From Coast to Coast, a Bounty of Book Broadcasts

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Looking for author interviews? Rousing readings? Member-contributed reviews or lively literary discussions? The best of regional authors, celebrated in their own home territories? Here's where to start.

We've rounded up a sampling of notable book programs produced by NPR member stations across the country. In alphabetical order, they are:

'All About Books'
Lincoln, Nebraska (NET Radio)
This summer, NET Radio's weekly book review and discussion program launches a series about the great books of the Great Plains. Hosted by Otis Young and Charles Stephen. Available via weekly podcast.

'Between the Lines'
Public Broadcasting Atlanta (WABE)
WABE's weekly author interview program is hosted by former Atlanta first lady Valerie Jackson. Listen in on engaging conversations with today's leading authors. Available via streaming audio, podcast and online book club.

'BookMark'
Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU)
Twice a week, WPSU listeners share their favorite books on The Bookmark. The program features listener-submitted reviews highlighting favorite books and authors. Available via streaming audio.

'The Bookshelf'
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)
Well-known Minnesotans share the books that have opened their minds and hearts and talk about why these works had such a lasting impact. Hosted by Cathy Wurzer. Available via streaming audio.

'Bookworm'
Santa Monica College (KCRW)
A must for the serious reader, Bookworm showcases writers of fiction and poetry — the established, new or emerging — all interviewed with insight and precision by host Michael Silverblatt. Available via streaming audio and weekly podcast.

'Cover to Cover'
Georgia Public Radio (GPB)
Authors from Georgia and across the South join host St. John Flynn to answer listener calls, respond to comments, give insights on their works and advise aspiring writers. Available via streaming audio, streaming video and monthly podcast.

'Here on Earth'
Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR)
Conceived to galvanize the international world community, the bi-weekly program hosted by Jean Feraca seeks out the world's best literature, movies, arts, and culture. Available via streaming audio and podcast.

'High Plains in Words'
High Plains Public Radio (HPPR)
A look at writings about the High Plains region of western Kansas, eastern Colorado, and the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. Selections from history, drama, poetry and fiction describe the environment and express the values that make the region and its people unique. Written and Produced by Stacy Yates. Available via streaming audio and weekly podcast.

'Meet the Author'
University of Buffalo (WBFO)
Today's most engaging authors join WBFO host Bert Gambini in conversation about their latest books. The series features contemporary writers and books for open, thoughtful discussion. Each live broadcast includes a reading from the author, an exchange with the host and questions from the studio audience. Available via streaming audio and monthly podcast.

'Off the Page'
Binghamton, NY (WSKG)
WSKG's bi-weekly interview and call-in program features local authors hosted by Bill Jaker. Available via streaming audio, bi-weekly podcast and online reviews.

'Prosody'
Pittsburgh, PA (WYEP)
WYEP's weekly show airs Tuesday evenings and features the work of contemporary poets and writers. Hosted by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Available via weekly podcast.

'Selected Shorts'
A co-production of Symphony Space and New York Public Radio (WNYC)
It's story time for adults with NPR's award-winning series of short fiction read by the stars of stage and screen. Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in NYC and on tour. Available via weekly podcast.

'Forum Network Book Tour'
Boston, MA, (WGBH)
WGBH features weekly lectures by authors reading and discussing their latest works. The events are hosted by cultural and educational organizations in Boston and beyond. Available via streaming audio, streaming video and weekly podcast.

'Words on Books'
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting (KZYX)
Tony Miksak shares his thoughts on books, publishing, writers and booksellers in a weekly broadcast from the Mendocino coast's KZYX Community Radio. Available via weekly podcast.

'The Writer's Almanac'
American Public Media (APM)
Each day, Garrison Keillor recounts the highlights of that day in history and reads a short poem or two. Produced by Prairie Home Productions. Available via streaming audio and daily podcast.

'The Writers' Block'
Public Broadcasting for Northern California (KQED)
KQED's weekly reading series features writers and performers of all stripes reading the latest short fiction, nonfiction, theater and poetry. Available via streaming audio and weekly podcast.

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