Radio Talking Book – March 2015

TB Books with Minnesota Connections The month of March has five books with Minnesota connections. The Art of Daring, which begins March […]

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TB Books with Minnesota Connections

The month of March has five books with Minnesota connections. The Art of Daring, which begins March 28 at 4 a.m., is published by Graywolf Press, which is a Minnesota publishing house. A Death in San Pietro, which begins March 25 at 9 a.m., is by Tim Brady, who lives in St. Paul. The Last Kind Word, which begins March 17 at 9 p.m., is also by a Minnesotan, David Housewright; as is The Keillor Reader, obviously by Garrison Keillor. That book began February 11 at 11 p.m.. And the author of Thorn Jack, which began February 19 at 1 a.m., is Katherine Harbour who went to college in Minneapolis.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Confidence Code, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipmen, and Rewire by Richard O’Connor, PhD.; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing sometimes never, sometimes always, by Elissa Janine Hoole, and The Peculiar, by Stephan Bachmann; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Underground, by Jim Moore, and The Overhaul, by Kathleen Jamie; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing On Stage with Kevin Kling, by Kevin Kling.

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 Search the Library Catalog. 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. Listen to the Minnesota Radio Talking Book, either live or archived programs from the last week, on the Internet Call the staff at the Radio for your password to the site.  

Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Creativity, Inc., Nonfiction by Ed Catmull, 2014. 14 Br. Begins March 10. As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. Building on the elements that have made Pixar such a success, Ed Catmull shares with us his ideas of unlocking creativity.  Read by Marylyn Burridge.

The Art of Daring, Nonfiction by Carl Phillips, 2014. 4 Br. Begins March 28. Author Phillips argues for restlessness as key to imagination, but also notes the risks imagination must take. After looking at works by major poets, he asks, “How is the restlessness that can lead to art all that different from sexual restlessness?” L,S – Read by Julie Bolton.

Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

The Roosevelts, Nonfiction by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, 2014. 12 Br. Began March 9. Theodore, Eleanor, and Franklin Roosevelt overcame obstacles that would have undone less forceful personalities. They were three extraordinary individuals from the same extraordinary family; no other American family ever touched so many lives. Read by Rachael Freed.

A Death in San Pietro, Nonfiction by Tim Brady, 2013. 8 Br. Begins March 25. In war ravaged Italy, near a small village north of Naples, the paths of three men crossed: platoon leader Captain Henry Waskow, award-winning journalist Ernie Pyle, and young filmmaker John Huston. They were about to make one of the great stories of World War II. L – Read by Phil Rosenbaum.

Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

A Star for Mrs. Blake, Fiction by April Smith, 2014. 12 Br. Began March 2. Five American women travel to France to visit the graves of their soldier sons buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery near Verdun. It is a pilgrimage that will change their lives in unforeseeable and indelible ways. Read by Pat Lelich.

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Fiction by Jan Karon, 2014. 14 Br. Begins March 18. When Father Tim arrives back in Mitford, he feels something is missing. Maybe he’s lost his passion. But others in Mitford are struggling with their passions as well. Does Mitford still take care of their own? Read by Carol Lewis.


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

Bootstrapper, Nonfiction by Mardi Jo Link, 2013. 9 Br. Began March 3. In the summer of 2005, Mardi Jo’s dream has unraveled into debt, heartbreak, and ragged cuticles. She and her husband have just called it quits. More broke than ever, she makes an impossible resolution: to hang on to her century-old farmhouse and raise her sons on well water, wood chopping and dirt. Read by Ann Reed.

Tibetan Peach PieNonfiction by Tom Robbins, 2014. 16 Br. Begins March 16. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Tom Robbins weaves together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globe-trotting adventures. He has led a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters.  L – Read by John Mandeville.

Choice Reading, Monday, Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, Fiction by Jonas Jonasson, 2014. 14 Br. Began March 3. Born in a tiny shack in South Africa, Nombeko Mayeki is orphaned at ten and knows the world expects her to die young – and nothing else. But she has other plans. L – Read by Sue McDonald.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Fiction by Gabrielle Zevin, 2014. 7 Br. Begins March 23. A.J. Fikry is isolating himself. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him – he sees them as a sign of a rapidly changing world. Then a mysterious package arrives and A.J. has the opportunity to make his life over. Read by Nancy Felknor.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

The Divide, Nonfiction by Matt Taibbi, 2014. 15 Br. Began March 2. The greatest challenge of contemporary American life is surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, ignores the crimes of the wealthy, and implicates all. It has become this way in the last two decades.  Read by June Prange.

The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, Nonfiction by Tim Harford, 2014. 10 Br. Begins March 23. Economics is no longer a topic we can ignore. From politicians to hedge fund managers to middle-class investors, everyone must pay attention to the global economy – how it affects us and how it works.  Read by Jack Rossmann.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

By Its Cover, Fiction by Donna Leon, 2014. 8 Br. Began March 5. Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a Venetian library. There have been thefts of rare travel books. Initially it seems the work of a visiting American professor. Read by Bonita Sindelir.

The Last Kind Word, Fiction by David Housewright, 2013. 12 Br. Begins March 17. Rushmore McKenzie is doing a favor for the ATF, trying to find a cache of illegal guns. They give him a fake I.D. so he can infiltrate the gunrunners, which seems like a bad idea at the time. L – Read by Chuck Torrey.


Off the Shelf, Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

Madame Picasso, Fiction by Anne Girard, 2014. 16 Br. Began March 2. Eva Gouel was working at the Moulin Rouge when she caught the eye of Pablo Picasso. What started as an affair became the first great love of Picasso’s life. S – Read by Carolyn Light Bell.

Us Conductors, Fiction by Sean Michaels, 2014. 13 Br. Begins March 18. Lev Termen went from life as a scientist in St. Petersburg to life as a spy in Manhattan where he fell in love with Clara. In Russia, he is imprisoned but his love remains constant. L – Read by Peter Danbury.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Berlin Now, Nonfiction by Peter Schneider, 2014. 13 Br. Began March 5. Berlin is a vibrant city with a thriving artistic community. Peter Schneider takes us on an insider’s tour of this rapidly metamorphosing metropolis.  L,S – Read by John Potts.

Taking Liberties, Nonfiction by Robert Boston, 2014. 6 Br. Begins March 24. Religious freedom is an individual right, not a license allowing religious organizations to discriminate against and control others. Author Boston makes recommendations resolving clashes   between religious-liberty claims and individual rights. Read by John Demma.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Tigerman, Fiction by Nick Harkaway, 2014. 15 Br. Begins March 11. Sergeant Lester Ferris is about to retire and moved to the island of Mancreu, a former British colony in legal limbo, facing destruction by an international community concerned for safety. When he befriends a street kid, Lester finds a purpose in protecting him. L – Read by Tom Price.

After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

BeltaneFiction by Christine Malec, 2014. 29 Br. Begins March 11In 1558, Margarete and her servant leave France for Scotland to fulfill a bargain made by others. Caught in the schemes of others, Margarete is forced to look for the sources of her own power. S – Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.

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

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