Franz Weinschenk

Host, Valley Writers Read

Franz Weinschenk, his parents and his older brother Fritz were indeed lucky to get out of Germany just before World War II.  For a while they lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to Madera, CA.  He graduated from Madera High and Fresno State.  From 1948 to 1952 he taught at Edison High School in Fresno after which he was drafted and served in the US Army for two years. 

After being discharged, he started teaching speech and English at Fresno City College.  As the years passed, besides his teaching assignments, he was chosen to be the school's first yearbook adviser, their first debate coach, and the first Dean of the college's brand new Humanities Division, a job he held for 12 years.  He retired from working full-time in 1980, but to this day continues teaching at least one evening class.  From 1980 to 1988, he served as the director of the Volunteer Bureau of Fresno County.  Franz has three children and lives with his wife Sally. He enjoys power walking, swimming and biking.

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Valley Writers Read
5:04 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

The Masumoto Family's "The Perfect Peach" on Valley Writers Read

The Perfect Peach
Ten Speed Press

Three members of the Masumoto family, Mas, his wife Marcy, and daughter Nikiko read “The Perfect Peach.”  They tell us what it takes to grow peaches and grapes on their productive farm in Del Rey and describe how they tend to their land and how to enjoy the results of their labor—especially those delicious peaches!

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Valley Writers Read
7:35 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Steve Yarbrough's "A Life of Ease" on Valley Writers Read

Steve Yarbrough
Credit http://steveyarbrough.net/

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story titled "A Life of Ease" by acclaimed novelist Steve Yarbrough. John Grisham wrote of Yarbrough, [he is] "wickedly observant, funny, cynical, evocative, and he possesses a gift that cannot be taught: he can tell a story." 

Yarbrough's 2004 novel "Prisoners of War" was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and his 1999 novel "The Oxygen Man" won the California Book Award.  He taught at Fresno State from 1988 - 2009. Yarbrough's story is about a minister in a small church in Mississippi and his interactions with his parishioners. 

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Valley Writers Read
12:30 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

“The Yellow Dressing Room” and “Back Stage” on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, Fresno author Sally Stallings reads two stories about Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet.  The author gives us a good look at what happened to both young and old—both backstage and out front at various Christmas performances of the popular ballet.  

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Valley Writers Read
12:08 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

“Born Again Golfer” and “Golf! A Four-Lettered Word” on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, our program revolves around the sport of golf with two stories by local authors. In Angelo Angarano's “Born Again Golfer,” we hear what happened to an avid golfer when he enlisted a Zen Buddhist golf pro to help him answer an important question. And in David Creighton's story “Golf!  A Four-Lettered Word”  the author describes what happened to a golfer who dumped three consecutive golf shots right into the middle of a lake.

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Valley Writers Read
12:07 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

"Military Cemetery" and "Leaving Rapunzel's Window" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear two stories from two local authors. Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco resides in Merced and reads her own story, titled "Military Cemetery." It tells us about an encounter between two young women and a couple of men they met at a bar, one of whom has a shocking announcement. The second story, "Leaving Rapunzel's Window" by Fresno author Anne Leath Biggs describes the author's childhood in a middle-class neighborhood on Michigan Avenue in Fresno.  

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Valley Writers Read
12:24 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Valerie Schultz's “The Rufus Gene” on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by Tehachapi author Valerie Schultz titled "The Rufus Gene." The story is about a the adventures of family who move into an upscale neighborhood and their mixed-breed dog Rufus. 

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Valley Writers Read
10:38 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Ed Miller's "Blur" on Valley Writers Read

This week on our program, Fresno author Ed Miller reads his story "Blur" is about a dinner date that went sour. Find out what happened in this intense edition of Valley Writers Read. 

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Valley Writers Read
11:57 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Susan Norman's “Learning the Ropes” on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by Oakhurst author Susan Norman titled "Learning the Ropes." It's about CJ, a precocious teenaged girl who had been sent to a school for delinquents. The parents come to see their daughter on visiting day and watch the youngsters climb a complicated jungle gym.  That afternoon, CJ's mother decides to climb the jungle gym herself.  This forebodes some big changes in family relationships. KVPR's Leigh Murray reads this story.

