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WCHE's The Avid Reader show, hosted by independent bookseller Sam Hankin, keeps you up to date on the latest releases. Plus, listen for interviews with some of your favorite local and national authors.

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     WCHE The Avid Reader Show Past Programs          2010       2011      2012      2013
List of Past Guests:
December 16
Broadcast with Jane Christmas, And Then There Were Nuns
December 9
Broadcast with J. Michael Lennon, Norman Mailer: A Double Life
December 2
Broadcast with Robb Cadigan, Phoenixville Rising
November 25
Broadcast with Daniel Menaker, My Mistake
November 18
Broadcast with Kelly A. Barson, 45 Pounds more or less
November 11
Broadcast with Ezekiel Emanuel, Brothers Emanuel
November 4
Broadcast with Kristina Morgan, A Mind Without a Home
October 28
Broadcast with Leah Hager Cohen, I don't know
October 21
Broadcast with Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project
August 26
REBROADCAST Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
August 19
Broadcast with Ivy Pochoda, Visitation Street
August 12
Broadcast with Jessica Lott, The Rest of Us
August 5
Broadcast with Emily Croy Barker, The Thinking Women's Guide to Real Magic
July 29
REBROADCAST Claire Vaye Watkins, Battleborn Stories
July 22
REBROADCAST Ramona Ausubel, No One is Here Except All of Us
July 15
Broadcast with Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
July 8
REBROADCAST Kij Johnson, At the Mouth of the River of Bees
June 24
Broadcast with Ramona Ausubel, No One Is Here Except All of Us
June 17
REBROADCAST Vaddey Ratner, In the Shadow of the Banyan
June 10
Broadcast with Kij Johnson, At The Mouth of the River with Bees
June 3
Broadcast with Lauren Groff, Arcadia
May 27
REBROADCAST Chris Cleave, Gold
May 20
Broadcast with Nathaniel Rich, Odds Against Tomorrow
May 13
Broadcast with Jeff Noon, Vurt
May 6
Broadcast with Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers
April 29
REBROADCAST Peter Heller, The Dog Stars
April 22
REBROADCAST Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master's Son
which just won the Pulitzer prize for fiction.
April 15
Broadcast with Mary Roach, Gulp. Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
April 8
Broadcast with Karen Russell, Swamplandia!
April 1
Broadcast with Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
March 25
REBROADCAST Jess Walters, Beautiful Ruins
March 18
Broadcast with Hugh Howey, Wool
March 11
Broadcast with Claire Vaye Watkins, Battleborn
March 4
REBROADCAST Susan Cain, Quiet
February 25
Broadcast with George Saunders, Tenth of December: Stories
February 18
Broadcast with Lawrence Krauss, A Universe From Nothing
February 11
Broadcast with B.A. Shapiro, The Art Forger
February 4
January 28
REBROADCAST Alex Gilvarry, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant
January 21
Broadcast with Shalom Auslander, Hope, A Tragedy
January 14
Broadcast with David Finch, Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome and One Manís Quest to Be a Better Husband
January 7
Broadcast with Carol Anshaw, Carry The One
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List of Past Guests:
December 17
Broadcast with Rudy Rucker, Turing and Burroughs
December 10
Broadcast with Naomi Benaron, Running the Rift
December 3
Broadcast with A M Homes, May We Be Forgiven
November 26
REBROADCAST Ben Marcus, The Flame Alphabet
November 19
Broadcast with Jon Ronson, Lost At Sea
November 12
Broadcast with David Abrams, Fobbit
November 5
Live Broadcast with Sam Hankin
October 29
Broadcast with Craig Brown, Hello, Goodbye, Hello
October 22
Broadcast with Rich Horton, The Yearís Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2012
October 15
Broadcast with Sadie Stein, The Paris Review: Object Lessons
October 8
Broadcast with Justin Torres, We The Animals
October 1
Broadcast with Vaddey Ratner, In The Shadow of the Banyan
September 24
Broadcast with Don Lee, The Collective
September 17
Broadcast with Peter Heller, The Dog Stars
September 10
Broadcast with Sam Kean, The Violinist Thumb
September 3
REBROADCAST Adam Johnson, The Orphan Masterís Son
August 27
Broadcast with Charles Yu , Sorry Please Thank You
August 20
Broadcast with Christopher McDougal, Born To Run
August 13
Broadcast with Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles
August 6
Broadcast with Chris Cleave, Gold
July 30
Broadcast with April Bernard, Miss Fuller
July 23
Broadcast with Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins
July 16
Broadcast with Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
July 9
Broadcast with Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
July 2
REBROADCAST Lisa Genova, Left Neglected and Still Alice
June 25
Broadcast with Alice LaPlante, Turn of Mind
June 18
Broadcast with Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve
June 11
Broadcast with Susan Cain, Quiet
June 4
Broadcast with Tom Standage, An Edible History of Humanity
May 28
May 21
Broadcast with Jennifer Egan, A Visit From The Goon Squad
May 14
Broadcast with Lionel Shriver, The New Republic
May 7
Broadcast with Joshua Foer, Moonwalking with Einstein
April 30
Broadcast with Samuel Park, This Burns My Heart
April 23
