Chapter A Day

Started in 1931, “Chapter a Day” is WPR’s longest-running program. Jim Fleming, Norman Gilliland, Michele Good, Melvin Hinton, Baron Kelly and Susan Sweeney read a chapter from a book for a half hour each weekday. Genres are predominately contemporary and range from works of fiction, history and biography.


The Ideas Network, 12:30 pm to 1 pm, 11 pm to 11:30 pm

Book Cover for "Cold Sassy Tree" by Olive Ann Burns


Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

Monday, April 15 through Friday, May 17, 2024
Read by Karl Schmidt.

The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around—fast. When Grandpa Blakeslee announces one July morning that he’s aiming to marry the young milliner, Miss Love Simpson—a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward—the news is served up all over town. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. A timeless, funny, resplendent novel – about a romance that rocks an entire town, a boy’s passage from childhood into adolescence, and how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century.

(Mariner Books; ISBN-10: 0618918716)

Theme: “Miniatures”, Williams Grant Still for flute, oboe and piano, Crystal Records

Readings are archived for just one week after their broadcast due to publisher 
copyright restrictions.

Latest Episodes

  • Cold Sassy Tree 2 of 25

    The entire town is in ruckus since Grandpa Blakeslee’s announcement of his intentions to marry Miss Love Simpson — everyone except young Will Tweedy, who recalls when the pretty, young milliner came to town.

    Cold Sassy Tree 2 of 25
  • Cold Sassy Tree 1 of 25

    We are introduced to our narrator, 14-year-old Will Tweedy, whose grandmother has just died. Now, less three weeks since her passing, Grandpa Blakeslee has an announcement — he is getting married.

    Cold Sassy Tree 1 of 25
  • The Berry Pickers 15 Of 15

    Norma/Ruthie is reunited with her family.

    The Berry Pickers 15 Of 15
  • The Berry Pickers 14 Of 15

    Following the death of her mother, Norma/Ruthie begins looking for her family.

    The Berry Pickers 14 Of 15
  • The Berry Pickers 13 Of 15

    Joe recalls returning to the blueberry picking fields after many years of running away from his past.

    The Berry Pickers 13 Of 15

Chapter A Day Booklist

View information about every book we’ve read in the past thirty years!

Coming Next

Book Cover for "West With Giraffes" by Lynda Rutledge

West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge

Monday, May 20 through Friday, June 7, 2024
Read by Jim Fleming.

Woodrow Wilson Nickel, age 105, feels his life ebbing away. But when he learns giraffes are going extinct, he finds himself recalling the unforgettable experience he cannot take to his grave. It’s 1938. The Great Depression lingers. Hitler is threatening Europe, and world-weary Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive…

NPR’s Book Concierge

NPR Book Concierge