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12:55 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

Roald Dahl: The Story Of The 'Storyteller'

Readers know Roald Dahl through his books, specifically his children's stories. But Donald Sturrock's 'Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl' delves much deeper into the life of the famed author.

Listen to the story

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9:25 am
Tue September 21, 2010

Michele Norris On Race, And 'The Grace Of Silence'

In her new memoir, NPR's All Things Considered co-host uncovers some painful family secrets -- the "things left unsaid" by her African-American relatives as they tried to shield the younger generation from memories that haunted the past.

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11:54 am
Thu September 9, 2010

A Funny, Fractured Field Guide To A 'Wild Kingdom'

Kevin Huizenga's alter-ego Glenn Ganges returns in his latest collection of spiky, intellectually adventurous stories -- drawn in friendly, stylized art. The Wild Kingdom is like entries from the Encyclopedia Britannica of an alternate, funnier universe.

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9:33 am
Thu September 9, 2010

'Skippy Dies' In Dublin: A Funny Flashback Follows

The titular event happens just a few pages into Paul Murray's novel; the rest of the story is an extended flashback, following the doomed Skippy, his geeky roommate and their cadre of bored, irreverent friends as they tease girls, dodge bullies and attend Catholic school in a rundown Dublin neighborhood.

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10:22 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Archaeology: Not As Dry And Dusty As You Think

Real archaeologists are nothing like Indiana Jones, but that doesn't mean their world isn't dramatic and dangerous. Author Craig Childs sheds a light on pot hunters and relic diggers in his new book, Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession.

Real archaeologists are nothing like Indiana Jones, but that doesn't mean the job isn't dangerous or dramatic.

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2:44 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

The Book Doctors: Required Reading

A back-to-school conversation about books from college or high school that should be read not out of obligation, but rather because they're great.

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12:32 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Moving 'Beyond Katrina' Through Poetry And Prose

In a powerful memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey surveys the storm-battered landscape of the place she once called home. Beyond Katrina is a powerful meditation on things long gone that will never come back.

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11:02 am
Thu August 26, 2010

Franzen Frenzy: Reading Beyond The 'Freedom' Hype

There's been plenty of buzz about Jonathan Franzen's much-anticipated fourth novel ever since President Obama accepted an advance readers copy for his vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Critic Heller McAlpin says inflated expectations aside, she found Freedom to be a surprisingly moving and hopeful epic.

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1:10 pm
Wed August 25, 2010

Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Stories Of Survival

The Daily Beast editor chats with Renee Montagne about the best things she's been reading lately. Brown's focus this month: surviving and thriving in adversity, from the challenges of rescuing a major corporation to the difficulties of readjusting to life after wartime.

'We Had To Own The Mistakes'

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10:20 am
Tue August 24, 2010

Pay The Cab Fare ... And Meet The Author, Too

It's not unusual to get in a cab and find a paperback novel on the seat next to the driver. What makes Jack Clark's cab different is that he's both the driver and the author.

Jack Clark is a Chicago cab driver who's been driving for 30 years and written three books. The Washington Post called his mystery novel Nobody's Angel a "gem that doesn't contain a wasted word or a false note."

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3:40 pm
Sun August 22, 2010

How David Mitchell Brings A 'Thousand' Historical Details To Life

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a complex, historical novel set on a Dutch trading post in late 18th century Japan. Author David Mitchell explains the extensive research that went into re-creating a bygone era.

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2:28 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Books Have Many Futures

If many types of paper-based books are headed for extinction, what will take their place? "E-readers" are a big part of the present and future -- but not the whole story. Video games and multi-narrator online stories will have their places too.

The premise of Lane Smith's new work for children, It's a Book, is simple: Books are under siege.

On the first page a donkey asks a monkey, "What do you have there?" The monkey replies: "It's a book."

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2:53 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

American Lives: James Baldwin, 'Lifting The Veil'

The writer once said about his fellow Americans, "It is astonishing that in a country so devoted to the individual, so many people should be afraid to speak." Baldwin was African-American and openly gay -- but he was not afraid to speak, and his writings challenged black and white readers alike.

