Upcoming R&W books and authors


Fire up your kindle or plan a visit to your library or bookstore—the Readers & Writers book club team has a great line up of authors and books we’ll want you to chime in on, here on the book club pages and/or during broadcast call-in shows. In some cases, we’ll pre-record a brief interview with the author—for on air and online—to use as a focal point as we discuss a particular book. We’re trying out a variety of approaches, but for each of these books you can count on a conversation right here at the R&W site.

We hope you’ll read some of these books and join the discussions.


Week of February 11

Chris Robinson and Ellen Rocco talk about (and we’re hoping with) Rebecca Solnit, one of the writers featured in the St. Lawrence University writers series. Read her A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise In Disaster. We’ll be talking about her work online and during a call-in hour, slated for Friday morning, February 145. Chris believes Solnit is one of the most important writers at work in the US today. Read this book. We want you in on the conversation.

Also in February

William Rhoden

Chris Robinson and Phil LaMarche will talk with William Rhoden about his incisive and finely written, Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete—a very different take on the world of professional sports in the US. Rhoden is in the north country for the SUNY Canton writers series on February 13. You’ll hear some of this interview on air prior to Rhoden’s appearance; we’ll post the rest to the book club page so we can talk about the book online.

Early March

Chris Robinson, John Ernst and Ellen Rocco slog through mud and sleet to bring you the Cabin Fever edition of the reading list call in. Please, please: warm and sunny titles!

One artist’s notion of Cloud Atlas cast of characters.

Mid- to late March

Nora Flaherty and other book club members lead an online conversation about David Mitchell’s recently-made-into-a-major-motion-picture novel, Cloud Atlas. This book has been a hit with adults as well as high school and college students. We’ve “assigned” the book to a number of area high school students–some of these readers will join us in the studio for the conversation.

George Bilgere


Dale Hobson will lead a conversation about the work of poet George Bilgere…specifically, The White Museum collection. The poet will join us for an on air conversation and we may be able to entice him into the online discussion as well.

Later in April

Possible visit to our studios by T.C. Boyle, who is attending Potsdam Arts Festival (he’s an alum of SUNY Potsdam). Stay tuned for details…

Paul Greenberg


Nora Flaherty and others will lead a conversation with Paul Greenberg about his highly entertaining and informative Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food—one of those non-fiction books that reads like a story. Plus, the author spends summers in the northern Adirondacks and will join us either online or on air for the conversation.


Let us know if there’s an author you want us to consider for future book club discussions on air or online.


Late October-early November

Chris Robinson will lead conversations about books by two fiction writers with local connections.

Paul Graham’s collection of short stories, Crazy Season, was just published this fall to strong critical acclaim. Paul teaches creative writing at St. Lawrence University.

Phil LaMarche’s novel, American Youth, was published a few years ago, also to great critical acclaim. Phil teaches writing at SUNY Canton, and has organized a new writers series based on that campus.

November 8

Chris Robinson, John Ernst and Ellen Rocco get a jump on book titles for holiday gift-giving and winter reading with a reading list call in show: listeners and staff suggest titles for our latest recommended reading list. Want to share titles for the list right now? Email: ellen@ncpr.org

November 12-20

Betsy Kepes, Jackie Sauter and Chris Robinson lead a blog discussion about renowned Canadian mystery writer, Louise Penny and her Chief Inspector Gamache series, focusing on the latest, The Beautiful Mystery. We hope to have the author join us on air or online during this conversation.

Week of December 10

*Note: This discussion has been postponed until later in the season, Time TBA.
Chris Robinson and other book club members lead a conversation about Diane Ackerman’s memoir, One Hundred Names for Love.

Week of January 14

Betsy Kepes leads an online conversation about Joyce Carol Oates about her novel Mudwoman, which features Adirondack North Country locales. You’ll be invited to submit questions ahead of time to be used in an online interview of the author. You can find Betsy’s review of this novel here.

  1. Lucy Martin says:

    Thanks for posting this list. I am especially glad to see Louise Penny’s “The Beautiful Mystery” comes late in the year, November.

    That will give me time to catch up on that series, which I had somehow missed up until now. (My loss, soon to be remedied.)

    If anyone else wants to catch up on the whole Chief Inspector Gamache series, what follows was copied and pasted from Penny’s website:

    here’s the order, from the first to the most recent:


    Some of the books have different titles, as you might have noticed. The publishers did this not, as you might suspect, to be annoying but because they genuinely feel their readers respond to different titles. I hope it’s not too confusing.

    • Ellen Rocco says:

      Ooh, sorry Lucy, you DID miss Louise Perry…perhaps the list is confusing because it contains Fall 2012 programs already done and gone at the end of the shows coming up this winter and spring. But, really nice to have the complete list of the books in the series. Thanks.

      • Lucy Martin says:

        Hmm, very poor attention on my part!
        My apologies.

        Oh well. I still plan to read my way through the series.

        And there’s yet another installment coming soon, according to Penny, “How the Light Gets In” (Aug 2013)

        I’m only on “Still Life” but Penny’s writing is wonderful, as is the Canadian & Québécois cultural content.