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The Avid Reader
with Sam Hankin

The Avid Reader on WCHE

There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.
      – Christopher Morley (1890-1957)

Join independent bookseller Sam Hankin every Monday from 5:00-6:00 to hear all about the next book you’ll fall in love with. You’ll stay up to date on the latest releases and the biggest book phenomenons from Harry Potter to Steig Larsson. Special attention is paid to current book club favorites, book-related happenings in the area, and the fascinating world of rare and antiquarian books. Plus, listen for interviews with some of your favorite local and national authors.

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Scheduled Guests and Discussions:
December 28
Broadcast with Charles Belfoure: House of Thieves
December 21
REBROADCAST of The Avid Reader Best Books of 2015
December 14
Broadcast with Anthony Marra: The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories
December 7
Broadcast with Caitlin Doughty: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
November 30
Broadcast with Virginia Baily: Early One Morning
November 23
Broadcast of The Avid Reader Best Books of 2015
November 16
Broadcast with Isabel Allende: The Japanese Lover

Isabel Allende will appear at The Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, November 12 at 7:30PM » Tickets & information

November 9
Broadcast with Mary Gaitskill: The Mare

Mary Gaitskill will appear at The Free Library of Philadelphia on Monday, November 23 at 7:30PM (Free) » Event information

November 2
Broadcast with David Mitchell: Slade House
October 26
Broadcast with Lauren Groff: Fates and Furies

Lauren Groff will appear at The Free Library of Philadelphia on
Monday, December 14 at 7:30PM (Free) » Event information

October 19
Broadcast with Geraldine Brooks: The Secret Chord
October 12
Broadcast with Amy Stewart: Girl Waits with Gun
October 5
Broadcast with Annie Jacobsen: The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
September 28
Broadcast with Anil Ananthaswamy: The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self
September 21
REBROADCAST -- Erika Swyler: The Book of Speculation
September 14
Broadcast with Bill Clegg: Did You Ever Have A Family

September 7
REBROADCAST -- Erika Swyler: The Book of Speculation
( Editors #9 Best Books of the Year So Far 2015)
August 31
Broadcast with Julia Pierpont: Among the Ten Thousand Things
August 24
Broadcast with Sophie McManus: The Unfortunates
August 17
Broadcast with Kate Walbert: The Sunken Cathedral
August 10
Broadcast with Aatish Taseer: The Way Things Were
August 3
REBROADCAST -- Emily St. John Mandel: Station Eleven
July 27
Broadcast with Emily Mitchell: Viral: Stories
July 20
Broadcast with Courtney Maum: I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You
July 13
Broadcast with Matthew Thomas: We Are Not Ourselves
July 6
Broadcast with J.C. Hallman: B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal
June 29
Broadcast with Sy Montgomery: The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
June 22
Broadcast with Erika Swyler: The Book of Speculation
June 15
Broadcast with Lauren Acampora: Wonder Garden
June 8
Broadcast with Laura Dave: Eight Hundred Grapes
June 1
Broadcast with H.W. Brands: Reagan: The Life*

H.W. Brands will appear at The Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, June 4 at 7:30pm » Event information

May 25
Broadcast with James Hannaham: Delicious Foods
May 18
Broadcast with Judith Claire Mitchell: A Reunion of Ghosts
May 11
Broadcast with Abigail Thomas: What Comes Next and How to Like It
May 4
REBROADCAST: Adam Pelzman: Troika
April 27
Broadcast with M.O. Walsh: My Sunshine Away
April 20
Broadcast with Daniel Galera: Blood-Drenched Beard
April 13
Broadcast with Col. Chris Hadfield: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

Col. Hadfield will also appear at The Free Library of Philadelphia on Sunday, April 19 at 4pm    » Event registration

April 6
Broadcast with Sarah Gerard: Binary Star
March 30
Broadcast with T.C. Boyle: The Harder They Come

T.C. Boyle will also appear at The Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, April 2 at 7:30pm    » Event registration

March 23
Broadcast with Tania James: The Tusk That Did the Damage

Tania James will also appear at The Free Library of Philadelphia on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30pm     » Event registration