Broadcast with Stewart O’Nan, The Odds & Emily, Alone
April 16
Broadcast with Dana Spiotta, Stone Arabia
April 9
Broadcast with Audrey Schulman, 3 Weeks In December
April 2
Broadcast with Liz Moore, Heft
March 26
Broadcast with Adam Wilson, Flatscreen
March 19
Broadcast with Margot Livesey, The Flight of Gemma Hardy
March 12
Broadcast with Eleanor Brown, The Weird Sisters
March 5
Broadcast with Ben Marcus, The Flame Alphabet
February 27
Broadcast with Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master's Son
February 20
Broadcast with Alex Gilvarry, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant
February 13
Broadcast with Phillip Freeman, Oh My Gods
February 6
Broadcast with Ryan Boudinot, Blueprints of the Afterlife
January 30
Broadcast with Alexis Smith, Glaciers
January 23
Broadcast with Ayad Akhtar, American Dervish
January 16
Live Broadcast with Jill McDevitt, Fighting The Crusade Against Sex
January 2
Replay: Jerry Blavat, author of You Only Rock Once
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Partial List of Past Guests:
December 26
Replay: Amor Towles, author of Rules Of Civility
December 19
To be announced
December 12
Sam welcomes Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum, authors of I Want My MTV, a social and cultural history of the golden age of music videos that details the reasons for MTV’s complete transformation away from them, complete with more than 400 interviews with the performers and players involved in its demise.
December 5
Sam speaks with Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Why Read Moby Dick?  Philbrick, a frequent contributor to Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and other publications of merit, believes Moby Dick is the greatest American novel ever published, with relevance and wisdom that can be applied to explain every event in history and current affairs.
November 28
Sam speaks with Drew Magary, author of The Post Mortal, a fast paced novel set in the future when a cure for aging – not dying – has been discovered that enables people to be forever young and vital until death in the form of disease, an accident, suicide, or murder finds them, in perhaps a thousand years or so.
November 21
Sam welcomes Sharon Kay Penman, prodigious author of historical fiction whose recent bestseller, Lionheart, is a lengthy and carefully researched tome about the medieval Crusader King, Richard the Lionheart and his legendary rival, Saladin.
November 14
Sam is joined by Josh Cody, author of [sic], who was a brilliant composer about to receive his PhD from Columbia University when he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.  This is his carefully charted struggle to manage his illness and survive it.
November 7
Sam speaks with Julia Scheeres, author of A Thousand Lives; The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown. Drawing from thousands of recently declassified FBI documents, audiotapes, and photographs, Scheeres pieces together an unprecedented and compelling account of pseudo-preacher Jim Jones and his doomed followers in Guyana.
October 31
Ann Enright, a celebrated Irish author and winner of the Man Booker Prize, discusses her latest novel, The Forgotten Waltz, a poignant story of love, betrayal and the complications of marriage, family, and friendship.
October 24
Sam welcomes Diana Abu Jaber, author of Birds Of Paradise, about a family trying to make sense of the loss of their teenage daughter who ran away from home at 15.  The mother is a pastry chef and sugar becomes a metaphor for life in this richly crafted novel set in Miami.
October 17
Sam speaks with Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost In Shangri La, the amazing true story of two men and one woman whose military plane crashed near the end of World War II in a remote section of New Guinea inhabited by a violent native tribe.  This is the story of their ordeal, survival, and the incredible attempts to rescue them against all odds.
October 10
Sam speaks with author Lisa Genova, who has a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University.  Her latest book, Left Neglected, a compelling New York Times best seller, focuses on a young mother whose life is permanently altered by a bizarre brain injury and her efforts to restore normalcy.
October 3
Sam speaks with Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a spine-tingling fantasy for readers of all ages.  Riggs incorporates vintage photos into his book as an integral part of his tale about children with special powers who must live on an otherwise deserted island or face unimagined consequences.  The movie rights for this book were sold within months of publication in an unheard-of bidding war and a sequel has already been announced.
September 26
Sam Hankin speaks with Michael Byers, best selling author of Percival’s Planet, a provocative historical novel set in the depression-era 1920's and 30's that chronicles the search for the planet Pluto and the lives of the scientists looking for it.  Byers skillfully weaves the stories of real people into those of his fictional characters to create a tale that incorporates the scientific aspects of the find along with romance, intrigue, and humor.  A fascinating and informative read!
