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KGNU Community Radio and the Boulder Bookstore are partners for a radio book club. Every month we'll select a book from a Colorado author to inspire listeners to read along together. The author will then join us in-studio for a discussion. This podcast also features "After Hours" editions with additional conversations with more authors.

KGNU & Boulder Bookstore Radio Book Club KGNU Community Radio and The Boulder Bookstore

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KGNU Community Radio and the Boulder Bookstore are partners for a radio book club. Every month we'll select a book from a Colorado author to inspire listeners to read along together. The author will then join us in-studio for a discussion. This podcast also features "After Hours" editions with additional conversations with more authors.

    Blackwater Falls

    Blackwater Falls

    The January selection for the Radio Bookclub is Blackwater Falls, the latest novel by Colorado-based author Ausma Zehanat Khan.



    The book introduces readers to Detective Inaya Rahman of the Denver Police Department who is called in to investigate the disappearance of girls from immigrant communities in the Colorado town of Blackwater Falls.



    Delving deep into racial tensions, and police corruption and violence, Blackwater Falls examines a series of crimes within the context of contemporary American politics with compassion and searing insight.



    Ausma Zehanat Khan practiced immigration law in Toronto and has taught international human rights law at Northwestern University, as well as human rights and business law at York University.



    This episode was broadcast on KGNU on Thursday, January 26 at 9 am.



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    Subscribe to our Radio Book Club Series on iTunes to get new editions and web-only content. Also on Spotify and Stitcher.



    The Radio Bookclub is a collaboration between KGNU and the Boulder Bookstore. Every month, Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Bookstore, selects a book to inspire listeners to read along together. The author will then join us for a discussion that airs the fourth Thursday of every month at 9am.

    • 30 min
    Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub: Erika Wurth

    Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub: Erika Wurth

    Author Erika Wurth speaks more about Indigenous horror writers, growing up in Idaho Springs and more. This special event was recorded in front of a live audience at the Boulder Bookstore on November 16. In this podcast-only episode of the Radio Bookclub, Erika answers questions from the audience.



    Listen to the broadcast interview with Erika Wurth where she talks about her new book White Horse. That interview was broadcast on KGNU on Thursday, December 22a at 9 am.



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    Subscribe to our Radio Book Club Series on iTunes to get new editions and web-only content. Also on Spotify and Stitcher. The Radio Bookclub is a collaboration between KGNU and the Boulder Bookstore. Every month, Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Bookstore, selects a book to inspire listeners to read along together. The author will then join us for a discussion that airs on the fourth Thursday of every month at 9 am.

    • 31 min
    Radio Bookclub: White Horse – a Novel

    Radio Bookclub: White Horse – a Novel

    The December selection for the Radio Bookclub is White Horse, the latest novel by Denver author Erika Wurth.



    It tells the tale of Kari, an Indigenous woman who must face her past when she discovers a bracelet haunted by her mother’s spirit. Kari is haunted by visions of her mother and hunted by a mysterious creature, and must search for what happened to her mother all those years ago.



    This edition of the Radio Bookclub was recorded live at the Boulder Bookstore on November 16, 2022.



    This episode was broadcast on KGNU on Thursday, December 22 at 9 am.



    Listen to more of Erika Wurth as she answers audience questions in our podcast-only edition, Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub.



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    Subscribe to our Radio Book Club Series on iTunes to get new editions and web-only content. Also on Spotify and Stitcher.



    The Radio Bookclub is a collaboration between KGNU and the Boulder Bookstore. Every month, Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Bookstore, selects a book to inspire listeners to read along together. The author will then join us for a discussion that airs the fourth Thursday of every month at 9am.

    • 27 min
    Best Books Of 2022 List

    Best Books Of 2022 List

    We are joined by three booksellers from the Boulder Bookstore who share their favorite books of 2022 and give recommendations for readers of all ages.



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    Brad Costa is a buyer at the Boulder Bookstore and his four recommendations are:



    Seven Empty Houses by Samanta Schweblin



    "A creepy and wonderful collection of short stories from one of my new favorite authors. Each of these stories is about absence, a missing person, a void, something that just feels off. Schweblin writes wonderful slow-burn stories that build, and these seven stories combine for a master of a book. I know this just came out, but I'm already looking forward to what she puts out next."



