Valley Writers Read

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Franz Weinschenk hosts one of Valley Public Radio's longest running programs, Valley Writers Read. A longtime Valley educator and author, each week Franz showcases the great literary talent that exists in the Central Valley, from well known published authors to amateurs, read by the authors themselves. The program recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and is produced by FM89's Don Weaver. Valley Writers Read is heard Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. on FM89. You can also listen to past editions of the program online through our audio archives.

Support for Valley Writers Read comes from Fresno City College.

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Valley Writers Read
1:31 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

"I Scooter" by Oscar G. Williams on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Oscar G. Williams introduces listeners to a view of the world-as seen through the eyes of a canine with his story "I Scooter."

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Valley Writers Read
1:27 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Anne DaVigo's "Fault Lines" and Lucille Apcar's "Who Spanked J.R. Jr.?"

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear two stories by local authors. "Fault Lines" by Anne DaVigo chronicles a family's move from near the San Andreas Fault to Fresno. The second story, "Who Spanked J.R. Jr.?" by Lucille Apcar, talks about a teacher who disciplines the son of a powerful judge. 

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Valley Writers Read
1:26 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Franz Weinschenk's "Brooklyn" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, host Franz Weinschenk shares his fascinating memoir titled "Brooklyn." We'll hear about his family fleeing Germany as Jewish refugees before World War Two, eventually settling in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Hope Nisly's "Morning in America" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, author Hope Nisly shares with listeners her poignant and moving experiences as an intake receptionist at an emergency shelter in Oakland.

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Arts & Culture
3:27 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

"A Good Ending to a Story" and "Bertha in Stillwell" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear the works of two local authors. The first story, Joe Hemphill's "A Good Ending to a Story", describes a man with cerebral palsy who refuses to resume his physical therapy. And in the second story, Bill McDougle's "Bertha in Stillwell", the life of a woman named Bertha is chronicled as she grows up in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl era.  

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Arts & Culture
3:54 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

"Racing California" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, local author Janet Nichols Lynch reads her story Racing California. Join us as we hear about an avid bicyclist contemplates turning pro.

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Valley Writers Read
4:37 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Jim Ashford's "Mayday! Mayday!" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear local author Jim Ashford read his short story "Mayday! Mayday!" In this story, you'll hear how a visitor from outer space is attracted to earth by an unfortunate arrangement of yard lights.

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Valley Writers Read
4:04 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

"Inner Beauty" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story titled "Inner Beauty" by local author Susan Norman. Listen and hear how a scuba diver has an encounter with coral that leads to some unusual results.

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Valley Writers Read
1:59 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

David Borofka's "A Tale Told by Rube Goldberg" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author David Borofka titled "A Tale Told by Rube Goldberg Begins And Ends with Dogs".  In this story, a young lady's song lyrics propel her to unexpected wealth and success. 

Arts & Culture
12:31 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Mary Benton's The Grape Fields on Valley Writers Read

Thompson Seedless Grapes in Fresno County
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear a reading of Mary Benton's short story "The Grape Fields." In this Dust Bowl era story, a family of grape pickers assist in the recovery of a kidnapped boy.

Valley Writers Read
4:59 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Benjamin Rae's "Disconnect" on Valley Writers Read

On this week's episode of Valley Writer's Read, hear Benjamin Rae's short story "Disconnect" about a night telephone operator invents a fictitious supervisor to circumvent troublesome calls.

Valley Writers Read
4:38 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Jane Rosenthal's "El Tropical" on Valley Writers Read

A job in Mexico hosting bird watchers introduces "Bea" to some unsavory characters, on this week's edition of Valley Writers Read, as we hear a reading of Jane Rosenthal's story El Tropical.

Valley Writers Read
12:55 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Judy Ryan's "Little Fire" on Valley Writers Read

On this week's edition of Valley Writer's Read, hear a reading of Judy Ryan's "Little Fire", and hear how a young girl comes of age and questions the origins of her unusual name.

Valley Writers Read
7:24 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Gary Soto's "A Summer Life" on Valley Writers Read

Gary Soto's book A Summer Life

On this edition on Valley Writers Read, we hear five stories by one of the Central Valley's most acclaimed writers, Gary Soto. The program includes readings of four stories from his book A Summer Life including "The Bike", "The Haircut", "The Pie" and "The Nile". Gary also reads "My Time on Weldon Avenue" which is the foreword to a book published for Fresno City College's the Centennial Celebration.

Valley Writers Read
5:17 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Griefland - an Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss and Unlikely Friendship

Armen Bacon

Both Armen Bacon and Nancy Miller have shared the pain of losing a child to addiction. On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear them read their story, Griefland- An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss and Unlikely Friendship.  They share the tragedy of their loss and how their grief helped build their friendship.

Valley Writers Read
4:36 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

A Remarkable Tragedy, Long Walk to the Showers

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Christine Autrand Mitchell reads her story A Remarkable Tragedy, which tells how a family's life is changed by the sudden death of a father and son. Also this week, Howell Hurst reads Long Walk To the Showers, the story of a homeless man trying to rebuild his life.

Valley Writers Read
2:10 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Larry Warkentin - Are We There Yet

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Larry Warkentin reads his story, Are We There Yet?, a fictionalized tale about a group of Mennonites and their journey across the Atlantic to the New World.

Arts & Culture
10:48 am
Sat December 10, 2011

Flora Beach Burlingame's "A Teacher of the Freedmen"

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by Flora Beach Burlingame, called "A Teacher of the Freedmen." The story is a biography of the author's grandfather, John Stevenson, who volunteered to educate freed slaves after the Civil War.

Valley Writers Read
7:45 am
Wed November 23, 2011

"Auf Wiedersehen, My Love" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear Jerry Fisher tell his story "Auf Wiedersehen, My Love" of a fictional World War II pilot who bails out over Germany, where he befriends a German woman and then is interned in a POW camp.

Valley Writers Read
7:41 am
Wed November 16, 2011

"Margaret's War - Lots of Moving and Air Raids" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Margaret Garrett Irwin we hear Margaret Garret Irwin's story  "Margaret's War - Lots of Moving and Air Raids." You'll hear her recollections as a young girl growing up in London during World War II. Margaret recalls frightening air raids, the incendiary bomb and V2 rockets.

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