Books available through library services
Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available through the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault. The catalog is online at Minnesota DEED’s website; click on the links to find Publications Available and the Programming Schedule. Persons living outside of Minnesota may obtain copies of books via an inter-library loan by contacting their home state’s Network Library for the National Library Service.
Listen to the Minnesota Radio Talking Book, either live or archived programs, on the Internet at https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/ssb/rtb/ or on handheld devices via the SERO app (iOS or Android). Call the Talking Book Library for a password to the site. To find more information about Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network events go to the Facebook site, Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network. Call 1-800-722- 0550, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon through Fri with questions.
Audio information about the daily book listings is also on the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) Newsline. Register for the NFB Newsline by calling 651-539-1424. Access Press is featured on It Makes a Difference, 9 p.m. Sundays.
The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. Many more programs and books are available.
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Monday – Friday 6 a.m.
The Yugo, nonfiction by Jason Vuic, 2010. The story of the Yugo, an eastern European import car that gained an infamous reputation in the 1980s. Read by Jim Gregorich. Nine broadcasts; begins Thu, Nov. 14.
In Pursuit of Memory, nonfiction by Joseph Jebelli, 2017. Neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli theorizes that Alzheimer’s disease may be eradicated soon. Read by Pat Muir. 11 broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 27.
Past is Prologue*
Monday – Friday 11 a.m.
Black Flags, Blue Waters, nonfiction by Eric Jay Dolin, 2018. Historian Eric Jay Dolin describes the Golden Age of Piracy in the 17th and 18th centuries. Read by Stevie Ray. 13 broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 20.
Monday – Friday noon
The Price of Time, fiction by Tim Tigner, 2019. Would it be a blessing or curse to find the Fountain of Youth? While executives keep this discovery under wraps, investigator Zachary Chase becomes an unwitting threat to their secret. Read by Peter Danbury. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 18. – L
The Writer’s Voice*
Monday – Friday 1 p.m.
The Matriarch, nonfiction by Susan Page, 2019. Barbara Bush’s personal story reveals her as a fascinating, down-to-earth woman who held her own in a man’s world. Read by Jan Anderson. 16 broadcasts; begins Tues, Nov. 19.
Monday – Friday 2 p.m.
Swede Hollow, fiction by Ola Larsmo, 2019. Families emigrate from Sweden to a community in St. Paul, Minnesota in the late 19th century. Read by Carol McPherson. 15 broadcasts; begins Thu, Nov. 28.
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.
Fault Lines, nonfiction by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer, 2019. Two history professors examine US politics from 1974, a watershed year marked by President Nixon’s resignation. Read by Greg Olson. 16 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 18.
Monday – Friday 7 p.m.
Bark of Night, fiction by David Rosenfelt, 2019. A detective adopts a dog who was to be put down. Soon he learns that the dog belonged to a murder victim, and the man who ordered the dog’s death is the likely killer. Read by Neil Bright. Eight broadcasts; begins Tue, Nov. 12. – V
Off the Shelf*
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.
This Tender Land, fiction by William Kent Krueger, 2019. Four orphans escape in a canoe down the Minnesota River, encountering both friends and foes along the way. Read by Tom Speich. 15 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 18. – L, V
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.
Spying on the South, nonfiction by Tony Horwitz, 2019. Historian Tony Horwitz tells the story of 19th century journalist Frederick Law Olmsted, sent to report from the South during the Civil War. Read by Dan Sadoff. 19 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 18. – L
Good Night Owl*
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.
Parking the Moose, nonfiction by Dave Hall, 2019. Born and raised in Cleveland, comedian Dave Hall sets out to embrace his one-quarter Canadian roots. Read by Scott McKinney. 18 broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 27. – L
RTB After Hours*
Tuesday – Saturday 11 p.m.
This Storm, fiction by James Ellroy, 2019. It’s Los Angeles in 1942. When a body is unearthed in a storm, four people set out to find the victim’s story. Read by David Zierott. 24 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 18. – L, V, S
Weekend Program Books
Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat., presents Taking the Lead by Derek Hough (L); followed by More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth (L), both read by Beverly Burchett.
For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents Crap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson (L), read by Jim Tarbox.
Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents Mourning Songs by Grace Shulman, read by Scott McKinney; followed by Perennial by Kelly Forsythe (L), read by Cintra Godfrey; followed by The Poetry Remedy by William Sieghart, read by Scott McKinney.
The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents Diesel Heart by Melvin Whitfield Carter Jr. (V, S, L, R), read by John Mandeville; followed by Iron and Water by Grant J. Merritt, read by Dan Sadoff
Abbreviations: V – violent content, RE – racial epithets, L – strong language, G – gory descriptions, S – sexual situations