Arts & Culture http://kvpr.org en Gerald Haslam Recalls Tragic Story Of Athlete Leon Patterson With New Book http://kvpr.org/post/gerald-haslam-recalls-tragic-story-athlete-leon-patterson-new-book <p>Author <a href="http://www.geraldhaslam.com/">Gerald Haslam</a> is something of a literary renaissance man. A historian, novelist, essayist and biographer, he is one of California’s most respected writers, and has devoted much of his career to telling stories about life in the Central Valley.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">His writing is much like the region he comes from: direct, unpretentious, and often filled with surprising depth and color. </span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:14:17 +0000 Joe Moore 35029 at http://kvpr.org Gerald Haslam Recalls Tragic Story Of Athlete Leon Patterson With New Book Anne Marcella's "Miss Carmen" on Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/anne-marcellas-miss-carmen-valley-writers-read <p>This week on Valley Writers Read, Anne Marcella reads “Miss Carmen.”&nbsp; The story is about Carmen, an immigrant from Chile, who worked here in the Central Valley as a housekeeper for several wealthy society women .&nbsp; But just because she's a servant, doesn't mean that she's servile.&nbsp; Oh, no!&nbsp; Just the opposite.&nbsp; She falls in love with Manuel; but he has other ideas.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:34:27 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 35453 at http://kvpr.org Anne Marcella's "Miss Carmen" on Valley Writers Read "Oh, Those Gutsy Geezers" on Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/oh-those-gutsy-geezers-valley-writers-read <p>This week on Valley Writers Read, Jacklin and Ed Hibler read “Oh, Those Gutsy Geezers.”&nbsp;&nbsp;You'll hear a story &nbsp;about a retired couple who, after working many years, thought they were ready to retire, but, because they unfortunately had lost all their money, had to start over again. They get many bizarre jobs working for eccentric bosses.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 02:30:05 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 35452 at http://kvpr.org "Oh, Those Gutsy Geezers" on Valley Writers Read Kathryn Johnstone's 'Two Surgeries, One Voice' And Ed Miller's 'Done Deal' On Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/kathryn-johnstones-two-surgeries-one-voice-and-ed-millers-done-deal-valley-writers-read <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on Valley Writers Read we hear two stories:&nbsp; Kathryn </span>Johnstone<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reads “Two Surgeries, One Voice” and Ed Miller reads “Done Deal.”&nbsp; The first story is about two operations – one went just fine, the other, very much awry.&nbsp; The second story is about Nash, a sleazy criminal type, who wants to sell a car full of stolen goods over in Richmond, but barely survives a physical attack by the supposed buyers of the contraband.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:23:00 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 33969 at http://kvpr.org Kathryn Johnstone's 'Two Surgeries, One Voice' And Ed Miller's 'Done Deal' On Valley Writers Read Burlee Vang's 'Polaroids of Tom' On Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/burlee-vangs-polaroids-tom-valley-writers-read-0 <p>This week on Valley Writers Read, author&nbsp;Burlee Vang reads his story&nbsp;“Polaroids of Tom.”&nbsp; The story is about the author's younger brother Tom who was born with a fatal deformity.&nbsp; He lived for only a week.&nbsp;&nbsp; And then we learn that when his mother went to get a re-fill for the medicine she'd been taking, she was told&nbsp; it was the wrong medicine.&nbsp; So we're left to wonder if the medicine she'd been taking had anything to do with the baby's demise.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:12:06 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 33968 at http://kvpr.org Burlee Vang's 'Polaroids of Tom' On Valley Writers Read C.B. Mosher's 'Med School Culture Shock' On Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/cb-moshers-med-school-culture-shock-valley-writers-read <p>This week on Valley Writers Read, local author C.B. Mosher reads his story “Med School Culture Shock.”&nbsp;&nbsp; The program deals with what it takes to become a licensed medical doctor.&nbsp; Our author, who is a physician, describes the struggles he faced going to med school.&nbsp; You have to pass many lecture and lab classes that familiarize you with medical concepts, practices and&nbsp; procedures – not to mention residences in various hospitals.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:08:11 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 33967 at http://kvpr.org C.B. Mosher's 'Med School Culture Shock' On Valley Writers Read Randy Sibley's 'Elegy' On Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/randy-sibleys-elegy-valley-writers-read <p>This week on Valley Writers Read, local author Randy Sibley reads his story “Elegy.”