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Book cover for Edge of the MapEdge of the Map by Johanna Garton

Monday, May 31 through Friday, June 18, 2021. Read by Susan Sweeney.

A dramatic and inspiring adventure story based on the lives of trailblazing mountaineer Christine Boskoff and her partner Charlie Fowler. Edge of the Map captures each step of the pair's story, culminating in their disappearance among the remote peaks of western China and the desperate search to find them which gripped the world.

(Mountaineers Books; ISBN-10 : 1680512889 / ISBN-13 : 978-1680512885)

THEME: “Distant Green Valley”, Silkroad Ensemble & Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon, Sony Music

Book cover for Midnight CatchMidnight Catch by Norman Gilliland

Monday, June 21 through Friday, July 16, 2021. Read by Jim Fleming.

In the autumn of 1929 a young man stumbles across the aftermath of murder.

(NEMO Productions; ISBN-10: 0971509352)

Theme: Trevor Stephenson: "Whispering"


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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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