March 16
Broadcast with Matteo Pericoli: Windows on the World: Fifty Writers, Fifty Views
March 9
Broadcast with William Nicholson: Amherst
March 2
Broadcast with Katherine Heiny: Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories
February 23
Broadcast with Rebecca Scherm: Unbecoming: A Novel
February 16
Broadcast with Alexandra Fuller: Leaving Before the Rain Comes
February 9
Broadcast with Paula Hawkins: The Girl on the Train
February 2
REBROADCAST: Emily St. John Mandel: Station Eleven
January 26
Broadcast with S.M. Hulse: Black River
January 19
Broadcast with Christina Baker Kline: Orphan Train
January 12
Broadcast with Emma Hooper: Etta and Otto and Russell and James
January 5
Broadcast with Nathan Filer: The Shock of the Fall
Scheduled Guests and Discussions:
December 29
REBROADCAST: David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
December 22
REBROADCAST: The Avid Reader's Best Books of 2014 with Donna McFadden, Manager of Wellington Square Books, and Sam Hankin, Host of The Avid Reader Show
December 15
Broadcast with Paul Strohm, Chaucer's Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury
December 8
Broadcast with Stanley Warren, Poetry
December 1
The Avid Reader's Best Books of 2014 with Donna McFadden, Manager of Wellington Square Books, and Sam Hankin, Host of The Avid Reader Show
November 24
Broadcast with Assaf Gavron, The Hilltop
November 17
Broadcast with Mandy Aftel, Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent
November 10
Broadcast with Johanna Skibsrud, Quartet for the End of Time
November 3
Broadcast with Nell Zink, The Wallcreeper
October 27
Broadcast with Theodore Gray, Molecules: The Elements and Architecture of Everything
October 20
Broadcast with Azar Nafisi, The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

The Avid Reader Interview with Azar Nafisi - October 20th on WCHE 1520 AM Radio

Azar Nafisi will also appear at The Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30pm

October 13

Broadcast with Charles Seife, Virtual Unreality: Just Because the Internet Told You, How Do You Know It's True? (6/26/2014 HB)
October 6
Broadcast with Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
September 29
Broadcast with Maria Venegas, Bulletproof Vest: The Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter
September 22
Broadcast with Ellen Cooney, The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances
September 15
Broadcast with David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks

The Avid Reader Interview with David Mitchell - September 15th on WCHE 1520 AM Radio
David will also be appearing at:
The Free Library of Philadelphia on Friday, September 19, 7:30pm     » Details
September 8

Broadcast with Dave Goldberg, The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality
September 1
Broadcast with Cristina Henriquez, The Book of the Unknown Americans
August 25
Broadcast with James McBride, The Good Lord Bird
August 18
Broadcast with Amy Bloom, Lucky Us
August 11
Broadcast with Paul Bogard, The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light
August 4
Broadcast with Kevin Birmingham, The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses
July 28
Broadcast with Katie Crouch, Abroad
July 21
Broadcast with John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge,
The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State
July 14
Broadcast with Jojo Moyes, One Plus One and Me Before You
July 7
Broadcast with Laline Paull, The Bees
June 30
Broadcast with Sam Kean, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons
June 23
Broadcast with Karina Wolf, The Insomniacs
June 16
Broadcast with Julia Fierro, Cutting Teeth
June 9
Broadcast with Maggie Shipstead, Astonish Me
June 2
Broadcast with Julia Glass, And the Dark Sacred Night
May 26
Broadcast with Adam Pelzman, Troika
May 19
Broadcast with David James Poissant, The Heaven of Animals
May 12
Broadcast with Rivka Galchen, American Innovations
May 5
Broadcast with Michael Smerconish, Talk: A Novel
April 28
Broadcast with Bee Ridgway, The River of No Return
April 21
Broadcast with Dinaw Mengestu, All Our Names
April 14
Broadcast with Alice LaPlante, A Circle of Wives
April 7
Broadcast with Akhil Sharma, Family Life
March 31
Broadcast with Charles Belfoure, The Paris Architect
March 24
Broadcast with Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds
March 17
Broadcast with Daniel Levine, Hyde
March 10
Broadcast with Phil Klay, Redeployment
March 3
Broadcast with Elisabeth Elo, North of Boston
February 24
Broadcast with Helene Wicker, The Golem and the Jinni
February 17
Broadcast with Lara Vaspynar, The Scent of Pine
February 10
REBROADCAST of Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers
February 3
Broadcast with Sherril Tippins, Inside the Dream Palace
January 27
Broadcast with Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings
January 20
Broadcast with Gary Shteyngart, Little Failure
January 13
Broadcast with Elizabeth Stroudt editor of Best American Short Stories 2013
January 6
Broadcast with Will Hylton, Vanished
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