America was once a nation of readers, but now experts
warn that reading is in decline as our cultural life moves online. In
this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, an hour in praise and
defense of the book. Ursula Le Guin takes book publishers to task and
a beloved children's book editor recalls happy days with Danny the Dinosaur
and Little Bear.
Maryanne Wolfe directs the Center for Reading
and Language Research at Tufts University and is the author of "Proust
and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain." She talks
with Anne Strainchamps about the science of reading and why there's some
reason to worry about the state of reading in our culture. Also, celebrated
science fiction and fantasy author Ursula Le Guin tells Steve Paulson
that she believes books will always endure. Her thoughts on reading appeared
in an essay in Harper's Magazine called "Notes on the Alleged Decline
Geraldine Brooks has written a novel which creates
a fictional history for a real book the remarkable rare, illuminated
Jewish manuscript known as the Sarajevo Haggadah. Brooks tells Jim Fleming
about the real book and the novel she created, which is called "People
of the Book." Also, writer and critic Alberto Manguel has
assembled a personal library of some thirty thousand volumes which he
houses in an old converted stone barn in a village in France. Manguel
talks with Anne Strainchamps about his library and other libraries and
librarians he has known. Manguel's books on reading include "A
Reading Diary," "A History of Reading," and most recently
"The Library at Night."
Susan Hirschmann is a legendary children's book
editor and founder of Greenwillow Books. She talks with Steve Paulson
about some of the famous children's book authors she worked with including
Jack Prelutsky and Kevin Henkes.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 08-09-28-A.
Books & CDs:
Geraldine Brooks, People of the Book
Ursula K. Le Guin, Lavinia (Harcourt)
|Alberto Manguel, Library at
- Jimmy Durante, (Ill
Never Forget) The Day I Read a Book.
Jasmon, Dimdanana on Putumayos
CD, World Lounge
Matt Haimovitz, playing Bachs Suite II
in D Minor from Haimovitz collection of Bach suites
for solo cello
Jonathan Rundman, Librarian, on his CD,
Elvis Costello, Every Day I Write the
week of 08/30/2009 - hour 2
week of 09/28/2008 - hour 1
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