 

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10:27 am
Thu August 19, 2010

Passing Strange: The 'Strange' Tale Of Clarence King

A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

Ada Copeland, an African-American woman born in Georgia just months before that state seceded from the Union, moved to New York City in the mid-1880s. There, she met a man named James Todd. He was light-skinned, handsome, had a good job for an African-American man in that time ? a Pullman porter.

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10:27 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Medium Raw

A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

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9:45 am
Wed August 18, 2010

KC Mystery and Suspense Authors

Kansas City and Mystery Writers go together like Sherlock and Holmes

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8:57 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Back To Reality: Nonfiction For The Summer's End

As the days get shorter, here are five titles that will gently ease you out of the summer months.

Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
By William Dalrymple, hardcover, 304 pages, Knopf, list price: $26.95

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9:02 am
Mon August 16, 2010

The Sense And Sensibility Of Goodman's 'Collector'

Book reviews can be pretty liberal about comparing authors to Jane Austen, but here's a writer who actually lives up to that association.

Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector has much of what Jane Austen is most loved for: admirable and lovable heroines, ridiculous and foolish characters, and love stories that must overcome the impediments both society and fortune place in their path. And there's also food.

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3:05 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

The Book Doctors: Summer Reads and Ernest Hemingway

It can be tough to read on hot, humid mornings in Kansas City in the summertime ? and then the sun also rises. Always persevering, KCUR's Maria Carter welcomed back the Book Doctors to offer ideas for your summer reading. In the first half of the program, they offer up what they've been reading and invite listeners to pitch in with their current favorites. In the second half, we wish Ernest Hemingway a happy 111th birthday and celebrate some his classic works and their impact on the rest of literature and culture.

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12:53 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

2010 Kansas Notable Book List Features Kansas Authors, Kansas Stories

The Kansas Notable Book List, a project of the Kansas Center for the Book (KCFB) at the State
Library of Kansas, is an annual selection of 15 titles written by Kansans or about Kansas published in the previous year.

The 2010 Kansas Notable Books are (alphabetical by title and brief synopsis):

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10:04 am
Wed June 23, 2010

Summer Reading for Kids of All Ages

Books hold the power to influence children, shaping their lives in a way few other things can. So, why not pick the best books to read to your kids?

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8:50 am
Tue June 15, 2010

Book Doctors: Summer Reading and Tales of Fatherhood

Summertime officially approaches, and the days are marked in Kansas City with thunderstorms and flood watches. No matter, though, if you're holed up inside with a good book.

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3:34 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

New Technology Changes Relationships with Books

The information explosion has created some unique challenges for libraries. How do you keep track of a growing number of books? And where do you store them all without running out of space?

Kansas City, MO – UMKC's Miller Nichols Library has one solution: librarians have decided to install a book robot.

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9:11 am
Mon May 24, 2010

David Grann on The Devil & Sherlock Holmes

The author of "The Lost City of Z" delves into tales of murder, madness, and obsession.

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3:12 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

Laura Bush Speaks from the Heart

Steve Kraske talks with former First Lady Laura Bush about her new memoir "Spoken from the Heart".

Many in America remember former First Lady Laura Bush as a one-dimensional person - the wife of the most powerful man in the world - who for the most part shied away from the political affairs of her own or those that defined her husband's presidency.

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10:28 am
Wed May 19, 2010

New Letters on the Air: Clancy Martin

Chosen by Publisher's Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2009, How to Sell is a funny expose novel about the jeweler's trade, in which author Clancy Martin worked for many years before becoming an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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9:27 am
Mon May 17, 2010

The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Bestselling author and National Book Award-winner Nathanial Philbrick reveals the context and realities of Custer's unexpected 1876 defeat at the hands of his Indian enemies under Sitting Bull, and the character of each leader.

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1:53 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

New Letters on the Air: Hilda Raz

A literary editor since she graduated from college, Hilda Raz became a public poet after she was sent by Prairie Schooner to the Breadloaf writing conference to represent the magazine, and there, found her own poetic voice as well.

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12:22 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

Anna Quindlen and Every Last One

Brian Ellison talks with Quindlen about her life as a writer, her family, American culture and politics and her latest book "Every Last One."

Kansas City, MO –

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9:49 am
Wed May 5, 2010

New Letters on the Air: Demetria Martinez

Known for her journalistic investigations in the 1980s into stories about El Salvadoran refugees, Demetria Martinez is a fearless writer.

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