the first-ever Hurst-Wright Award in Poetry. Smith has been a featured performer on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and she has performed three one-woman plays.  Go to full article

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