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You’ll stay up to date on the latest releases and the biggest book phenomenons from Harry Potter to Steig Larsson. Special attention is paid to current book club favorites, book-related happenings in the area, and the fascinating world of rare and antiquarian books. Plus, listen for interviews with some of your favorite local and national authors.

You’ll stay up to date on the latest releases and the biggest book phenomenons from Harry Potter to Steig Larsson. Special attention is paid to current book club favorites, book-related happenings in the area, and the fascinating world of rare and antiquarian books. Plus, listen for interviews with some of your favorite local and national authors.
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West Chester, PA

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You’ll stay up to date on the latest releases and the biggest book phenomenons from Harry Potter to Steig Larsson. Special attention is paid to current book club favorites, book-related happenings in the area, and the fascinating world of rare and antiquarian books. Plus, listen for interviews with some of your favorite local and national authors.

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549 Wellington Square Eagleview Town Centre Exton, PA, 19341 U.S.A. (610) 458-1144


Episodes

Black Friday Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

10/19/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. This week our guest is Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Friday Black, published in October by Mariner. Nana has an MFA from Syracuse. Has appeared, or will appear, in Esquire, Guernica, Printer’s row and the Breakwater review. He was chosen as one of the five under 35 by the National Book Foundation. Black Friday displays, in unflinching detail, the cruelty that we inflict upon another and the absurdity of that...

Duration:00:41:30

1Q1A Black Friday Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

10/19/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. This week our guest is Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Friday Black, published in October by Mariner. Nana has an MFA from Syracuse. Has appeared, or will appear, in Esquire, Guernica, Printer’s row and the Breakwater review. He was chosen as one of the five under 35 by the National Book Foundation. Black Friday displays, in unflinching detail, the cruelty that we inflict upon another and the absurdity of that...

Duration:00:00:58

Simon Van Booy The Sadness of Beautiful Things

10/12/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Simon Van Booy. Simon is the award winning and best selling author of nine books of fiction and three anthologies of philosophy. He has written for the NYT, The Financial Times, NPR and the BBC. In 2013 he founded Writers for Children, a project which helps young people build confidence in their storytelling abilities through annual awards. His latest work is The Sadness of Beautiful Things...

Duration:00:49:54

1Q1A Simon Van Booy The Sadness Of Beautiful Things

10/12/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Simon Van Booy. Simon is the award winning and best selling author of nine books of fiction and three anthologies of philosophy. He has written for the NYT, The Financial Times, NPR and the BBC. In 2013 he founded Writers for Children, a project which helps young people build confidence in their storytelling abilities through annual awards. His latest work is The Sadness of Beautiful Things...

Duration:00:01:06

Shane Bauer American Prison

10/12/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Shane Bauer, author of American Prison: A reporter’s Undercover Journey Into The Business Of Punishment. Released just last month by Penguin. Shane is a senior reporter at Mother Jones. His articles have appeared in The Nation, Salon, the LATs, SFC, and many other publications. American Prison is a story about things we may not know, things we may not want to know and things that happen that we...

Duration:00:39:31

Shane Bauer American Prison

10/12/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Shane Bauer, author of American Prison: A reporter’s Undercover Journey Into The Business Of Punishment. Released just last month by Penguin. Shane is a senior reporter at Mother Jones. His articles have appeared in The Nation, Salon, the LATs, SFC, and many other publications. American Prison is a story about things we may not know, things we may not want to know and things that happen that we may...

Duration:00:01:11

Godspeed Casey Legler

10/1/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Casey Legler, author of her new memoir Godspeed, published this July by Atria Books an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Casey is an artist, restaurateur, model and former Olympic swimmer. She is also a fascinating human being whose first book is startling, surprising and much more than what we think of as a memoir. The backstory of Lesley’s life, as documented in her book is the fact that she was an...

Duration:00:54:13

1Q1A Godspeed Casey Legler

10/1/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Casey Legler, author of her new memoir Godspeed, published this July by Atria Books an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Casey is an artist, restaurateur, model and former Olympic swimmer. She is also a fascinating human being whose first book is startling, surprising and much more than what we think of as a memoir. The backstory of Lesley’s life, as documented in her book is the fact that she was an...

Duration:00:01:26

Deborah Harkness Time's Convert

9/25/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of the Avid Reader. Today we are happy to have with us Deborah Harkness. Deborah a former Philadelphia native, graduate from Mount Holyoke, Northwestern and UC, Davis with her doctorate. She is renowned for her work as an historian of science and medicine. She has obviously studied alchemy, magic and the occult. She’s published two works of non-fiction, but it is the All Souls Trilogy that probably brings you to this show, and perhaps,...

