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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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@wsbookshop

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English

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


Episodes

1Q1A Andy Weir Artemis

12/22/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Andy Weir, author of The Martian and most recently Artemis published by Crown just a month or so ago. Artemis is a story of the moon. Once again, as in The Martian Andy couples both hard science and a character driven plot, but this time it is coupled with a story of intrigue, murder and mystery. As many of you know, Andy’s success story stems from his self published The Martian, picked up by Crown...

Duration: 00:00:46


Andy Weir Artemis

12/22/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Andy Weir, author of The Martian and most recently Artemis published by Crown just a month or so ago. Artemis is a story of the moon. Once again, as in The Martian Andy couples both hard science and a character driven plot, but this time it is coupled with a story of intrigue, murder and mystery. As many of you know, Andy’s success story stems from his self published The Martian, picked up by Crown...

Duration: 00:32:20


1Q1AJohn Bacon Halifax

12/18/2017
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Good Afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is John Bacon author of The Great Halifax explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism, published in November by William Morrow. Mr. Bacon has worked for the past two decades as a writer, public speaker and a college instructor. He has written for NYT and Time magazine. His previous works, primarily dealing in sports, include: Three and Out Fourth and Long End zone...

Duration: 00:00:53


Elizabeth Berg The Story of Arthur Truluv

12/18/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Elizabeth Berg, author of The Story of Arthur Truluv, published in November by Random House. Elizabeth was a registered nurse for over ten years before publishing her first novel, Durable Goods. She has since written maybe 25 books (neither of us can probably remember the exact count!) She’s been translated into almost 30 languages, has long been on Bestseller lists. She has won numerous awards and...

Duration: 00:26:27


1Q1A Elizabeth Berg The Story of Arthur Truluv

12/18/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Elizabeth Berg, author of The Story of Arthur Truluv, published in November by Random House. Elizabeth was a registered nurse for over ten years before publishing her first novel, Durable Goods. She has since written maybe 25 books (neither of us can probably remember the exact count!) She’s been translated into almost 30 languages, has long been on Bestseller lists. She has won numerous awards and...

Duration: 00:00:33


Richard Thomas Why Bob Dylan Matters

11/30/2017
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Good Afternoon and welcome to another edition of the Avid Reader. Today our guest is Richard Thomas, author of Why Bob Dylan Matters, published by Dey Street Books in November of this year. Dr. Thomas is a professor of the classics at Harvard. He is also, curiously, a preeminent Dylan scholar who has published extensively about him and the literary tradition that surrounds him and in most cases predates him. He teaches a seminar at Harvard titled “Bob Dylan”. Bob Dylan has been a part of...

Duration: 00:01:02


1Q1A Michael Meyer The Road To Sleeping Dragon

11/25/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Michael Meyer author of The Road to Sleeping Dragon: Learning China From The Ground Up, published in October by Bloomsbury. The book is the third in a trilogy of works by Mr. Meyer. The first two being The Last Days of Old Beijing and the second, In Manchuria. Michael’s writing has also appeared in the NYT, Time, The Financial Times, The WSJ and many other periodicals and publications. He is a...

Duration: 00:00:56


Mark Helprin Paris In The Present Tense

10/5/2017
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Mark Helprin is a man without a genre. He belongs to no literary school or movement. His books are not adventure stories or mysteries or thrillers or science fiction or fantasy or magical realism, yet elements of each of those can be found between the pages of his many novels. Which include A Dove of the East & Other Stories, Refiners Fire, Winters Tale (a classic), A Soldier of the Great War and the marvelous trilogy Swan Lake, A City in Winter and the Veil of Snows, collected in one...

Duration: 00:45:49


1Q1a Mark Helprin Paris in The Present Tense

10/5/2017
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Mark Helprin is a man without a genre. He belongs to no literary school or movement. His books are not adventure stories or mysteries or thrillers or science fiction or fantasy or magical realism, yet elements of each of those can be found between the pages of his many novels. Which include A Dove of the East & Other Stories, Refiners Fire, Winters Tale (a classic), A Soldier of the Great War and the marvelous trilogy Swan Lake, A City in Winter and the Veil of Snows, collected in one...

Duration: 00:01:11


1Q1A Autonomous Annalee Newitz

9/12/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Annalee Newitz author of her first novel Autonomous published September 19th by Tor (tomorrow). Annalee’s career started 15 years back in San Francisco at the Guardian. Later she worked at Wired and then founded the super cool io9 at Gawker. She edited io9 for 7 years then became the editor in chief at Gizmodo. Since last year she has been an editor at Ars Technica. She’s ben published in the New...

