Chris Bohjalian reads from his new novel, “Secrets of Eden”

Esteemed Vermont author Chris Bohjalian rounded out our year  May 20, when he joined us in the studio to read from his brand new novel, Secrets of Eden.

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Bohjalian’s other novels include the New York Times bestsellers, Skeletons at the FeastThe Double BindBefore You Know KindnessThe Law of Similars and Midwives.

Chris won the New England Book Award in 2002, and his novel, Midwives, was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah’s Book Club, a Publishers Weekly “Best Book,” and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. His work has been translated into over 25 languages and twice become movies (“Midwives” and “Past the Bleachers”).

He has written for a wide variety of magazines, including CosmopolitanReader’s Digest, and theBoston Globe Sunday Magazine, and has been a Sunday columnist for Gannett’s Burlington Free Presssince 1992. Chris graduated from Amherst College, and lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.

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Author Marc Estrin Probes the Issue of Anti-Semitism

Marc Estrin, co-founder and first coordinator of the Burlington Peace and Justice Center, has been engaged lately in thinking about some of the most recent manifestations of anti-Semitism: often from ultra-right Jews who target centrist rabbis and anyone who criticizes Israel. His musings led him to bring to the studio his 2005 book The Education of Arnold Hitler. He reads from the book and even shares his original, darker ending for this story about history, identity and anti-Semitism.

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Read an excerpt from The Education of Arnold Hitler.

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Marc Estrin is a writer and activist, living in Burlington.  His novels, Insect Dreams, The Half Life of Gregor Samsa, The Education of Arnold Hitler, Golem Song, and The Lamentations of Julius Marantz have won critical acclaim.  Insect Dreams was recently published in German by Parthas Verlag, Berlin. His memoir, Rehearsing With Gods: Photographs and Essays on the Bread & Puppet Theater (with Ron Simon, photographer) won a 2004 theater book of the year award. Two novels, The Annotated Nose, and Skulk appeared in November 2008, and The Good Doctor Guillotin in September 2009. His Tsim-Tsum is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Books. He is currently working on a novel about the dead Tchaikovsky. He helped found and was the first coordinator of the Burlington Peace and Justice Center, working on anti-war campaigns, and most recently has stood for more than eight years in all weather with a Monday-through-Friday peace vigil in Burlington.

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UVM Students Present Their Polished Poetry

The University of Vermont

Throughout the semester, these 15 poets have been writing and revising their work in the advanced poetry class of Professor Isaac Cates. In this rapid-fire radio jam session, the poets proudly present their work. It’s worth a listen!

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Professor Cates gave listeners some great tips about how to jump-start the poet inside. Check out those tips and the rest of the syllabus here.

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Poet David Cavanagh rips rhymes and jamz jazz

Poet David Cavanagh

David Cavanagh joined us in the studio April 15 to share his poetry, both raw and with a soundtrack.

Cavanagh has done amazing work with PoJazz, a poetry/jazz group featuring Vermont poets and musicians. He works with the musicians as they work with him. And the poetry is pretty phenomenal to begin with.

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Hear PoJazz and other audio clips of Cavanagh’s poetry.

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Cavanagh’s books of poems include Falling Body and The Middleman, both published by Salmon Poetry of Ireland.

David’s poems have appeared in leading journals in Canada, Ireland, the U.S., the U.K, and in several anthologies.  He has also given dozens of popular readings in Vermont and Canada, including last September’s Burlington Book Fest and the Painted Word Series at the Fleming Museum.

He performs with the poetry/jazz group, PoJazz, and appears on the group’s CD, Last Days. David has taught poetry and Canadian literature at a number of colleges in Vermont and Ontario.

A native of Montreal with dual Canadian/American citizenship, he has lived in Burlington since 1982.  His day job is co-director of the External Degree Program at Johnson State College.

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Sarah Dillard & Amy Huntington Speak to Kid Readers and Adult Writers

Sarah Dillard and Amy Huntington, two Vermont writers and illustrators of childrens literature, joined us in the studio April 8 to share their work and provide insight into the world of writing for children.

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Sarah Dillard

Dillard has made her name as an illustrator of children’s books, but she’ll read from her 2009 book, which she wrote and illustrated: Perfectly Arugula.

For a special treat, listen to a full cast read Perfectly Arugula here.

Amy Huntington

Huntington likewise does both illustrations and stories. Ladybug Magazine published her first illustrated story in 1996. She will read from One Monday, her first picture book, which was published by Orchard Books (Scholastic Inc.) in 2001.

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Live from the Painted Word: Issac Cates and Abby Paige

Issac Cates, UVM prof & poet

In a special on-site recording, Writers@WRUV traveled across campus to the Fleming Museum on March 31, 2010, to record Isaac Cates and Abby Paige, the night’s featured speakers at the Painted Word Poetry Series, a monthly event sponsored by Major Jackson.

Listen to the show here. It’s a great one

Abby Paige, Montreal poet & performer

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David Huddle reads poetry of youth, family pets and oddball characters

David Huddle

Poet David Huddle spent 38 years teaching creative writing at UVM. He stopped by the station March 25 to condense all of that knowledge into an hour. It was an amazing feat!

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Huddle is the author of Only the Little Bone, The Story of a Million Years, La Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl, The Writing Habit, and other books of poetry, fiction, and essays. Recently retired from the University of Vermont, he is currently Visiting Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University. He also teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English in the summer.

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