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Read ME: Statewide Reading Program

Aug 22, 2018
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This show will be broadcast live from the Maine State Library in Augusta.

Maine Calling is taking part in a statewide summer reading program with a Maine twist. Read ME is a partnership between the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library. Its goal is to get Mainers reading the same books — books by Maine authors and recommended by a Maine author.

This year author Paul Doiron (Knife Creek, Poacher’s Son, Trespasser) selected River Talk  by CB Anderson and Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town by Susan Hand Shetterly, as the two books Mainers should read.

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (June 1st); no calls will be taken.

One of our most popular programs—what to read this summer! Our all-star cast shares the books they’ve read recently and are looking forward to reading this summer.  

Summer Reads 2018: Book Recommendations for the Season

Jun 1, 2018
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One of our most popular programs — what to read this summer! Our all-star cast will share the books they’ve read recently and are looking forward to reading. This summer also sees PBS' "Great American Read," an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels, as chosen in a national survey.

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Amazon was supposed to be the death of independent bookstores, but many in Maine are thriving. We’ll hear from a few independent bookstore owners to learn what their strategy is, and which books they are excited about.

The Best & Overlooked Books of 2017

Dec 8, 2017
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It's one of our listeners’ favorite shows: a review of books that made (or should have made) the best-seller lists of 2017. 

Guests: Joshua Bodwell, Executive Director of the Maine Writers & Publishers AllianceElizabeth Pohl, Director of the Lithgow Public LibraryAri Gersen, owner of Longfellow Books

Read ME

Aug 24, 2017
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Maine Calling airs live from the Portland Public Library

Sixty Maine libraries have signed up to participate in a new program called "ReadME" that highlights Maine authors. Best-selling author Monica Wood selected Unknown Caller by Debra Spark, and The Moth: 50 True Stories, as this year’s two ReadME books. Maine Calling will host a conversation from the Portland Public Library with Monica Wood and Debra Spark about the program and the books.

Summer Reads

Aug 4, 2017
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This is a rebroadcast of our earlier show (June 23). No calls will be taken.

Summertime and the reading is easy – easy if you know which books are must-reads and must-avoids. Our panel shares some of their favorite books and which books they’re looking forward to reading.

Summer Reads

Jun 23, 2017
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Summertime and the reading is easy – easy if you know which books are must-reads and must-avoids. Our panel shares some of their favorite books and which books they’re looking forward to reading.

Guests:  Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine and of the novel Any Bitter Thing, a national bestseller and Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes Ernie's Ark and My Only Story. Her most recent book is The One in a Million Boy

Children's Literature

Jun 16, 2017
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Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked, and Kirkus Review children's book editor Vicki Smith join us to talk about the state of children’s literature.

Guests: Gregory Maguire is a writer of several dozen crossover books for adults and children. His best-known work is Wicked.  He also helped found and for 25 years codirected Children’s Literature New England, Inc., a nonprofit that raises awareness of the significance of literature in the lives of children.

Best & Overlooked Books

Dec 30, 2016
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This is a rebroadcast of our recent show; no calls will be taken.

The end of the year means it’s time to put together our ‘best and overlooked books’ show. It’s a fan favorite and sure to inspire you to add to your reading list. 

Guests: Joshua Bodwell, Executive Director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance

Emily Russo, co-owner of Print: A Bookstore

Frank O. Smith, author of 'Dream Singer' and book reviewer for the Maine Sunday Telegram

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The return of one of our most popular segments - the best and overlooked books of 2015.

Guests: Mary Pols, author, film critic, Portland Press Herald Staff Writer.

Josh Bodwell, Executive Director of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.

Bill Lundgren, adjunct professor of English at Southern Maine Community College and a regular book reviewer/contributor to the literary blog

Lacy Simons, with Hello Hello Books.

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Maine author Phil Hoose has once again written about children doing extraordinary things.

This time the setting is World War II Denmark. In "The Boys Who Challenged Hitler," Hoose writes about the aftermath of the day in April 1940 when German troops poured into Denmark, taking over with virtually no opposition:

Mainer Phil Hoose is the winner of a National Book Award. His latest book is "The Boys Who Challenged Hitler." Hoose will make an appearance tomorrow at Longfellow Books in Portland.

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It's the return of our 'Books that Divide Us' panel, with the addition of another book lover.  Learn which classics and best-sellers these professional readers loved - or hated. And share your take on why some classics don't do it for you.

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A look at some of the works of Maine author E.B. White.  In particular, we'll focus on 'Charlotte's Web,' 'The Elements of Style,' and 'E.B. White on Dogs.'

Guests:  Martha White, writer, editor, granddaughter of E. B. White
Melissa Sweet, children's book illustrator and writer, working on a biography of E.B. White for younger readers
Phuc Tran, teaches Latin & Greek at Wayneflete School

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Which were the best and overlooked books of 2014?

Guests:  Bill Lundgren, bookseller at Longfellow Books and Teacher at Southern Maine Community College
 Rick Russo, author of numerous books.  His 2001 novel Empire Falls received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
 Kate Christensen, author of six novels, including “The Epicure’s Lament,” the PEN/Faulkner award-winning “The Great Man,” and “The Astral.”  Her most recent book is "Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites."
 

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