Duration: 00:00:54


Autonomous Annalee Newitz

9/12/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Annalee Newitz author of her first novel Autonomous published September 19th by Tor (tomorrow). Annalee’s career started 15 years back in San Francisco at the Guardian. Later she worked at Wired and then founded the super cool io9 at Gawker. She edited io9 for 7 years then became the editor in chief at Gizmodo. Since last year she has been an editor at Ars Technica. She’s ben published in the New...

Duration: 00:30:27


My Absolute Darling Gabriel Tallent

9/12/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Gabriel Tallent, whose debut novel My Absolute Darling will be released tomorrow by Riverhead. Gabriel Received his BA from Williamette University. His stories have been published in Narrative and in the St. Petersburg Review. His thesis at Willamette was on the discursive construction of Pleasure in Samuel Richardson’s Pamela. But he also was a checker at Target, so that gives you a little bit of...

Duration: 00:27:36


Poetry Will Change Your Life Jill Bialosky

9/11/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Jill Bialosky author of Poetry Will Save Your Life published this month by Atria. Jill is the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry most recently The Players. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic and Best American Poetry. She is also the author of three novels and a NYT best selling memoir, History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. Jill is an...

Duration: 00:36:03


A Mind At Play Soni-Goodman

8/7/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guests are Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman. Jimmy has served as an editor at the New York Observer and the Washington Examiner and as managing editor of the Huffington Post. His work has appeared in Slate, the Atlantic and CNN. Rob has written for Slate, the Atlantic and his scholarly works have appeared in History of Politcal Thought and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. Together the two have...

Duration: 00:36:54


1Q1A A Mind at Play

8/7/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guests are Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman. Jimmy has served as an editor at the New York Observer and the Washington Examiner and as managing editor of the Huffington Post. His work has appeared in Slate, the Atlantic and CNN. Rob has written for Slate, the Atlantic and his scholarly works have appeared in History of Politcal Thought and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. Together the two have...

Duration: 00:01:09


Alex Gilvarry Eastman Was Here

8/7/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today we are happy to have as our guest for the second time, Alex Gilvarry. Alex’s first book was From The Memoirs Of a Non-Enemy Combatant. Alex has been a Norman Mailer fellow and has taught at Wesleyan and Manhattanville College. His first book won numerous awards. Eastman Was Here is the story of an author whose fading reputation, failing marriage and less than stellar character have led him to a crisis in his...

Duration: 00:28:12


1Q1A Alex Gilvarry Eastman Was Here

8/7/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today we are happy to have as our guest for the second time, Alex Gilvarry. Alex’s first book was From The Memoirs Of a Non-Enemy Combatant. Alex has been a Norman Mailer fellow and has taught at Wesleyan and Manhattanville College. His first book won numerous awards. Eastman Was Here is the story of an author whose fading reputation, failing marriage and less than stellar character have led him to a crisis in his...

Duration: 00:00:44


Katherine Heiny Standard Deviation

7/19/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today we are happy to have as our guest Katherine Hein author of this her first novel Standard Deviation, published in May by Knopf. We talked to Katherine last time about her short story collection Single, Carefree Mellow. Which was delightful, both the book and the conversation. Katherine writes for the New Yorker and the Atlantic as well as well as other periodicals. Standard Deviation. I have often wondered...

Duration: 00:45:48


1Q1A Katherine Heiny Standard Deviation

7/19/2017
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today we are happy to have as our guest Katherine Hein author of this her first novel Standard Deviation, published in May by Knopf. We talked to Katherine last time about her short story collection Single, Carefree Mellow. Which was delightful, both the book and the conversation. Katherine writes for the New Yorker and the Atlantic as well as well as other periodicals. Standard Deviation. I have often wondered...

Duration: 00:00:20


Matthew Klamm Who Is Rich

7/19/2017
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____________________________________Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Matthew Klam whose new book and first novel Who is Rich was just released this month by Random House. Matthew’s first book was Sam The Cat and Other Stories. His work has been featured in the New Yorker, Harpers, Esquire, GQ and the Times Magazine. He’s taught at Johns Hopkins, St Albans, American and Stockholm University. And numerous workshops! Who is Rich? I...

Duration: 00:40:31

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