&nbsp; The story two American soldiers who are scrambling through the jungle when a sudden event changes their lives forever.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00:50 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 33966 at http://kvpr.org Randy Sibley's 'Elegy' On Valley Writers Read New Book Chronicles 'Hidden History' Of The Sierra Nevada http://kvpr.org/post/new-book-chronicles-hidden-history-sierra-nevada <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California’s isn’t just home to internationally renowned gems like Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks – it’s also a place that’s rich in its own human history. And while many stories, like the Gold Rush and </span>Hetch<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Hetchy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are well known, a new book seeks to document the “hidden history” of the Sierra. Tue, 20 May 2014 16:07:00 +0000 Joe Moore 32905 at http://kvpr.org New Book Chronicles 'Hidden History' Of The Sierra Nevada Craig Bernthal's "Perfection at Badaxe" on Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/craig-bernthals-perfection-badaxe-valley-writers-read <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This time on Valley Writers Read, local author&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Craig </span>Bernthal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reads a story of his entitled "Perfection at </span>Badaxe<span style="line-height: 1.5;">." &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 01:18:58 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 32742 at http://kvpr.org Craig Bernthal's "Perfection at Badaxe" on Valley Writers Read "Lost Hills" Photo Exhibit Shines Light On Rural Life http://kvpr.org/post/lost-hills-photo-exhibit-shines-light-rural-life <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2009, <a href="http://www.samcomen.com/">Sam </a></span><a href="http://www.samcomen.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Comen</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a photographer from Los Angeles, began a five year photo journey in Central California. He originally wanted to parallel the effects of the recession to the Great Depression. So he turned to the San Joaquin Valley for photo opportunities.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 19:45:54 +0000 Ezra David Romero 32592 at http://kvpr.org "Lost Hills" Photo Exhibit Shines Light On Rural Life Joel Pickford's "Soul Calling" On Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/joel-pickfords-soul-calling-valley-writers-read <p>This week on Valley Writers Read,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joel Pickford reads from his book <a href="http://joelpickford.com/g_hmong-project.php">“Soul Calling, a Photographic Journey Through the Hmong Diaspora.”</a>&nbsp; The author gives us a great deal of information about the Hmong community of Central California.&nbsp; He tells us about their lives in prison camps after the Vietnam War, and how many escaped to Thailand and then came to America.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=lQEO6mWg10s</span></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 22:30:25 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 32741 at http://kvpr.org Joel Pickford's "Soul Calling" On Valley Writers Read Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel's 'The Ketchup Bottle' On Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/wilma-elizabeth-mcdaniels-ketchup-bottle-valley-writers-read <p>This week's program is all about the folks who came out west from America's dust bowl in the mid thirties.&nbsp; It features several poems and a short story written by the leading writer of that group, Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel.&nbsp; We actually get to hear her read one of her poems.&nbsp; Most of the program is taken up by a short story of hers entitled “The Ketchup Bottle.”</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 18:30:35 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 32044 at http://kvpr.org Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel's 'The Ketchup Bottle' On Valley Writers Read Fresno Celebrates Historic Preservation Week With Downtown Tours http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-celebrates-historic-preservation-week-downtown-tours <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The San Joaquin Valley has a rich architectural heritage. From gems like the Fresno Water Tower to Bakersfield’s Beale Memorial Clock Tower, to beautiful craftsman bungalows and mid-century masterpieces, those landmarks help give our communities their own unique identity.</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:09:16 +0000 Ezra David Romero & Joe Moore 31928 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Celebrates Historic Preservation Week With Downtown Tours Oscar G. Williams's "It's Coming" On Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/oscar-g-williamss-its-coming-valley-writers-read <p>This week on Valley Writers Read, Oscar G. Williams reads “It's Coming.”