September 19
Tune in to The Avid Reader program to hear Sam Hankin, owner of Wellington Square Bookshop, talk with James Reeves, author of The Road To Somewhere, a photo memoir of one's man's journey across America to find himself, his country, his past, and his future.  This is a beautifully written, exquisitely photographed book, as compelling to look at as it is to read.  Mr. Reeves positions each photograph alongside a page containing a memory or observation, many deeply personal, all related to his search for his place in America.
September 12
Best selling author Nina Burleigh joins Sam for a discussion of her novel, Fatal Gift Of Beauty, a carefully researched real life account of the trials of pretty American student Amanda Knox, found guilty in Italy in 2009 for the murder of her roommate.  The verdict was heavily influenced by police mismanagement and the Italian press who sensationalized her case and portrayed her as remorseless and self-serving.  Knox is now appealing her conviction.
September 5
Best selling author Tea Obreht joins Sam for a discussion of her novel,  The Tiger’s Wife.  Tea was recently named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty and included in the National Book Foundation's list of 5 Under 35. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's, and The Guardian, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories.
August 29
Jerry Blavat, You Only Rock once: My Life In Music
August 22
Lev Grossman, The Magician King
August 15
Amor Towles, author of Rules of Civility
August 8
Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee and Incendiary
August 1
Stefan Merrill Block, author of The Storm at the Door
July 25
Lily King, author of Father of the Rain, a New York Times editor's choice book
July 18
Michael Sims, whose new biography of E.B. White, The Story of Charlotte's Web, has been featured on NPR and in USA Today.

Also, join us at Wellington Square Bookshop on Thursday, July 28th from 7:00-9:00PM for a signing by Michael Sims and a Charlotte's Web giveaway
July 11
Kate Christensen, author of The Astral (2011) and The Great Man, which won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner award
July 4
An interview with Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe and one of five authors under 35 as selected by the National Book Foundation in 2007
June 27
David J. Linden, author of The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning and Gambling Feel So Good
June 20
Craig Johnson, author of Hell is Empty and six other Walt Longmire mysteries (coming soon to A&E!)
June 13
Erik Larson, author of In the Garden of Beasts and Devil in the White City
June 6
Geraldine Brooks, author of Caleb's Crossing, People of the Book and Year of Wonders
May 30
RERUN of November 15, 2010 show:
Interview with Tatiana de Rosnay, author of book club favorite Sarah's Key
May 23
Jean Thompson, author of The Year We Left Home.
Read the New York Times review here!
May 16
Alice Ozma, author of the Reading Promise
May 9
Sam interviews Pulitzer and National Book Award finalist Adam Haslett, author of Union Atlantic.
Read the New York Times review here!

May 2
A round table with local visual artists
April 25
Peter Mountford, author of A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism
April 18
Arthur Phillips, author of Prague and The Tragedy of Arthur
April 11
Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin and So Much for That
April 4
David Halperin, author of Journal of a UFO Investigator
March 28
Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here, the #1 Indie Next List pick for February
March 21
Bradford Morrow, author of the Diviner's Tale and editor of Conjunctions literary magazine

March 14
Justin Kramon talks to Sam about his debut novel Finny, a coming-of-age tale set at a Maryland boarding school and featuring a "Dickensian coterie" of secondary characters.
March 7
Novelist Tťa Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife, talks to Sam about writing and being named one of the New Yorker's twenty best American fiction writers under forty
February 28
Guitarist Zak Theis and poet Jeff Mastroberti join Sam in the studio to share their work
February 21
An interview with Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!
Read the front page review by the New York Times
February 14
An Interview with Kim Edwards, author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter and Lake of Dreams
February 7
An interview with Michael Sims, editor of The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime
January 31
Interview with Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner and author of Strength in What Remains and Mountains Beyond Mountains
January 24
Interview with Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe and one of five authors under 35 as selected by the National Book Foundation in 2007
January 17
Chris Cleave, author of Little Bee
January 10
An excerpt from The Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne of The Talking Heads
January 3
Susan Weidener, author of Again in a Heartbeat
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Partial List of Past Guests:
December 27
Discussing Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, 2010's bestselling Vietnam War novel
December 20
An interview with Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
December 13
An interview with bestselling novelist Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between Us and The Weight of Heaven
December 6
Singer-songwriter Jessica Whitlatch and holiday gift guide
November 29
Interview with Paul Harding, 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for Tinkers
November 22
Interview with Caldecott Award-winning author Jen Bryant
November 15
Interview with Tatiana de Rosnay, author of book club favorite Sarah's Key
November 8
An Introduction to the Avid Reader
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