Histories ~ show April 25th and 26th

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED

“Dead Wake” by Erik Larson
“Water to Angels” by Les Standiford
“Empire’s Crossroads” by Carrie Gibson
“Midnight at the Pera Palace” by Charles King
“The Phantom of Fifth Ave” by Meryl Gordon
“Beethoven” by Jan Swafford
“Elephant Company” by Vicki Constantine Croke

INTERVIEW
Les Standiford, Author

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Fabulous new histories brimming with satisfying substance. Elaine speaks with Les Standiford about the evolution of Los Angeles, using the life and work of William Mulholland and his leadership of the water department.

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A Sendak Museum?

Three years after Maurice Sendak’s death, his western Connecticut hometown of Ridgefield is pursuing a museum honoring the author of “Where the Wild Things Are.” The town has its sights on a vacant modernist building in walking distance from the village center, a glass structure designed by acclaimed architect Philip Johnson as corporate offices for an oil exploration company that left in 2006.

A panel of local arts figures recently received endorsement from the town and Sendak’s foundation to explore the proposal. Members say they have found overwhelming support for the idea to honor a man whose influence went far beyond that of a children’s book author. “The fact is, he loved the community, and the legacy of supporting all the arts was and is important to him and all those around him,” said Lloyd Taft, a local architect.

Sendak, who died in May 2012 at the age of 83, was born in New York City but spent the last four decades of his life in rural Ridgefield. Best known for the tale of naughty Max in “Wild Things,” his work included other standard volumes in children’s bedrooms such as “Chicken Soup With Rice,” a book about the different months in a year, and “Brundibar,” a folk tale about two children who need to earn enough money to buy milk for their sick mother. He also illustrated his own work, created costumes for ballets and staged operas, including the Czech opera “Brundibar.”

His 18th-century farmhouse is being preserved as Sendak left it. “That is going to stay just the way it is and be a study center and a place for scholars, artists and others to see how Sendak worked during his lifetime,” said Donald Hamburg, a New York attorney who is a member of the Maurice Sendak Foundation’s board.

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Veronica Roth To Write A New Series

The “Divergent” author is set to write a new two-book series. The books currently are untitled, with the first one expected in 2017 and the next in 2018.

Roth and her publisher offered few specifics, beyond saying the series is in “the vein of ‘Star Wars'” and will tell of a boy’s “unlikely alliance” with an enemy. “Both desperate to escape their oppressive lives, they help each other attain what they most desire: for one, redemption, and the other, revenge,” the publisher announced.

In a recent email to the AP, Roth wrote that “The idea started with a character. All the other elements — setting, world, even a substantial portion of the plot — came after.” She added that while she had a “pretty detailed” outline for the new series, she was still in the early stages of writing. “That’s why I’m being so vague,” she explained.

“Divergent,” a Dystopian trilogy Roth completed in 2013, has sold more than 30 million copies and along with Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” and John Green’s books helped perpetuate the strong growth of young adult novels. The first “Divergent” movie, starring Shailene Woodley as teen heroine Tris Prior, came out a year ago and quickly earned more than $100 million at the box office. Three more movies are planned, starting with the March 20 release of “Insurgent.”

A Chicago resident, the 26-year-old Roth was still in college when she began “Divergent,” writing it while on winter break from Northwestern University. She is now one of the world’s most popular authors.

“I think I’d have to be a robot not to occasionally worry about expectations!” “But mostly I try to trust my instincts. It helps that I’m really in love with this project — that makes it a joy to work on.

“I’ve been really taking my time with it,” she said of the new series. “I’ve written huge sections a certain way only to cut them and start again. I’ve stepped away for a while, to work on other things, and then come back when I have better perspective. I’ve been more patient with myself and with the story. I’ve expanded my collection of comfortable pants and snack foods. It’s all working quite well so far.”

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A NEW BRYSON BOOK ON THE WAY

Bill Bryson’s first travel book in 15 years will be published in autumn. The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island will be a new journey around Britain by the writer.

More than 20 years ago, Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his home. His journey became the Notes from a Small Island, which has sold 942,869 copies. Doubleday will publish in hardcover in autumn 2015.

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New Thrillers Show April 18th and 19th

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED

“Blood on Snow” by Jo Nesbo
“The Patriot Threat” by Steve Berry
“The Whites” by Richard Price
“The Swimmer” by Joakim Zander
“World Gone By” by Dennis Lehane
“The Stranger” by Harlan Coben
“Cuba Straits” by Randy Wayne White

INTERVIEW
Steve Berry, Author

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Preview new thrillers that are making their way up the bestseller lists. Steve Berry returns to the program to give us a glimpse of his new mystery, “Patriot Threat.”

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Random House Signs Up Brokaw For Memoir

Random House is set to publish a memoir by former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw, “A Lucky Life Interrupted,” is based on a journal he kept after being diagnosed with an incurable but treatable blood cancer. The book will go on sale May 12, 2015. Upon publication, NBC News is planning special coverage of Brokaw’s story.

Tom Brokaw is also the author of the bestselling The Greatest Generation, among other titles. Over eight million copies of his books have been sold across formats, according to Random House.

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Paula Deen Gets New Publisher

Celebrity chef Paula Deen–who was dropped, amid scandal, by Random House in 2013–has struck a sales and distribution agreement with Hachette Book Group for distribution of all of the culinary star’s titles, released under her Paula Deen Ventures label, throughout the globe.

Deen fell out with Random House after she suffered an onslaught of negative press a few years ago which led to, among other things, Deen’s products being dropped by major chains like Target and Wal-Mart. The stream of negative publicity came after Deen admitted to using a racial slur in a deposition.

The new titles on the PDV list will, according to Hachette, lean towards “healthier recipes.” In September PDV will release the new book Paula Deen Cuts the Fat; PDV will also be reissuing some of Deen’s backlist titles, such as The Lady & Sons and A Savanna Country Cookbook.

While questions may linger about Deen’s appeal, post-scandal, Hachette feels the star may have weathered the storm, and commented, that Deen’s “trademark warmth and culinary flair are as appealing as ever” and that her “dedicated fan base is eager for more from her.”

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