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  Making her young adult fiction debut, Hollis Seamon creates one of the most original voices to appear in young adult literature with Somebody Up There Hates You.

In the book, Richard Casey narrates a story that is unflinching, graphic, heartbreaking, funny, and above all life-affirming in its depiction of what it really means to be a teenager dying of cancer.

Hollis Seamon will participate in Troy Author Day at The Troy Public Library this Saturday.

    John Lawton is a producer/director in television who has spent much of his time interpreting the USA to the English, and occasionally vice versa. He has worked with Gore Vidal, Neil Simon, Scott Turow, Noam Chomsky, Fay Weldon, Harold Pinter and Kathy Acker. He is the author of 1963, a social and political history of the Kennedy-Macmillan years, six thrillers in the Troy series and a stand-alone novel, Sweet Sunday.

His latest, Then We Take Berlin is a gripping, meticulously researched and richly detailed historical thriller – a moving story of espionage and war, and people caught up in the most tumultuous events of the twenty-first century.

Lydia Davis

Oct 4, 2013

    

   Lydia Davis, winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, has been called “one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction” by the Los Angeles Times Book Review, “an American virtuoso of the short story form” by Salon, and “one of the best writers in America” by O Magazine.

She is renowned in literary circles for perfecting the craft of the “extremely short short story,” and is beginning to enjoy a much wider readership. Novelist Dave Eggers has said that Davis’s work, “blows the roof off of so many of our assumptions about what constitutes short fiction.”

Her most recent book is The Collected Stories, a compilation of pieces from four previously published volumes.

The ArtsWalk Literary Arts Festival takes place at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson this weekend. Lydia Davis will be reading with writer James Lasdun from 3:30 to 5 PM tomorrow.

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    Critically acclaimed novelist Jonathan Franzen will deliver this fall’s Frances Steloff Lecture at Skidmore at 8 p.m. tonight.

The reading and discussion, titled “Jonathan Franzen: The Novel and the World,” will be in Gannett Auditorium of Palamountain Hall.

The program will include the awarding of an honorary doctorate to Franzen; a book signing by the author will follow the formal program. Franzen’s books will be available for sale.

  We speak with Pulitzer Prize finalist, award-winning book critic, and professor of philosophy, Carlin Romano, about his book, America the Philosophical.

  We welcome Daniel Smith and speak with him about his book, Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety.

Andrew McCarthy

Aug 19, 2013

  Though most renowned for his roles in seminal 80s films like Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire, Andrew McCarthy has gone on to become a director, a revered travel journalist and editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler. In The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down, McCarthy recounts his journey towards self-awareness and his fears of commitment.

"Brain Wars"

Aug 19, 2013

  We speak with acclaimed neuroscientist Mario Beauregard, Ph.D. about his book, Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Proof That Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives.

    Michael Connelly started his career as a newspaper reporter, eventually working as a police and crime reporter for The Los Angeles Times. While there, he covered the 1992 riots – a time and place to which he returns in the book, The Black Box, which stars LAPD detective, Harry Bosch.

Previously aired as Book Show #1279.

Ann M. Martin

May 16, 2013

    Ann M. Martin is the author of the iconic and beloved The Baby-Sitters Club series which has sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her acclaimed novels include Belle Teal, the Newbery Honor book A Corner of the Universe, Here Today, A Dog’s Life, and On Christmas Eve.

Family Tree, is her new quartet, which brings the past and the present together one girlhood at a time, and shows readers the way a family grows.

    Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, her essay collection, Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch.

Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. It tells Cheryl’s story of hitting the Pacific Crest Trail at age 22, following the death of her mother.

    This coming Saturday, April 27th from 10am to 4pm the Albany Academies present the 5th Annual Albany Children’s Book Festival.

This year through a partnership with 15Love and the Denise McCoy Legacy Award they will honor two renowned children’s authors: Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney and humorist Tommy Greenwald. Jerry Pinkney will receive the Schimmer Lifetime Achievement Award and Tommy Greenwald will receive the Denise McCoy Legacy Award. They are also partnering with the R Michelson Gallery in Northampton, MA. Richard Michelson will be bringing several pieces of original artwork that will be on display throughout the festival.

Here now to tell us more are Karen Schimmer, Children’s Book Festival founder and Albany Academies Librarian; and afore mentioned Caldecott winning illustrator, Jerry Pinkney.

    Craig Childs’ book Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth has won the 2013 Orion Book Award in recognition of its success in addressing the human relationship with the natural world in a fresh, thought-provoking, and engaging manner.

Speaking for the jury, Orion Magazine associate editor Hannah Fries said, “A mixture of adventure, science, and engaging storytelling, Apocalyptic Planet demonstrates an open-mouthed awe of the earth in all its dynamism, a spirit of passionate curiosity, and a fresh and humbling way of thinking about the planet and our place within its grand, catastrophic life.”

Craig Childs and Amanda Fries join us.

    This year’s Read Local! Red Hook Literary Festival takes place this Friday through Sunday.

