Valley Writers Read - Upcoming Programs


The following Valley Writers Read programs are scheduled for broadcast in the second half of 2012.

July 11, 2012 -- Christine Autrand Mitchell "A Remarkable Tragedy" & Howell Hurst "Long Walk To the Showers"
A family's life is changed by the sudden death of a father and son. In "Long Walk To the Showers," The story of a homeless man trying to rebuild his life.

July 18, 2012 -- Bob Hudgens "Mulberries for Mohammed" & Jerry Fisher "Lilli and Her German Soldier"
A story about how the author made a friendly connection with a person from a different culture. In "Lilli and Her German Soldier," a German soldier at the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp falls in love and saves the life of a German Jewish girl.

July 25, 2012 -- Gary Soto. Four stories from his book "A Summer Life" including "The Bike", "The Haircut", "The Pie" and "The Nile".
Gary reads "My Time on Weldon Avenue" which is the forward to a book published for the Centennial Celebration of Fresno City College.

August 1, 2012 -- Judy Ryan "Little Fire"
A young girl comes of age and questions the origins of her unusual name.

August 8, 2012 -- Jane Rosenthal "El Tropical"
A job in Mexico hosting bird watchers introduces "Bea" to some unsavory characters.

August 15, 2012 -- Benjamin Rae "Disconnect"
A night telephone operator invents a fictitious supervisor to circumvent troublesome calls.

August 22, 2012 -- Mary Benton "The Grape Fields"
Set in the Dust Bowl era, a family of grape pickers assist in the recovery of a kidnapped boy.

August 29, 2012 -- David Borofka "A Tale Told by Rube Goldberg Begins and Ends with Dogs".
A young lady's song lyrics propel her to unexpected wealth and success.

September 5, 2012 -- Susan Norman "Inner Beauty"
A scuba diver has an encounter with coral that leads to some unusual results.

September 12, 2012 -- Jim Ashford "Mayday! Mayday!"
An arrangement of yard lights attracts a visitor…from outer space!

September 19, 2012 -- Janet Nichols Lynch "Racing California"
An avid bicyclist contemplates turning pro.

September 26, 2012 -- Joe Hemphill "A Good Ending to a Story" & Bill McDougle "Bertha in Stillwell"
A man with cerebral palsy resists efforts to resume physical therapy. In "Bertha in Stillwell," Bertha grows up in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl era.

October 3, 2012 -- Hope Nisly "Morning in America"
The author shares her experiences as an intake receptionist at an emergency shelter in Oakland.

October 10, 2012 -- Franz Weinschenk "Brooklyn"
A memoir about the author and his family who fled Germany as Jewish refugees before the World War Two and settled in Brooklyn.

October 17, 2012 -- Anne Da Vigo "Fault Lines"
A family moves from near the San Andres Fault to Fresno. Lucille Apcar "Who Spanked J.R. Jr.?" A teacher disciplines the son of a powerful judge.

October 24, 2012 -- Oscar G. Williams "I Scooter"
The world as seen through the eyes of a canine.

October 31, 2012 -- Valerie Schultz "Brevis"
A daughter takes on the difficult task of caring for her belligerent father, whose health is deteriorating.

November 7, 2012 -- James Benelli "The Wonderful World Of Accounting"
C.P.A. Henry becomes bored with his job, wife and lifestyle.

November 14, 2012 -- Armen Bacon and Nancy Miller. "Griefland-An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss and Unlikely Friendship."
Two grieving mothers share the tragedy of their loss.

November 21, 2012 -- James Varner "Memories of Growing Up With Friends"
The author shares anecdotes of growing up in the Bakersfield area.

November 28, 2012 -- Howard V. Hendrix "American Bacon"
A neighbor recruits the author to help slaughter a hog. Sharon Patterson "Ant Climbs a Molehill Guarded by a Camel". An enlisted man struggles to advance in rank.

December 5, 2012 -- Jon Frank "Salatha Wall-First Try on El Cap"
Mountain climbing in Yosemite Valley.

December 12, 2012 -- Larry Hill "The Night We Read Carver"
A writer takes his girlfriend/protégé to a conference where she turns the tables on him.

December 19, 2012 -- C.B. Mosher "Descent Into Heaven"
The author and family explore the beauty of the headwaters of the Amazon River.