Radio Talking Book – January 2023

New year, new books  Radio Talking Book is excited to start 2023 with 20 new books premiering. Only one book […]

Find out what we're reading this month on the Radio Talking Bok

New year, new books 

Radio Talking Book is excited to start 2023 with 20 new books premiering. Only one book will be rebroadcast this month. Staff invite listeners to suggest new books, by going to 

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The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. 


Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 
Opioid Reckoning, nonfiction by Amy Sullivan, 2021. A captivating look at the complexity and the humanity of the opioid epidemic. Read by Carl Voss. 12 broadcasts; begins Tue, Jan. 10. – L 

How the World Really Works, nonfiction by Vaclav Smil, 2022. An essential analysis of the modern science and technology that makes our 21st century lives possible—a scientist’s investigation into what science really does, and does not, accomplish. Read by Jack Rossmann. 15 broadcasts; begins Thu, Jan. 26. 

Past is Prologue* 

Monday – Friday 11 a.m. 
Crown & Sceptre, nonfiction by Tracy Borman, 2022. A sweeping narrative of the British monarchy illuminating one of history’s most iconic and enduring legacies. Read by John Holden. 22 broadcasts; begins Wed, Jan. 4. 


Monday – Friday 12 p.m. 
Theatre of Marvels, fiction by Lianna Dillsworth, 2022. A riveting journey across Victorian London and an unforgettable tale of race, identity and a woman’s reclamation of her fate. Read by Brenda Powell. 12 broadcasts; begins Wed, January 4. 

Olav Audunssøn 1: Vows, fiction by Sigrid Undset, 2020. The initial volume in the Nobel Prize–winning author’s tumultuous, epic story of medieval Norway—the first new English translation in nearly a century. Read by Don Lee. 15 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 23. 

The Writer’s Voice* 

Monday – Friday 1 p.m. 
Seven Aunts, nonfiction by Staci Lola Drouillard, 2022. Part memoir, part cultural history, these memories of seven aunts holding home and family together tell a crucial, often overlooked story of women of the 20th century. Read by Carol McPherson. 15 broadcasts; begins Wed, Jan. 11. – L 

Choice Reading* 

Monday – Friday 2 p.m. 
Carnival Lights, fiction by Chris Stark 2021. A novel ranging from reverie to nightmare and back again in a lyrical yet unflinching story of an Ojibwe family’s struggle to hold onto their land, their culture and each other. Read by Andrea Bell. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 16. – L 

Afternoon Report* 

Monday – Friday 4 p.m. 
A Brief History of Equality, nonfiction by Thomas Piketty, 2022. The world’s leading economist of inequality presents a short but sweeping and surprisingly optimistic history of human progress toward equality despite crises, disasters, and backsliding. Read by Stevie Ray. 11 broadcasts; begins Wed, Jan. 18. 

Night Journey* 

Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 
Something Wicked, fiction by David Housewright, 2022. A hardboiled mystery about a retired detective who gets talked into doing an old friend a favor involving a castle, a family fighting over an inheritance, and at least one mysterious death. Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 9. – L 

One-Shot Harry, fiction by Gary Phillips, 2022. Armed with his wits, his camera, and occasionally his Colt .45, “One-Shot” Harry plunges headfirst into the seamy underbelly of 1963 Los Angeles. Read by John Gunter. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 23. – L, S 

Off the Shelf* 

Monday – Friday 8 p.m. 
Home Or Away, fiction by Kathleen West, 2022. A story about overcoming our pasts, confronting our futures, and the sustaining bonds of female friendship. Read by Michele Potts. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 2. – L, S 

The Sisters Mao, fiction by Gavin McCrea, 2022. Against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution and Europe’s sexual revolution, the fates of two families in London and Beijing become unexpectedly intertwined. Read by Therese Murray. 19 broadcasts; begins Tue, Jan. 17. – L, S, R 


Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 
Rogues, nonfiction by Patrick Radden Keefe, 2022. An enthralling and deeply human portrait of criminals and rascals, as well as those who stand up against them. Read by Dan Sadoff. 18 broadcasts; begins Thu, Jan. 5. – L, V, G 

Good Night Owl* 

Monday – Friday 10 p.m. 
The Marylebone Drop (rebroadcast), fiction by Mick Herron, 2018. A retired British Intelligence operative stumbles across an event that proves to be both suspicious and deadly. Read by John Beal. 3 broadcasts; begins Tue, Jan. 3. – V 

Undiscovered Country, fiction by Lin Enger, 2020. A bold reinvention of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and a hair-bristling story of betrayal, revenge, and the possibilities of forgiveness. Read by John Schmidt. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 9. 

The Barrens, fiction by Kurt Johnson & Ellie Johnson, 2022. This riveting debut is at once a white-water adventure, coming-of-age novel, and tale of tragic love. Read by Jodi Lindskog. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 23. – L, S, G 

RTB After Hours* 

Monday – Friday 11 p.m. 
Part of Your World, fiction by Abby Jimenez, 2022. A charming story of an unlikely small-town romance between a surgeon and a carpenter. Read by Michelle Juntunen. 13 broadcasts; begins Thu, Jan 5. – L, S 

To Marry and to Meddle, fiction by Martha Waters, 2022. An ingenious, laugh-out-loud and sweepingly romantic historical rom-com about a seasoned debutante and a rakish theater owner as they navigate a complicated marriage of convenience. Read by Holly Sylvester. 11 broadcasts; begins Tue, Jan. 24. – S 

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat. presents Inspired by Matt Richtel, read by Beverly Burchett. 

For the Younger Set, 1 a.m. Sun. presents The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill, read by Pat Muir.

Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents The Only Worlds We Know by Michael Lee, read by Jim Ahrens, followed by The More Extravagant Feast by Leah Naomi Green, read by Mary Knatterud. 

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents The View from Split Rock by Lee Radzak, read by Karen Ray; followed by The Pride of Minnesota by Thom Henninger, read by Jim Gregorich. 

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