Duration:00:11:28

Katya Apekina The Deeper The Water The Uglier The Fish

9/21/2018
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The epigraph “…but life is a trick, life is a kitten in a sack.” —-Anne Sexton Before that she says, “that she tried to reach into her page and breathe it back”. Why can’t one do that? Was Mae trying to accomplish that? Was she successful? Why/how do you put a kitten in a sack in the first place? Why doesn’t Dennis get to tell his story? And are we dealing with reliable narrators. You know some things happened a long time ago. It’s a bit like Barnes’ Sense of An Ending. Is what we remember...

Duration:00:39:36

Katya Apekina The Deeper The Water The Uglier The Fish

9/21/2018
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The epigraph “…but life is a trick, life is a kitten in a sack.” —-Anne Sexton Before that she says, “that she tried to reach into her page and breathe it back”. Why can’t one do that? Was Mae trying to accomplish that? Was she successful? Why/how do you put a kitten in a sack in the first place? Why doesn’t Dennis get to tell his story? And are we dealing with reliable narrators. You know some things happened a long time ago. It’s a bit like Barnes’ Sense of An Ending. Is what we remember...

Duration:00:01:22

1Q1A Reyna Grande A placeCalled Home

9/13/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Our guest today is Reyna Grande, author of A Dream Called Home published by Atria, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, just this month. Reyna is an award winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award and the Latino Book Award. Her novels, Across a Hundred Mountains and Dancing With Butterflies, not only have been published to critical acclaim but more importantly are read in schools across the...

Duration:00:00:31

Miriam Pawel The Browns of California

9/12/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Our guest today is Miriam Pawel author of The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation, published by Bloomsbury this month. Miriam is the author of the award winning The Crusades of Cesar Chavez. Here, she has tackled the Brown family father and son, studying them from their roots in California and their effect over generations on the state, the sixth largest economy in the...

Duration:00:42:03

1Q1A Miriam Pawel The Browns of California

9/12/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Our guest today is Miriam Pawel author of The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation, published by Bloomsbury this month. Miriam is the author of the award winning The Crusades of Cesar Chavez. Here, she has tackled the Brown family father and son, studying them from their roots in California and their effect over generations on the state, the sixth largest economy in the...

Duration:00:00:42

Reyna Grande A Dream Called Home

9/12/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Our guest today is Reyna Grande, author of A Dream Called Home published by Atria, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, just this month. Reyna is an award winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award and the Latino Book Award. Her novels, Across a Hundred Mountains and Dancing With Butterflies, not only have been published to critical acclaim but more importantly are read in schools across...

Duration:00:35:49

1Q1a Katherine Kilalea OK Mr. Field

8/26/2018
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So did I get the “titles” right? So this may take awhile. I’ll start at the beginning. I love the cover. Did you get to vet some, did you pick it or did you have any say in it. Moving on to the epigraphs. Peter Sloterdijk. I love the sentiment, but he was a very controversial figure, in his time, especially with regard to his view on Eugenics. And then the next which is more obscure in meaning. (Bernard Tschumi) How do concrete (no pun) structures tame our fears? He is controversial as well,...

Duration:00:40:57

1Q1a Katherine Kilalea OK Mr. Field

8/26/2018
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So did I get the “titles” right? So this may take awhile. I’ll start at the beginning. I love the cover. Did you get to vet some, did you pick it or did you have any say in it. Moving on to the epigraphs. Peter Sloterdijk. I love the sentiment, but he was a very controversial figure, in his time, especially with regard to his view on Eugenics. And then the next which is more obscure in meaning. (Bernard Tschumi) How do concrete (no pun) structures tame our fears? He is controversial as well,...

Duration:00:01:15

Ben Marcus Notes From The Fog

8/15/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Ben Marcus, author of Notes From The Fog, his collection of short stories published August 27th by Knopf. When last we heard from Ben we were talking about his novel The Flame Alphabet, a book that in some ways, in my opinion, shares many of the characteristics as do some of these stories. As you may recall, Ben is the author of several books. As I mentioned The Flame Alphabet, The Age of Wire and...

Duration:00:48:19

1Q1A Ben Marcus Notes From The Fog

8/15/2018
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Ben Marcus, author of Notes From The Fog, his collection of short stories published August 27th by Knopf. When last we heard from Ben we were talking about his novel The Flame Alphabet, a book that in some ways, in my opinion, shares many of the characteristics as do some of these stories. As you may recall, Ben is the author of several books. As I mentioned The Flame Alphabet, The Age of Wire and...

Duration:00:02:03

Burning Planet Andrew Scott

7/30/2018
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Dr. Scott is the Emeritus Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth Science at Royal Holloway University in London. He has been a professor at Yale, a Fellow at Berkeley. He holds numerous degrees from the University of London. He is the author or editor of 10 academic books. His research on coal and the geological history of fire has been recognized the word over. The History Of Fire relies on growing evidence for fire in our past record. We have a history of fire that has been with...

Duration:00:39:13