books

Rare Books Uncovered

Jan 7, 2016

  Few collectors are as passionate or as dogged in the pursuit of their quarry as collectors of rare books. In Rare Books Uncovered, expert on rare and antiquarian books Rebecca Rego Barry recounts the stories of remarkable discoveries from the world of book collecting.

She tells about the family whose discovery in their attic of a copy of Action Comics No. 1 --the first appearance of Superman -- saved their home from foreclosure. Or the Salt Lake City bookseller who volunteered for a local fundraiser--and came across a 500-year-old copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle.

Rebecca Rego Barry is the editor of Fine Books & Collections magazine. She has written about books for Preservation, American Libraries and Publishers Weekly.

Nonfiction
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
Black Flags: The Rise Of ISIS by Joby Warrick
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Fiction
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The First Bad Man by Miranda July

What were some of your favorite books this year? Share in the comments! 

  Lauren Groff returns to talk about her new novel, Fates and Furies.  Groff often writes about the tension between the individual and community. This novel shrinks community to just two, a marriage. It is told in two halves, from the opposing perspectives of a relationship.

Fates and Furies illuminates all the small ways we deceive, compromise, or cramp ourselves to sustain a partnership even a happy one, and even within so much intimacy the other partner's experience is so unknowable and mysterious. 

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox, MA.

List:
The Mulberry Bush by Charles McCarry
The Occupation Trilogy by Patrick Modiano
Eating the Colors of a Lineup of Words by Bernadette Mayer
The Cretan Runner by George Psychoundakis; translated by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It by Daniel Klein
Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
Simon Says: Tales Told by the Red Lion Inn Ambassador by Jana Laiz and Jayne Church

  Is there life after death? That question has been for posed all of human history, but for the early twentieth century after millions of lives have been sacrificed on the battlefields of World War I and the Spanish Flu Epidemic, the search for an answer would reach new heights. As the bereaved desperately sought ways to connect with their dead loved ones, psychics and spirit mediums emerged from the shadows to offer hope and solace.

  James Conrad from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
The Catskills: Its History and How it Changed America by Stephen Silverman and Raphael Silver
Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Myttting
Growing Tomorrow: Behind the Scenes with 18 Extraordinary Sustainable Farmers Who Are Changing the Way We Eat by Forrest Pritchard (event November 1st, 2pm and 6pm)
Compost City by Rebecca Louis (event November 1st 2 pm and 6pm)
The Cocktail Party: Eat, Drink, Play, Recover by Mary Giuliani (event October 30th at 6 pm)
The Other Paris by Luc Sante (event November 21st at 4 pm)
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
M Train by Patti Smith

http://www.cultureandtourism.org/

  This month, the Toledo Museum of Art debuts the first exhibition that focuses solely on the wondrous artist books and works on paper by renowned German-born artist Werner Pfeiffer. Nearly 200 one-of-a-kind and limited edition artist books, dimensional prints, collages and experimental works will be shown in Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer. Some of the works will be seen publicly for the first time.

  Why are we mentioning an exhibition at a museum in Ohio, you ask? Because Werner Pfeiffer is a resident of Red Hook and we couldn’t let those Toledo-ans have all the fun.

Pfeiffer's interest in paper and books was born of his early years in Germany during and after World War II, when paper was limited and books were censored. The artist joins us to talk about his work and career.

wikipedia.org

Author James Patterson has announced the first round of grants in his goal of donating $1 million to independent bookstores

facebook

President Obama’s election in 2008 marked a landmark shift in American politics. But what if he had lost? What would life in America be like today, had John McCain and Sarah Palin headed to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave? 

Imagine a Sarah Palin presidency — what kind of a difference —if any — would it have made if the course of history had flowed in a different direction?

  We are very happy to continue our new regular feature on The Roundtable, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

This morning we spotlight New York State’s Summer Reading kick-off. Erika Halstead is program officer for the NY Council for the Humanities and she joins us to tell us more.

We welcome Andrew Preston and speak about his book, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith.

BOOKS (selected by Joe Donahue)

FICTION

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
3. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
4. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
5. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

NON-FICTION

We welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Edward Humes and talk about his latest book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash.

Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel, A Discovery of Witches: A Novel , Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont.

We welcome Kevin Bleyer, writer for The Daily Show, and speak with him about his new book, Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America.

We speak with Richard Louv about his book, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, now out in paperback.

"The Blood of Heroes"

Jun 27, 2012

We speak with NYT bestselling author, James Donovan, about his new book, The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation.

Pulitzer-prize winner Richard Russo's latest book is a tribute to the printed word. In what many perceive as a coldly relentless digital age, Russo has teamed up with his daughter, artist Kate Russo, to create Interventions, their tribute to the printed book. For it, they chose three stories, Horseman, High and Dry, The Whore’s Child and the title novella, Intervention.

We welcome W. Bruce Cameron and speak with him about A Dog's Journey .

Already considered one of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, bestselling writer Gillian Flynn’s latest, Gone Girl: A Novel, is unputdownable. The book is about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong.

Brian Stowell

We welcome Josh Ritter back to the show and speak with him about the paperback release of Bright's Passagehis EP, Bringing in the Darlings;, a recent hea

Richard Ford is one of America’s most highly revered writers. His book, Independence Day , was the first to receive both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award.

We speak with Steven Greenebaum about The Interfaith Alternative: Embracing Spiritual Diversity.

Dominique Moceanu

May 25, 2012

Dominique Moceanu is an American gymnast who was a member of the Olympic Gold medal winning 1996 U.S. Women's Gymnastics team in Atlanta.

Pages