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Valley Writers Read
11:51 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Jim Benelli's “Spaghetti Farming In Kansas” on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, Auberry author James Benelli reads his story "Spaghetti Farming In Kansas." This is a satirical story about a millionaire, Nick Worthmore and his wife Penny who, when they stop to get their car repaired in Kansas, wind up on an unexpected adventure.

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Valley Writers Read
11:50 am
Wed May 1, 2013

David Borofka's “Mid Clair” on Valley Writers Read

Local author David Borofka
Credit Reedley College

Clovis author David Borofka reads his story about Professor Grimshaw whose wife was in the habit of insulting him all the time-- so much so that he moves into the garage and sleeps in the Buick.  But things get even more complicated for Mr. Grimshaw, on this edition of Valley Writers Read.

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Valley Writers Read
1:09 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

"Vineyards of the San Joaquin Valley" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by Madera author Earline Holguin, titled "Vineyards of the San Joaquin Valley." This memoir recalls life on a grape ranch right next to the San Joaquin River, and gives the listener insights into agricultural life in the Central Valley.

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Valley Writers Read
12:58 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

"Two Women" by Anne Richards Da Vigo on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by Fresno State graduate and current Sacramento resident Anne Richards Da Vigo.  She reads her own story. “Two Women.” While Naomi is elderly, wealthy and bossy, her nurse Mary, is just the opposite; she is patient, compassionate and sympathetic.  

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Valley Writers Read
1:28 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Stephen Gutierrez's "Valley Song" and Charlie Warnes' "Branch Office From Hell"

Stephen D. Gutierrez

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear two stories from local authors. Our program begins with "Valley Song" a short story from Stephen D. Gutierrez, winner of a 2010 American Book Award for his book "Live from Fresno y Los." Gutierrez, who now teaches at CSU East Bay, previously taught at Fresno City College. In “Valley Song” we hear a story about the life and struggles of Mexican-American boxer. 

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Valley Writers Read
9:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

"Take Me to the River" on Valley Writers Read

Take Me to the River
Credit Heyday Books

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear several short stories from the book "Take Me to the River: Fishing, Swimming, and Dreaming on the San Joaquin." This collection of stories about the San Joaquin River was edited by Joell and Coke Halowell. The book is the result of a decade long series of interviews with people who have deep connections to the river.

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Valley Writers Read
1:41 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Franz Weinschenk's “Catherine Haw Chin” on Valley Writers Read

Host and author Franz Weinschenk reads his story entitled “Home Room” which is about the lives of the author's former students at Edison High School in Fresno, Catherine Haw Chin. She worked for the Fresno County Courts for well over 40 years. 

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Valley Writers Read
7:07 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Bonnie Hearn Hill's "Part Light, Part Memory" on Valley Writers Read

Local author Bonnie Hearn Hill reads her work on Valley Writers Read
Credit http://www.bonniehhill.com/

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story from local author Bonnie Hearn Hill. In her story "Part Light, Part Memory", we learn about some former slave holders in Texas at the end of the Civil War who still consider it a crime for a white person to teach black people how to read and write.

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Valley Writers Read
1:22 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

"Called" and "Scamming" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear works by two San Joaquin Valley writers.  In our first story, "Called",  Bakersfield author Jack Hernandez tells us how he originally wanted to become a minister, and about the interesting path that he eventually followed. In our second story, Fresno author Oscar G. Williams tells us about Fred and Mildred, two computer wizards who have figured out how to scam the scammers.

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Valley Writers Read
3:56 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Janet Nichols Lynch's "Tone" on Valley Writers Read

Janet Nichols Lynch
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On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Visalia author Janet Nichols Lynch reads her story "Tone", about a classical concert pianist who becomes extremely nervous before performances.

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Valley Writers Read
11:48 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Deb Borofka's "With Me Still" and Janet Stevens' "Dust to Dust" on Valley Writers Read

We hear two stories from local authors on this week's edition of Valley Writers Read. In the first story, "With Me Still", the author Deb Borofka meets a woman from her home town in Oregon who brings back fond memories of her grandmother. In the second story, "Dust to Dust", author Janet Stevens takes a trip down memory lane by visiting the home of her ancestors in North Dakota.

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Valley Writers Read
2:47 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Gabriele Case's "The Long Way Home" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Gabriele Case reads her own story about a man named Raymond, a returning veteran from Afghanistan who faces his own challenges on the home front.

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