    The Trees by Percival Everett



    "Two dead bodies show up in a small town in Mississippi, but shortly afterwards one of them goes missing from the morgue, only to wind up at another crime scene. Everett does not let up for the next three hundred pages. This book is difficult to classify. It's a little horror, a little comedy. It's a murder mystery and a social critique. The way that all of these genres and styles mix and mingle is truly remarkable."



    Mount Chicago by Adam Levin



    "Adam Levin is fast becoming one of my favorite contemporary writers. This novel details the despair of someone after intense tragedy; everyone that the main Solly loves dies when a crate forms in the center of Chicago. His despair is matched by Apter, a man who works in city hall and is trying to track him down for a benefit concert, where he wants the depressed comic to perform. The story was good, but Levin's writing style is what kept me interested page after page."



    Lady Joker Volume 1 by Kaoru Takamura



    "Based loosely on the Monster with 21 Faces crimes in the 1980s, this police procedural follows a crime against a corporation. Five people who have very little to do with each other decide to hold a beer company hostage, telling the president of the company that they will poison their on-shelf products if they are not paid handsomely. The crime in the 1980s was unsolved, but you'll have to wait until October 2022 for the conclusion of this novel."



    Stephanie Schindhelm is the Marketing & Promotions Manager at the Boulder Bookstore, and her book recommendations are:



    You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi



    "What a gorgeous, sexy book! Akwaeke Emezi can write beautifully in any genre, and here they take on Romance. Feyi lost the love of her life in a car accident 5 years ago and finally feels like she can move on with her life and her art career. At the insistence of her best friend, she’s getting out into the dating scene again and meets the perfect guy — too bad she can’t ignore her attraction to his father."



    The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings



    "A wonderful kaleidoscope of words and images! The jazz and art come alive in Alex Jennings' surreal tour of New Orleans' multifaceted personality, and like good jazz you have to pay attention. The melody is humming and the words seem familiar, but there is always something more to hear and sometimes the timing changes and it's a whole new world."



    How to Be Eaten by Maria Adelmann



    "Five women and their fairy tale inspired stories of love and trauma skewer our own obsession with tabloid and reality TV, media’s victim-blaming and slut-shaming, and society’s tendency to disbelieve women’s stories. This book is whip-smart, and the characters are dimensional and real (even if you don’t really like all of them). A great pick for book clubs, there’s so much to pull apart here.

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    Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub: Ted Conover

    Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub: Ted Conover

    Author Ted Conover speaks more about living in the San Luis Valley in Colorado. Ted joined the Radio Bookclub for a conversation in front of a live audience at the Boulder Bookstore on November 2. In this podcast-only episode of the Radio Bookclub, Ted answers questions from the audience.



    Listen to the broadcast interview with Ted Conover where he talks about his new book Cheap Land Colorado: Off-Gridders at America's Edge. That interview was broadcast on KGNU on Thursday, November 24 at 9 am.



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    Subscribe to our Radio Book Club Series on iTunes to get new editions and web-only content. Also on Spotify and Stitcher. The Radio Bookclub is a collaboration between KGNU and the Boulder Bookstore. Every month, Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Bookstore, selects a book to inspire listeners to read along together. The author will then join us for a discussion that airs on the fourth Thursday of every month at 9 am.

    • 24 min
    Radio Bookclub: Cheap Land Colorado

    Radio Bookclub: Cheap Land Colorado

    The November selection for the Radio Bookclub is Cheap Land Colorado: Off-Gridders at America's Edge, by Ted Conover.



    In May 2017, best-selling author and immersive journalist Ted Conover went to Colorado to explore firsthand a rural way of life that is about living cheaply, on your own land—and keeping clear of the mainstream.



    The failed subdivisions of the enormous San Luis Valley make this possible. Five-acre lots on the high prairie can be had for five thousand dollars, sometimes less. Conover bought his own five acres and immersed himself for parts of four years in the often contentious culture of the far margins.



    The interview was recorded in front of a live audience at the Boulder Bookstore on November 2, 2022.



    This episode was broadcast on KGNU on Thursday, November 24 at 9 am.



    Listen to more of Ted Conover as he answers audience questions in our podcast-only edition Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub.



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    Subscribe to our Radio Book Club Series on iTunes to get new editions and web-only content. Also on Spotify and Stitcher.



    The Radio Bookclub is a collaboration between KGNU and the Boulder Bookstore. Every month, Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Bookstore, selects a book to inspire listeners to read along together. The author will then join us for a discussion that airs the fourth Thursday of every month at 9am.

    • 28 min

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