&nbsp; A science fiction story.&nbsp; A very strange object in outer space is headed our way, and the astronomers decide it's a huge black hole which has a good chance of colliding with our galaxy.&nbsp; So all the nations start building spacecraft in hopes of saving humanity if what's out there dislodges the earth from its regular orbit.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:53:43 +0000 George Mason 31811 at http://kvpr.org Oscar G. Williams's "It's Coming" On Valley Writers Read David Borofka's "The Nothing Between Us" on Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/david-borofkas-nothing-between-us-valley-writers-read <p>This week writer David Borofka reads his story “The Nothing Between Us.”&nbsp; Two young hippies fall in love and marry, but their marriage doesn't last very long.&nbsp; They divorce and remarry others.&nbsp; Years later, after the girl's husband passes away and the boy's marriages fail, they somehow re-connect, and we're left to wonder if there is any love left.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:49:07 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 31810 at http://kvpr.org David Borofka's "The Nothing Between Us" on Valley Writers Read Janet Nichols Lynch's "My Beautiful Hippie" on Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/janet-nichols-lynchs-my-beautiful-hippie-valley-writers-read <p>This week on Valley Writers Read, local author Janet Nichols Lynch reads her story “My Beautiful Hippie.”&nbsp; We get to meet a family who lived in the Haight-Ashbury District in San Francisco during the Vietnam War.&nbsp; The daughter becomes interested in a hippie, but the rest of the family can't stand him.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:12:52 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 31003 at http://kvpr.org Janet Nichols Lynch's "My Beautiful Hippie" on Valley Writers Read Lillian Faderman's "Naked In The Promised Land" on Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/lillian-fadermans-naked-promised-land-valley-writers-read <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On this week's Valley Writers Read, Lillian </span>Faderman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reads from her book “Naked In The Promised Land.”&nbsp; Originally her family came from Poland, but now, even though she still sees him, the mother's husband has left and denies being the baby's father.&nbsp; In the end, the mother, her baby, and the mother's sister decide to start life over again in California.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:11:46 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 30644 at http://kvpr.org Lillian Faderman's "Naked In The Promised Land" on Valley Writers Read Paul Hernandez's "Nampay the Amazonian" on Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/paul-hernandezs-nampay-amazonian-valley-writers-read-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This program features a story by Paul Hernandez entitled&nbsp; </span>“Nampay<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the Amazonian.” </span>Nampay<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a popular musician who becomes world famous and revered.&nbsp; The story is read by several of his associates -- his promoter, his pilot, a fellow musician, a fan, and even the man who constructed his wonderful guitar.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:01:35 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 30643 at http://kvpr.org Paul Hernandez's "Nampay the Amazonian" on Valley Writers Read New Biography Paints Complex Picture Of Cesar Chavez http://kvpr.org/post/new-biography-paints-complex-picture-cesar-chavez <p>Charismatic, &nbsp;controversial, courageous and complicated. Those are just a few words that could sum up the life of the late civil rights leader and farm labor activist Cesar Chavez. Now over 20 years after his death, a new biography seeks to provide fresh insight into a man who is an inspiration for millions. The book is called <a href="http://crusadesofcesarchavez.com/">“The Crusades of Cesar Chavez”</a> by <a href="http://twitter.com/miriampawel">Miriam Pawel</a>, who joined us on Valley Edition to talk about Chavez the man and Chavez the myth.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:13:24 +0000 Joe Moore 30243 at http://kvpr.org New Biography Paints Complex Picture Of Cesar Chavez Don Parkay's 'The Distance Between Stars' http://kvpr.org/post/don-parkays-distance-between-stars <p>This week's program features a story by Don Parkay entitled “The Distance Between Stars.”&nbsp; Mom and daughter live in the countryside up in the high desert of Western California.&nbsp; Dina, the daughter volunteers at a bookstore in town.&nbsp; Then, when Mom meets Clay, the owner of the bookstore, they seem to be attracted to each other.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:59:00 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 30067 at http://kvpr.org Don Parkay's 'The Distance Between Stars'