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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
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

 

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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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Readers & Writers: Jennifer Donnely, author of A Northern Light

Set in the Old Forge area at the turn of the 19th century, A Northern Light revisits the crime that inspired An American Tragedy from a fresh perspective. This novel, suitable for young adult as well as adult audiences, is this year's book selection of the three-county community reading program North Country Reads. Author Jennifer Donnelly is joined by hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson, and by Barbara Wheeler from the North Country Reads project.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Mason Smith, author of Florida

In the second program in our Northern Borderlands series, we talk with Adirondack author and boatbuilder Mason Smith. His latest novel Florida, published earlier this year, has been described as "quintessential North Country." Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson and Dale Hobson host.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Howard Frank Mosher

The new season, with the theme of Northern Borderlands opens with guest Howard Frank Mosher, author of North Country: A Personal Journey, a chronicle of this Vermonter's trip across the North American continent along the border between Canada and the US. Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson host.  Go to full article

Readers and Writers: Summer Reading Call-in, Hour 1

In our annual Summer Reading Call-in, hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson were joined in the studio by Rick Hunter and John Ernst to take callers' picks for the best reading of the summer. A compiled list of selections will be available in a couple of days.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: The Unconquerable World, Jonathan Schell

Jonathan Schell, author of The Unconquerable World, wraps up our year-long exploration of books on war and peace. He talks with NCPR listeners and callers about his new thought-provoking study of nonviolence as a powerful force for political change in our world. Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson and Dale Hobson host.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Annual Poetry Special (Hour 1)

Our two-hour annual poetry edition continues this year's theme of books on war and peace. Guest poets David Budbill, Jill Vaughan, Joe Duemer and Dale Hobson join host Ellen Rocco and many callers to share their own poems and work by favorite authors.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Baghdad Express, Joel Turnipseed

Readers & Writers, our monthly call-in on contemprary literature, continues its season of books on war and peace with guest Joel Turnipseed, author of Baghdad Express, an intimate memoir of the life of an American soldier during the first Gulf War. Host Chris Robinson and Joel Turnipseed take calls from NCPR listeners.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: 2005 Winter Reading Call-in

NCPR callers join hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson and guest John Ernst in compiling a fireside must-read list.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

In our call-in on contemporary literature, the theme of war and peace is explored with Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner. A stirring tale of loyalty and betrayal, the story spans 40 years and plays out against the troubled background of Afghanistan's recent history. Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson host.  Go to full article

Readers and Writers: David Maraniss, They Marched into Sunlight

They Marched into Sunlight is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's newest book. It intertwines two narratives to capture the Vietnam War experience from homefront and battlefield perspectives. Described by some reviewers as the best portrait of the Vietnam era. Maraniss and hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson take listener calls.  Go to full article

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