Arts & Culture

Valley Writers Read
11:11 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Michael Bowler's "Dump Truck" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Michael Bowler, titled "Dump Truck." Hal Bolen reads the story about an attorney who leaves the rat race and realizes his dream of becoming a public defender. 

Valley Writers Read
5:56 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Charlotte Abrams "The Watcher" on Valley Writers Read

In Charlotte Abrams' story "The Watcher", a woman named Maddie develops a relationship with her 90-year-old neighbor named Bernard, on this edition of Valley Writers Read.

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Valley Writers Read
1:31 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Howard Hendrix's "A Bridge Across the Lethe" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, Howard Hendrix brings us a science fiction story, "A Bridge Across the Lethe". The story is about a character who is cured from a concussion through the miracles of modern medicine.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Poet Laureate Philip Levine Speaks of Fresno, Unemployment

Last week the Library of Congress named Fresno poet Philip Levine the nation’s 18th Poet Laureate. A native of Detroit, Levine moved to Fresno in the 1950’s to teach English at Fresno State, where he founded the university’s creative writing program, and helped foster the San Joaquin Valley’s rich poetry community. In 1991 his collection "What Work Is" won the National Book Award, and in 1995, his book "The Simple Truth" was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Valley Writers Read
5:53 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Janet Nichols Lynch's "The Favorite" on Valley Writers Read

This week, on Valley Writers Read, Janet Nichols Lynch brings us a story called "The Favorite", about a man named Ronnie who abandons his family after receiving an inheritance. 

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Valley Writers Read
5:48 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

"I Can't Hear the Drums Anymore", "Beating Towards Monterey" and "The Fog" on Valley Writers Read

There are three stories by Howell Hurst on this week's edition of Valley Writers Read. The first story, "I Can't Hear the Drums Anymore" is about a son's blocked love for his mother. "Beating Towards Monterey" is about a man's failed love for his wife. And the third story, "The Fog", is about a couple who had been football players in college.

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Arts & Culture
5:56 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Valley Bookstores Adapt to New Era

The Borders location at Fresno's River Park Shopping Center is among the 399 stores that are closing as part of the liquidation of the national chain bookseller.
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

For some, the closing of Borders bookstores seemed to signal another nail in the coffin for book lovers. Another reminder of the fragile state of an industry being taken over by technology, e-readers and Amazon.com. But in Fresno and other San Joaquin Valley towns, some independent bookstores are not only doing okay, some are actually thriving. Valley Public Radio's Juanita Stevenson reports.

Valley Writers Read
6:00 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

"Getting Out" and "Section B, Page 5" on Valley Writers Read

There are two stories on this edition of Valley Writers Read. Our first story, by Marilyn Larson, is entitled "Getting Out" and it is about a woman named Marta, who's been dating a guy with a secret named Ben. Deborah Hamilton's story, "Section B, Page 5", is about a recluse who finds joy reading the obituary column.

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Valley Writers Read
1:34 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Nelson Varon's "Fixing Things" on Valley Writers Read

Today on Valley Writers Read, Nelson Varon brings us a story called, "Fixing Things", about a writer who secures a book deal only to lose it when he loses his cool with his boss.

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Arts & Culture
10:23 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

'Grapes Of Wrath' And The Politics of Book Burning

Rick Wartzman's Obscene In The Extreme examines the banning of The Grapes Of Wrath in Kern County, Calif.

Sept. 29 marks the beginning of the American Library Association's annual "Banned Books Week," a commemoration of all the books that have ever been removed from library shelves and classrooms. Politics, religion, sex, witchcraft — people give a lot of reasons for wanting to ban books, says Judith Krug of the ALA, but most often the bannings are about fear.

"They're not afraid of the book; they're afraid of the ideas," says Krug. "The materials that are challenged and banned say something about the human condition."

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Valley Writers Read
5:50 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Barbara Link's "Leaving" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Barbara Link brings us a story called, "Leaving" about a woman named Mary Agnes Lone Hill who lives with her grandmother on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. When she is relocated to an Indian school in Nebraska, she has a hard time embracing the native culture.

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Valley Writers Read
6:47 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Jean Ray Laury - Growing Up In Doon

Jean Ray Laury was one of Central California's most accomplished and acclaimed artists. She helped to revolutionize the world of quilting, taking it from the world of traditional arts and crafts and into the world of modern art. She died in March 2011, but shortly before her passing, she visited Valley Public Radio to record her story about life growing up in a small town in Iowa, Growing Up In Doon.

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