literature

Huckleberry Finn
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Who should decide what books are allowed in libraries? Since 1982, a coalition of groups takes a week each year – this week – to call attention to books that are removed from shelves in school and public libraries in the United States because someone decides they are inappropriate. Suzanne Lang, host of KRCB’s A Novel Idea joined News Director Steve Mencher  to talk about Banned Books week.

Historical fiction radiates into the present with two novels featured on A Novel Idea. Join Suzanne M. Lang in conversations with Susan Sherman on her novel about mystics and Marie Curie, If You Are There and David Boling, whose novel is The Lost History of Stars, set during brutal Boar Wars in South Africa and told through the experiences of a fourteen year-old girl.  
 

Hear A Novel Idea, Sunday September 3rd at 4:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!  

13 Reasons Why
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This summer, actors and crew members returned to Sebastopol’s Analy High School to film scenes for season two of  "13 Reasons Why," a Netflix drama about high schoolers. The story sprang from the young adult novel of the same name by Jay Asher.

 

July 30th on A Novel Idea:  

Suzanne M. Lang talks with Thais Nye Derich about her path of self-examination and learning to discover that she, like many other women, was a victim of the medical establishment that denied her the human right of birthing her own child. Second Chance, A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth after Cesarean is not just a book about childbirth, but about control over our own lives and simply, about being human.  
 

       

For June, A Novel Idea features two novelists, whose books couldn’t be more different. Both write about the challenges of difference, of motherhood, and of finding stability in a sometimes-hostile world.  

Shanti Sekaran brings us Lucky Boy, the saga of two women, strangers and cultures apart, whose lives are connected through the life of an infant boy.  

Shelby Londyn-Heath has written The Twilight Tsunami, a raw, funny, and hard-hitting account of the lives of people involved in the child welfare system.  

Banned Books Week Observes its 34th Year

Sep 26, 2016

  Whether the motivation is political or religious, or just protective parenting, efforts to see certain books suppressed seem as persistent as the seasons. So Banned Books week is here again to remind us of that. 

The American Library Association has released the video below which lists the top ten banned books of the past year. 

A Pair of Literary Jacks

Aug 4, 2016

  Jack Kerouac’s On The Road had a literary antecedent written by another Jack 50 years earlier, The Road by Jack London. London scholar Jonah Raskin discussed the similarities in themes and in the two authors’ lives with Bruce Robinson back in September 2007, in this story from the North Bay Report archives.

Book Festival Bows Out

Jan 29, 2014

  Since 2000, the Sonoma County Book Festival has been a favorite event for many local readers every September. But it turns out that the Festival last September was, in fact, the last Festival. Why? We get some answers on today’s Exchange.

Why Did Jack London's Wolf House Burn?

Aug 20, 2013

  

What started the fire that ruined Jack London’s Wolf House in Glen Ellen almost exactly a century ago? A local London scholar thinks he has traced the answer, and is about to make his theory public.

Jack London, Sportswriter

Jun 13, 2013
Jack London Historical Society

The craft and cunning of competition, age versus youth, and “the allure of the game”—these were recurring themes in Jack London’s writing, especially when the subject was sports.

Only once, says Doc Stull, did London’s writing incorporate a scene that could be seen as a team competition—and seeing it that way is a bit of a stretch.

'The Belle of Amherst'

Mar 1, 2013
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The poetry of Emily Dickinson is the focus of the Big Read, Sonoma County this year. To help bring it to life, actress Barbara Dana is here this week, sharing her portrayal of the 18th century writer for local school groups and other audiences. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson spoke with her.

Fire-fueled revelations on Word By Word

Feb 6, 2013

Wednesday, February 6 at 7 pm