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For immediate release
September 24, 2001
Contact: Laura Gross,
202-513-2304
lgross@npr.org
Contact: Henry Holt and Company:
Ida Veltri,
212-595-4032
iveltri@aol.com



Popular Public Radio Series Inspires Book

WASHINGTON, DC-Since the debut of the National Story Project in November 1999, listener response to the extraordinary series on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered® has been overwhelming. For the past two years, on the first Saturday of each month, novelist Paul Auster has brought Weekend All Things Considered listeners personal, true-life stories from men and women of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life from around the country. At times funny, poignant, spooky or surprising, the stories Auster shares each month have inspired thousands - young and old alike - to contribute their own stories to the monthly radio segment. Now Auster has culled some of his favorites in a new book, I Thought My Father Was God - And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project (Henry Holt and Company, September 2001).

I Thought My Father Was God gathers 180 true stories in a single, powerful volume. Together the contributors represent 42 states.

In his quest for engaging tales, Auster has heard from a western couple who found a bobcat in their house… using the toilet; from a witness to a Ku Klux Klan march who watched as a dog unmasked his hooded owner; and from a man who lost a piece of jewelry in the Atlantic surf and found it in an antique store a decade later. Some of the stories are mysterious, like the woman who watched a white chicken walk down a street in Portland, Ore., hop up some porch steps, knock on a door - and calmly enter a house.

Weekend All Things Considered brings listeners a timely, intelligent and in-depth presentation of the day's news. Since 1977, the show has broadcast a lively mix of reports, newsmaker interviews and profiles, features and reviews of the arts, books, film and theater.

Auster is known throughout the world as author of The New York Trilogy, The Music of Chance, Mr. Vertigo and, most recently, Timbuktu, a national bestseller. Auster also wrote the screenplays for Smoke, and Blue in the Face, featuring Harvey Keitel. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

For more information, please visit http://www.npr.org/programs
/watc/storyproject/index.html. For a copy of I Thought My Father Was God to review, please contact Ida Veltri at 212-595-4032 or iveltri@aol.com.

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