Radio Talking Book – January 2013

National Book Awards The National Book Awards were announced in mid-November and we’d like to congratulate those winners. The winner […]

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National Book Awards

The National Book Awards were announced in mid-November and we’d like to congratulate those winners. The winner for Fiction is Minnesota’s own Louise Erdrich, who won for her recent book The Round House, which has been recorded for the RTB. We have recorded a number of her books in the past as well. Congratulations are due to Katherine Boo for her winning in the nonfiction category for Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. We recorded one of the finalists: Robert A. Caro’s The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson. The winner of the poetry category was David Ferry, for his book Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations, and the winner of the Young People’s Literature category was William Alexander for his book Goblin Secrets. Congratulations to all the winners.

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, by John C. Maxwell; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Dragon’s Tooth, by N.D. Wilson; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing The June Fourth Elegies, by Xiabo Liu; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing My Mother Is Now Earth, by Mark Anthony Rolo.


Books Available Through Faribault

Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available through the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault, MN. Their phone is 1-800-722-0550 and hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Their catalog is also online, and you can access it by going to the main website,, and then clicking on the link. If you live outside of Minnesota, you may obtain copies of our books via an inter-library loan by contacting your own state’s Network Library for the National Library Service.

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Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Brain Wars, Nonfiction by Mario Beauregard, 2012. Dr. Beauregard questions the view that the brain is simply a collection of neurons and neural activity. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 9 broadcasts. Began January 9.

The Violinist’s Thumb, Nonfiction by Sam Kean, 2012. As we make advances in DNA mapping and modification, genetics will continue to be the hottest topic in science, shaping the very makeup of our bodies and the world around us. L – Read by Esmé Evans. 13 broadcasts. Begins January 22.


Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

The Road to Valor, Nonfiction by Aile and Andres McConnon, 2012. Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend, winning the Tour de France two times. But it was what he did between his two competitions that won him the hearts of his countrymen. Read by Bonita Sindelir. 10 broadcasts. Began January 7.

To Free a Family, Nonfiction by Sydney Nathans, 2012. In 1848, Mary Walker escaped from her slave owners and sought refuge in the North. She spent the next seventeen years trying to recover her family. Read by Karen Wertz. 11 broadcasts. Begins January 21.


Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Lost Prince, Fiction by Selden Edwards, 2012. Eleanor has advance knowledge of every major event. Should she use her gifts to bend history to her will and give herself the life she knows she is meant to have? Read by Arlan Dohrenburg. 21 Br. Began Jan. 7


The Writer’s Voice
Monday – Friday 2 p.m.

Sugarhouse, Nonfiction by Matthew Batt, 2012. When ludicrous loss tested their marriage, Batt and his wife decided to homestead a house instead of calling it quits. They chose a dilapidated former crack house. Read by Hugh Jones. 10 Br. Began January 8.

Best Seat in the House, Nonfiction by Mark Rosen with Jim Bruton, 2012. In more than four decades at WCCO, Rosen has become one of the most popular and respected sports media celebrities in the Cities, the state, and region. He has covered many of the most memorable moments in Minnesota sports history. Read by Denny Laufenberger. 10 Br. Begins January 21.


Choice Reading
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

More Than You Know, Fiction by Penny Vincenzi, 2012. A privileged girl, Eliza Clark has a dazzling career as a fashion editor in 1960’s London. When she falls for Matt Shaw, a working-class boy, and ends up pregnant, she is expected to give up her lifestyle to get married. L – Read by Sue McDonald. 23 broadcasts. Began December 11.

Perlmann’s Silence, Fiction by Pascal Mercier, 2012. Phillip Perlmann is an internationally known linguist who has decided the solution to his lack of creativity is to plagiarize the work of a missing colleague. But when the colleague is going to show after all, Perlmann is driven to the brink of murder. Read by Don Lee. 25 broadcasts. Begins January 14.


PM Report
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Patriot of Persia, Nonfiction by Christopher De Bellaigue, 2012. On August 18, 1953, American and British intelligence agencies began a coup against Iran’s prime minister. His crime: he wanted to nationalize his country’s oil industry and he was a foe of the Shah. Read by Leila Poullada. 11 Br. Began Dec. 27.

No Easy Day, Nonfiction by Mark Owen, with Kevin Maurer, 2012. Written under a pseudonym, No Easy Day takes us to the third floor of Osama bin Laden’s compound along with the twenty-four-man team of Navy SEALs who took bin Laden’s life. L – Read by Art Nyhus. 8 broadcasts. Begins January 14.

The Syrian Rebellion, Nonfiction by Fouad Ajami, 2012. When the Arab Spring exploded across the Middle East, it was no surprise that the eruption in Syria came after others. The Syrians took their time, knowing they were in for a grim and bloody struggle. Read by Marylyn Burridge. 9 Br. Begins January 24.


Night Journey
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Chasing Midnight, Fiction by Randy Wayne White, 2012. When Doc Ford goes underwater to look at a Russian black marketeer billionaire’s yacht, he has no idea that his world is changing above the surface. Extremists have taken control of the island and threaten to kill one hostage every hour. L – Read by Neil Bright. 12 broadcasts. Begins January 10. 

The Beautiful Mystery, Fiction by Louise Penny, 2012. When the Québec monastery’s choir director is murdered, Chief Inspector Gamache and Inspector Jean-Guy Beauvoir discover disquiet beneath the silence and discord in the harmony. L – Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. 16 broadcasts. Begins January 28.

Off the Shelf
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

The Twelve Rooms of the Nile, Fiction by Enid Shomer, 2012. Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert couldn’t have been more different from each other. But while traveling the Nile, they met and developed a friendship marked by intelligence, humor, and tenderness.  L – Read by Isla Hejny. 19 Br. Began January 8.


Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

Living, Thinking, Looking, Nonfiction by Siri Hustvedt, 2012. Known primarily as a novelist, Hustvedt has also produced a growing body of nonfiction. In these essays, she writes of her life; memory, emotion, and the imagination; and about visual art. Read by Judy Woodward. 14 broadcasts. Begins January 10.

The Tree of the Doves, Nonfiction by Christopher Merrill, 2012. In three extended essays, Christopher Merrill poses fundamental but provocative questions. Read by Jim Gregorich. 11 broadcasts. Begins January 30.


Good Night Owl
MondayFriday midnight

The Forgetting Tree, Fiction by Tatjana Soli, 2012. After devoting her life to her ex-husband’s citrus ranch, Claire faces a potentially fatal illness and chooses a caretaker very unlike herself. L,S – Read by Kristi Sullivan. 14 broadcasts. Began January 8.

The Solitary House, Fiction by Lynn Shepherd, 2012. Charles Maddox makes a living tracking down criminals but his latest case has escalated into something more major than he had expected. V,S – Read by Eileen Barratt. 12 broadcasts. Begins January 28.


After Midnight
Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Pure, Fiction by Julianna Baggott, 2012. Some escaped the apocalypse unmarked. They are called Pures, and they are safe inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Read by Jenny O’Brien. 12 broadcasts. Began January 4.

Ashfall, Fiction by Mike Mullin, 2011. When the supervolcano under Yellowstone erupts, the world changes and Alex struggles to survive. V – Read by Peter Danbury. 11 broadcasts. Begins January 22.


Abbreviations: V – violence, L – offensive language, S – sexual situations

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