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Book cover for A Beginner’s Guide to AmericaThe Wisconsin Book Festival will be hosting Roya Hakakian in conversation with Chapter A Day’s Michele Good on Thursday, October 21st at 5:30 pm via Crowdcast.

You can join the event and submit your questions for Roya at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/wbf-beginners-guide-america. Before the event begins, you will see a countdown and the event image.


Book cover for Perestroika in ParisPerestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley

Monday, November 1 through Friday, November 19, 2021. Read by Jim Fleming.

Paras, short for "Perestroika," is a spirited racehorse at a racetrack west of Paris. One afternoon at dusk, she finds the door of her stall open and wanders all the way to the City of Light. Soon she meets an elegant dog named Frida, who knows how to get by without attracting the attention of suspicious Parisians.  And then Paras meets a human boy and discovers the ivy-walled house where the boy and his nearly-one-hundred-year-old great-grandmother live in seclusion. As the cold weather nears, the unlikeliest of friendships bloom. But how long can a runaway horse stay undiscovered in Paris? How long can a boy keep her hidden and all to himself?

(Alfred A Knopf; ISBN-10: 052552035X)

Theme: “Fibre de verre” by Paris Combo, Attraction, DRG Records; “I Love Paris” by Gypsy Jazz Caravan, Gypsy Jazz Caravan III


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About Jim

Jim Fleming began his career at WPR as a student announcer in the 1960s. In addition to producing and hosting several award winning radio dramas and programs, Fleming also held a number of management positions. Read more

About Norman

Norman Gilliland is the Wisconsin Public Radio host of "The Midday" and "Old Time Radio Drama." He's also the author of "Sand Mansions," and "Midnight Catch."Read more

About Michele

Michele Gerard Good was born in Chicago and raised in northern Wisconsin. After graduating from Ripon College with a degree in theatre, she spent most of her life pursuing an acting career – studying “the Method” at The Actor’s Studio in London, voice with Marni Nixon in New York and...Read more

About Karl

Karl Schmidt was an Emeritus Professor at UW-Extension, and read for "Chapter a Day" off and on for 75 years. Among his other roles at WPR, Schmidt directed "Earplay," a radio drama that comprised much of NPR's programming of that genre during the 1970s. He died in April 2016.Read more

About Susan

Susan Sweeney is an emeritus theater professor at the University of Wisconsin. She has a long history in theater as well as singing and coaching voice and dialects throughout the United States. She has voiced over 20 books as a reader for Wisconsin Public Radio's long-running program "Chapter a Day."Read more

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