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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

The Book Show #1260 - Verlyn Klinkenborg

In the new book Several Short Sentences About Writing , author and New York Times editorial board member Verlyn Klinkenborg does away with much of the traditional wisdom on writing and dissects the sentence — its structure, its intention, its semantic craftsmanship — to deliver a new, useful, and direct guide to the art of storytelling.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya

Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s heartbreaking and haunting novel, The Watch: A Novel , takes a timeless tragedy and hurls it into present-day Afghanistan. Taking its cues from the Antigone myth, Roy-Bhattacharya recreates the chaos, intensity, and immediacy of battle, and conveys the inevitable repercussions felt by the soldiers, their families, and by one sister.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue September 11, 2012

You'll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band

As the 1960s ended, Herbie Hancock embarked on a grand creative experiment. Having just been dismissed from the celebrated Miles Davis Quintet, he set out on the road, playing with his first touring group as a leader until he eventually formed what would become a revolutionary band.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Adam Gopnick

Adam Gopnik is an essayist and commentator. He is best known as a staff writer for The New Yorker—to which he has contributed non-fiction, fiction, memoir and criticism. He'll participate in this weekend's Berkshire Wordfest at The Mount in Lenox, MA.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Slang: The People's Poetry

Michael Adams teaches English language and literature at Indiana University. He is the author of Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon and editor of From Elvish to Klingon.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Chris Hedges' Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

Two years ago, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges and award-winning cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco set out to take a look at the sacrifice zones, those areas in America that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement. They wanted to show in words and drawings what life looks like in places where the marketplace rules without constraints, where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu September 6, 2012

The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place

CSI NY star, Hill Harper, looks to guide us through tough times and offers advice for reaping the rewards of a truly happy life. With The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place, he does more than that: He presents a revolutionary new definition of wealth; motivating readers to not only build financial security but to achieve wealth in every aspect of their lives.

The Roundtable
9:42 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Soldiers First: Duty, Honor, Country, and Football at West Point

We welcome bestselling author and award-winning sports reporter, Joe Drape, and speak with him about his latest book, Soldiers First: Duty, Honor, Country, and Football at West Point.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace

D.T. Max sets out to chart David Foster Wallace’s tormented, anguished and often triumphant battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his masterpiece, Infinite Jest, before his untimely death by suicide at the age of 46 in 2008.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Art of Procrastination

Procrastinators have a reputation as loafers, laggards and lollygaggers. A bit harsh, believes University of California, Riverside philosopher John Perry, a self-described procrastinator who asserts that, unlike their reputation, most people who excel at postponing the inevitable actually lead productive lives by busying themselves with many tasks to avoid others deemed more onerous.

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