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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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Authors
Aug 19, 2014 — The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.
Aug 19, 2014 — In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."
Aug 18, 2014 — Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol's effect on the body.
Aug 18, 2014 — The novel is about a flavor chemist who tests a sweetener on lab rats and monkeys and finds side effects the company covers up. Author Stephan Eirik Clark says he was inspired by Fast Food Nation.
Aug 18, 2014 — For our look at summer poetry, we turn to Charlotte Boulay, a Philadelphia-based poet, with "The End of Summer." She offers a poem that, on its surface, is about an idyllic activity: taking a nap.
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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
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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

Readers & Writers: War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Chris Hedges

Drawing from his experience as a New York Times correspondent in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central America, Hedges explores the seductive attraction of war--for the soldier, the civilian and the war correspondent--in this brief but provocative work. Hedges and hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson take listener questions.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Natalia Rachel Singer and Bob Cowser (Hour 1)

The opening program of the 2004-05 season features two regional writers, Natalia Rachel Singer, author of Scraping By in the Big Eighties, and Bob Cowser, author of the forthcoming Dream Season: A Professor Joins America's Oldest Semi-Pro Football Team. This two-hour special features readings and conversation, and as always, listener calls. Chris Robinson hosts.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Summer Reading Call-in

Hosts Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson and Rick Hunter recommend favorite summer reading for 2004 in this two-hour special edition of Readers & Writers. Listener calls and emails help build up an impressive list to keep even the most workaholic glued to the hammock until the leaves fall. The complete list is available below.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Regional Poetry Special, hour 1

Readers & Writers call-in on contemporary literature wraps up its tenth anniversary season with a two-hour program surveying poets of the region. Callers share their favorite work with hosts Ellen and Rocco and Chris Robinson, and guest poets Michael Coffey, Joe Duemer, Roger Mitchell and Dale Hobson.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Regional Fiction

The postponed February edition of Readers & Writers on the Air, our call-in on contemporary literature. The focus is on fiction by regional authors. Hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson, and callers, talk with two exceptionally talented novelists and short fiction writers: Elizabeth Innes-Brown, author of Burning Marguerite, and Chris Bohjalian, author of Midwives, The Law of Similiars, and The Buffalo Soldier.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: New Regional Fiction

Hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson, along with callers, talk with the authors of two new novels with regional connections. Sue Halpern's The Book of Hard Things and Roxana Robinson's Sweetwater will be the focus of our conversation.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: 2004 Winter Reading Call-in

NCPR callers join host Ellen Rocco and guests Chris Robinson and Rick Hunter in compiling a fireside must-read list of regional authors and writing.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers on the Air: Regional Humor

Guest writers Tim Brookes and Joe Connelly join hosts Chris Robinson and Ellen Rocco and callers to talk about humor writing by regional authors. What to read: "A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow": An American Hitchhiking Odyssey, Tim Brookes; Crumbtown, Joe Connelly. *Due to a technical problem, this program was not recorded.  Go to full article

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