The fest will include “Stories on Stage” Hudson Valley Actors Read Hudson Valley Authors; I Want to Be in a Band! – a Music & Movement Program for kids featuring author and musician Suzzy Roche, and illustrator Giselle Potter; Telling Stories: Conversations with Fiction Writers featuring Owen King, Kelly Braffet, Frank Delaney, and Marshall Karp – and much much more! All events are free and open to the public.

Suzanna Hermans, Co-Owner of Oblong Books and Music; Helen Seslowsky, event coordinator, and author and broadcaster, Frank Delaney, join us.

    David Sedaris' new book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, will be released by Little Brown on April 23rd.

The satirist and public radio favorite will be at three venues in three different cities in our region: The Bardavon on 4/5The Mahaiwe on 4/6, and The Egg on 4/11.

    George Saunders is renowned for his six collections of short stories, novellas, and his non-fiction essays.

His most recent work, Tenth of December: Stories, was reviewed for The New York Time Magazine with the headline: "George Saunders has written the best book you’ll read this year."

The collected stories are dark yet funny, desperate yet hopeful.

    Author Karen Russell made quite a splash with her terrific 2011 novel, Swamplandia. Now she is back with a terrific short story collection entitled, Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

Karen Russell is one of today’s most celebrated and vital writers—honored in The New Yorker’s list of the twenty best writers under the age of forty. Her wondrous new work displays a young writer of superlative originality and invention coming into the full range and scale of her powers.

  Robert Crais is the author of the best-selling Elvis Cole novels and was the 2006 recipient of the Ross Macdonald Literary Award.

His latest novel, Suspect, tells the story of Scott and Maggie - an LAPD K9 team nobody trusts--damaged goods who are wounded, scared, and suspect. Who work together to solve a murder and regain trust.

    The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is a month-long festival of women writers. We get a preview of all the events including panels, readings, lectures, and networking events.

A myriad of voices will be celebrated during the festival, including published playwrights; poets and novelists; bloggers; non-native speakers learning to write expressively in English and emerging writers. Panel discussions will be led by publishers, literary agents, social media strategists and other experts in the creative writing field.

    In his book, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America, novelist Christopher Bram chronicles the rise of gay consciousness in American writing. Beginning with a first wave of major gay literary figures -Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, and James Baldwin - he shows how they set the stage for new generations of gay writers to build on what they had begun.

    

      This morning we meet a mother and her son who are two successful authors and will be reading and signing in our region tomorrow night.

Prizewinning writer Hollis Seamon received critical acclaim for Body Work: Stories, a collection of stories about women on the brink and for her mystery novel Flesh. Hollis will read from and discuss her new story collection, Corporeality - Stories, recently published by Able Muse Press.

   Tobias Seamon's first novel The Magician's Study was praised by Booklist for its "stylistic inventiveness and skill with characterization ... nothing short of breathtaking." The poet, filmmaker and fiction writer will read from his new novella The Fair Grounds, set in Kaaterskill and with a nod to Washington Irving. Both will be at the Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza at 7PM tomorrow night.

    Diane Cameron is a writer, speaker, teacher and spiritual director. She is an advocate for people in need at Unity House in Troy, New York. Looking for Signs is a collection of her columns and essays.

She'll be signing the book at The Book House in Albany, NY on Saturday, February 23 at 3PM.

Richard Russo

Jan 16, 2013

  After eight commanding works of fiction, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape.

Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville - once famous for producing gloves and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by.

Legendary author, Margaret Atwood, joins us to tell us about the e-book, Erase Me: Positron, Episode Three - Episode Three in the Positron Series. In the latest edge-of-your-seat episode of Positron, the dystopian comedy takes its darkest turn yet. Atwood’s story pits husband against wife and the human impulse to love against the animal instinct to survive.

Martin Amis' latest novel is his 15th work of fiction. Lionel Asbo: State of England centers around a thuggish, yet occasionally endearing antihero, Lionel Asbo, whose last name results from being handed down at age 3 an Anti Social Behavior Order, a civil order issued in Britain against conduct that includes things like begging, graffiti and excessive noise.

Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed, Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as "the best police procedurals being written in America." In the new book, Paradise City, Joe Gunther investigates Vermont burglaries and a murder leads him to Northampton, Massachusetts.

Dan Wakefield joins us to talk about Kurt Vonnegut: Letters. This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction. Written over a sixty-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his work to readers worldwide.

**Audio to come**

From #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci comes the next blockbuster thriller featuring Army Special Agent John Puller. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. In The Forgotten, Puller is back on the case.

While President James Madison was a brilliant scholar, author of much of the country’s early documents, organizer of the executive branch of government, and astute politician, he was no commander-in-chief.

He relied totally upon appointed commodores and generals to conduct a war for the conquest of Canada on one hand and survival on the other. Often confused by advisors of little military talent, in the end he put his trust and that of the people in the grasp of hacks, sycophants, adventurers, and a few good men.

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