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Paul Strohm author of Chaucer's Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury
December 15, 2014 06:35 AM PST
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A lively microbiography of Chaucer that tells the story of the tumultuous year that led to the creation of The Canterbury Tales

In 1386, Geoffrey Chaucer endured his worst year, but began his best poem. The father of English literature did not enjoy in his lifetime the literary celebrity that he
has today—far from it. The middle-aged Chaucer was living in London, working as a mid-level bureaucrat and sometime poet, until a personal and professional
crisis set him down the road leading to The Canterbury Tales.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The Show airs Monday's at 4PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

The Avid Reader Show - Best Books of 2014
December 14, 2014 05:51 PM PST
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Sam discusses his staffs picks for the Best Books of 2014 with store manager, Donna.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The show airs every Monday at 4PM on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit our store at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Stanley Warren Poetry
November 25, 2014 01:00 PM PST
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About Stanley Warren..
My first area of creative expression has been poetry. I have written some 1500 poems, of which several dozen have been published here and there, but many more recited at readings. In my late twenties I became the lyricist for a progressive electronic combo called Silver Apples, writing the words to seven of the nine songs on their first album, music that is played and listened to today.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The show airs Monday's at 4PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit us at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com.

Assaf Gavron author of The Hilltop
November 24, 2014 07:42 PM PST
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Hailed as “The Great Israeli Novel” (Time Out Tel Aviv) and winner of the prestigious Bernstein Prize, The Hilltop is a monumental and daring work about life in a West Bank settlement from one of Israel’s most acclaimed young novelists.

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Nell Zink author of The Wallcreeper
October 30, 2014 03:30 PM PDT
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Fiction. "Who is Nell Zink? She claims to be an expatriate living in northeast Germany. Maybe she is; maybe she isn't. I don't know. I do know that this first novel arrives with a voice that is fully formed: mature, hilarious, terrifyingly intelligent, and wicked. The novel is about a bird-loving American couple that moves to Europe and becomes, basically, eco-terrorists. This is strange, and interesting, but in between is some writing about marriage, love, fidelity, Europe, and saving the earth that is as funny and as grown-up as anything I've read in years. And there are some jokes in here that a young Don DeLillo would kill to have written. I hope he doesn't kill Nell Zink."—Keith Gessen

The Avid Reader show is aired Monday's at 5PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. The show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Johanna Skibsrud author of Quartet for the End of Time
October 29, 2014 06:07 PM PDT
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Inspired by and structured around the chamber piece of the same title by the French composer Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time is a mesmerizing story of four lives irrevocably linked in a single act of betrayal. The novel takes us on an unforgettable journey beginning during the 1930s Bonus Army riots, when World War I veteran Arthur Sinclair is falsely accused of conspiracy and then disappears. His absence will haunt his son, Douglas, as well as Alden and Sutton Kelly, the children of a powerful U.S. congressman, as they experience—each in different ways—the dynamic political social changes that took place leading up to and during World War II.

The Avid Reader show airs Monday's at 5PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. The show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Theodore Gray author of Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything
October 29, 2014 05:57 PM PDT
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In his highly anticipated sequel to The Elements, Theodore Gray demonstrates how the elements of the periodic table combine to form the molecules that make up our world.

The Avid Reader show airs Mondays at 5PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. The show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Azar Nafisi author of The Republic of Imagination
October 29, 2014 05:46 PM PDT
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Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating followup, Nafisi has written the book her fans have been waiting for: an impassioned, beguiling, and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society. What Reading Lolita in Tehran was for Iran, The Republic of Imagination is for America.

The Avid Reader show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The show airs every Monday at 5PM EST on WCHE AM 1520. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Mandy Aftel author of Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent
October 16, 2014 05:01 PM PDT
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Mandy Aftel is widely acclaimed as a trailblazer in natural perfumery. Over two decades of sourcing the finest aromatic ingredients from all over the world and creating artisanal fragrances, she has been an evangelist for the transformative power of scent. In Fragrant, through five major players in the epic of aroma, she explores the profound connection between our sense of smell and the appetites that move us, give us pleasure, make us fully alive.

The Avid Reader Show is sponsored by Wellington Square Bookshop in Chester County, PA. The show airs every Monday at 5PM EST. Please visit our website at www.wellingtonsquarebooks.com

Charles Seife author of Virtual Unreality
October 07, 2014 02:39 PM PDT
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Digital information is a powerful tool that spreads unbelievably rapidly, infects all corners of society, and is all but impossible to control—even when that information is actually a lie. In Virtual Unreality, Charles Seife uses the skepticism, wit, and sharp facility for analysis that captivated readers in Proofiness and Zero to take us deep into the Internet information jungle and cut a path through the trickery, faker y, and cyber skulduggery that the online world enables.

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